NLRB Ruling Reignites CollegeAthlete Pay Debate

How much are college athletes paid? And how much would they get on the open market?Those questions gained urgency Wednesday when a regional National Labor Relations Board director in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players can vote to unionize. Northwestern plans to appeal to the national NLRB in Washington, and the case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.If the ruling stands, and Northwestern players unionize, that could eventually lead to the professionalization of college sports and a market that sets prices for college athletes’ labor. Until then, the economic questions his ruling raises are worthy of an advanced college syllabus.How much are college athletes paid? The conventional response is the face value of their tuition, room and board. In 2011, USA Today estimated that value at $27,923 annually, as a median for college-basketball players at Division I schools. A 2012 report by the National College Players Association — an advocacy group for college athletes, so not exactly a neutral source — and Drexel University Sport Management put the average value of an athletic scholarship at $23,204 annually.USA Today put more than just tuition, room and board into its calculation of student-athlete value. The newspaper calculated that college basketball players get $120,000 annually, the majority of it from the elite training they receive. That’s based on the typical cost of a year at a private training program that college and NBA players use: $60,000 to $80,000.But packing that much money into the value of a scholarship rests on several shaky assumptions. First, not only do most college basketball players not go pro, but many probably don’t plan to and would never pay for private training. Second, whatever the quality of that private training, it’s aimed at optimizing a player’s individual success. College coaching might do the same, but its primary aim is the success of the program, and some coaches teach systems that don’t translate into pro success. Third, on-the-job training isn’t considered a monetary benefit in other contexts. It’s an investment by the employer for boosting its employee’s productivity.Other extras USA Today considered, such as tickets, are more credible, though it’s doubtful that all players who didn’t get freebies would pay face value.How much should college athletes be paid? Southern Utah University economist David Berri outlined a calculation in the Atlantic last week, but his work was based only on the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, hardly a representative program. The NCPA/Drexel study compiled revenue totals for college basketball and football programs by extrapolating from pay structures in the NBA and NFL. Teams in those pro leagues pay their players roughly half their revenue, so the NCPA assumes colleges would pay their athletes the same. But it’s not obvious they would.Pro teams pay for talent because they want to draw crowds, boost TV ratings and sell merchandise. It’s reasonable to think college fans are less fickle about their teams. Current students can’t as easily follow another team or wait until their team is better in five years. Alumni also will root for the uniform, affected as much by their own fond memories as by the quality of today’s teams.That’s the theory, anyway. Last week, Michael Lewis and Manish Tripathi, researchers at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, checked it out by studying the relationship between revenue and winning in the NBA and Division I men’s basketball. They found that NBA teams’ revenue was twice as sensitive to winning. So college teams don’t have to worry as much about getting top players as NBA teams do. “College revenues are driven more by the permanent nature of the fan base, and by the brand equity created over time,” Lewis and Tripathi wrote.Don’t read that as a defense of the status quo. Lewis and Tripathi point out that much of college programs’ brand equity comes from past players, and they argue that programs should pay their alumni as well as their current players.Most of the revenue-based payment ideas don’t really apply to the so-called nonrevenue sports, the ones without big fan bases, expensive tickets, and shoe and TV deals. Athletes in those sports wouldn’t do as well in the open market, though Deadspin has argued there’s plenty of money to pay them, too, perhaps from reducing coaches’ salaries so that they represent the same share of revenue as pro coaches’ pay. Again, though, that calculation only makes sense if coaches’ value in college matches the value of pro coaches. To the extent that coaches such as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo account for part of colleges’ brand equity, they may be worth a higher revenue share than their pro counterparts. read more

