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The Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reports that FOX Sports is nearing a deal with former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer.

According to McCarthy, Meyer is being given the option to either work in the broadcast booth or as a studio analyst. It's not immediately clear which role he would prefer, here. If you're getting a sense of deja vu, it's because we have already been through a similar song-and-dance with Meyer following his Florida retirement back in 2011. He spent the next year as a broadcaster before resurfacing on the sidelines as Ohio State's head coach. We'll have to wait and see if a television gig once again serves as a slight breather before a jump out of retirement. Meyer hung up the headset for a second time -- and allegedly for good -- following OSU's win over Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
Jan 17 - 7:10 PM

Thomas Mars, the lawyer for Ohio State sophomore QB Justin Fields, said that he is "very confident" that the NCAA will approve the quarterback's waiver for immediate eligibility.

In a statement to the Columbus Dispatch, Mars said that "there's more to [the waiver case]" than has been speculated on social media. The main angle which has consistently been brought up in relation to Fields relates to a racial slur which was directed at him by a former Georgia baseball player during the 2018 season. Fields' transfer to Ohio State in early January has already caused a ripple effect, with Tate Martell transferring over to Miami on Tuesday night.
Jan 16 - 4:15 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB Matthew Baldwin has recovered from the torn ACL which prevented him from playing in 2018.

Baldwin (6'2/195) underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL last spring and did not take a snap for the Buckeyes this past season. He'll save a year of eligibility with a redshirt and is set to serve as backup to Justin Fields once the 2019 campaign boots up in the fall. Baldwin signed with the Buckeyes as a three-star recruit in the 2018 cycle.
Jan 15 - 3:23 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay lists Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins as the 11th best player on his updated 2019 NFL Draft board.

Not only is Haskins the first quarterback on McShay's board, he's the first offensive player to make an appearance after 10 defenders. "Haskins has impressive natural touch and anticipation as a passer, in addition to a high-level arm to drive the ball down the field with accuracy," McShay writes. "Based solely on his physical tools, the bar is really high for the Ohio State starter despite a limited college career."
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 12:26 PM

Ohio State junior CB Kendall Sheffield "appears headed" to the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sheffield appeared in 14 games for the Buckeyes, making 27 solo tackles and two interceptions. The Alabama-transfer broke Ohio State's indoor 60-meter dash record before the season starter, and coaches say he's as fast as former-Buckeye Denzel Ward, who ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The corner will be an interesting watch during the combine before being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jan 14 - 8:11 PM

Former Ohio State DC Greg Schiano is reportedly receiving interest from the New England Patriots.

Schiano was not retained by the Buckeyes following the 2018 season in part to a flawed defensive performance and the team looking new leadership. However, being fired by the Buckeyes may result in a sort of promotion if he's able to make it back to the NFL. The Patriots calling shouldn't surprise anyone. One year ago, Schiano was reportedly accepting the DC job with the Patriots, but later changed his decision to stay in Ohio. Perhaps this time he commits.
Jan 13 - 11:57 AM

Ohio State redshirt senior WR Johnnie Dixon has accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Bowl.

Dixon (5'11/198) appeared in 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2018, catching 42 passes for 669 yards and eight touchdowns. The redshirt senior wideout reached the end zone in each of his final three games, with one of the scores coming in Ohio State's Rose Bowl victory over Washington. The 2018 season was by far the most productive of Dixon's career, as he struggled with knee issues for much of his time in Columbus. While the NFLPA Bowl will give him the opportunity to showcase his talent, Dixon's medical reports will have a significant impact his draft prospects.
Jan 12 - 2:17 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior CB Damon Arnette will return to school in 2019.

As Bill Rabinowitz reports, this is a bit of a surprise, as Arnette was believed to be leaning towards entering the NFL Draft. Not that anyone associated with Ohio State is complaining. The Buckeyes defense struggled at times, but Arnette (6'0/195) was mostly solid, and he should help solidify the backend of the Ohio State defense in 2019.
Jan 11 - 4:28 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins "right now would be the first quarterback off the board, then Kyler [Murray]."

