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CHRIS CARTER IN THE TWO DEEP?
Ken Kohl (6:58 pm)

It’s been a somewhat quiet off-season, and this week was not much of an exception. What a relief from the past year or so, no? Nonetheless we do have a few things going on, so let’s stroll into the midweek musings and see what’s there.

Two Deep: The news of the day is the post-spring two-deep that was released by the coaching staff early this afternoon. You can check out the depth chart here. While there are not a lot of surprises on the list, there were a few things to note.

*Doran Grant has worked his way into being a co-starter with Travis Howard at one of the corner spots. Roby is still at the other.
*Amazingly, Chris Carter is listed as a backup alongside Joel Hale at nose tackle. The transition from OL appears to have worked.
*Neither Rod Smith or Bri'onte Dunn were able to surpass Jordan Hall or Carlos Hyde at the running back position.

OSU Crew: Let's take a look at some of the other sports around campus. First up is the club sport, OSU Crew. They participated in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia PA this past weekend.

Special congratulations to the Men’s Varsity 4 for making it to the Grand Finals of Dad Vail this past Saturday! They edged out University of Michigan in the semi-finals by less than .5 seconds, only about .4 seconds behind Penn State, who took first in the heat. Our V4 – Seniors Adam Reckless, Erik Meister, Colin Richards, Josh Taub, and coxswain Julie Stehli – came in 4th place in the Grand Finals, with a time of 6:57.488. Also congratulations to the Women’s Varsity 4, Women’s x1, and the Men’s Novice 8 for their semi-final appearances! As a team, we had more crew members racing on Saturday (in semi- finals and finals) than last year. Well done, everyone.

 
 
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Ken Kohl (8:10 pm)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities.

For this week’s Campus Spotlight, we have several topics to recap; men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and  women’s golf, baseball, softball and a club sport, crew.

Ready? Here we go.

OSU Crew
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A few items to report on this week in our Campus Feature.  Sticking with the “Campus” theme, let’s start with a club (non-varsity) sport, Ohio State Crew. The men’s and women’s rowers spent the weekend participating in the 43rd MACRA (Mid-America College Rowing Association) Regatta in Grand Rapids, MI. Of the seventeen members of the MACRA, Ohio State in the only member that participates as a "club" status, so the competition is very stiff.

Having said that, congratulations to the Men’s Varsity Pair, the Women’s V4, and the Women’s X1 for their 3rd and 1st place finishes at the MACRA Championships this past weekend!

Final round times for each boat:

Men’s V8 – 6:12.45                        
Men’s 2V8 – 5:47.70                      
Men’s V4 – 6:44.32                       
Men’s 2V4 – 7:18.89                      
Men’s Novice 4 – 6:46.88 
Men’s Novice 8 – 6:30.92        
Men’s 2N4 – 6:43.49 
Men’s x2 – 8:30.92
Women’s V8 – 7:35.08
Women’s V4 – 7:48.69
Women’s Novice 4 – 8:43.61
Women’s Novice 8 – 7:27.04
Women’s x1 – 8:44.96

The Men’s V8 (Varsity 8-man boat) times compare very well with times that more traditional teams, such as Princeton for example, achieve. Not only do these rowers represent Ohio State University, as you can see, they do it well.


 
 
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Ken Kohl (3:15 pm)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities.

We have a few items where we’ll aim the Campus Spotlight this week. We have men’s lacrosse, women’s golf, men’s tennis, fencing, women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s rowing. 

Among this week’s highlights; the men’s lacrosse team sets the tone for the Spring Game with a 14-4 thrashing of Air Force, the women‘s golf team plays well and easily wins the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the men’s tennis team won yet another Big 10 Conference title, the fencing team qualifies 3 members for the 2012 Olympics, women’s gymnastics clean up on Coach of the Year honors, the baseball team wins another game and the #6 ranked women’s rowing team crew won 12 of 14 races on Saturday. Grab your beverage of choice (depending on time of day) and let’s get started. For all the detailed accounts, you can look here.


 
 
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Ken Kohl (11:10 am)

The Ohio State Women’s Golf Team concluded a visit to Tucson, AZ for the Mountain View Collegiate event held March 23/24. Tying for the low team score of the day with a 284, the Ohio State women’s golf team moved up three slots to conclude the Mountain View Collegiate in third place of 15 schools. Totaling 871 at the par 72, 6,227-yard Mountain View Country Club, the squad’s third round performance and total was its lowest of the season.

Leading the Buckeyes with a career-low total of 5-under 211 was freshman Kendall Prince. (photo right) Finishing in a career-best tie for fourth, the Lake Oswego, Ore., product earned a third round score of 3-under 69 to place in the top 5.

 
 
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Ken Kohl (4:05 pm)

It’s a balmy 64 degrees in Buffalo this afternoon, and like flower blossoms
opening in the Spring, the local golf courses are beginning to open as well. Ahh..
Segueing to golf, the Ohio State Women’s Golf team just wrapped up a successful
trip to Miami FL to participate in the Hurricane Invitational, a 16-team event
held over 54 holes. Since I used the word ‘successful’, you might think the team
played pretty well, and you’d be right. They won the tournament. Yep, got the
‘W’. Congratulations, well done, and keep the wins coming..

