Buckeye Newsstand, August 30

BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Aug 30, 2008


Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Saturday, August 30
The Columbus Dispatch has plenty of pregame coverage as the Buckeyes get set to open the 2008 season today vs. Youngstown State. The Dispatch has stories on Jim Tressel's new salary, on Chris "Beanie" Wells and his hopes not to repeat history against YSU, on Curtis Terry wearing Bill Willis' No. 99 and on how early games can quickly turn into blowouts by Ohio State.

The Dispatch also has five key factors heading into to the game, as well as predictions, a short profile on James Laurinaitis, a look at the play of the week and a couple of notes on OSU's Lawrence Wilson and YSU's Mychal Savage. Bob Hunter of the Dispatch also has a column on how Ohio State football fans pay for their loyalty.

For those who even want more, the Dispatch also has an interactive Gameday page.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on Tressel's new deal, as well as stories on how the Buckeyes are the most expensive seat in college football, on how certain numbers could determine OSU's fate this season and on what college football experts think about the Buckeyes.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on Ohio State's seniors wanting to savor their last opener. The Assocaited Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) also has a note on Kurt Coleman possibly missing today's game with an ankle injury.

The Canton Repository also has a story on Tressel's raise, as well as a feature story on OSU's returning seniors.

The Toledo Blade has a story on OSU wanting to not overlook Youngstown State.

Terrelle Pryor is the subject of a Lorain Morning Journal story.

The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has a short preview story for today's game.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Warren Tribune Chronicle has breakdown of today's game.


Friday, August 29
The Columbus Dispatch has a feature story on new starting weakside linebacker Ross Homan and his return from a 2007 injury.

Brian Hartline is the subject of a Cleveland Plain Dealer story.

The Plain Dealer also has a story on Jim Tressel's decision to not suspend defensive tackle Doug Worthington despite a July DUI arrest, as well as a story on Jermale Hines getting a chance to start at safety with Kurt Coleman being out with an ankle injury.

Former Buckeye Kirk Barton is the subject of a Canton Repository story as his Chicago Bears were in Cleveland Thursday for a preseason game.

The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has a story on starting quarterback Todd Boeckman.

The Lima News has a story on Ohio State's veterans and freshman preparing to enter the spotlight.

The Dispatch has an OSU football notebook.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has a blog note on senior offensive lineman Alex Boone giving freshman J.B. Shugarts a vote of confidence.

The Cincinnati Enquirer and Canton Repository both have stories on the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series, which will take place this weekend at three different locations – Cincinnati, Canton and Irving, Texas.

The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on how Archie Griffin thinks Chris "Beanie" Wells will battle Florida's Tim Tebow for the Heisman Trophy.

The Dispatch has a story on two beer distributors running into trouble by using Ohio State symbols without permission.

The Dayton Daily News has a short Ohio State/Big Ten preview.

Finally, the Plain Dealer has a note on the Big Ten Network reaching an agreement with Cox Cable.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Youngstown Vindicator has a story on the young Penguins needing to grow up fast as they prepare for Ohio State. The Vindicator also has a story on a donation to Youngstown State for its new indoor athletic training facility from owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.

Another member of the Griffin family will play at Ohio Stadium this weekend in the form of YSU backup cornerback and special-teams player Tyler Griffin. The Dispatch has the story.


Thursday, August 28
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a feature story on returning seniors Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Robiskie, Marcus Freeman, Alex Boone and James Laurinaitis and the reasons they came back to Ohio State.

The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Ohio State's seniors keeping the younger players focused as the season is set to begin this weekend. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has five predictions about the seniors.

The Toledo Blade also has a story on the returning seniors, as does The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal). Ohio State's linebackers are also the subject of Toledo Blade story.

Todd Boeckman is the subject of a Canton Repository feature story.

The Akron Beacon Journal has a feature story on Chris "Beanie" Wells.

Brian Robiskie is the subject of a Lima News feature story.

The Dispatch and Canton Repository have OSU football notebooks.

Defensive end Lawrence Wilson is the subject of a Mansfield News Journal feature story.

The perception of the Big Ten is the subject of a Dispatch story.

The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on some small concerns Ohio State has going into the season.

Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has a blog note on how Boone was too funny to be captain. There is also a blog note on trying to get Terrelle Pryor into Saturday's game.

