Coming out of Trinity High School in Washington, Penn., senior Andrew Miller committed to Ohio State as a tight end prospect ranked 41st overall by rivals.com. By his junior year, Miller was starting at left tackle instead. “The coaches sat me down and said that the best position for my future, and the future of this team, was on the offensive line,” Miller said. “And it’s hard to say no to that.” Growing up in Pennsylvania, Miller’s mother Lynne Miller was leery of allowing her son to play football. In fact, it wasn’t until he was roughly 12 years old that he began to play football for the first time. “When he signed up for baseball, his baseball coach was the one who told him that he wanted Andrew to play on the football team,” Lynne said. “The football coach in our area, he used to go from door to door and recruit just like the big guys do. And Andrew wanted to play badly.” While Miller currently stands at 6-feet-6-inches tall and weighs in at almost 300 pounds, Lynne stressed that he’s always been bigger than most. “He was a lineman even back then,” Lynne said. “He was always much bigger than the average kid his age.” As a senior playing for Trinity High School, Miller was named to the all-Pennsylvania team. He caught 11 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns. College football programs from all over the country were recruiting Miller. Offers were coming in from Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Indiana, just to name a few. But when Miller finally had to make a decision about where he wanted to play, it was the last school that made a pitch to him that he decided to sign with. “I understood that OSU was a good football program, and I knew that I could be successful here with football,” Miller said. “Once I found out all of the other things like academics and how good the people are around here, there just wasn’t another choice for me.” “We went to see it, and it’s hard to turn your back on OSU,” Lynne said. “Not just the facilities but the people and the coaches. Every time we went to a campus we thought that it would be the one, but when we saw OSU, it was just above and beyond.” After working hard for two years, Miller was finally given the opportunity to start at left tackle in his junior year. Then, four games into the season, he came down with the flu and had to sit out games against Indiana and Wisconsin. Coming into this season, Miller had every intention of competing for a starting position on the line. Unfortunately, a left elbow injury kept him from displaying his full potential. “My elbow injury has been going on for so long that I can’t really sit here and dwell on it,” Miller said. “I don’t want to get it fixed and be out for a long time.” Injury or not, Miller has every intention of cracking the starting lineup before the season ends. “The goal is always to be a starter and I compete every single day,” Miller said. “I’m never going to submit. Everyone has their role on the team, but I don’t want to see myself as a role player who only comes in on jumbo packages. “But at the end of the day, I have however many games left here at OSU and I’m going to make the most of them.” Miller, who was a National Honor Society member in high school with a 3.99 grade point average, still dreams of playing professionally when he’s finished with school. But if it doesn’t work out, he has other career opportunities in mind. “If that (professional football) doesn’t work out, I’m going to pursue a career in sales,” Miller said. “And so I have a few leads in some medical fields, selling orthopedic and medical equipment, things of that nature.” Lynne believes that the key to her son’s success is a constant dedication to bettering himself. “Andrew is very disciplined,” Lynne said. “He always got his work done and he always planned ahead. I was always amazed. I would say ‘where did you get that from?’ I don’t know where he got it from because it wasn’t from me.”
Then-sophomore attackman Reegan Comeault (8) fights for a loose ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorComing off a season in which the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won the ECAC conference tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament game in five years, plenty of excitement surrounds the program regarding just how far the Buckeyes can go in 2014.“We definitely have great potential,” senior goalie and captain Greg Dutton said. “We lost some key guys last year, but we’ve got some new guys in the mix, guys who are ready to step up. We are really excited for this season.”However, when OSU takes the field this spring, it will do so without the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in attackman Logan Schuss, who graduated last spring. The Minnesota Swarm selected Schuss with first overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in September.OSU coach Nick Myers, who is entering his sixth season with the team, said he believes it is going to take a team effort to replace Schuss.“Offensively, we pride ourselves on sharing the ball,” Myers said. “We are going to need some guys to step into some different roles, but I don’t think it’s going to be one person that replaces Logan.”One returning player is junior midfielder Jesse King, who was second on the team in points last season after tallying 32 goals and 23 assists. King was also one of 51 players named to Team Canada’s training squad in October.“It’s a huge confidence builder for him to get a chance to play with some of the best in the world,” Myers said about King’s experience. “He knows he is going to have a lot more attention from opponents and defenses, but I think he is up for that challenge.”Offensively, OSU returns four players who scored more than 20 points — King, sophomore attackman Carter Brown, junior midfielder Turner Evans and junior midfielder David Planning — to a team that went 13-4 last season, including 7-2 in conference play.OSU is ranked No. 7 in the “Inside Lacrosse” preseason poll, the first time the Buckeyes have been in the preseason top 10. The Buckeyes are also set to feature two Preseason First Team All-Americans for the first time in program history in King and senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Florida Launch in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft Friday.Still, despite the talent OSU returns to the squad, Meurer said his team is not the best they can be quite yet.“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meurer said. “As January progresses, we will definitely continue to build the blocks that we need to be the team that we want to be.”The Buckeyes are set to open the season Feb. 9 when they travel to Baltimore to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins.
