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New tradition: 1st quick cals at Ohio State

As promised, Ohio State rolled out a new tradition called “Quick Cals.” What are those? At  works: 23 minutes before every home kickoff, in the south end zone, the Buckeye players will do fast, upbeat pregame exercises while facing the students. And the students can participate. Watch the video to see their first one this Saturday morning. “We want to start a new tradition, to show the relationship between our student body, the best student body in America, and our football team,” Urban Meyer says in the video below instructing fans of the new plan.

Did You See This? Carlos Hyde Runs over Coach

Here’s an understatement: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is a big boy. At 6-feet, 235 pounds, the junior running back can runs with plenty of power and packs a pretty serious punch. Big Ten linebackers might want to take notice, because if not careful, Hyde will bowl them over. Just like he did to running backs coach Stan Drayton during a drill in a recent practice. Watch the video above. Pretty impressive. Strangely, the highlight of the video isn’t the hit; it’s the smile that the hit brought to head coach Urban Meyer’s face. h/t: Brent Yarina is

Did You See This? Ohio State adds new tradition

Wisconsin has “Jump Around,” and now Ohio State has “Quick Cals.” Urban Meyer and Ohio State created the new Ohio Stadium pregame activity, which will debut prior to the season opener Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio). Here’s how it works: 23 minutes before every home kickoff, in the south end zone, the players will do Quick Cals – think pregame exercises – and ask for student participation. “We want to start a new tradition, to show the relationship between our student body, the best student body in America, and our football team,” Meyer says in the video. [ Ohio State

Athlon Sports visits Ohio State for photo shoot

Jared Sullinger and William Buford are gone, but Thad Matta still has plenty of talent coming back for the 2012-13 season. In Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State figures to boast one of the Big Ten’s elite duos. Throw in role player Lenzelle Smith and youngsters LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson, and the Buckeyes should be just fine. Athlon Sports believes in the Buckeyes, and that’s why the publication was in Columbus recently for a photo shoot. See a picture in this post. [ View the entire Craft-Thomas Athlon gallery] And it looks like Craft and Thomas won’t just

Ohio State arrives home from Final Four

The Ohio State men’s basketball team had a terrific 2011-12 season, winning a share of its third consecutive Big Ten crown and advancing to the Final Four in New Orleans. While the Buckeyes fell to Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday (AP recap), the Ohio State faithful still greeted the team with a championship welcome home Sunday night at Value City Arena. Watch the team bus pull into the arena and hear the players thank the crowd in this post. The Buckeyes finished the season 31-8, with seven of their eight losses coming against ranked teams that boasted a combined

Ohio State's Craft featured on regional SI cover

In the sports world, there’s no better magazine to have your mug on than Sports Illustrated. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft knows what it’s like. The Ohio State point guard is featured on this week’s Final Four regional-based cover.  On it, Craft has the ball and is in midair against Syracuse, with the headline: “Ohio State Keeps on Dancing.” The Buckeyes take on Kansas, which beat them earlier this season, Saturday in the second national semifinal. Get this: According to reports, Kentucky is the primary cover, while Kansas and Ohio State are regional ones. What about Louisville, the fourth team? Guess

Did You See This? Smith's swollen eye

Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. took a shot to the face in Saturday night’s Elite Eight win over Syracuse (AP recap), and the eye looks a lot worse than one that required only three stitches. See a picture of Smith’s swollen eye, courtesy of @OSUADAthComm, plus photos of the injury, in this post. Find more “Did You See This?’ videos, see other Ohio State’s Best videos, and subscribe to our free “Did You See This?” free RSS feeds to get the latest delivered right to you.

Sam Thompson adds to highlight reel

By now, every Big Ten team knows that Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen. And yet, the freshman seems to consistently find open spaces around the rim, which, more times than not, leads to a jaw-dropping alley-oop. Thompson struck again in Tuesday night’s win over Illinois. This time, the pass came from Shannon Scott, not the usual Aaron Craft, but it was just as nice. And for good measure, Thompson also had a great block in the revenge win. Watch Thompson’s alley-oop now and see the terrific block in this post. Here’s the impressive block we

Craft, Welch hit halfcourters...on alley-oop attempts

Here’s something you don’t see every night, much less twice in the same night: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Minnesota’s Julian Welch both hit halfcourt shots on attempted alley-oop passes Wednesday. We kid you not. Craft did it first, as his pass to Sam Thompson went through the rim in Ohio State’s easy win over Penn State. Later, Welch, from just behind the midcourt line, threw a pass in Rodney Williams’ direction and into the bucket in Minnesota’s loss at Michigan State. Watch Craft’s shot here and check out Welch’s in this post. And here’s Welch’s alley-oop-pass-turned-midcourt-3: Find more “Did

Did You See This? Eddie George as Caesar

A month ago, our friends over at alerted us that former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George would be playing Julius Caesar at the upcoming Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The news is for real, and you can watch George as Caesar in a promo video from the NashvilleShakesorg YouTube page in this post. The festival runs Jan. 12-29 at the Troutt Theater on the campus of Belmont University.