Ohio State spring cleaning, Buckeyes sign up for satellite camp, OSU loses staff member, and more
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Today is Friday, April 21, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Doing the dirty work
Tradition dictates that the losing team in the Ohio State spring game is forced to landscape the school’s famed Buckeye Grove.
On Thursday, the Gray team went to work.
Approximately half of Ohio State’s football team could be found outside of Ohio Stadium on Thursday morning, shoveling a mountain of mulch into wheelbarrows while taking care of the Buckeyes’ collection of All-American trees. Among the Ohio State players and coaches who served their “punishment” were quarterback J.T. Barrett, wide receiver Parris Campbell, left tackle Jamarco Jones, right tackle Isaiah Prince, center Billy Price, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
“The tradition of Buckeye Grove and our All-Americans are a huge part of our program, and it’s awesome to be part of cleaning it up and landscaping it,” said kicker Sean Nuernberger, who was forced to work because he was a member of both teams in the spring game. “It just wouldn’t feel right having someone else take care of this. We have to own this place and it’s an honor because it’s these All-Americans and all the players before us who we are playing for now.”
As the Buckeyes landscaped, Land of 10 was there to capture the action.
Ohio State football is going camping
With spring practice in the books, the Ohio State coaching staff has turned its full attention toward the recruiting trail. And thanks to Twitter, we know what one of the Buckeyes’ first moves will be.
On Thursday, it was revealed that Ohio State has teamed up with Arizona to host a satellite camp in Houston at Texas Southern University. A year ago, the Buckeyes embarked on a nationwide tour of such camps before Urban Meyer indicated he’d like to do fewer moving forward.
Ohio State and Arizona are partnering with TSU Football to find the best talent in H-Town!! pic.twitter.com/c9piYHGBAW
— Tom Anthony (@CoachTomAnthony) April 20, 2017
“You have to do what you have to do to stay up in the world of recruiting,” Meyer said of satellite camps last summer. “But there’s also an element of freshness with our staff, too. Those are all things we’re going to evaluate, because this is really the first year we’ve done it in earnest.”
Based on Thursday’s news, it appears that the Buckeyes are once again prepared to hit the ground running. It will be interesting to see how many more satellite camps are added to Ohio State’s slate — and where they occur.
Martin Jarmond moves on
In yesterday’s edition of Wake Up Sloopy, we shared with you a report by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated that stated Ohio State deputy athletic director Martin Jarmond was the front-runner to become Boston College’s next athletic director.
On Thursday, Thamel’s report came to fruition when Jarmond, 37, was announced as the Eagles AD, making him the youngest athletic director of a Power 5 program.
— #BCEagles (@BCEagles) April 20, 2017
Per Boston College:
As OSU Athletics’ chief advancement officer, Jarmond helped raise more than $120 million between 2010-2012, and was a member of the University Development Senior Leadership team for the $2.5 billion “But for Ohio State…” capital campaign. In addition, he chaired the Athletics District Master Plan, which included $200 million in Athletics construction projects.
Jarmond was a member of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Advisory Group and the Rose Bowl Advisory Committee. This week, Sports Business Daily Journal recognized his contributions to intercollegiate athletics by naming him to its prestigious Forty Under 40, Class of 2017.
In addition to fundraising duties, Jarmond played a prominent role in Ohio State’s football scheduling efforts. Given his rising status in the industry, it appeared to only be a matter of time before he left to run an athletics program of his own.