Found May 30, 2013 on Buckeye Empire:
The Comeback Kid(Photo Credit: It’s impossible not to like Jamie Wood. He’s the underdog, the comeback kid and an Ohio State fan since his earliest days. When he made his lifelong dream of playing at OSU a reality by committing to the good guys, he said, “I’ve loved the Buckeyes since the day I was born, since I knew what football was. So to be able to have this opportunity, to be able to decide whether to be a Buckeye or not, why would you pass that up?” I absolutely would not, and neither did he. Wood is a true Buckeye out of Pickerington Central, and was a highly touted four-star recruit in 2009 ranked as high as the fourth best safety in the country by one recruiting service. He led his Tigers to three consecutive conference crowns in his stay at Central while excelling at safety and wide receiver and was invited to play in the recruit holy land in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Game. A true athlete, Wood had all the intangibles and skill OSU could want. All of this seemed to add up to a homerun when the Buckeyes signed him over the likes of Penn State and Stanford. His stay by the Olentangy, however, has been a bit more tumultuous and the injury bug has bitten him all too often. He has had two major shoulder surgeries in his time with the Silver Bullets, relegating him to rehab time and special teams most of his career. Despite these shoulder problems, he has been able to garner a solid reputation on that special teams unit. He has played in a total of 30 games for OSU, 13 a piece in 2010 and 2011 along with 4 last season, contributing 17 tackles along the way. He was considered to be a trustworthy member of those struggling units last season before his injury took him out for the remainder of his redshirt-Junior year. This year he is taking a shot at redemption. While both Wood and OSU released statements this past year that he was likely done playing football because of his shoulder problems, he has decided to give it another shot. It is unclear what his role will be, but with such a crowded and talented backfield the Buckeye coaches may ask him to fill in on special teams again. Given his reliability when on the field on those units, that would be very soothing news to Buckeye fans and very welcome news to Wood himself I’m sure. From a big-time recruit, to special teams star, to the all to early end of his career and now back in the game he loves, it’s impossible not to root for this kid. Hopefully he gets the shot he deserves and is playing in front on 105,000+ grateful fans during his Senior season in 2013. Everyone loves a comeback story and everyone loves to root for the underdog. But only a few can actually pull it off. In the case of Ohio State defensive back Jamie Wood, let’s hope for all the above.

Gordon Gee rips Catholics, SEC and Louisville

Gordon Gee, the bow tie wearing president of the Ohio State University, is in a bit of hot water after the AP released some comments he made last December at a closed-door meeting with university officials. The meeting was recorded, and that is why the AP was able to obtain them. We laughed, a lot, when we read what he said. However, as the head of a university, he has to be a bit...

Ohio Stadium to expand by 2,500 seats in 2014

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says plans have been made to expand Ohio Stadium by 2,500 seats in 2014. The proposal will go before the university's board of trustees next week. The project would cost $9 million. Smith said the seats will be added in the South end zone. The expansion would increase the official capacity of Ohio Stadium to 104,829. In other football...

Audio: Ohio State president Gordon Gee’s controversial speech in full

Full audio of Ohio State president Gordon Gee's controversial speech has been released, and he also claims that Barry Alvarez saw Bret Bielema as a "thug."

Ohio Stadium to expand by 2,500

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says plans have been made to expand Ohio Stadium by 2,500 seats in 2014. The proposal will go before the university's board of trustees next week. The project would cost $9 million. Smith said the seats will be added in the South end zone. The expansion would increase the official capacity of Ohio Stadium to 104,829. In other football...

Ohio State President Takes A Shot At Louisville & Kentucky

In late December, Ohio State University President, E. Gordon Gee, spoke at the school’s athletic council meeting and made some not so flattering remarks about the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. The audio from the meeting is just now surfacing, which is why this has become a story nearly six months later. When asked about the rumors of the Big Ten looking...

Gee was wrong, but OSU is doing something right

The events of recent days and months, some of which have either just come to light or have been revisited in some form or fashion this week, confirm one thing about the national profile of the Ohio State football program. As the kids say, it's out there. Good, bad andor occasionally ugly, Ohio State is under no one's radar. Because of last year's bowl ban, the Buckeyes...

Ohio State Player Profile – Ron Tanner

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Gordon Gee says Alvarez thought Bielema was a thug, hear comments in full

Ohio State’s president Gordon Gee can’t seem to get out of the spotlight and the Big Ten has to be thrilled about that.  The full audio from his meeting in December has been published by Sports Illustrated and at the 14:30 mark, Gee sounds off on Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s thoughts on Bret Bielema. “Someone was saying to me, well, you know, Bret Bielema...

Photo: Ohio State’s Gordon Gee issues apology to Bret Bielema

After calling Arkansas coach Bret Bielema a "thug" for leaving Wisconsin, Ohio State president Gordon Gee issued a personal apology.

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Ohio State President Gordon Gee: “You Just Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics”

Rivalries in college sports can be particularly brutal. But the so-called “jokes” Gordon Gee used to explain why Notre Dame was not invited into the Big Ten Conference weren’t just offensive and block-headed, they bordered on outright bigotry. On December 5th 2012, at a meeting of the Ohio State University Athletic Council, school President Gordon Gee stated that “You just...

Gordon Gee, Ohio State President, Takes Shots at Notre Dame, Catholics, SEC

Gordon Gee is either intentionally burning bridges left and right, or he really just does not think before he speaks. A record obtained by The Associated Press depicts the Ohio State president speaking disparagingly about a wide range of targets, including the Southeastern Conference, Notre Dame and Catholics in general, at an athletic council meeting in December. “The fathers...

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Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee made some very inappropriate comments regarding the Catholics at Notre Dame, Louisville and the SEC.

OSU trustees: Prez 'embarrassed' school

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