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The incomparable Jesse Owens
Dave Thurman (2:41 pm)

July brings the dog-days of summer as the temperatures heat up and news of the Buckeyes cools down.  Not surprisngly there is not a lot of compelling stuff to report this week, but there are a few items that have piqued my interest.

Hall Redshirt?  I don't want to say "I told you so"...well, yes, I actually do want to say that because it feels good.  Earlier in the week I suggested that I would be surprised if Hall returns in just 10 weeks, and worried that he might miss more of the season than predicted.  Well, now there are numerous reports, including this one from ESPiN that the coaching staff is concerned, and even considering a medical redshirt for Jordan.  Since he suited up as a true freshman, he does have a year to play with, and you wonder if it might not be better for him to sit out this year and come back 100% in 2013.  Stay tuned. 

OSU and the Olympics:  If you are like me the Summer Olympics capture your attention every four years.  In fact I find myself watching as much as I can, at least until they start featuring stuff like rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming.  I confess that my favorite event is track and field, and Ohio State has a proud tradition of sending great runners to the Games.  To this day, many consider Jesse Owens the greatest track star in Olympic history, thanks to his four gold medals in 1936 at Berlin, right under Hitler's nose.  But there have many other Buckeyes who have excelled like Glenn Davis, who wound up with 3 career gold medals, and Butch Reynolds, who won a gold and silver at the 1988 Games in Seoul.  Of course, Butch later spent some time as a strength and speed coach for the Ohio State football team. 

Unfortunately, there are no Buckeyes on the 2012 U.S. track and field team that is headed to London.  However the scarlet and gray will be represneted in this summer's Olympic Games.  Brittany Viola, in her third attempt to make the Olympics, won the women's 10-meter platform in the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, June 24th.  You might want to watch and see how Brittany does in this event at London. 

No Neal, No Surprise:  Yesterday, Lewis Neal, who at one time was verbally committed to OSU, cast his lot with LSU.  Although Urban Meyer continued to recruit Neal after he de-committed, nobody expected him to wind up in Columbus, and all signs pointed to the star linebacker from North Carolina heading to Baton Rouge to play for Les Miles. 

Meanwhile, Alex Anzalone, the other linebacker in the class of 2013 who verballed and then chagned his mind, is expected to wind up at Notre Dame.  Again, Ohio State has not given up, and continues to recruit the 4-star Anzalone, who hails from Pennsylvania, but it would be a shock to see him suit up in Columbus. 

So, the coaching staff is looking in other directions for a linebacker in the upcoming class, and it seems the number one priority is Tyquan Lewis, from Tarboro, North Carolina.  Strange: two 'backers from North Carolina named Lewis.  Let's hope things work out better with Tyquan than they did with Neal.

On a positive note, the staff brought in a great haul of linebackers in this year's class, so it won't be an epic fail if they strike out at the position in 2013.

On the Links:  With so many good Buckeye blogs out there (to say nothing of paysites) there is always something to read in regard to OSU football and basketball.  Here are a couple of items that have caught my attention this week: Buckeye Battle Cry has a very interesting roundtable on the best and worst moments from the coaching careers of Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel.  Good stuff, which made me think of what grade I would give each coach, considering their entire career.  Here's my report card (for those who are interested): Bruce: B; Cooper: C+; Tressel: A-.  I know some will protest Coop's mediocre grade, but I think it is generous considering his record against TSUN and in bowl games...Land-Grant Holyland has taken time to provide a 2012 Preseason Magazine Consensus Top 25.  The highest anyone has the Buckeyes is 6th (Athlon) and the lowest is 20th (CFB Live).  All of that is pretty heady stuff considering last season's disastrous 6-7 record.

Craft Surgery:  In case you didn't hear, sophomore point guard Aaron Craft (who I think was the MVP of this year's Final Four team), just had surgery to remove a bone chip from his left ankle.  Although he was in a cast at first, Craft is now wearing a walking shoe, and the hope is that he will be good to go in just a few weeks.  Hopefully there won't be any complications. 
 


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