 
 
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Ken Kohl (1:45 pm)

Today’s article is off the path of NCAA sports; the Club Crew at Ohio State. I’m collaborating on this article with OSU Crew Communications Officer Hallie Liu (www.osucrew.org).

Hallie, to get the readers and me squared away, can you briefly tell us about rowing at Ohio State?
There are two rowing communities at Ohio State. Ohio State Rowing is an NCAA-sanctioned, traditional varsity sport. They are an open weight women's team coached by Andy Teitelbaum and funded by the University. The Ohio State Crew Club is a competitive rowing club overseen by Ohio State Rec Sports. We offer rowing to both men and women. We currently row on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir in Dublin during the spring and the Olentangy River in the fall. The NCAA team rows on Grigg's Reservoir.

 
 
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Ken Kohl (10:27 am)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our new feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities. This is the second part of 'The James" series, you can check out part one here.

Welcome back for Part 2 of the Q&A that I had about The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute with Eileen Scahill, Media Relations Manager, Ohio State University Medical Center. As you get further on in the reading, it may appear to get a little “wonkish”, but that's a good thing; it further stresses the insidious nature of cancer and breast cancer in particular. So, Eileen, take it away...  

For a lot of football fans, the most familiar connection to The James is the Stephanie Spielman fund. Can you please tell us how the Spielman's and The James were involved to set up the fund? What specific programs are underwritten by the Stephanie Spileman Fund?

Spielman Fund Background

Stefanie Spielman grew up in a loving home in northeastern Ohio and married her high school sweetheart, Chris, after they graduated from Ohio State.

During a breast self-exam in 1998, Stefanie found a lemon-sized lump. She mentioned it to her doctor, who diagnosed her with breast cancer. Stefanie was only 30 years old.

The Spielmans’ strong belief in family led Chris to take a year off from football to stay home and care for his family, bringing them unexpected national attention.  By publicly talking about breast cancer, more and more people learned about the disease and the importance of education and prevention.  Stefanie and Chris realized they could use their unique situation to do more.

 
 
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Ken Kohl (11:01 am)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our new feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities. 

On these blogs the topics are likely about football and men's basketball. I'd like to cover another topic. The other nationally ranked team at OSU is at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Specifically, those at the the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

This is the first of two parts covering "The James". We had a few questions about The James and they were more than answered by Eileen Scahill, Media Relations Manager, Ohio State University Medical Center. Please join me for Part 1.

Can you please start out with an overview of The James' mission? That might lead to the following questions...

Our Vision - Creating a cancer-free world. One person, one discovery at a time.

Our Mission - To eradicate cancer from individuals’ lives by creating knowledge and integrating groundbreaking research with excellence in education and patient-centered care

Overview - The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) is one of the nation's premier cancer centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. It is the Midwest's first and Ohio's only fully dedicated cancer hospital and research institute.The OSUCCC–James is one of only 40 centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, we are a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers.In 2009, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a $1 billion expansion of the cancer hospital and Medical Center facilities, including a new 276-bed (not including ICU) cancer hospital and critical care building. This increased capacity to help keep pace with the projected 21 percent growth in admissions during the next decade.

The new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute's state-of-the-art facilities will allow the Medical Center to serve 310,000 patients annually.

 
 
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Ken Kohl (5:33 pm)

[Ed. Note] Believe it or not, there are other sports at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our new feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports. 

Since my last brilliant idea had about as much merit as my first marriage, I think I’ll gravitate to a non-revenue sport where I have some familiarity; golf. In this case, women’s golf. 

Here’s a brief biography of the two coaches for Ohio State’s Women’s Golf Team and a recap of the 2011 Fall Season. Future articles will highlight the roster and upcoming matches in the Spring 2012 Season with their recaps. 

Coaching Profiles:

Therese Hession

Head coach Therese Hession is in her 20th year as HC of the Ohio State women's golf program. Over her tenure, Coach Hession’s Buckeyes have won seven Big Ten championships, including four of the last nine, and 11 NCAA championship appearances. [Ed: That’s pretty good stuff.]  Her squads have also competed in 17 NCAA regionals the past 19 years, including the last 16 in a row. For her efforts and impressive results, Hession has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year six times (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005). So, bringing home CoY 6 times in 19 years is pretty good; remember, there are other teams in the conference!

Coach Hession competed in more than 250 LPGA tournaments during her 11 year career. This kind of successful experience is important to teach her players how to approach and deal with travel requirements and tournament pressures. This may help explain why her teams have been consistently successful for such a long period. Of course, she can’t do this alone, so I’d like to introduce...

Lisa Strom

Lisa Strom golfed for four years at Ohio State, and accumulated 10 years of professional golf experience on the LPGA tour as well as teaching the sport. While on tour, she competed in more than 50 tour events. Lisa joined the staff in 2011 as assistant coach. 

Note: for full biographies: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com 
 
2011 Fall Season Results

The format is play five-score four. For each day’s round, the lowest four scores of each team’s five participants are counted towards team total. So, over the course of a 3-day event, a player has the opportunity to “shoot” her way out of a slump. All events consist of three rounds.