COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: If you ever watched a lengthy Jim Tressel news conference, then you probably never envisioned him as a sparkly TV personality.
Now, despite his stiff delivery, propensity for circular logic and love for high-minded coaching maxims, that's precisely what he is. Tressel is doing a short, weekly segment on WKYC-TV in Cleveland.
He speaks about teamwork and selfless effort in a clearly scripted 2 minutes. There is no mention of his being forced out at Ohio State for knowing about likely NCAA violations but still sending his star players out on the field in 2010.
Tressel has moved on, of course. He's now being paid $200,000 a year to work with students at the University of Akron in a non-athletic position. He is not permitted to do any coaching because he's still serving a five-year "show cause" — the most severe penalty the NCAA can levy on a coach. The NCAA called him dishonest and untruthful in its final report on the Ohio State situation, and he is not allowed to coach at any NCAA institution unless the school that hires him presents a case for why it should hire him.
Ohio State is still dealing with the scorched earth he left behind — NCAA probation, a bowl ban after this season, vacating the 2010 season, a return of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bowl revenue and numerous other matters.
WKYC says Tressel will speak about the subjects he wrote about in several of his books: faith, integrity, honesty and ethics.
To see the video: http://on.wkyc.com/SI2f4d
JUST SO YOU KNOW: It was announced on Thursday that the TicketCity Bowl will now be called The Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The game will be played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013.
The game will pit teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten in 2013, and the Big Ten and Conference USA in 2014.
QUOTABLE: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini played at Ohio State in 1986-90 and was a captain. He was asked the last time he had been in Ohio Stadium.
"I don't know," he said. "It was a long, long time ago."
INJURY UPDATE: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer confirmed that RB Jordan Hall (partially torn knee ligament) is out for Saturday's 8 p.m. start against Nebraska. He termed CB C.J. Barnett as a "maybe," adding that he was still limping around practice on Wednesday. QB Braxton Miller was bruised and beaten up at Michigan State and took a couple of days to get back to something approaching healthy for a major-college quarterback who gets hit 20 or 30 times a game.
Two other Buckeyes have been cleared to play. DL Nathan Williams (microfracture knee surgery) has seen limited action all season, but has had a full week of practice and is ready to go.
Also, DL Michael Bennett (groin) still isn't full speed but is available to play.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: The Nebraska game is a sell-out. Apparently some people are still making and selling fake tickets.
The Ohio State athletic department is reminding fans to only purchase tickets from authorized sources because of the risk of counterfeit, stolen or voided tickets.
NOT AN EYE-GOUGE: The Big Ten has determined that a Michigan State player did not violate the conference's conduct policy after Ohio State sent in film that appeared to show him trying to gouge the eyes of a Buckeye player.
In a statement, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said, "After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn't violate the conference's sportsmanlike conduct policy."
A video Ohio State sent to the Big Ten appeared to show Allen trying to get his gloved hand inside the facemask of Ohio State defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins. At the same time, Hankins was trying to get his hands inside Allen's facemask.
Hollis concluded that Allen's actions "weren't a football play" but also it was not an eye-gouging incident.
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