Roger Federers Tough Path To Winning Another Major Just Got Tougher

Pete Sampras14310— Andre Agassi8364F Mats Wilander7310— Most greats retire before age 35 Stefan Edberg6300— Novak Djokovic1229—— PLAYEROPEN-ERA MAJOR TITLESAGE AT LAST MAJORPLAYEDBEST RESULT Jimmy Connors83911SF Rafael Nadal1429—— Bjorn Borg11350— Andy Murray329—— Ken Rosewall44415W Arthur Ashe3354SF Guillermo Vilas4362R64 Ivan Lendl8340— Rod Laver5383R16 Gustavo Kuerten3310— Boris Becker6310— John Newcombe5340— Jim Courier4290— John McEnroe7330— MAJORS AFTER TURNING 35 Jan Kodes3352R128 Roger Federer1734—— Roger Federer announced Tuesday that he will miss the rest of 2016 to continue rehabilitating his left knee, which he injured while drawing a bath for his young daughters in January. He’ll miss the Olympics and the U.S. Open. Federer, who turns 35 in two weeks, told fans that he intends to return next year and to keep playing “for another few years.”Can he win another major? The record of other all-time greats suggests that Federer was already facing steep odds before withdrawing from the U.S. Open, which starts next month. Of the 17 men who have won at least three major titles in the Open era and are now older than Federer, only seven played another major after turning 35. Four reached a semifinal, two reached a final, and only Ken Rosewall, the Australian whose great career spanned three decades, won a major after turning 35; Rosewall won three. Active players in bold. Includes men with at least three Open-era major titles (since 1968 French Open).Source: tennisabstract.com If Federer is able to return, he won’t just be contending with age, but with rust and lingering effects of his injury. There aren’t many historical analogues we can look to for guidance. Federer’s rival, Rafael Nadal, has twice come back successfully from long breaks, in 2009 and 2013, but he was in his 20s. (Nadal, now 30, is trying to come back from yet another injury setback this summer, after a mostly successful 2014 comeback that hasn’t yielded any more major titles.) Bjorn Borg tried a comeback just before his 35th birthday, but he hadn’t played a pro match in nearly seven years and never won another at tour level.The closest precedents probably are Americans Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi. Both had memorable runs at a U.S. Open after turning 35: Connors to the semifinals in 1991, after missing much of the previous season to a wrist injury, and Agassi to the third round in 2006, after missing that spring’s clay season with back and ankle injuries.It’s possible that history can’t tell us anything useful about Federer. His game style and, perhaps, genes have left him nearly impervious to on-court injuries. He has been greater at an older age than almost anyone before him. And he plays in an era when old-timers are staying relevant, and even sometimes reaching new career-best levels of play, at older ages than ever before.Federer said he doesn’t just plan to come back, he plans to come back with the same flair and net-rushing aggression he showed en route to the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon. “I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017,” he said. read more

Jadeveon Clowney Expected to Play For Gamecocks This Season

South Carolina All-American defensive end and highly favored 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Gamecocks this season, according to his mother, Josenna Clowney.Josenna Clowney told SI.com Thursday that she expects her son to play, rather than sit out his junior season to avoid injury and hurt his draft stock.“I talked to him this week, and he wants to play,” she said. “I don’t think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play.”Clowney’s future has been the topic of discussion for sports talk and television shows since Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer wrote that Clowney should heavily consider sitting out his junior season and train independently for the NFL draft.The current NFL rules prohibit players from entering the draft until three years after  graduation from high school. Clowney graduated in 2011 from South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C., and is in his third season with the Gamecocks.But some writers have even suggested that Clowney challenge the rule in a court of law. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett and former USC wide receiver Mike Williams attempted to challenge the rule in 2004, but were unsuccessful.Clowney has started participating in winter workouts with the Gamecocks. He is expected to take the field with the team for the opening of spring practice on March 5.South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN Thursday night during the Gamecocks basketball game that Clowney wants to play another season to improve.  Clowney, who is 6 foot 6 ½inches tall and weighs  273 pounds, had 13 ½ sacks this season.The All-American’s biggest hit came against Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Clowney crushed Michigan running back Vincent Smith, making him a candidate for play of the year.“Since that hit in the Outback Bowl,” Spurrier said, “I think he’s become the No. 1 talked-about player. Maybe more than Johnny Manziel.”South Carolina and their fans will have more to look forward to in the 2013 season from Clowney, hopefully leading them to the SEC Championship title and possibly a national championship title. read more

Details Details 49ers Tarell Brown Loses 2M For Missed

If there was ever a case of an agent in need of firing, this is it. Tarell Brown, the San Francisco 49ers’ young cornerback, is in the last year of a six-year deal. He was due to earn $2.92 million for this season—$2 million of that for just working out in Santa Clara in the summer.Yet Brown was unaware of the stipulation and his agent, Brian Overstreet, did not make him aware. Because Brown trained in Texas instead, he voided $2 million of the contract.Needless to say, that did not go over so well with Brown, who fired Overstreet quicker than he can run the 40.“I no longer have an agent as of now,” Brown said after practice, according to The Sacramento Bee. “No one wants to leave money on the table. If I would have known the clauses in my contract . . .”Shouldn’t Brown have known what he signed? Sure.Brown said, “That’s what agents get paid to do–to orchestrate the contract and let you know what you can and can’t do as far as workouts and OTAs and things of that sort. That’s what he got paid to do, he didn’t do that, so in my opinion he had to be let go.”Hard to disagree with him on with that. That’s $2 million that cannot be recovered. Brown’s last two seasons have been solid, making him a candidate to be re-signed by the Niners or a viable free agent option for many teams.Rest assured, Brown will be apprised of all the incentives and clauses in any future contract. So unfortunate that he had to learn a $2 million lesson. read more