The Dispatch has a story on OSU fencer Mikhail Momtselidze, who was caught in Georgia when Russia invaded.

Finally, The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has an OSU notebook, led with a note on a "Block O" entrance for the football team this weekend.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Warren Tribune Chronicle has a story on Youngstown State awaiting the debut of Pryor.

The Dispatch has a story on Youngstown State linebacker Roshon Simons and his brother Marcus Ray – a former Michigan safety.


Wednesday, August 27
Ohio State will open the 2008 football season with Youngstown State, and the Columbus Dispatch has a story on the Buckeyes keeping the Appalachian State upset of Michigan in the back of their minds as they prepare for YSU.

The Lima News also has a story on the Buckeyes not wanting to overlook Youngstown State.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the unsympathetic Buckeyes dealing with a nation that is tired of them.

Bob Hunter of the Dispatch has a column on a calm Jim Tressel as he leads his veteran squad.

The Dispatch has the details on what channel the Big Ten Network will be on Time Warner Cable in the Columbus area. The Plain Dealer has a similar story on the BTN in northeast Ohio, as well as an update on the Big Ten's negotiations with Cox Cable.

The Canton Repository has a story on happy Time Warner subscribers in the Canton area.

The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on the Buckeyes getting ready for the season to start now that position battles are settled.

The Dispatch, Plain Dealer, Canton Repository and The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) all have OSU football notebooks.

The Canton Repository has a story on Chris "Beanie" Wells and his Heisman hopes.

Traffic could create problems for those coming to Ohio Stadium Saturday, according to a Dispatch story. The Dispatch also has a map of where fans can park.

The Dayton Daily News has a story on Brandon Saine working his way back from a hamstring injury.

The Toledo Blade has a story on Ohio State's freshman and how Jim Tressel and his upperclassmen are eager to see what they can do.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on Terrelle Pryor, who is likely to see game action Saturday.

Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer has posted five predictions for the upcoming college football season on his blog.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on the Buckeyes meeting Mansfield native Jim Steen last week, who is the head of Kenyon College's swim coach.

Ohio Stadium's video board will show close plays this fall, according to the Dispatch.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Youngstown Vindicator has a story on YSU's seniors getting ready to play in the Horseshoe.

The Warren Tribune Chronicle has a story on the Penguins using the Appalachian State upset as motivation. Finally, the Dispatch has a story on YSU head coach Jon Heacock and his attempts to return the Penguins to glory.


Tuesday, August 26
It is a happy day for many Buckeye fans as Time Warner Cable has reached an agreement to distribute the Big Ten Network. Fans will have the network in time to see Ohio State's first game Saturday vs. Youngstown State. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal and The Associated Press (via the Zanesville Times Recorder) have the details.

A confident Todd Boeckman is the subject of a Dispatch feature story.

Ohio State's depth chart for the season opener on Saturday was released Monday, and the Plain Dealer has a story on who was (and was not) on it.

The Associated Press (via the Zanesville Times Recorder) has a story on OSU's veterans preparing for Youngstown State.

The Plain Dealer has a Big Ten preview story on a team that could be a surprising one this season, Michigan State. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has five predictions about the Big Ten for this upcoming season.

The Plain Dealer has a story on the SEC's new deal with ESPN and how that conference is not following the Big Ten in creating a new network. Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on "smug" SEC fans.

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal has a column on the SEC-Big Ten debate.

Jon Spencer of the Mansfield News Journal has a column on how new Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez should recognize that OSU is Michigan's top rival.

Finally, The Assocaited Press (via the Dispatch) has a story on the many holes in the recently released Michigan depth chart.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Ashtabula Star Beacon has a feature story on YSU defensive end Jaimie Frasure.


Monday, August 25
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on how a new NCAA rule change affecting the play clock could affect the Buckeyes.

Many Ohio State football players have been wearing gray "Thank You God, I Am Grateful" wristbands, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the where they came from.

The Toledo Blade has a feature story on Lawrence Wilson and his return from a broken leg suffered during last season's game vs. Youngstown State.

Scouting Youngstown State
The Mansfield News Journal has a story on how some prank calls have gotten YSU offensive lineman Greg Sazdanoff ready to face the Buckeyes this weekend.


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