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Meyer Silences Spencer

 
Meyer Silences Spencer
Posted November 13th, 2013 @ 8:38am

By Matt McCoy

I blogged earlier that Buckeye wide out Evan Spencer kind of got a raw deal. His comment, that the Buckeyes would "wipe the field" against Alabama and other top teams was light hearted and not intended to be inflammatory, even though that's the way it was portrayed.

Spencer did clarify the remarks on Twitter, issuing an apology and explaining he was having fun and did not mean to disrespect anyone. Nonetheless, the junior receiver has been put on the media bench by Urban Meyer.

On Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference, Meyer was asked for his thoughts on Spencer's comment and made it clear, he was not happy.

"I'm very disappointed. I can't stand that," Meyer said. "I know Evan well enough and I talked to him briefly. He was kind of smiling when he said it but no, I can't stand it. He's certainly not the spokesman for our team. Evan won't talk to the media for a long, long time because you don't do that. That's not good sportsmanship. He's a young man who made a minor mistake but we just don't do that."

To listen to all of Coach Meyer's comments on the teleconference click here:

Basketball Buckeyes win foul fest


It took Aaron Craft seven games before he had taken 18 free throws in Big Ten play last year. He equaled that total in one game Tuesday night. 

Ohio State beat Ohio University 79-69 in a game dominated by the officials, who have put an emphasis on eliminating hand checking and physical contact this year.

The Buckeyes had their share of fouls, committing 21 of them, but it was the Bobcats who were really affected. Five different players fouled out and Ohio State made a school record tying 38 free throws. Craft finished with 18 points and set career highs in free throws made with 14 and free throws attempted with 18.

"With the way they were calling it...we just wanted to be as aggressive as possible," Craft said. "We really just wanted to get in the lane and see what happened. Fortunately enough we were able to get to the free throw line. That's definitely what won it for us down the stretch."

The only thing more ugly than the game was the sound of Thad Matta's voice. A combination of a bad cold, questionable officiating and typical game night yelling, left him sounding a little like deep throat after the game. Congrats to coach for making it through the presser.

To listen to Coach Matta and Aaron Craft following the Buckeye win, click here:


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