Found May 20, 2013 on College Spun:
Charlotte Buckeyes If you weren’t a big-time college athlete, chances are that you probably wish you were. But one guy have may have gone a bit too far in attempting to make that dream a reality. Someone named Giovanni Strassini has been posing as a former Ohio State football player in the Charlotte Buckeyes fan club, claiming he played tight end for the school from 1973-1977, was an All-American in 1976, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the 1976 Rose Bowl, was drafted in the 1977 NFL Draft, and even played baseball for the school. A simple Google search of his name leads you to many web pages that you think would back up his claim, until you realize that many of them were doctored by someone with the same IP address from Charlotte, North Carolina. For example, the “1976 College Football All-American Team” pops up, but once on the page, his name is nowhere to be found. There’s also an IMDB page set up for him that just says he played “himself” in a movie about the 1976 Rose Bowl....

Klein, Cheek on McGuff's Ohio State women's staff

New Ohio State women's basketball head coach Kevin McGuff has announced the hiring of Patrick Klein and Joy Cheek as assistant coaches. Klein begins his third year as an assistant after working under the fired Jim Foster. He also served as an assistant at Illinois 2007-09. Cheek comes to Ohio State after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater...

Charlotte man claiming to be Ohio State All-American just a fraud?

Giovanni Strassini has gone to incredible lengths to prove that he played tight end for Ohio State. However, his playing career is more like a giant hoax than anything else.

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Junior cornerback, Doran Grant. Expectations will be high this fall in Columbus, Ohio, as Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes figure to be ranked inside the preseason top three and favored in every game they play. The Buckeyes have become the trendy pick to play in Pasadena for a national championship on January 6, 2013. With ten starters returning, their offense should have...

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas says Greg Oden ‘looks unbelievable’ training for an NBA comeback

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The Curious Case of Buckeye Corners

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Froholdt Landed in Middle of Rivalry

Michigan and Ohio State do battle perennially for the Buckeye State’s best talent. Childhood allegiances often come into play in these tussles, but isn’t a factor for 2015 Warren (OH) Harding DE/TE, Hjalte Froholdt. The Denmark native is new to the rivalry, but after being offered by both schools and subsequently visiting each, he is getting a crash course in rivalry basics.

Ohio State Coach Profile: Kerry Coombs

The true measure of a position coach doesn’t come in his first season on the job. A first-year coach spends his time teaching a new system to new players that he didn’t recruit. What takes place in that first season will likely end up being entirely different than what a unit will look like in that coach’s second or third season. Still, in his first year on the job Ohio State...

Highlight Monday: Miami RB Duke Johnson

The odds for the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner are already out in Vegas, and Johnny Manziel is predictably the favorite (4/1) as he tries to defend the hardware. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (7/1) and USC WR Marquise Lee (9/1) round out the Top 3, with AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray and De'Anthony Thomas not far behind. That's a pretty solid Top 6, but if you're actually looking...

University of Michigan Football’s aren’t made in Ohio

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Updated Heisman odds posted at Bovada

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OSU Weekly Recruiting Update

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