Marc Loving rescues Buckeyes, Waters under the bridge, help get Woody a statue and more

Jeremy Birmingham

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.


Loving saves Buckeyes at the buzzer in Lincoln

Don’t look now, folks, but Buckeyes basketball is back!

OK, perhaps that’s a little exaggeration, but after a four straight losses to kick off the Big Ten schedule, Ohio State and Thad Matta earned a second straight conference win on Wednesday night, knocking off Nebraska 67-66 in Lincoln.

Ohio State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but fought back to take a one-point lead with 8:43 remaining in the second half. However, because the Buckeyes can’t stand prosperity and find the idea of winning a game easily nauseating, they relinquished the lead with :34 to play. After a missed 3-point attempt by Marc Loving that would’ve won the game for the Buckeyes, sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle pulled down a key offensive rebound, setting up a second chance for Ohio State.

This time, Loving capitalized.

Here’s what the game-winning shot looked like from the Buckeyes bench.

Following the victory, Thad Matta spoke about his team’s resilience and the key contributions from players like David Bell and C.J. Jackson.

The Buckeyes will be back in action on Sunday when they return home to Columbus to take on Northwestern. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m ET.

Joe Burrow transferring? LOL

The football offseason is full of rumors and speculation about transfers and other forms of attrition. Some of it ends up being true, some of it ends up being an air biscuit.

For right now, at least, you can file Wednesday’s rumor that soon-t0-be redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow was looking to leave Ohio State under “T,” for trash.

Burrow responded on Twitter in what has become the only acceptable manner for an Ohio State player to respond to rumors about themselves: with an LOL.

It’s January 19 and Ohio State began its winter workouts for the 2017 football season on Tuesday. While there’s no doubt that Burrow is eager to prove himself worthy of being the starter for Urban Meyer’s football program, it’s very premature to consider any Buckeyes quarterback a viable option for a transfer. There’s a new quarterbacks coach, a new offensive coordinator a new offensive mindset.

Let’s wait until at least the end of spring football, when we can take a look at projected depth charts, before we start writing anyone off.

Cool?

 Jon Waters under the bridge

It’s time, finally, to play Jon Waters off the stage in Columbus.

Fired by Ohio State in the summer of 2014 for his role in what the school described as a “sexualized” culture that was pervasive throughout the band department, Waters filed two separate lawsuits against the university. On Wednesday, each of those cases were dismissed.

“The decision by Mr. Waters to terminate his two pending cases leaves in place the prior rulings of the U.S. District Court in Columbus and the Ohio Court of Claims, which both found against Mr. Waters. Ohio State is pleased this litigation is now concluded and all parties can move forward.”

The Best Damn Band in the Land deserves the best damn reputation in the land as well.

Do you love Woody Hayes and want him to have a statue?

Do you love Ohio State sports, especially football? Are you a lifelong fan of all things Buckeyes and the people who helped create the legacy you and your family now celebrate daily in the form of clothing, keychains and iPhone cases? If so, then perhaps it is time for you to really step up to the plate and help memorialize one of Ohio State’s grandest figures.

Here’s how you can help put a forever statue of Buckeyes legend Woody Hayes in his hometown of Newcomerstown, Ohio.

From the fine folks at Eleven Warriors:

After discussions with Ms. McFadden and later Alan Cottrill, an incredibly accomplished sculptor who has enjoyed enormous success including the creation of the Woody Hayes statue you see outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center today, it became clear to us we needed to leverage our great platform and generous readers here at Eleven Warriors to pave the way for a life-size statue of Woody to grace the grounds of the Newcomerstown Historical Society.

This will be a tall task however as life-size statues aren’t cheap, even with Mr. Cottrill – a huge Buckeye fan himself – partnering with us to keep expenses to a minimum. Still, for creation, transport and setup of such a worthy tribute, we’ll need to raise $40,000.

So far the fundraiser, which has been open to the public since December, sits at just about 25 percent of the $40,000 goal. It’s time to pay it forward, folks, and to help Ohio put one of its favorite sons on the map, literally.

If you want to help, there are bonuses for your contribution. The guys at 11W are hoping to reach 50 percent of the goal by Feb. 1 in order to start the work on the project so that it can be completed in a timely manner. The work is set to be done by Alan Cottrill. He’s a sculptor out of Zanesville, Ohio, and is responsible for a handful of Ohio’s finest bronze works, including the 8-foot tall representation of Hayes that sits outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Ohio State’s campus.

While any monetary donation will be accepted and appreciated, we’re also proud to announce donation tiers that come with varying levels of recognition:

  • $100 Donation: You earn your spot in history with your name on the list of donors on elevenwarriors.com.

  • $500 Donation: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will go on the plaque next to the Hayes statue.

  • $1000 Donation: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will appear in a larger font a little further up the plaque next to the Hayes statue.

  • $5000 Donation: Your name, family name, or business name (max 30 characters) will appear in the largest font size near the top of the plaque next to the Hayes statue.

  • $10,000 Donation: The logo of your business will appear near the top of the plaque next to the Hayes statue.

Here’s your link to the site’s GoFundMe.com page.

Go forth and help get Hayes immortalized in his hometown.

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