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Marcus Baugh in trouble again

OLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State redshirt freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been charged with underage drinking for a second time, and could again be facing discipline after a rocky first season with the program.

Braxton Miller confirms return for 2014

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller made it official Thursday night, announcing that he will return for his senior season. Miller’s return had been widely reported last week. Colleague Austin Ward weighed in here. “I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I’m looking forward to working for another year with Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Tom Herman. And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal.”

Miller, who has won Big Ten offensive player of the year the past two seasons, always had been expected to stay but did consider a jump to the NFL, in part because of his young son. Miller has a record seven individual Big Ten awards, including back-to-back Silver Football league MVPs. No Big Ten player has won three Silver Footballs or offensive player of the year awards.

Miller needs 2,256 passing yards and six more passing touchdown to become Ohio State’s all-time career leader in both categories.

So no surprise here, but good news for Ohio State entering the long offseason.

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Five things: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Breaking down the critical areas and key players as No. 7 Ohio State closes the season against No. 12 Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl (TV: ESPN, 8:30 p.m.).

Tim Tebow: Not done with NFL despite ESPN job

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow will continue chasing his goal to be a NFL quarterback, even after signing on to help ESPN launch the SEC Network this fall.

Video: Ohio State center Corey Linsley

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ESPN’s "Youngstown Boys" Tells Maurice Clarett’s Story as Clarett Wanted It Told

“Youngstown Boys,” the newest installment of ESPN’s esteemed 30 for 30 documentary series, premiered Saturday night following the 2013 Heisman Trophy ceremony. While the documentaries consistently draw national audiences for their intriguing storylines and high quality, Saturday’s film was of considerable interest to the Ohio State community. It set out to tell the story of two former Buckeyes greats, running back Maurice Clarett and coach Jim Tressel, from their rises to fame in northeast Ohio to their glory and subsequent downfalls in Columbus. Or at least that was how it was promoted. Though the pluralized title of the film and the hype leading up to it gave the impression that it would delve into detail about the stories of both men, it focused on Clarett. Tressel was an important character in that story as the head coach of OSU, but the film’s inclusion of Tressel came within the context of Clarett’s story. As for the story of Clarett’s rise and fall, it was well assembled by the film’s directors, brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. One of my favorite parts about the film was its use of various footage, from game highlights to press conferences, to capture the emotion from the championship to the controversy. I appreciated that the highlight package shown from the 2002 OSU-Michigan game was assembled entirely of video and audio clips from the game itself, not littered with retold stories of the game. Footage of that season’s BCS National…

ESPN 30 for 30 Youngstown Boys: Complete Preview for Maurice Clarett Documentary

While Buckeye Nation may still be reeling from Michigan State’s victory over its beloved Ohio State football team in the Big Ten championship game, it has a chance to relive some old memories during ESPN’s latest edition of its 30 for 30 series. Ohio State took home the national championship following the 2002 season, and running back Maurice Clarett was its superstar player. Clarett, along with then head coach Jim Tressel, will be the subject of the upcoming ESPN documentary. What: Youngstown Boys When: 9 pm ET, Dec. 14 (following the Heisman Trophy presentation) Where: ESPN The film will also be replayed at 11 pm ET on Dec. 14 on ESPN2. ESPN Film’s 30 for 30 also points out that fans of the series will be familiar with Youngstown Boys’ directors: Ohio State’s improbable run to the national championship behind the freshman Clarett will undoubtedly be explored during the film. However, that alone wouldn’t be worthy of the full 30 for 30 treatment. It is the off-field issues that plagued Clarett during his brief career and after he left the confines of Ohio State that will be the main draw. Among the hits on Clarett’s reputation was an NCAA investigation into improper benefits, his dismissal from the university and an unsuccessful challenge of the NFL’s rule that a player must be three years removed from high school to play in its league. However, that was just scratching the surface. Clarett went down a dark path…

Big Ten Won’t Suspend Ohio State Players

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Player of the week: Big Ten

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The end-zone routine is almost overkill. Carlos Hyde’s strength already has been on full display well before punching in a touchdown. He’s made it look easy to shed defenders or carry them for extra yardage.

The senior running back’s frame is hard to ignore even before that, as the simple sight of the 230-pounder lining up in the Ohio State backfield typically draws plenty of attention. The overall athleticism is showing snap after snap for an attack that is relying more heavily on his talents with each passing week as the No. 2 Buckeyes feed him a steady load of carries, which Hyde turns into relentless, consistent production.

But even after all that, Hyde still drives the point home once he crosses the goal line, flexing his arms and offering one more reminder that few players in the country are making a stronger impact on the season.

“The way I’m running right now, I’m just running angry,” Hyde told ESPN.com after Saturday’s 42-41 victory over rival Michigan. “I’m just more hungry than I would have been at the beginning of the season if I wouldn’t have been suspended.”

If not for that three-week absence for an off-the-field incident in a Columbus bar in July in which charges were never filed, Hyde might be in the mix for more than Player of the Week or Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, given his incredible statistics since returning to the Ohio State backfield.

Hyde’s 226 yards against the Wolverines improved his season total to 1,290, but that figure is more eye-catching considering almost all of that output has come during eight Big Ten games. Against conference opponents, Hyde has averaged 156.1 yards per game and has 14 rushing touchdowns, leading the conference and helping him build a case that he might even be able to edge teammate Braxton Miller as the Big Ten’s top offensive performer this season.

Part of his success is obviously a product of the dynamic combination he and the Ohio State quarterback form in coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense. But, as Hyde has so frequently reminded people watching every time he scores a touchdown, his rare blend of strength, determination and speed is obviously a pretty significant part of the equation as well.

“The tailback has been pretty dominant,” Meyer said. “He’s playing as good as any tailback I’ve ever watched.”

That’s giving both the Buckeyes and Hyde plenty of reason to flex their muscles heading into the postseason.

Urban Meyer Won’t Suspend Players

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