WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Stories of 2011: #2 Ohio State Hires Urban Meyer

As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last three years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the 10 biggest sports stories affecting our local sports scene. Each day through the rest of the year, we will be counting down from ten to one. We started

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Ohio State Recieves Bowl Ban: Avoids ‘Death Penalty’

Those who have read my opinion on the incidents surrounding the Buckeye football team the last 12 months should not be surprised by what I am going to say in response to the NCAA’s penalties against Ohio State. My opinion on the matter hasn’t changed since last December. The Buckeyes and their fans should be

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NCAA Completes Ohio State Investigation, OSU Imposes More Sanctions

When The Ohio State University went through the scandal with former coach Jim Tressel, the hope of the University and its athletic department was that firing Jim Tressel and self-imposing probation plus forfeiting the last season would be enough. For a while, it looked like that might be the case when the NCAA’s Committee on

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While We’re Waiting…Fujita Says Colt’s a Young Drew Brees, and DET Eliminates NY

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Scott Fujita calls Colt McCoy a young Drew Brees on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland:  “I think last season when Colt McCoy first got

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History Repeating? Braxton Miller Starting This Weekend for Buckeyes

Obviously it isn’t a weird cosmic connection where history repeats itself and Joe Bauserman is Todd Boeckman and Braxton Miller is Terrelle Pryor.  On the surface it seems rather convenient that way, though.  In 2008 the Buckeyes started Boeckman and played Pryor in the first two games of the season against Youngstown State and Ohio.

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Ohio State Coach Luke Fickell Watches the Inevitable Become Reality

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” – Common misquote of Grantland Rice “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” – Red Sanders, often attributed to Vince Lombardi “Just win, baby!” – Al Davis What matters more than anything in sports? Integrity? Principles? Playing the game the “right” way?

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Ohio State and Might Just Have Been the First Domino

There is no gloating to be done by Ohio State fans today.  Alabama might be in trouble for having players involved with a memorabilia scandal and now the University of Miami potentially in big trouble with a rogue Ponzi scheming booster, but these two situations – and any others that might arise – don’t absolve anyone or

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Browns Training Camp Notes – 8/16/2011 – Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr Edition

Berea was buzzing because Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr were visiting Browns practice.  It was actually quite funny to me that everyone was dying for a photo op of Tressel and Lloyd Carr talking to each other as they were about 40 yards apart for most of practice.  I’m not sure what, exactly, they thought

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Outside the Lines Updates Its Report on Ohio State Football

This morning, ESPN’s Tom Farrey and Outside the Lines updated their reporting on the great Ohio State memorabilia scandal of 2011. The report focuses on the the market for NCAA athlete signed memorabilia. It paints the OSU autograph seekers as particularly intense and aggressive. It also claims “Ohio State ceded the marketplace inviting fans to

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While We’re Waiting…Symon On Cleveland Sports, Terrell Owens, The Problem With Urban Meyer

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com Feature on Michael Symon and his Cleveland fandom: “Symon isn’t just a fan; many of the Browns players are regulars at his restaurants. He

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Terrelle Pryor Comes Off Fine on ESPN

I watched Terrelle Pryor go one-on-one with Jon Gruden last night on ESPN.  I didn’t even really plan on watching it, but then I saw it was coming on and decided to watch.  There were a lot of details of Terrelle Pryor’s end at Ohio State that were left out, but honestly, what’s the point

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Flier on Pryor? Browns Should Say “No!”

I never thought I would seriously have to address this. Then ESPN’s James Walker wrote a piece about it. And Fox Sports Ohio’s Zac Jackson tweets about the piece and calls it ‘interesting’. Then I find myself getting asked questions through twitter about the suggestion. So here I am. The headline from the Walker piece?

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Gordon Gee Says NCAA Investigation is Complete

One of the strangest parts about the events of the last few weeks with Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor is that neither one will actually be around for the NCAA ruling.  It still seems backwards to me that media scrutiny over a set of rules that are stricter than the criminal laws in the state

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Maurice Clarett Talks Ohio State Troubles with Dan Patrick

Maurice Clarett had an exceptionally interesting interview with Dan Patrick this morning.  The former Ohio State Buckeyes runner-turned-prisoner-turned-UFL-er has a lot of experience with the sometimes problematic culture surrounding NCAA football.  There were more than a couple of revelations delivered during the fifteen minute conversation. When talking about Ohio State’s problems, Clarett didn’t really blame

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Terrelle Pryor Leaving Ohio State Football Team

If the landscape of Ohio State football wasn’t going to be different enough with Jim Tressel gone from the sidelines, then how about the exit of what could be the highest profile recruit in Ohio State history?  Terrelle Pryor is forgoing his senior season. According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pryor is

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WFNY Podcast: Tressel and Tribe Troubles

Hey, did you hear about Jim Tressel? Well, with Craig, Rick and Andrew offering their most-excellent thoughts on all things Ohio State earlier this week, TD and I pulled up our respective e-chairs with Dan Labbe over at Cleveland.com to discuss our takes on the matter as well as the future for one Luke Fickell.

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Blaming Terrelle Pryor is Misguided

(Note: WFNY doesn’t have a singular editorial voice.  Today we will obviously have a lot of Ohio State posts as it is such big news.  Remember that each writer’s opinion is their own.) Terrelle Pryor will probably go down in history, at least in some fans’ minds, as the guy who ended Jim Tressel’s career

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Ohio State and Jim Tressel Just the Latest Victims of a Flawed System

(Note: WFNY doesn’t have a singular editorial voice.  Today we will obviously have a lot of Ohio State posts as it is such big news.  Remember that each writer’s opinion is their own.) Throughout history there have been cycles. Empires have risen, and inevitably, they have fallen. The same can be said of sports, to

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SI: Ohio State Scandal Dates Back to 2002, Involves At Least 28 Players

After hours of speculation and boundless conjecture, Sports Illustrated has lifted the embargo on the much-discussed report penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Dohrmann. With the curtain now lifted, we receive a report that the Ohio State “memorabilia for tattoos” incident that has been well-documented stretches back to 2002 and has involved at least 28

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Jim Tressel Resigns at Ohio State

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Jim Tressel has resigned as the head football coach at Ohio State.  The Dispatch is reporting that it was a situation where the University forced or encouraged the resignation, after scandalous headlines continued to pile up.  Luke Fickell, who was named interim coach for the first five games of

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