Urban Meyer tops Big Ten coaches with contract extension; Ohio State hockey’s season ends in Frozen Four
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Urban Meyer gets two-year contract extension, pay raise
Urban Meyer’s contract extension was officially announced by Ohio State on Thursday. The two-year extension — which will be voted on by Ohio State’s full Board of Trustees on Friday — will keep Meyer with the Buckeyes through the 2022 season, and will make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. Meyer will start making $7.6 million annually, passing Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh for the biggest salary in the conference.
A three-time national championship coach, the 53-year-old Meyer can shoot down any rumors of his retirement with the extension. Meyer had mentioned the likelihood of the extension earlier in the offseason, and it’s a big deal for the Buckeyes. Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down what the extension and the $1.2 million pay bump means for Meyer and Ohio State.
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Ohio State men’s hockey falls short in Frozen Four
The Ohio State men’s hockey team ended its season with a loss Thursday night. The Buckeyes came up short against Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four, falling 2-1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Buckeyes allowed 2 goals in the first period and could not dig out of the early hole. It was just the second Frozen Four appearance in Ohio State’s history and the program’s first since 1998.
What an unbelievable ride. Our season record closes at 26-10-5 and with our first trip to the #FrozenFour in 20 years. Buckeye Nation, we can't thank you enough for all the support! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AV4Rda9Ist
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) April 6, 2018
Taver Johnson likely to keep Ohio State’s cornerback rotation going
Kerry Coombs left Ohio State’s staff after six seasons this offseason, but one of his main strategies in the Buckeyes defensive backfield will likely remain. Taver Johnson, Ohio State’s new cornerbacks coach, said the Buckeyes will try to continue the strategy of rotating their plentiful amount of talented cornerbacks under his watch.
“Even though Coach Coombs is gone, I feel like it’s part of the culture now,” Buckeyes cornerback Jeffrey Okudah said. “If we have enough corners that can play effectively on the field, then they’re going to see the field.”
Chris Holtmann to meet with high-scoring graduate transfer Joe Cremo
Ohio State basketball is losing a lot of production from a team that threatened for a Big Ten title in the 2017-18 season. The Buckeyes are hoping to get another option to help fill that void. Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann is reportedly set to meet with Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo, a 6-foot-4 guard who scored 17.8 points per game and hit 45.8 percent of his 3-pointers last season.
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