Ohio State football: Trio of Buckeyes announce return for 2018; DC Greg Schiano getting ‘a lot of interest’ for NFL openings
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Parris Campbell, Dre’mont Jones and Johnnie Dixon announce 2018 returns
Ohio State fans got three pieces of good news on Thursday. Parris Campell is coming back next season. So is Dre’mont Jones. So is Johnnie Dixon. All three of the Buckeyes announced they were coming back to Columbus next season instead of entering the NFL draft.
Only Denzel Ward, Sam Hubbard and Jerome Baker have declared early for the NFL draft, giving Ohio State a lot of returning production for the 2018 season.
Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down what it means that Campbell — who was the first of the three to announce he was coming back — is returning to the Buckeyes’ offense.
Greg Schiano getting ‘a lot of interest’ from NFL teams
Greg Schaino is still a hot name on the coaching carousel — this time in the NFL. Schiano, who has spent the last two seasons as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, is getting “a lot of interest” from NFL teams about defensive coordinator jobs in the pros, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
Feldman said Schiano, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is still “well-regarded” by a lot of people in the NFL.
Hearing there’s a lot of interest around the NFL in #OhioState DC Greg Schiano for some defensive coordinator jobs. He is very well-regarded by a lot of folks up there.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2018
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Ohio State basketball stays perfect in Big Ten with rout of Maryland
Ohio State hit 17 3-pointers and ran away from Maryland for a 91-69 home win to stay unbeaten in the Big Ten on Thursday night. The Buckeyes (14-3, 5-0 Big Ten) got 26 points from Keita Bates-Diop, who connected on 6 of his 8 3-point attempts. Here’s a full box score.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) January 12, 2018
Buckeyes a No. 9 seed in ESPN’s updated Bracketology
Ohio State gave a huge boost to its NCAA Tournament resume with the team’s win over then-No. 1 Michigan State last Sunday. The Buckeyes were firmly in the March Madness field in the latest Bracketology projection by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
Prior to the Thursday game against Maryland, Lunardi had the Buckeyes as a No. 9 seed facing Rhode Island in the first round. His full tournament field can be found here.
Ohio State T Kevin Feder announces transfer
Ohio State tackle Kevin Feder is set to leave the program after three seasons. Feder announced he will seek a graduate transfer and will leave the Buckeyes after finishing up the spring semester.
Here’s the note he wrote on Twitter:
Onto the Next… pic.twitter.com/8zcY5RJHtt
— Six Nine (@Kevin_feder) January 11, 2018
No, Jim Tressel will not run for a U.S. Senate seat
We hope you didn’t start making any “Tressel 2018” yard signs. The former Ohio State coach and current Youngstown State athletic director shot down the idea of him running for office this year. Some Republicans in Ohio reportedly wanted Tressel to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018.
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