Welcome to yet another week, thus another Monday Victory Bell. I can think of no better way for you to settle into your workweek than with a roundup of the weekend’s news from around Ohio State. With this being the summer, we’ll be looking ahead to the Olympic games in London, where several Buckeyes hope to compete. Leading up to the games, we’ve prepared a profile on each of the athletes trading in the Scarlet and Gray for the Stars and Stripes.
On another note, we here at the Empire are not without compassion in our hearts, which is why we’ve decided to promote the Birdies for Boonies Fundraiser and Golf Extravaganza. As you can see from the right side of the page, Ryan and JR will be there in full regalia, trying to deftly hit golf balls in full uniform. To read more about the fundraiser and Boonie himself, take a few minutes to digest the backstory.
Now that you’ve cleared all of that nasty dust from your office, let’s Ring the Damn Bell.
Updated standings for the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup were released on June 14th, and Ohio State is currently sitting 3rd, bolstered by Christina Manning’s National Title earlier this month. The Buckeyes are 137 points behind second place Florida and 280 behind Cup Juggernaut Stanford. The Bucks have finished in the top ten in each of the past 3 years and look to keep that streak alive. The winners of the cup (SPOILER ALERT: IT WILL BE STANFORD, JUST AS IT HAS BEEN EVERY YEAR SINCE 1994) will be announced at the conclusion of the baseball World Series later this month.
Bobek, meet Goldy
Brian Bobek, the highly touted center coming out of high school, has announced that he intends to transfer to Minnesota to join the Golden Gophers football program. Bobek will have to sit out a year, but on the bright side, Meyer did not try to restrict Brian from going to another Big Ten program, which I see as a positive. Bobek will get to compete for the center’s job starting in 2013. The standout from Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois had nothing but praise for his new mustachioed coach.
“Coaches [Jerry] Kill and [Matt] Limegrover are exceptional coaches, and I am confident they and the rest of the staff are on the way to restoring the winning tradition of the Minnesota football program. I look forward to making a contribution to Minnesota football and, once eligible, having an opportunity to achieve my personal goals as a football player.”
Bonus: Minnesota apparently has coaches named Kill and Limegrover. The Director of Recruiting Operations, on the other hand, probably isn’t as awesome as the others.
Ohio (State) goes big in Big 33
The Greatest State in the Union notched its fourth straight victory in the Big 33 football classic with Pennsylvania, accented by an 85-yard touchdown reception by Ohio State commit Najee Murray. Murray figures to play in the defensive backfield in Ohio Stadium, but anytime you can flash your speed is a good one. Future Buckeye Warren Ball also saw some action, compiling 47 yards on 12 carries to compliment his 17 yards on two catches. The Fighting Greek, Frank Epitropolous was held out of the contest with a hamstring strain, but we hope to see Frank in game action soon to follow up his great outing in the International Bowl.
Just because it makes me laugh: