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Urban Meyer's assistant coaches are drawing praise from Nebraska to Oklahoma.

Ohio State football draws national praise, relive the moment Ohio State beat Michigan and more

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Today is Wednesday, May 17, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Ohio State feeling the love across the country

Ohio State is pretty good at football good enough, at least, that the nice people of Oklahoma and Nebraska probably don’t need reminders in May.

Last September, Ohio State thrashed Oklahoma, 45-24 on the road, and then humiliated Nebraska two months later via a 62-3 win in Columbus. Neither appeared to be a particularly enjoyable experience for the opposing fans. And yet those kind-hearted, intelligent souls who subscribe to the Omaha World-Herald or The Oklahoman got some pretty rotten news deposited on their lawn recently: It seems as though Ohio State might be even better this year.

Last week, longtime columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman wrote about new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s potential impact on the Ohio State offense.

Remember the 2016 OU-Ohio State game, when the Buckeyes repeatedly picked on the Sooners’ beleaguered right cornerback position? That’s right in Wilson’s wheelhouse. Wilson estimated that Ohio State completed 40 percent of their deep balls in the spring.

“A guy might be covered, but they’re throwing it anyway and they’re giving those talented receivers a 50-50 chance of going up and getting the ball,” [cornerbacks coach Kerry] Coombs said. “Because you’re doing that over and over again, the receivers are learning to catch them. That part of spring has been just extraordinary.”

Plus, it’s Ohio State. Big linemen. Big, physical tailbacks. Wilson’s offense will speed you up, spread you out and physically assault you.

On Tuesday, it was Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald praising Ohio State. The writer pointed out just how unbelievably stacked Ohio State’s coaching staff is — seriously, Wilson and Greg Schiano are assistants  to say nothing of the actual players.

Now, the Buckeyes, who come to Nebraska on Oct. 14, have:

  • A head coach with three national championships and a career winning percentage of .851.
  • A defensive coordinator [Greg Schiano] who led Rutgers to its greatest football success before becoming a head coach in the NFL.
  • An offensive coordinator [Wilson] who turned moribund Indiana into an offense good enough to finish first or second in passing in the Big Ten four of the past five years.

Add in a February recruiting class that led Meyer to say, “This could go down as one of the great classes. We’re pretty fired up,” and it’s no surprise Ohio State is No. 1, 2 or 3 in nearly every “too early” top 25 for 2017.

Ohio State’s loss in the Fiesta Bowl made the Buckeyes the subject of more than a few Twitter jokes, but people are starting to realize just how talented this upcoming team could be.

What is happening here? 

If you’ve ever wanted to watch an imitation of a Curtis Samuel game-winning touchdown while also listening to the Titanic soundtrack, you’re in luck!

Brandon Armstrong, an impersonator with a huge Twitter following, visited Columbus on Tuesday and got the full treatment at Ohio State. That apparently included a chance to re-enact Samuel’s winner against Michigan from last November.

Let’s just leave it at that. I’m not even 30, and I feel too old to understand the internet these days.

It needs to be August already

I almost feel cruel posting this with more than three months until football season starts again.

Almost.

Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones recently posted a video showing Ohio State coming out of the tunnel before the Michigan game last November. It will simultaneously have you ready to run through a wall out of excitement and also out of frustration that it’s only May.

Another day, another L for Ohio State hoops

When the Ohio State athletic department updated the roster to correspond with the departure of JaQuan Lyle, it turns out another name was missing — former walk-on Jimmy Jent, the son of assistant coach Chris Jent.

According to Cleveland.com, Ohio State has said that the younger Jent quit playing basketball — on a team his dad coaches — to focus on his academics instead. Jent is giving up a full ride. Ohio State had a couple of open spots last year and put him on scholarship.

The Buckeyes currently have just 10 players on their team, which is … not ideal. Neither is everything else that’s happened over the last two months.

B1G happenings

• Could Minneapolis or Lincoln host the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament?

• Michigan State adds a nonconference game for 2020.

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar applauds Wisconsin basketball.

• Indiana guard Robert Johnson withdraws from the NBA draft.

• Penn State kicker Joey Julius hailed for seeking help.

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