Buckeye Newsstand, August 8

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.

Saturday, August 8
The headline of this Columbus Dispatch story about the Ohio State-USC game in September says it all: Is seeing this game worth $4,800 to you?

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer continues his top 20 Ohio State football players for 2009 countdown with No. 12 Doug Worthington, No. 11 Jimmy Cordle and No. 10 Jermale Hines.

Ken Gordon of the Dispatch concludes his position-by-position look at the 2009 Ohio State football team with the defensive backs and specialists.

Finally, the Youngstown Vindicator has some news on the eligibility issues surrounding OSU verbal commit Jamel Turner.


Friday, August 7
It doesn't mean anything, but it gives people something to talk about. I'm referring to the new preseason coaches poll. The USA Today has a story on its poll's unveiling. You can also check out the poll itself and see where OSU ranks.

The Columbus Dispatch has a story on the sentence given to former Ohio State lineman T.J. Downing stemming from drug and weapons charges.

The Dispatch has a feature story on former men's basketball Buckeye Lawrence Funderburke and his life after hoops.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer continues his countdown of the top 20 Buckeyes for 2009 with No. 15 Ray Small, No. 14 Jake Ballard and No. 13 Mike Brewster. Ken Gordon of the Dispatch continues his preseason look at the Buckeyes with a blog entry on the linebackers.

The Plain Dealer also has a story on incoming freshman running back Jaamal Berry.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a short update on the recruiting of Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James. He will make an official visit to Ohio State.

A couple of former Buckeyes are in the news today. The New York Post has a story on Vernon Gholston, who hopes to silence his critics this fall. Ashton Youboty is the subject of a Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle story as he looks to put an injury-plagued 2008 in the past.

The Toledo Blade has a story on the University of Toledo football team beginning its preseason camp. The Buckeyes play the Rockets in Cleveland this season.

Bob Baptist of the Dispatch has a blog entry on ESPN's Andy Katz backtracking on his former suggestion that Ohio State would face North Carolina in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in New York.

Finally, the Dispatch has a short story on the Cleveland Cavaliers annoucing a preseason game vs. the Boston Celtics that will be played at Ohio State.


Thursday, August 6
Several members of the Ohio State football team took the to field - virtually - on Wednesday to raise money for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder research, the ailment that affects the father of Terrelle Pryor. The Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer have the details from the event.

Ken Gordon of the Dispatch has a blog entry on Rob Rose, who has been the subject of academic eligibility rumors and declined to comment to the media at the charity event. Gordon also continues his position-by-position look at the 2009 Buckeyes with a look at the defensive line

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer continues his look at the top 20 Ohio State players for 2009 with No. 17 Aaron Pettrey and No. 16 Dane Sanzenbacher.

The Associated Press (via the Lorain Morning Journal) reports that former Buckeye Maurice Clarett has withdrawn a request for early release from prison so he could pursue an NFL career.

Finally, Bob Baptist of the Dispatch has a blog entry on a potential preseason honor for Ohio State men's basketball player Evan Turner.


Wednesday, August 5
Sophomore offensive linemen Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts are the subjects of a Columbus Dispatch feature story.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer starts a preseason list of the top 20 current Ohio State football players. The first three players profiled are Lawrence Wilson, DeVier Posey and Brandon Saine.

Ken Gordon of the Dispatch continues his position-by-position look at the 2009 Buckeyes with a blog entry on the wide receivers and tight ends.

The Baltimore Sun has a preseason story on Ohio State's first 2009 opponent, Navy.

The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on Lorain native Matt Wilhelm, who recently signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN.com writers Pat Forde, Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach selected Ohio State sixth in a recent mock draft that would slim down the FBS from 120 teams to 40.

Finally, The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has a short story on former Ohio State assistant Lou Holtz considering a run for Congress.


Tuesday, August 4
Ohio State incoming freshman running back Jaamal Berry received some good news on Monday concerning his drug-possession charges, and the Columbus Dispatch has the details.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an update on the Ray Small eligibility situation. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also recent traveled to the Naval Academy to interview some Navy football players as they prepare to open Ohio State's 2009 season in September.

The Dispatch also has a feature story on defensive lineman Doug Worthington, as well as a story on former Buckeye QB Todd Boeckman.

Former Buckeyes Orlando Pace and Malcolm Jenkins are the subjects of stories by The Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) and the Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser.

Ken Gordon of the Dispatch continues his position-by-position look at the Buckeyes with the quarterbacks and running backs.

The Toledo Blade has a story on Ohio State and Michigan preparing to begin fall camp.

Finally, The Associated Press (via the Dispatch has a college football notebook. The AP (via the Dispatch) also has a short story on the potential Pizza Pizza Bowl (?) in Detroit.


Monday, August 3
Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch begins his position-by-position look at the Ohio State football team with the offensive line.

Beanie Wells will miss at least a handful of practices this week stemming from a minor right ankle injury he suffered during his first practice of training camp. The Arizona Republic and The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) have updates on Wells.

Staying with Buckeyes in the NFL, the AP (via the Dispatch) has a NFL notebook, led with a note on ex-Buckeye Vernon Gholston. The Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser has an update on former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins.

Finally, the Dispatch has a short story on Samantha Prahalis helping lead the United States to gold at the Under-19 world championships in Bangkok, Thailand.


Sunday, August 2
We start today with a feature story on the maturing Terrelle Pryor by Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Toledo Blade has a story similar to one I wrote for BuckeyeSports.com on the Big Ten debate whether or not to schedule games into December.

The Canton Repository has a feature story on native son Kirk Barton as he hopes to stick with the Detroit Lions.

Staying with Buckeyes in the NFL, Saturday was a rough day for new Arizona Cardinal Beanie Wells. Wells, who signed with the Cardinals on Friday, suffered a left ankle injury during a drill about halfway through practice Saturday and left the field on a cart with about 15 minutes remaining. The Arizona Republic has the details.

Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has his weekly "Hey, Doug!" OSU mailbag.

Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column that says an improved Michigan would help Ohio State.

Mike Perry of the Lorain Morning Journal has five questions for the Ohio State football team as fall camp looms.

Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on Greg Oden and his crucial upcoming season.

Samantha Prahalis and the U.S. U-19 FIBA World Championship Tournament team defeated Canada on Saturday to advance to the gold medal game in Thailand. Jim Massie of the Dispatch has a blog note with the details.


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