The Warriors Are Great But Are They Better Than The 1939 Yankees

111997Chicago BullsNBA✓1801+2.56 152009Los Angeles LakersNBA✓1769+2.27 51997Chicago BullsNBA✓1801+2.56 172015Golden State WarriorsNBA✓1796+2.52 32007New England PatriotsNFL1825+2.82 41998New York YankeesMLB✓1610+2.63 201938New York YankeesMLB✓1603+2.43 161992Chicago BullsNBA✓1768+2.26 71927New York YankeesMLB✓1610+2.63 111989San Francisco 49ersNFL✓1771+2.33 81944St. Louis CardinalsMLB✓1610+2.61 21906Chicago CubsMLB1620+2.88 181984San Francisco 49ersNFL✓1761+2.25 The top Elo ratings in NBA, NFL and MLB since 1980 82015Golden State WarriorsNBA✓1796+2.52 Best of the best: The top Elo ratings in NBA, NFL and MLB 181907Chicago CubsMLB✓1605+2.48 191942Chicago BearsNFL1786+2.47 161937New York YankeesMLB✓1606+2.52 YEARTEAMLEAGUETITLEBLENDED ELOZ-SCORE 61998New York YankeesMLB✓1610+2.63 22017Golden State WarriorsNBA✓1828+2.79 191998Chicago BullsNBA✓1764+2.23 12007New England PatriotsNFL1825+2.82 101932New York YankeesMLB✓1608+2.56 201997Green Bay PackersNFL1759+2.22 152016Golden State WarriorsNBA1798+2.53 62004New England PatriotsNFL✓1793+2.53 31996Chicago BullsNBA✓1815+2.68 122016San Antonio SpursNBA1776+2.33 142004New England PatriotsNFL✓1793+2.53 Source: Sports-Reference.com NBA data includes BAA (but not ABA) teams going back to the 1946-47 season. NFL data includes AFL (during Super Bowl era) and APFA teams going back to 1920, minimum 5 games played during season. MLB data goes back to first World Series in 1903.Source: Sports-Reference.com 131911Philadelphia AthleticsMLB✓1607+2.54 91986Boston CelticsNBA✓1784+2.41 101998Denver BroncosNFL✓1771+2.34 91909Pittsburgh PiratesMLB✓1609+2.59 72016Golden State WarriorsNBA1798+2.53 131985Chicago BearsNFL✓1769+2.31 141993Dallas CowboysNFL✓1766+2.29 YEARTEAMLEAGUETITLEBLENDED ELOZ-SCORE 171983Washington RedskinsNFL1763+2.26 42017Golden State WarriorsNBA✓1828+2.79 11939New York YankeesMLB✓1627+3.07 MLB teams dominate the top-20 list, taking up 12 spots — mainly because baseball has been around for a lot longer than the other sports. To even the playing field, we can cut down the list to only look at modern (since 1980) teams: 51996Chicago BullsNBA✓1815+2.68 121942St. Louis CardinalsMLB✓1607+2.54 By now, it’s become clear that despite falling short of a perfect 16-0 playoff record, the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors make a very strong case for being the greatest NBA team in history. On Tuesday, I wrote about the statistical ratings that do — and don’t — place them ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the best ever. Firmly in Golden State’s camp is FiveThirtyEight’s Elo system, which ranks the team as No. 1 all time not only according to its peak rating, but also using a blend of its peak, final and average daily Elo ratings during the season.That’s just relative to other basketball teams, though. What happens when we open up this conversation to other sports? Since we also have Elo ratings for NFL and MLB teams, we thought we’d compare the Warriors’ 1828 blended Elo rating to the same blended metric in football and baseball.1Any discrepancies between the MLB Elo ratings in this story and previously published work is due to using a slightly different version of Elo that accounts for the each game’s starting pitchers. Are the Warriors the best … of the best?As luck would have it, football Elo ratings are almost directly comparable to those in basketball because the amount of information conveyed by one NFL game is roughly the same as that conveyed by one NBA game.2Which makes it odd that one of those sports plays only 16 games per season while the other plays 82. But in baseball, each game tells us less about a team’s true talent, so the range between the highest and lowest MLB Elo ratings is smaller. So, to account for these differences across sports, I calculated the z-score (the number of standard deviations above average3Conveniently, Elo ratings are normally distributed.) for each team’s blended rating relative to their sport.According to this metric, the Warriors are running slightly behind the NFL-best 2007 New England Patriots — and neither has anything on Joe DiMaggio and the 1939 New York Yankees, who compiled 106 wins and swept the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. The Warriors’ Game 4 loss in Cleveland was most likely the difference-maker in keeping them behind the 2007 Patriots as the best team in recent decades. Those Patriots obliterated the NFL, compiling a perfect regular season and scoring a staggering 75 touchdowns. (They then promptly lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants, the 692nd best team since 1980. Go figure.) read more

