Nate Ebner earns a title, Urban Meyer eager to promote the Ohio State basketball program, and more

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Today is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.

Urban Meyer with a social media assist for Buckeyes basketball team

Though it’s been a tough season so far for Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball team, it turned out to be a pretty good weekend for the Buckeyes.

First, after falling behind big early to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State fought back and dominated the Wolverines on the glass, earning a big-time come-from-behind-win Saturday night that will likely cost Michigan a ton of points when NCAA Tournament berths are decided.

Following the win, Matta and his program got another big boost: Urban Meyer giving the team some much-needed props.

It’s hard to find positives when your team is 14-10 and occasionally struggles to handle the basics of basketball, but anytime Urban Meyer invokes the holy alliance with LeBron James it’s a good thing.

Nate Ebner, Chase Farris add a Super Bowl to the trophy case

In case you missed it, there was a football game Sunday night in Houston that may have been worth watching.

The New England Patriots roared back from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit and knocked off the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. That’s pretty good.

But, for your Ohio State rooting interests? It was even better. A trio of Ohio State alumni will celebrate the Super Bowl LI victory with championship rings — though only Olympic rugby standout Nate Ebner had any on the field impact on Sunday night.

Ebner won his second Super Bowl title, but it was Chase Farris — on the Patriots practice squad — who really found himself in rare air. He became just the 11th Buckeye to win a national title at Ohio State and win an NFL title.

Former Buckeyes LB Camren Williams, a member of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class in Columbus, contributed to the Patriots title on the other side of the personnel discussion.

Overall, not a bad night for the young Buckeyes on the NFL stage.

But is Michael Thomas on his way to being the best of the Buckeyes’ 2016 NFL Draft class?

Speaking of young Buckeyes on the NFL stage, New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas was probably overlooked after an incredible professional debut in 2016.

According to Kyle Sumner McKinnon of, Thomas being overlooked — in the draft and during a record-setting rookie year — is baffling.

I don’t understand how Michael Thomas made it to the 47th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

But I know there are 31 other teams who now wish they had him.

Coming out of college, Thomas was widely regarded as the surest thing at his respective position in the draft. Yet, five wideouts were selected before the New Orleans Saints finally snatched him up.

So why did Thomas get passed up? Who knows. The Saints and Drew Brees will be the long-term benefactor, though.

The former Ohio State star finished his rookie campaign 9th in receptions (92), 9th in receiving yards (1,137), and 6th in touchdowns (9).

It also only took one season for the 23-year-old to earn the trust of quarterback Drew Brees, something that hasn’t really happened since the days of Marques Colston. This makes sense, seeing as Thomas set new Saints rookie records in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Regardless, not many wideouts in all the NFL have his unique combination of size, athleticism, and soft hands. There isn’t a route he can’t run, there isn’t any catch he can’t make.


Wrestling Bucks breaking records in losing effort

Want proof that the students at Ohio State support their athletics like nowhere else? Just take one good look at the turnout during Friday’s wrestling dual against No. 2-ranked Penn State.

The Buckeyes packed the Schottenstein Center full of more than 15,000 fans — a school attendance record — and put on an incredible show despite suffering a fairly thorough butt-kicking at the hands of the Nittany Lions.

The final match of the night pitted Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder against Nick Nevills and provided a pretty unique visual experience for fans who couldn’t make it to the match.

The Best Fans in the Land LIGHT UP THE SCHOTT before Buckeye Kyle Snyder takes the mat vs. No. 1 Penn State Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

B1G Happenings

• Michigan man wins Super Bowl, earns MVP.

• But if we’re being honest, the Wisconsin guy should’ve won it.

• Maryland looks to hire Kentucky DL coach.

• Jok returns, Hawkeyes topple Nebraska.

• Wisconsin beats injury-riddled Hoosiers.

• Two of Ann Arbor’s best prospects are heading to play football at Michigan State.