McShay thinks Oklahoma redshirt junior Kyler Murray is a first round pick but couldn't go as far as saying he's a No. 1 overall candidate. It seems that of the quarterbacks, only Haskins is a legit No. 1 overall candidate at the moment, but we are still early in the process. Haskins had an impressive 50/8 TD/INT ratio across 14 games, and QB-needy teams in the top-13 will certainly be doing their homework on Haskins, Murray, Daniel Jones, and Drew Lock, but a lot of the debate will be centered around Haskins and Murray.
Jan 10 - 8:42 PM

Ohio State hired former Maryland assistant Matt Barnes as the special teams coordinator.

Barnes served as Maryland's special teams and linebackers coach under D.J. Durkin, but he was an analyst at Michigan and has running backs coaching experience at the Division II level. Ohio State HC Ryan Day is continuing to make moves after Urban Meyer's retirement.
Jan 10 - 7:59 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler mocked Ohio State junior DE Nick Bosa to the Arizona Cardinals in his latest mock draft.

This will be the consensus mock draft pick -- and no, Kyler Murray isn't going to be drafted by the Cardinals at No. 1 -- but Brugler also mentions the other obvious option for Kingsbury's Cardinals. Brugler writes, "The Cardinals will certainly be open for business with the top pick and listen to trade offers, presumably from teams looking to jump up for a quarterback." The short list of teams who could come calling are the Oakland Raiders (No. 4), New York Giants (No. 6), Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7), Denver Broncos (No. 10), and Miami Dolphins (No. 13).
Jan 10 - 5:47 PM

Thomas Mars, the lawyer for Ohio State freshman QB Justin Fields, said that he expects the NCAA to rule on the quarterback's eligibility waiver by February.

Fields (6'3/225) transferred from Georgia to Ohio State last week, but barring a waiver, would be required to sit out the 2019 season. If you will recall, Michigan QB Shea Patterson went through a similar process coming over from Ole Miss a year ago -- with his waiver taking until late April to be approved. Hopefully we'll see speedier resolution on Fields, whose argument for the waiver stems from a racial slur which had been directed at him by a Georgia baseball player during the past season. The angle, here, would be that Fields -- a talented shortstop -- would not have felt comfortable joining the Georgia baseball team, thus the transfer. Should this waiver clear in February as Mars expects, Fields will be a full-go for spring practice in Columbus, where he will battle with Tate Martell for the starting right to replace draft-bound gunslinger Dwayne Haskins for the 2019 campaign.
Jan 9 - 11:26 AM

Ohio State redshirt junior WR K.J. Hill will return for his redshirt senior season.

Hill (6'0/198) was a productive player for the Buckeyes in 2018, but he will return to improve his draft stock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft where he could be an early Day 2 selection. With Dwayne Haskins slinging the ball all over the field, Hill was able to post a solid 70-885-6 receiving line this season. Hill has 1,000-yard potential in 2019 if everything goes his way, but Ohio State always has plenty of receivers who share looks.
Jan 8 - 4:43 PM

Ohio State LB coach Bill Davis tweeted that he will be "return[ing] to the NFL."

Davis has been working as linebackers coach in Columbus for the past two seasons. His departure does not come as a major surprise, as Davis was tied at the hip to just-retired OSU HC Urban Meyer, having served as best man at Meyer's wedding. His two-year stint in Columbus (coming on the heels of a lengthy career coaching in the NFL) was not exactly a smooth one -- the position group struggled notably at times -- with Land-Grant Holy Land's Patrick Mayhorn writing of Davis' departure, "Our national nightmare is over." Coming in to replace Davis will be Michigan LB coach Al Washington, the second Wolverines coach Ryan Day has swiped in as many days.
Jan 8 - 12:47 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Ohio State will hire Michigan LB coach Al Washington to serve in an unspecified capacity.

On Monday, the Buckeyes swiped UM DL coach Greg Mattison to serve as co-DC along with the likewise just hired Jeff Hafley, formerly of the 49ers. A day later, and OSU HC Ryan Day is back at it raiding the coaching cupboards in Ann Arbor with the reported hire of Washington. Washington is already familiar with Day, having worked alongside him at Boston College earlier in the decade. It's not immediately clear what his exact role will be on the OSU coaching staff.
Source: Rivals
Jan 8 - 12:24 PM

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