(AP) — Ohio State is paying football coach Urban Meyer $4 million per year, more money than his predecessor, along with specific requirements for reporting violations of NCAA rules. The university has completed a seven-year contract with Meyer that the board of trustees is expected to approve later this week. Meyer was hired last November to rebuild the program, which got a one-year bowl ban for NCAA rules violations under former coach Jim Tressel.
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Happy Monday! Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. A quick conclusion: people are longing for football and love to debate their fall obsession. Not a big surprise with it being the middle of June. Only a couple more months, Big Ten fans.
On Friday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten sack leader, the 10th in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Tackles. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too.
This just in from several sources, including Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State football players Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort have lost their scholarships for the summer, will pay their own way for summer school and will have a chance to return to the football team, and to their scholarships, after the summer session.
BTN will air its fifth annual BTN Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. You also can watch it live on BTN2Go. On the one-hour special, we’ll announce the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Suzy Favor Award and Jesse Owens Award, in addition to crowning our picks for several different categories, including “Breakout Performer” and “Best Finish,” to name a couple.
You have questions, and I have answers right here in my latest Big Ten Mailbag. In this installment, a diehard Buckeye fan wonders if the hype surrounding Ohio State may be a little too high and another reader sends me one of the longer questions I’ve ever received. Check out my answers to all of your questions in this post. And don’t be afraid to send me any Big Ten questions you have for future mailbags. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the post. It’s that easy.
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Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten interception leader, the ninth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Sacks. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too.