Buckeye Newsstand, June 19

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Friday, June 19
Marcus Hartman back here to fill in for Matt for one more day, and leading off we have a story from the Columbus Dispatch about Maurice Clarett's request for a pardon and the Franklin County prosecutor's response.

Also from the Dispatch is a note about Evan Turner's selection to the United States team that will play in the World University Games next month, and columnist Rob Oller examines where Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason's recently complete NHL rookie of the year campaign ranks among great seasons in Columbus' sporting past, including some candidates from Ohio State.

Rounding out our sifting through the capital city's paper, we find a note from Bob Hunter in his Rumblings column about the OSU men's basketball team's planned trip to Canada for a series of exhibition games before the upcoming season begins.

The Fayette (Va.) Observer takes a look at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp taking place in Charlottesville, including Ohio State commit Jared Sullinger.

From north of the border comes a Canada.com story about former Ohio State defensive lineman Brent Johnson. Already an established player in the CFL, he is now the top defensive end for the B.C. Lions after the departure of stud pass rusher Cam Wake.

The Philadelphia Daily News wonders if the 76ers could be interested in former Ohio State center B.J. Mullens with the 17th pick in the NBA draft next week, but Probasketballnews.com projects him to be gone one pick sooner than that thanks to the Chicago Bulls.

PennLive.com brings us a story from Hershey, Pa., regarding how the Pennsylvania team is enjoying its role as underdog in the Big 33 All-Star Game set for tomorrow night against an Ohio team that includes seven future Buckeyes.

And, finally, the Lima News has an account of basketball legend Jerry Lucas' visit to Kenton to speak to the Ohio State Alumni Club of Hardin County

Thursday, June 18
This is Marcus Hartman completing the triumvirate filling in for Matt as he and his bride traverse the country on their baseball honeymoon.

Despite our location on the calendar, there is no shortage of Ohio State news on the web today.

We start out with a story that surely brought a smile to the face of many Ohio State fans: the Jacksonville Jaguars' signing of quarterback Todd Boeckman. The Florida Times-Union offers a Sunshine State perspective of Boeckman's signing.

From one state to the north, we have word from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Ohio State's lucrative marketing and media rights deal signed in March may no longer be the top one in terms of yearly average dollars. The Buckeye athletics department gets $11 million per year, while the University of Georgia's new deal calls for an $11.6 million annual payout.

AJC readers got what is surely a heavier-than-usual dose of Ohio State references in their Thursday morning paper as there also came word that while one former Buckeye football player was shown the door by the Atlanta Falcons, another's employment with the team began, albeit in a different capacity.

On the bright side, former Chicago Bears safety and Woody Hayes protege Doug Plank was hired to join Falcons head coach Mike Smith's coaching staff.

Offensive lineman Alex Stepanovich was not so fortunate. He was released after a year with the club.

On the recruiting front, NolesDigest spoke with highly regarded defensive back recruit LaMarcus Joyner, who mentions Ohio State prominently, and elsewhere in the Scout network, we find a report from Super Prep that Boca Raton, Florida, Eddie Sullivan, an unrated quarterback prospect, plans to camp at Ohio State later this month.

Closer to home, the Cincinnati Enquirer has a story on former OSU women's golfer Carling Coffing, a member of the Futures Tour who will be playing in her hometown at the Golf Center at Kings Island in the Duramed Championship this weekend.

And finally, as we learn from the Zanesville Times-Recorder, Ohio State coaches Tim Walters and Dave Garcia are scheduled to be part of the coaching staff for the Team GodSpeed Track and Field Camp, to be held today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Zanesville High School's John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium.

Wednesday, June 17
Jeff Svoboda taking over for Adam Jardy here on the Newsstand as we take a look at Wednesday morning's headlines from around Buckeye Nation.

The Columbus Dispatch checks in with a couple of Ohio State related nuggets. The first details the summer trip of men's basketball player Zisis Sarikopolous, who will spend his summer abroad playing for his native Greece in a couple of tournaments.

The second is a small notebook on Ohio State's male athlete of the year, J Jaggers, and a quick note about Ohio Stadium making the cut as a possible World Cup venue in the United States' bid to host the tournament (although I don't see any way that could happen, as the field is just not wide enough).

Today is Ohio State day on the Big Ten Network for those who are unaware, with the BTN showing Buckeye-related programming starting just a little bit ago at 8 a.m. and running through the wee hours of the morning. Here's a schedule and the top OSU stories of the year, as judged by Brent Yarina of the network's website.

In a story that appears to have snuck under the radar yesterday, the Lancaster News-Gazette has a story about a charity bowling event later in June in the city that will feature a number of Buckeyes, including Jim Cordle.

It's a short news day, so I'll include these links about the university at large: Current students are having trouble getting their financial aid on time, and an OSU group went abroad to win a big contest recently.

That will do it, and as always, if you're out on your bike tonight, do wear white.

Tuesday, June 16
Matthew is still out honeymooning it up, so I will fill his shoes for another day.

Today's newsstand kicks off with the news that former Ohio State offensive lineman T.J. Downing has pleaded guilty to possession. The Columbus Dispatch and NBC4 have the story.

In a story not too dissimilar, the (San Jose) Mercury News has a story on Alex Boone.

The Dispatch also has a story on a fast ride head coach Jim Tressel took yesterday. To check out a photo gallery of the event, look no further than our own Jeff Svoboda, who was on hand to document the occasion. Here's a link: Tressel takes a ride.

The blog Eleven Warriors has compiled links about OSU verbal commitment Jared Sullinger playing overseas this summer.

The recession is not preventing the Buckeye Nation from supporting its team, as OSU ranks No. 2 in revenue.

In women's basketball news, former Buckeye Amy Tucker was interviewed by Examiner.com.

Monday, June 15
Adam Jardy here, filling in for the newly wed Matthew Hager who is enjoying some well-deserved time away from the office.

Let's see what we can find on the interwebs today...

This is from yesterday, but the Columbus Dispatch has an interview with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who comments on the status of Jaamal Berry, Devon Torrence and others. In addition, check out an interview with offensive lineman Justin Boren here.

Also from Sunday, offensive lineman Jim Cordle is starting a charity event, according to the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

DraftExpress.com is reporting that B.J. Mullens has withdrawn from a pre-draft camp, a possible indicator that he could wind up as a lottery pick.

Finally, in men's tennis news, the Mansfield News Journal has a piece on Chase Buchanan, who just completed his freshman season as a Buckeye.

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