Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has a column on new Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell and how his past with OSU will affect his future.
The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) has a note on the popular photo going around the Internet of a recently deceased Ohio State fan making the "I" in the four-person O-H-I-O cheer.
The Toledo Blade an update on ticket sales for the Ohio State-Toledo football game on Sept. 10.
Finally, Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News writes that Michigan and Michigan State can make some football recruiting in roads in Ohio because of OSU's off-the-field issues.
Thursday, July 14
The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association has a proposal to honor former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel this season, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dayton Daily News and The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) have the details.
The AP (via the Lima News) has a story on Ohio State football players dealing with the school's self-imposed sanctions.
Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer has a column on new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and the passion that will fuel the 2011 Buckeyes.
Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch has a column on how advice from Tressel is still helping senior Tyler Moeller.
The Dispatch also has news of two new verbal commitments for the Ohio State football recruiting class of 2012.
The Toledo Blade caught up with former Ohio State wrestler JB Bergman, who is continuing his quest to represent the United States in the next summer Olympics.
Finally, NBADraft.net has some good things to say about OSU men's basketball standout Jared Sullinger after he participated in the LeBron James Skills Camp.
Wednesday, July 13
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on how things might be different for the Ohio State football team thanks to a younger coaches like new head coach in Luke Fickell and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
USA Today has a story from yesterday in which Gene Smith said he hopes Jim Tressel will coach again someday.
The Toledo Blade caught up with OSU safeties coach Paul Haynes on Tuesday when he spoke to players who will participate in a local all-star football game this weekend.
Finally, the Detroit News has a story on comments from former Michigan linebacker Larry Foote on Ohio State's difficult offseason.
Tuesday, July 12
Ohio State has filled its open linebackers coach slot by hiring former Buckeye Mike Vrabel. The Columbus Dispatch, Lima News, FoxSportsOhio.com and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) have the story.
Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on how friends like Vrabel and Luke Fickell can produce great results when working together.
Ohio State was sued by ESPN on Monday because of the university's failure to release e-mails between Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor mentor Ted Sarniak. The Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Associated Press (via FoxSportsOhio.com) have the details. Also check out this 2009 Dispatch feature story on how the federal privacy law OSU is citing is often misused.
Finally, Sam Amico of FoxSportsOhio.com has a story on how players like Ohio State's Jared Sullinger did the right thing by not leaving school early to go to the NBA. Amico also has a story on David Lighty's new coach in Italy and his thoughts on the former Buckeye.
Monday, July 11
The Ohio State football team was dealt a recruiting blow on Sunday when former OSU verbal commit pledged to attend rival Michigan. The Toledo Blade has the details.
Sticking with Michigan, quarterback Denard Robinson was in Lexington, Ohio, this weekend and spoke to the Mansfield News Journal about OSU's difficult offseason.
In a move that is likely to be announced at a scheduled press conference at 10 a.m. this morning, the Buckeyes will introduce Mike Vrabel as their new linebackers coach. The Columbus Dispatch has the story.
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Ohio State's decision to wear uniforms made by LeBron James' Nike clothing line is a betrayal to Cleveland fans.
Another Plain Dealer columnist, Bud Shaw, writes that Ohio State could avoid the wrath of the NCAA with a few more self-imposed penalties.
Along the same lines, Jim Naveau of the Lima News thinks OSU will not be spared by the NCAA despite its pleas for mercy.
Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column saying penalized schools should forfeit cash, not wins.
Finally, Jim Ingraham of the Lorain Morning Journal writes that it's just time to move on past the scandal.