Welcome to our weekly edition of Midweek News & Notes, let's hit up some of the headlines...
Schedules Released: This week the B1G released the future schedules of all twelve conference teams for 2015 and 2016, and Ohio State learned that they will begin both of those seasons playing Purdue and will close each with Michigan. You can see the full schedule for both years here. The great news is that "The Game" continues on as it should be, right at the end of the year. There had been a great deal of speculation that conference officials (not known for their wise decisions in the past) might move the OSU-Michigan contest to an earlier date. Thankfully that has not occurred. We also learned this week that the 109th edition of "The Game" will kick off at noon this season and be covered by ABC. I can't wait for the ugly helmets to make the trip down to Columbus so Ohio State can begin a new winning streak.
Brandon Castel, the fine writer at The OZone weighed in with a number of thoughts on future schedules that is worth reading. Among other things, Castel notes that the 2013 schedule looks very favorable for the Buckeyes, and of course that will be Urban's first season when he can aim at both the B1G and national titles.
More Hood Speculation: We have been hearing for a few weeks that Rodney Hood will check out Ohio State, and might eventually select the Buckeyes. Hood, who played this past season at Mississippi State, was an AAU teammate of LaQuinton Ross, which may help a great deal. It now appears he will finally visit Columbus this weekend, as he chooses between Duke and OSU. Although he would have to sit out the upcoming season, Hood would be a great acquisition and has three years of eligibility remaining. Last season as a freshman at MSU he averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest.
On the first team were Jake Stoneburner, John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, and somewhat surprisingly to me, C.J. Barnett. Making the second team were Braxton Miller, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell. Most of that makes sense, but I was shocked that cornerback Bradley Roby was only a fourth team selection. I would not be surprised if Roby jumps all the way to first team this year, because the kid can play. It was also reported recently that he clocked the fastest 40 time this spring at 4.31. Although some think that came on a fast track, there is no doubt that Roby can fly, and he should build on a fine freshman season. Supposedly the next fastest time came from linebacker Ryan Shazier, who Steele tapped as a third-team performer. The fact that a linebacker is THAT fast is amazing, and again, I look for Shazier to be a first-team performer if he stays healthy.
Goodbye Ken Kohl: It is with sadness that we say goodbye to TSB writer Ken Kohl, who bows out due to a busy schedule as life has become crazy. Ken is an all around great guy who we first met when he commented on many of the articles that Drew and I wrote for the blog. He has a great sense of humor, and shared some insightful pieces over the past few months. We will miss his contributions, and hope he still weighs in with his witty comments. And, maybe we can twist his arm to write a piece or two somewhere down the road. Thanks, Ken, for your hard work. We will miss you. In the meanwhile, we will be looking to add a writer, and hope to get that done before the football season is upon us this fall.