Ohio State goes national championship hunting, Mike Weber trolls Clemson, and more
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Today is Monday, May 22, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Can Ohio State win another national championship?
The 2016-17 athletic calendar is coming to a close, but Ohio State is finishing with a bang.
As an athletic department, the Buckeyes have one team national championship this season thanks to the men’s volleyball squad. (The synchronized swimming team also won, but that’s not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.) Ohio State will have four chances to add to that total as the season winds down.
Three OSU teams — men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s tennis — qualified for the Final Four in their respective sports over the weekend. Additionally, the Big Ten champion rowing team will head to the NCAAs as one of the nation’s top teams, having won three national championships in the last four years.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) May 21, 2017
The men’s tennis team, which faces Virginia at 10 a.m. Monday, will have a tough road to the national title. Virginia is the No. 2 seed and swept the Buckeyes, 4-0, earlier this season. If No. 3 Ohio State does win, it would be favored to beat No. 9 North Carolina or No. 13 Georgia in the national championship match.
Their female counterparts are slightly better positioned to take home the top prize. The No. 3 Ohio State women’s tennis team will face No. 7 Stanford in the national semifinals. The Buckeyes boast the No. 1 singles player in the country, Francesca Di Lorenzo, and have won their NCAA matches by scores of 4-0, 4-0, 4-1 and 4-0. If Ohio State beats Stanford it will face either No. 1 Florida or No. 4 Vanderbilt for the national title. Ohio State lost to Florida this season by a 4-1 margin, but beat Vanderbilt, 5-2.
Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team will have a great shot at a national championship, having already beaten the other three Final Four teams. The No. 3 Buckeyes will take on unseeded Towson in the semifinals. In the regular season, Ohio State took home a 6-3 victory. A win would lead to a matchup against either No. 1 Maryland or No. 5 Denver. The Buckeyes played Maryland twice, winning 11-10 in the regular season and losing 10-9 in the conference tournament. Ohio State walloped Denver 16-7 when the Pioneers were ranked No. 1 in the country.
Ohio State’s fourth-ranked rowing team might have the toughest road of the bunch after an unreal run of success over the past four years. The Buckeyes got the automatic NCAA bid as the Big Ten champion, but they are seeded No. 5 in the first varsity eight, No. 7 in the second varsity eight and No. 4 in the first varsity four. Washington is seeded No. 1 in all three races, with Cal seeded No. 2 in all three races. Even if Ohio State outperforms its seeding in each race, those are two schools with elite crews in all three events.
Regardless of how the four teams fare, their success to this point is a sign that the athletic department is in a much better place than it was a few years ago when it finished 25th in the 2013-14 Directors Cup, a competition that measures overall success. The Buckeyes finished No. 7 in 2014-15, No. 2 in 2015-16 and currently sit No. 2 in 2016-17.
Ohio State RB Mike Weber is hilarious
Mike Weber spent the weekend helping kids at the All-American Football Camp in Hilton Head, S.C., which meant one thing — Clemson fans.
The Ohio State running back was almost completely ignored in the Buckeyes’ Fiesta Bowl loss, but it seems he has a good sense of humor about the defeat. He posted pictures on his Snapchat of a few Clemson fans at the camp, joking that he wasn’t going to sign for them.
— Will (@will_mcchesney) May 21, 2017
All jokes 😂😂😂 https://t.co/4BOK8DDvD3
— Mike Weber (@mikeweberjr) May 21, 2017
If you aren’t following Weber on social media, be sure to rectify that mistake.
Ohio State defensive linemen give back
On Saturday and Sunday, 10TV in Columbus televised the 34th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon. The event raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
On Sunday, the telethon got some help from the Ohio State defense.
10TV Presents Coverage Of The Children's Miracle Network Telethon. pic.twitter.com/NcHJdHWeDw
— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) May 21, 2017
From left, that’s defensive linemen Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, Tracy Sprinkle, Tyquan Lewis, Dre’Mont Jones, Nick Bosa and Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Chris Worley in the picture posted to Twitter by defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
Hubbard also shared a shot of the Silver Bullets manning the phones.
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