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Dienhart: Ohio State hires UNC's Withers

Everett Withers

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 22nd Morning Update

It had been speculated, and now it’s true: Everett Withers has been hired as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Ohio State. Withers was the interim head coach at North Carolina this season after Butch Davis was fired in July. Withers, who also was UNC’s defensive coordinator, guided the Tar Heels to a 7-5 mark and spot in the Independence Bowl vs. Missouri on December 26.

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Big Ten Geeks: Illini Offense Broken

Illinois once again put on a dismal offensive display against Cornell. Things started out well, with Bruce Weber’s team taking a 10-3 lead out of the gate, but the offense completely fell apart from there. But we’ve seen numbers like this from Illinois before:

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Football Report Brings Big Ten Bowl Updates

On tonight’s Big Ten Football Report, our Rick Pizzo, Gerry Dinardo and Howard Griffith get you updated on the latest in college football, including the NCAA sanctions on Ohio State and how the penalties will impact the Buckeyes moving forward. Also, we look ahead to the bowl games and the most intriguing story lines, including a look at Marcus Coker’s suspension for the Insight Bowl. Our handy bowl game schedule with TV and game times is right here, too.

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Ohio State Honors Alum Bob Knight

Bob Knight

Bob Knight honored at Halftime

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During halftime of Tuesday night’s Lamar-Ohio State game, the Buckeyes honored Bob Knight, a member of the school’s 1960 national championship team, with a University Ambassador Medal. The festivities opened with a video tribute that featured a quick montage and Mike Krzyzewski congratulating him on the honor, then two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin presented him with the medal. Finally, Knight gave a speech, which you can watch now.

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Best of Gus: Lamar at Ohio State

Gus Johnson

Gus Johnson: Free Fries

Just as we did during 2010-2011 hoops season, we’re archiving Gus Johnson’s greatest calls this season. Johnson is calling men’s basketball for BTN all winter long. We clip and post his best calls and archive them here during games, so bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Right now you can watch Johnson’s best calls from Tuesday’s Lamar-Ohio State, including this one that helped fans at Value City Arena get free fries.

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Dec. 20 Big Ten Hoops Roundup

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Hummel ends half with a slam

Purdue took care of IPFW (recap) and No. 2 Ohio State topped Lamar (recap) in a BTN doubleheader Tuesday night, while Nebraska nipped Central Michigan (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and video in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call in Columbus, and we posted his best calls from the Ohio State win. Check out our archive of Johnson’s latest calls. Did you see Robbie Hummel’s thunderous putback to end the first half tonight? If not, watch it now.

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Dienhart: NCAA sends strong message

The NCAA hammer has come down hard at Ohio State. This afternoon, the NCAA announced Ohio State will be ineligible for postseason play in 2012, stripped nine scholarships over the next three years and added a third year of the probation to the two the school already had slapped on itself as part of earlier self-sanctions.

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