Calm Before the Storm

Nothing like the promise of a fresh sheet of playoff ice…

Fresh Ice

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Schedule Released!


Wednesday, April 16      7:30 p.m.      Columbus at Pittsburgh
Saturday, April 19           7 p.m.            Columbus at Pittsburgh
Monday, April 21            7 p.m.             Pittsburgh at Columbus
Wednesday, April 23     7 p.m.             Pittsburgh at Columbus
Saturday, April 26         TBD                Columbus at Pittsburgh
Monday, April 28          TBD                Pittsburgh at Columbus
Wednesday, April 30    TBD                Columbus at Pittsburgh

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Ohio State Spring Game Multimedia

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State of Ohio Focus of Ohio State Clinic

With high school coaches from all corners of the state converging on Columbus, and the coaches of the state’s two NFL teams in town, Buckeye football staffers were set to celebrate Ohio.

They did so at the 83rd Annual OSU Football Clinic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

As part of their effort to honor the state’s impact on the game, they acknowledged the careers of innovator and coach Paul Brown, Mt. Union coach Larry Kehres, and Ironton coach Bob Lutz.

Accepting on behalf of the family of the late Paul Brown was Marvin Lewis, who works for the Brown family as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lewis also spoke about the importance of proper tackling technique and how it prevents head injuries. He used video of plays from games against the Patriots and Chargers as examples.

A day later, Browns coach Mike Pettine also took the podium. His more than 40-minute address mostly focused on the team’s history, and what it will take to excel in areas where the club has come up short recently.

He pointed out that the club has only won 35% of their games since 1991. He had lists of every coach and every player who had been in Cleveland during that time and asked what his team can do that the others didn’t.

Pettine said he thinks it will take being “tough, competitive, passionate, relentless, productive and accountable” to do better.

Mike Pettine

The highlight of the event, however, may have been the speech of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who Friday morning tackled the topic of how his team’s leadership has translated into on-field results.

He admitted to making some “tactical errors” when it came to leadership, especially earlier in his career.

“I fell victim to the quote regime, you know where you [say], ‘Hey, let’s talk about leadership; here’s four great quotes,’ and they look at you and leave the room,” Meyer said. “It’s no different if you teach quarterback play and say, ‘Here’s a couple quotes from Steve Young. Now go throw the ball better.’”

He compared the amount of money corporate America spends on leadership training, to what college football invests and called it almost embarrassing.

Meyer also admitted not successfully addressing some leadership issues that cropped up last year that may have started with Christian Bryant’s injury.

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Student Appreciation Day

You’ll get to see the progress the Ohio State football team has made this spring when they kick off on Saturday, but there was a select group that didn’t have to wait.

Last Saturday, Buckeye students were invited to watch the team workout. But if you weren’t there, never fear! We’ll show you what the day was like.

And remember, 97.1 The Fan’s Spring Game coverage starts this Saturday at noon.

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The Sound of 32,000 Hands Clapping

Here’s some of the ambiance from Nationwide Arena on the night the Blue Jackets won their home finale in overtime, 4-3 over the Coyotes.

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Photo Gallery: Student Appreciation Day

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(Click images you wish to enlarge.)

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