Anthony Davis Has Been Great So Why Are The Pelicans So Bad

SEASONTEAMPLAYERAVG. GAME SCORE ’13-14Utah JazzGordon Hayward13.9 ’12-13Washington WizardsJordan Crawford8.2 ’16-17New Orleans PelicansAnthony Davis26.3 Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans finally found the win column Thursday, managing to hold on in a hard-fought game in Milwaukee that marked their first victory of the season.It took a lot longer than they would’ve liked. Before the win, New Orleans was 0-8 despite the dazzling play of Davis, who in the season opener posted a 50-point, 15-rebound, five-steal, five-assist, four-block performance. Through nine games, he’s averaging 31 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists.Davis’s off-the-charts, early-season numbers are essentially unprecedented in modern basketball for such a struggling team. If we look at Game Score — Basketball-Reference’s metric for a player’s contribution and efficiency in a single game — we can see that no player on a team that’s begun a season 0-8 has come anywhere near Davis’s average Game Score of 26.3 during that initial stretch of games in the 30 years for which the stat is available. (The Sixers, who haven’t won an October or November game since 2013, will seek to avoid an 0-8 start on Friday night.) Players with the highest Game Scores on NBA teams with an 0-8 start, since 1985 ’15-16Philadephia 76ersJahlil Okafor12.2 ’02-03Memphis GrizzliesPau Gasol14.4 ’05-06Toronto RaptorsChris Bosh16.6 ’14-15Philadephia 76ersTony Wroten13.8 ’85-86Phoenix SunsLarry Nance13.6 ’01-02Memphis GrizzliesLorenzen Wright14.6 ’12-13Detroit PistonsGreg Monroe12.4 ’88-89Indiana PacersWayman Tisdale14.7 ’97-98Los Angeles ClippersLamond Murray9.6 ’97-98Denver NuggetsLaPhonso Ellis5.0 ’11-12Washington WizardsJaVale McGee11.1 ’04-05Charlotte HornetsBaron Davis19.2 Source: Basketball-reference.com While players from earlier eras — Artis Gilmore, Bernard King and Mark Aguirre to name a few — put up big numbers for similarly bad teams, Davis’s statistics stand apart because of how many different ways he’s able to impact a game. He has career highs in both usage percent and true shooting percent (despite shooting just 18.8 percent from three this season) — one of the rare instances where a player’s increased workload coincides with an uptick in efficiency. That’s thanks to a hypermodern post-up game that often sees him catch the ball near the free throw line, post his man, and either quickly turn to drive or face up and work from the dribble. While these may not be “post” plays in the traditional, back-to-the-basket sense, they’ve been effective — Davis is scoring 110 points per 100 possessions on post plays, according to Synergy Sports, after scoring 78.2 and 84.7 points per 100 the last two seasons.While the 23-year-old’s average Game Score only covers about 10 percent of the season, consider this: If he finishes the season at his current level, Davis would surpass all but one MVP season over the past 30 years (Michael Jordan’s 1987-88 campaign, in which His Airness posted 35 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists a night)The obvious question: How are the Pelicans — who also lost 11 of 12 to start last season, as Davis missed three games with injuries — this terrible with such a great player, especially with their defense having improved considerably from last season?Several factors are to blame.Perhaps the most obvious: Besides Davis, there hasn’t been enough offensive firepower, or perimeter shooting, to keep opposing defenses honest. Yes, some of that figures to change once floor general Jrue Holiday returns to the lineup. But without floor spacer Ryan Anderson, who signed with Houston in July, Davis isn’t getting much help from the Pelicans’ wing players just yet. Shooting guard Buddy Hield, for example, the Pelicans’ first-round draft pick who averaged 25 points per game during his senior year at Oklahoma, is taking almost six three-pointers a night, but is connecting on just 23.5 percent of them.Teams have sent hard, aggressive double-teams at Davis on 9 percent of his post-up looks this season, three times as often as last year, per Synergy Sports. He’s done well when he opts to shoot over the double, but he hasn’t had a reliable shooter to pass to. Of the 15 times he’s passed out of a post-up double-team, the Pelicans have scored a total of four points and shot just 7 percent (1-of-13), according to Synergy. Defenses have been wise to ignore perimeter shooters: New Orleans is an NBA-worst 28.6 percent from behind the arc.Another problem: The team is essentially playing without a point guard. The Pelicans have been without guards Holiday and Tyreke Evans (who is out with knee issues), and recently lost Lance Stephenson — who’d played well as a primary ball handler off the bench — to a groin injury, leaving journeyman backup Tim Frazier to handle things. The ailment was a setback for a team that has done surprisingly well, all things considered, when Davis is forced to take breathers. The Pelicans’ net rating, while still negative, has been better in the minutes that Davis is on the sidelines, according to NBA.com.If there’s a saving grace for Davis and the Pelicans so far, it’s that they’ve been relatively unlucky to this point. According to NBA.com, they’ve lost a league-high six games in clutch scenarios, where the score was within five points in the final five minutes of play. They’re also the only team in the NBA with two overtime losses already, meaning they might be due for success in close games going forward.But even if their record doesn’t bounce back and they do indeed turn out to be one of the NBA’s worst teams, Davis’s otherworldly performances might be reason enough to watch them play from time to time.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse to play Big Ten opener at Michigan

“We have definitely shown to be versatile on offense, and I think that stems from our growing chemistry,” she said. “Being able to take different things from each game has prepared us for Big Ten play, and we’re all really excited to prove ourselves this weekend.”The Buckeyes consider their work ethic to be their biggest strength, said sophomore midfielder Molly Wood, so they’re working on the little things to make the team better.“The Big Ten conference is one of the toughest in the country, and we’re fortunate enough to play in it,” Wood said. “We’re going against some amazing teams, and we will have big matchups every single game the rest of the season.”Wood added that having such a competitive conference will help pump up the team’s intensity, as they want to represent OSU well in the Big Ten.“Michigan is our biggest rival, and we it’s going to be a huge fight,” Wood said. “We both want a victory, and we’ve been working hard, so it’ll be a great game.”Player of the weekDabrowski was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, recognizing her performances in OSU’s two games last weekend. Venechanos said Dabrowski is a superb facilitator for the team, and she’s a huge positive influence for the Buckeyes in the attack.“Cian is a great team player, as we’ve been asking her to put some goals up and she’s been handling the pressure really well,” Venechanos said. “She’s been getting double- and sometimes triple-teamed, but she’s a fearless player and it’s great for her to hit that landmark.”Dabrowski said it’s an honor to be recognized in such a tough lacrosse conference.“The Big Ten is strong and continues to get stronger, so it’s really humbling to be acknowledged when some of the best players in the country are from our conference,” Dabrowski said. “We’ve all been working really hard and getting extra work in so whenever someone is recognized it’s really special and it reflects on the entire team.”Although Dabrowski won the honor, she credited most of the work to her teammates.“I think it starts and ends with the little things that they do to give us those extra opportunities on attack,” Dabrowski said. “Sometimes things don’t go our way, but we can always count on our defense to get a big stop for us, and we’re all committed to winning the draw and ground-ball battle.”Dabrowski goes into this weekend with a team-record 100 goals, but she said she still has room for improvement.“My focus going forward is better shot selection by making smarter decisions and taking the shot that I want,” Dabrowski said. “Another focus of mine that has a strong impact is having more draw controls, boxing out to make it easier for the drawers to do their job, and coming up with the ball when I can.” Wood said playing with Dabrowski in the attack is a great opportunity to create opportunities for herself and her teammates.“It’s so amazing to be able to play with Cian because she’s such a playmaker,” Wood said. “She works hard to make the rest of us look better, too, and we can always count on her to come in clutch.” Additional achievementsWood leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 5.5 draws per game, and she is also second on the team with 25 goals. Wood said the team is working as hard as it can as it heads into Big Ten play.“We still have our toughest games coming up, as we’re only halfway through our season,” Wood said. “It’s just about stepping up and working hard every day at practice, and making sure we’re on the same page.”Venechanos goes into the weekend with 100 wins under her belt. She has been successful throughout her career as a player and a coach, with four NCAA titles and a total of eight conference championships.“It’s a great milestone, and I give credit to all the former players and assistant coaches,” Venechanos said. “It happened really fast, and it’s incredible to be able to do it at a place like OSU.”Up nextThe Buckeyes are next set to take on Penn State on April 9 at 4 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU players celebrate during a game against Michigan during the 2014 season.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is getting ready to open Big Ten play as it travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the Michigan Wolverines. OSU is starting its conference schedule on the right foot, ranking second in the Big Ten through nonconference play thanks to a seven-game winning streak.OSU is 3-0 against the Wolverines, winning last year’s meeting 13-5 at home. Going into conference play, the team is not thinking about the seven-game winning streak but rather starting fresh from the beginning, said OSU coach Alexis Venechanos.“We’re looking for areas to get better because the competition is going to be greater and the speed of play is going to be faster,” Venechanos said. “The Big Ten is a faster, more physical conference, and the championship is on the line, and the intensity picks up a lot.”Venechanos said she expects the weekend’s contest to be a physical and aggressive game against OSU’s rival. Michigan leads the Big Ten and is 10th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, averaging 10.9. The Wolverines are currently 5-6 going into Big Ten play, though, so she said they will be ready to fight.“We are just going to worry about ourselves, so we’re looking to get sharper in our style of play,” Venechanos said. “Our defense, our attack and our midfield need to be on the same page, and we’re expecting a competitive Big Ten game.” Continued successOSU has a record of 9-1, which has tied the program record for the best start to the season. A victory against Michigan would give the Buckeyes the record of the best start to a campaign in program history. Also, a win would give OSU its record for the longest winning streak.The games leading up to the Big Ten opener have allowed the team to piece things together, said senior attackman Cian Dabrowski. read more

Carlos Hyde suspended for at least first three games of 2013 season

The alleged victim released a statement to NBC4 Tuesday, explaining why she decided not to press charges.“Some of the media has rushed to judgment regarding the incident to ensure they are the first to report the information, whether it be factual or false,” the statement said, according to NBC4’s website. “This has been overwhelming, frustrating and disappointing. It is unimaginable to be exposed to these false reports, claims and rumors and for anticipated 4 months expected to bring this incident to a conclusion.”The alleged victim also thanked Columbus Police for the officers’ “patience and professionalism” during the investigation process. She said police told her she has up to two years to consider criminal charges against Hyde.Hyde did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Tuesday afternoon.Hyde was the Buckeyes’ starting running back last season, and was expected to retain his starting role this season. He had 185 carries for 970 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns during last year’s undefeated season, along with eight receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown.Hyde was also named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.With Hyde out of the lineup for at least three games, the Buckeyes will have to rely upon a number of other running backs to step up in his place. Potential candidates to start at running back while Hyde is suspended include redshirtjunior Rod Smith, sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball. OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 football season for “conduct not representative of (the) football program or (the) university,” OSU coach Urban Meyer announced in a statement Tuesday night.The announcement came just hours after the Columbus Police Department announced in a media release of their own that charges will not be filed against Hyde, who had been named as a “person of interest” in a reported assault at Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, at about 2 a.m. on July 20.Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner told The Lantern that police are no longer investigating the incident after Hyde’s accuser decided not to pursue assault charges against Hyde.“The case is closed,” Weiner said.Meyer, nonetheless, decided it was necessary to punish Hyde for his involvement in the incident. Hyde will be required to “fulfill additional obligations” before he is allowed to play in a game, according to the OSU media release.Hyde had already been suspended indefinitely prior to Tuesday’s announcement. He will miss the team’s contests versus Buffalo, San Diego State and California, and Meyer’s statement leaves the possibility open that he could miss more time.A copy of the raw surveillance video from the bar was obtained by The Lantern Tuesday afternoon where it appears Hyde engaged in an altercation with the alleged victim but it is unclear if physical contact was made by either of them. read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio States two weekend wins give program best start since

