By Matt McCoy
When Ohio State honors its 18 seniors prior to Saturday's final home game against Indiana, a junior will be in the group as well....That is, a junior athletically.
Defensive back Bradley Roby is a fourth year senior. He was a redshirt his first year at Ohio State, and nearly left for the NFL draft after last season but decided to return. This year, however, the decision has already been made. Roby is gone after this season.
"We talked and he's going to move on," Buckeye coach Urban Meyer said. "And that's all you ask. You don't ask for five years nowadays. It's no secret, there's nothing wrong with that. I think it's great for him and great for Ohio State. I think we're set to get his degree too in the spring."
This group of seniors has a chance to make Ohio State history in its final Ohio Stadium appearance. A win would establish a new Buckeye record with 23 victories in a row. The win streak is historic but Meyer said that's not the only reason he thinks the class is special.
"Not every senior class is good...some of them it's time to go...the last two we've had here have been not good, but great and it's going to be real hard (to say goodbye)," Meyer said. "They have their own personality to them and I think they're probably led by the offensive line and C.J. (Barnett)...they're kind of the ring leaders of that group and Philly Brown is a guy who's earned a lot of respect around here and there wasn't a whole lot of respect in his world two years ago."
In addition to breaking the win streak record, a victory Saturday would also clinch the Leaders Division title and a berth in the Big Ten title game.
To listen to all of Coach Meyer's comments Wednesday night click HERE:
Basketball Buckeyes now 4-0, but....
No. 8 Ohio State downed American Wednesday night 63-52 to improve to 4-0 but it was not the kind of performance coach Thad Matta was looking for.
The Buckeyes shot only 36 percent from the floor (26 percent in the first half) and had four more turnovers (14) than assists (10).
In his post-game press conference, Matta listed the issues as if he were reading an indictment.
"We were slow to balls, our transistion (wasn't good) especially in the first half, we were running on top of each other, we didn't have spacing, we were bobbling passes, we just didn't have it at the level we needed to have it."
One player who did have it was big man Amir Williams who made six of his nine shots and scored a career high 16. Shannon Scott added 13, with nine rebounds and Aaron Craft had nine points with seven steals.
To listen to Coach Matta's post-game comments click here: