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.
Bye, Bye JD: Moving onto Men’s Basketball, former Buckeye J.D. Weatherspoon has landed on his feet at University of Toledo, per The Columbus Dispatch.
Former Ohio State basketball player J.D. Weatherspoon will transfer to Toledo, he said in a text message to The Dispatch yesterday. Weatherspoon, from Northland High School, was one of two sophomores released from their scholarships last month by coach Thad Matta. Guard Jordan Sibert announced last week that he will transfer to Dayton. Weatherspoon will have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out next season. “They told me when I get there, they’ll push me to the level I can get to,” Weatherspoon said. “ They told me I can kind of be the man on campus. I can be the guy who can help bring the team to an NCAA appearance.” Weatherspoon played in 36 games in his two seasons at Ohio State and averaged 2.6 points and 1 rebound in 5.9 minutes per game.
_ Best of luck to J.D. with the Rockets.

Men’s Baseball: The Buckeyes head to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers, on the heels of Coach Beals’ 300th career victory. Here’s to many more as skipper of the Buckeyes.

The three-game set with Indiana begins Thursday at Sembower Field. All three games start at 3 p.m. with Friday's game streamed live on BTN.com and Saturday's finale televised live on BTN.

The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 31-22 overall conference record. Ohio State currently sits sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger, a game up on Minnesota and two games up on Illinois for the last Big Ten tournament spot heading into the final weekend.

Women's Softball: Several of the Lady Buckeyes received Big Ten honors:
Ohio State senior shortstop Alicia Herron and freshman catcher Shelby Pickett were named third team All-Big Ten selections, the league office announced Wednesday. Herron, a native of Cypress, Calif., becomes the sixth Buckeye in Ohio State softball history to earn four- consecutive league honors, while Pickett claims her first career conference accolade. Herron and Pickett are joined by junior third baseman Megan Coletta, who was named the 2012 Ohio State Sportsmanship honoree. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes also must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
_ Congratulations to these young ladies, well done.

More Honors: Moving along with Honors, The Governor  received a tremendous honor by hosting the Buckeyes and the other Ohio teams that made the 2012 Sweet Sixteen. No word on The Guv’s need of smelling salts to recover from The Swoon.
The Ohio State men's basketball team and the other three 2012 NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" teams from the state of Ohio (Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio) were recognized Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. Gov. John Kasich addressed the teams, played H O R S E with CBS lead basketball analyst and former Buckeye Clark Kellogg and Aaron Craft. The teams were given tours of the residence and received certificates commemorating the event.
_ Finally, in a couple weeks, grab your main squeeze and head to The Shoe to catch Johnny Depp in all his pirate finery in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of The Black Pearl’ and support a good cause, Ohio State Pelotonia. Funds raised support cancer research at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. You’ll be glad you did.


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