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Meyer’s opposition to Gibson’s suspension is noteworthy
If you’ve ever spent time inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, you may have noticed a big sign near the exit that spells out plainly Ohio State’s stance on mistreating women. It is an absolute no-no to Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.
The last thing the players see when they leave the football facility at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/V17tFX8aOq
— Taylor Zarzour (@TaylorZarzour) August 26, 2016
That sign serves as a final reminder for players heading out into the real world — or a college campus — about what’s important for the Buckeyes program.
Is that behind the decision Monday to suspend redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson for the fall semester?
Gibson is now suspended for the entire year & loses a year of eligibility. Buckeyes are adamant he did nothing wrong. They fought it hard.
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) August 29, 2016
Officially, Gibson was suspended for violating the school’s code of conduct, but no specifics were released.
Meyer said he disagreed with the ruling, which did not come from the athletic department or football program.
For Meyer to react that way is noteworthy, disagreeing publicly with his employer — especially if it did concern a harassment allegation.
We don’t know what exactly Gibson allegedly did or how he will respond. Offensive coordinator Ed Warner said he hopes Gibson will return to the team after the suspension.
If Gibson were to transfer, he’d likely head to a Division II school or lower for a year and hope to play this year and re-emerge somewhere else at the Division I level next year.
Gibson was not expected to be a major contributor to the offense this fall and was behind a handful of other wide receivers.
Chargers finally bag Joey Bosa
Our long national nightmare is over: Joey Bosa has signed his contract with the San Diego Chargers.
We've signed Joey Bosa to a four-year contract.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 29, 2016
The third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Bosa agreed to terms with San Diego after what had turned into a long — and ugly — holdout that saw both sides taking turns at the PR pulpit in the last week. After a bitter back and forth about offset language and upfront money, both Bosa and the Bolts made concessions to get the deal done.
Chargers compromised on cash flow in years 2,3,4 + gave Joey Bosa largest upfront signing bonus in Chargers history; SD got offset language.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2016
According to the Shrugster, there are no hard feelings because, after all, business is business.
"We came to a fair deal. There's no animosity between any of us." –@jbbigbear
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 29, 2016
Welcome to the NFL, Joey. Time to get to work.
Oh yeah, with Bosa’s contract officially signed, the Ohio State graphic design team wasted no time at all celebrating this year’s remarkably draft day haul. That’s quite a number, the value of the contracts of the 12 drafted Buckeyes, a whopping $111.2 million.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 29, 2016
Buckeyes get women’s basketball schedule
After a disappointing — and injury-riddled — end to their 2015-16 basketball season, Kevin McGuff’s Ohio State basketball team got its first full look at what to expect in 2016-17.
Here’s who All-American Kelsey Mitchell and the Buckeyes women — a likely Top 5 preseason team — will see starting Nov. 6. Last season, McGuff’s squad took on the country’s top three teams and could be looking at a repeat this winter.
From an Ohio State release:
Last season, Ohio State was the only team in the country to play the top-3 ranked teams in the country. The Buckeyes could potentially do the same this season. OSU is scheduled play South Carolina at home on Nov. 14 and UConn in Hartford on Dec. 19. A meeting with Baylor is also possible if they two teams were both to advance to the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving weekend. All three teams were ranked in the top-six throughout the 2015-16 season.
The Big Ten schedule will consist of only 16 games this season after having played an 18-game schedule each of the past two seasons.
Ohio State’s only meeting with two-time defending Big Ten champion Maryland will be in Columbus on Monday, Feb. 20.
Outside of Mitchell, the 2014-15 Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year, the Buckeyes will bring one of the country’s most talented rosters to the Schottenstein Center on a nightly basis. McGuff signed three players in the 2016 signing class — all three of them 5-star prospects — and Ohio State will also welcome in three highly-touted transfers.
Transfers Stephanie Mavunga, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper will all be eligible to play this season after fulfilling the NCAA transfer requirements last season. Mavunga and Calhoun can begin playing at the start of the season while Harper can start after the end of the fall semester on Dec. 15. Mavunga was a first team All-ACC performer at North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility left. Calhoun started Duke’s first 13 games of the 2014-15 season as a true freshman and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Harper played two seasons at Kentucky and was an All-SEC Defensive Team honoree in 2015.
Along with the transfers, Ohio State signed three of the top 31 players in the 2016 class. Center Tori McCoy (Champaign, Ill.) was ranked No. 8 in the class. She was a McDonalds All-American and played in the Jordan Brand Classic. Point guard Kiara Lewis (Chicago, Ill.), who also played in the Jordan Brand Classic, was ranked No. 22 in the 2016 class. Guard Jensen Caretti (Clarington, Ohio) was named Miss Basketball in the state of Ohio last year and ranked No. 31.
If you’re interested in season tickets for Ohio State’s women’s team this winter, you can get them here.
Durbin taking over is big news for Buckeyes’ depth chart
In case you missed it on Monday, Urban Meyer, at his weekly press conference, announced that junior kicker Sean Nuernberger would be replaced on this week’s depth chart by walk-on senior Tyler Durbin.
For a better look at exactly who the heck Tyler Durbin is, check out this story from Eric Seger of elevenwarriors.com:
An honors high school graduate with a GPA above 4.0, Durbin served as a team captain and three-year starter at Lake Braddock. He also was a member of the National Honor Society.
There are a lot of interesting tidbits about He Who Would Be Kicker, so give it a read.
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