OSU then-junior attackman Eric Fannell (20) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 20 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Marquette and Bellarmine on Friday and Sunday at the Midwest Classic in Milwaukee to improve to 6-0.MarquetteThe Buckeyes defeated the Marquette Golden Flashes in a pull away victory 12-6. Freshman attackman Tre LeClaire scored three goals and senior attackmen Eric Fannell and Austin Shanks added two goals to propel OSU to the program’s best start in 50 years.OSU junior goalie Matt Smidt started in net for the Buckeyes, making eight saves on 14 shots. Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh also had two goals.The scoring began late in the first quarter when Fannell scored with 1:16 remaining. OSU redshirt senior Lukas Buckley assisted LeClaire with his goal with only seconds remaining the in the quarter, tying the game at two.The Golden Eagles scored twice at the start of the second quarter, however, moments later, OSU junior defender Freddy Freibott scored, which brought the Buckeyes closer to tying the game.Marquette pushed the lead to 5-3 with 3:19 remaining in the half, but that would be the last of the Golden Eagles’ scoring until the fourth quarter.Shanks and LeClaire added goals before the half to tie it at five. In the second half, it was all Buckeyes.Shanks, LeClaire and Blubaugh each scored in the third quarter, and OSU added four more in the fourth before Marquette’s senior midfielder Andy Demichiei scored with 2:11 remaining.At 14:22 left in the game, OSU freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko scored his first goal of the game. Shortly after, Blubaugh scored his second goal of the game. OSU senior attackman Fannell scored with 12:36 remaining. As the quarter came to a close OSU sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski added his name to the scorer’s sheet with a goal.Fannell assisted two early scores in the fourth quarter. BellarmineThe Buckeyes defeated the Bellarmine Knights 14-11 behind a dominant, eight-goal second quarter. Junior attackman Colin Chell was OSU’s leading scorer with a hat trick. The Buckeye offense exploded with two scores apiece from Buckley, Fannell and LeClaire.After finding themselves down 2-0 in the first, Terefenko tied the game at two with just more than two minutes remaining in the quarter. In the next period, the Buckeyes began to click offensively and outscored the Knights 8-2. Chell scored his first goal of the game with 13:47, then Buckley scored 11 seconds later to take a two-goal lead. Fannell and senior midfielder Jake Withers assisted on the goals. Following a Knights goal by senior attackman Tucker Ciessau, the Buckeyes’ offense continued to overwhelm the Knights with six more goals in the quarter — two from Chell and two from LeClaire. The Buckeyes led 10-4 at halftime.The Buckeyes offense prowess slowed down in the third, which allowed the Knight to hang around. The Knights scored with 1:15 remaining in the period, cutting the OSU lead to 12-8. However, Fannell converted on a scoring opportunity with four seconds left in the quarter to maintain a five-goal lead.The Buckeyes were only able to score once in the final quarter, but held off a comeback from the Knights. Ciessau scored his fourth and final goal of the game with 14 seconds left, bringing the final to 14-11.Next UpOhio State returns home to face Cleveland State on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins finishes third in Heisman Trophy race

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw the ball downfield in the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a record-breaking season in his first year as starter for Ohio State, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ run at the NCAA’s top prize falls short.On Saturday, Haskins finished behind Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray and Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman trophy voting.Murray finished in first with Tagovailoa coming in at No. 2 296 points behind.Haskins finished in a distant third after finishing No. 1 in the NCAA in both passing yards (4,580) and passing touchdowns (47). He finished with seven more touchdowns through the air than anyone in the nation.Haskins earned 46 of 870 first-place votes, and ended the voting with 783 points. Murray won with 2,167 points.Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 13-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff, while Murray led a 12-1 campaign for the Sooners, good for No. 4 in the playoff.In his first season under center for the Buckeyes, Haskins went 12-1, including a 62-39 win against then-No. 4 Michigan and a 45-24 victory against then-No. 21 Northwestern, where he threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns en route to Ohio State’s second-straight Big Ten Championship.Haskins is the first Ohio State Heisman nominee since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, who ended up winning the trophy. Smith was the seventh winner in program history, tied with Notre Dame, and now Oklahoma after Murray’s win, for the most of any team in the NCAA.With Haskins already securing the Big Ten single-season record for total touchdowns and total yards, he will have one more chance to add to his stats when No. 6 Ohio State takes on No. 9 Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.Updated at 9:14 p.m. to include vote totals read more