Four buildings on The Ohio State University campus were evacuated Tuesday after the FBI's Columbus, Ohio, bureau notified the university it had received an anonymous message that explosives were placed in the buildings, authorities said.
A background check conducted in 2009 on an Ohio State University employee suspected of opening fire Tuesday on his co-workers turned up no criminal record, even though he apparently served five years in prison.
A man apparently angry over a poor performance evaluation entered an Ohio State University maintenance building early Tuesday and opened fire, killing a manager before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Ohio State University is No. 1 again, but not in football or basketball. For the second year in a row, the school's president was the highest paid public university executive in the United States, according to a study published Monday.
I don't know if there are more instances of players getting ejected and/or suspended this season, but it sure seems that way. It also seems that the various categories and penalties for technical fouls are getting more confusing -- and more numerous -- every year. So with an assist from John Adams, the NCAA's new supervisor of officials, I figured I'd begin this week's mailbag with a primer on all the fouls beyond your normal, every day, garden variety whistle.
It seems the annual "best conference debate" has taken on a fascinating dynamic this season. Nearly any reasonable observer would concede that two leagues, the Big 12 and SEC, have separated themselves from the pack. They might also agree that it's a near-impossible comparison to make because the conferences are marked by two radically different styles.
Well ... I guess I can go ahead and pack it in for the next 12 weeks. USC fans have already punched their tickets for Miami, Oklahoma has given no reason to believe it won't do the same and Georgia fans are already griping about a possible repeat of Auburn's 2004 snub. I'll just disappear to the Caribbean for a few months and return in time to cover the chaos in early December.
The focus of the college football world will be on Southern California this weekend. Ohio State visits the Los Angeles Coliseum in the hopes of knocking USC from their top ranking. NFL decision-makers will also be watching this game intently as almost two dozen players will impact the draft's initial two rounds in coming years. Here's a look at the top prospects from both squads, with some early predications on their draft rankings (* -- denotes underclassmen):
In an essay from his pop culture opus, Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, author Chuck Klosterman argues that nearly any aspect of a man's life -- the kind of car he drives, his choice of spouse, his musical tastes -- can be traced back to whether he was a Lakers guy or a Celtics guy in the 1980s.
Contrary to what you might have heard, Ohio State has not gone ahead and forfeited Saturday's game at USC. In spite of their recent drop in the AP poll, in spite of an ever-swelling Vegas spread (11 points as of this writing) and in spite of an ESPN survey that indicated 75 percent of you think they might as well not bother, the Buckeyes are still planning to board their flight to Los Angeles.
The game that college football fans have been talking about since the end of last season will have implications not only on the national championship picture but also on the Heisman race. When No. 1 USC and No. 5 Ohio State play Saturday in Los Angeles, as many as five players (Buckeyes running back Beanie Wells, Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez and USC running backs Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable) could emerge as the early front-runner for the stiff-armed statuette.
There have been 10 BCS championship teams to date, and each has been defined by its own unique flavor. One rode the shoulders of a near-unstoppable quarterback (Texas in 2005). One played things as close to the vest as possible (Ohio State, 2002). Others threw the ball all over the field (Florida State, 1999; USC, 2004) or suffocated opponents with their defenses (LSU, 2003; Florida, 2006).
A year ago this time, no one would have predicted a Thanksgiving weekend game between Missouri and Kansas would wind up one of the most highly viewed of the season. Or that USC's game against Stanford would carry greater implications than its subsequent trip to Cal.
Fortunately, the College Football Mailbag does not have to apply to the NCAA to be granted a sixth year of eligibility. Even if it did, that first year, when I was pretty much flying by the seat of my pants, could probably qualify as a redshirt season. And in hindsight, I'm fairly certain I wrote the entire 2005 season with a misdiagnosed shoulder injury.
Sifting through this week's final batch of Mailbag submissions, I think I have a new appreciation for what it must be like to work as a customer service rep for an airline. Or the person who answers the phone when your cable goes out.
NEW ORLEANS -- On this, the crowning night of an utterly bizarre college football season, the LSU Tigers are to be commended for conquering an extremely difficult obstacle on their path to a national championship.
LSU quarterback Matt Flynn had just thrown the last of his four touchdown passes in the BCS championship game on Monday night, a soft lob to tight end Richard Dickson, who might as well have been wearing Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, for all the success that Ohio State had in covering him. With the Buckeyes driving -- they put up a window-dressing touchdown to cut the final score to 38-24 -- Flynn stood on the bench with less than two minutes left, leaning over to embrace teammates and taking in the scene. The normally stoic Flynn, a senior from Tyler, Texas, sighed deeply several times and blinked back tears.
NEW ORLEANS -- Ohio State offensive lineman Alex Boone said he was watching College Football Live recently when he saw a fan comment scroll across the bottom of the screen that said, "If Ohio State loses this game [to LSU], they should be banned [from the national championship] for five years.
Ohio State's dreaded 51-day layoff before the BCS title game has been useful to the Buckeyes in at least one way: It took them almost that long to decide what to wear. Not until the week before Christmas did they finally settle on their scarlet jerseys instead of the white ones they wore in last season's title game, when they absorbed a 41-14 whipping from Florida. The uniform switch seems wise. After last year's disaster, it would be hard to blame the Buckeyes for doing everything, even small things, differently this time.
Here's how SI.com's playoff works. Using the final BCS rankings, we seeded the top 16 teams in order. To avoid inter-conference matchups in the first round, we made two simple adjustments (swapping Arizona State and Florida in the seeding process, as well as Illinois and Boston College). For the purpose of this simulation, we are going to assume that all "banged up" players (Tim Tebow, Glenn Dorsey, etc.) will take part in the action. We will be crowning a champion later this week. So start voting and let your voice be heard.
NEW YORK -- As Kosta Koufos, the 7-foot, 265-pound Ohio State freshman with the ethnic name and the matching European-style skill set, stood at Madison Square Garden's center court Wednesday night, a sobering-up Syracuse fan voiced his feelings on the Buckeyes' newfound star.
First, a clarification, one I probably should have made clear last week. These are not bowl predictions. Contrary to what many of you apparently believed (judging by my e-mails), by no means am I attempting to predict the result of every remaining game the rest of the season.
They are a rock in this season of upheaval; of Appy State over Michigan and Stanford over USC. In 2007, Ohio State stands as a traditional bulwark against the gatecrashers swarming the BCS Top 10 -- your BC Eagles and Arizona State Sun Devils; your Oregons and Kansas Jayhawks and Mizzous. Going into Saturday's game against No. 21 Wisconsin, the undefeated Buckeyes stand atop the BCS poll. And that, frankly, rates as one of the larger surprises in a season of them.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's campus store sold some 4,000 glow-in-the-dark "Boiler Blackout" T-shirts in anticipation of Saturday night's clash with Ohio State. But under the lights of Ross-Ade Stadium, it was scarlet and gray that dominated the game and the record 65,497 in attendance.
Â»Turns out, people with high IQs are no wealthier than folks with average intelligence or less, say researchers at Ohio State University. Brainpower does tend to lead to higher incomeâ€”an average premium of as much as $616 an IQ pointâ€”but the money doesn't seem to stick. Look at Einstein: The great man lost his Nobel Prize money on bonds that soured.