Urban Meyer listens at a press conference as he fields questions about his handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer stood at the podium, hands on either side of the glass perimeter around the mic as he addressed his three-game suspension.His left hand twitched almost the entire time, and he rarely looked up from the prepared statement laid out before him. When he returned to his seat to answer questions from the press, he seemed out of focus, repeatedly requiring the questions to be asked again.Ohio State’s head football coach had been at the Longaberger Alumni House for nearly 11 hours, and the outcome of the investigation into his knowledge of domestic abuse by his former assistant coach did not seem to be something he favored.“I trust and support our president,” Meyer responded when asked if he agreed with the suspension.His appearance at the press conference could be interpreted differently by many. Some might say he seemed tired. Some would say angry. Some might even say nervous. One thing Meyer certainly was not: remorseful.Throughout the press conference, Meyer avoided uttering the name of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. And then he was asked if he had a message for Courtney specifically.“Well, I have a message for everyone involved in this. I’m sorry we’re in this situation,” Meyer said. “And I’m just sorry we’re in this situation.”Meyer’s seemingly nervous tics and apparent lack of focus might be open for interpretation, but less so are the messages he sent by not mentioning Courtney by name and the findings in the investigative report.The “summary of findings,” released by Ohio State after the press conference on Wednesday, found Meyer frequently sided with his former coach than with his coach’s wife.The first instance of this came in 2009 when Zach Smith was arrested for allegedly throwing his wife into a wall when he brought a female co-worker home to sleep on the couch after a party. Courtney Smith decided not to pursue charges.The report said in 2009 that both Meyer and his wife, Shelley, “took away from the 2009 events that Courtney Smith was not being entirely truthful when she called 911 to have Zach arrested.”Then, between 2015 and 2016, the report said the Powell Police Department and the Delaware County prosecutor conducted an investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. The report said the university’s then-Title IX deputy coordinator for athletics told athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer about the investigation, to which Meyer and Gene Smith responded by telling Zach Smith that if he ever hit Courtney or if he is charged, he would be fired.But Courtney Smith brought the allegations to Shelley Meyer over text message. Shelley and Urban Meyer both said she never showed him the messages, but the report said “given the closeness of their relationship and Shelley’s concerns,” the group believed it was likely the two discussed the messages.The day Zach Smith was fired, at 7:35 p.m. on July 23, Shelley sent a text to Urban Meyer saying she was “worried about Zach’s response,” the report said.“He drinks a lot and I am just not sure how stable he will be. Afraid he will do something dangerous. It’s obvious he has anger/rage issues already,” she said to Urban Meyer in the text, to which he did not respond. In its conclusion, the summary said that both Meyer and Smith “believed in good faith that they did not have sufficient information to trigger any reporting obligation,” the pair “viewed the issue too narrowly through the lens of law enforcement.”“Both should have made some report of Zach Smith’s potential violation of the domestic violence laws, which was the subject of the law enforcement investigation they came to know about in late October 2015,” the findings said. “Such reports would have been made to the Athletic Compliance Office and, for AD Smith, the Office of University Compliance and Integrity.”As rape survivor and speaker Brenda Tracy told The Lantern about her visit back in July, Meyer’s comments at Big Ten Media Days are “really indicative of a huge misunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence.”“There’s some education that needs to happen there and I think that it would be good for people to educate themselves; reach out to people like me, reach out to advocates in your community,” she said. That, combined with the findings of the report and Meyer’s comments during his press conference, paints a picture of someone who, at best, does not understand how to properly handle a situation like this. Meyer allowed his loyalty toward former head coach Earle Bruce, Zach Smith’s grandfather, to cloud his judgment of Smith, the report said, and give him more chances to remain an assistant coach than would likely have been afforded another coach.Who knows if Meyer was frustrated by the suspension or just tired when he seemed out of sorts in his press conference. But he certainly seemed to feel no remorse for Courtney Smith. Perhaps she thought she had been untruthful, not worth believing. Perhaps he still felt disappointed in Zach Smith, the grandson of his former mentor.Regardless, the picture he painted at the press conference and that the reports seem to show is not a glowing one of Meyer. And it’s possible this will be a stain on his legacy for years to come.
No. 3 Micah Jordan of Ohio State scores with a double-leg takedown on Jarod Verkleeren of Penn State in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State-Penn State dual. Jordan won the bout by decision, 10-8. Ohio State lost the dual against Penn State 28-9. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State and Cornell will finish the regular season with a duel that includes 15 nationally ranked wrestlers.The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) takes on No. 9 Cornell on the road Friday. The Big Red (13-2, 5-0 EIWA) has won their most recent duel in dominant fashion against North Carolina 29-5.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said this non-conference duel is important for the sport of wrestling.“For the growth of this sport, [having] big duels is important,” Ryan said. “It is a good team and it is going to [have] some competitive matches.”The Buckeyes are coming off a 21-12 victory against then-No. 7 Nebraska on Sunday while winning six of its 10 bouts. Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 3 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, has the marquee matchup of the duel, but is an underdog for the first time all season. He will take on Cornell undefeated top-ranked sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis.Diakomihalis is the defending national champion at 141 pounds and has a 56-1 career record.McKenna said he is excited to wrestle a top-level foe in Diakomihalis.“It is going to be another good test,” McKenna said. “[Diakomihalis] is younger and pretty talented so it should be a fun match.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds and undefeated on the season, will be tested against Cornell sixth-ranked sophomore Max Dean, who has a 17-4 record.Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, will face Cornell eleventh-ranked junior Chas Tucker.Pletcher said he knows Tucker well and that they grew up wrestling together.“It is going to be a good match,” Pletcher said. “He is a pretty tough kid.”Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, will face Cornell eight-ranked senior Ben Honis.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, will face Cornell’s fourteenth-ranked junior Brandon Womack.Womack finished No. 8 at nationals at 165 pounds as a freshman and has qualified for nationals three years in a row.Ryan said Smith needs to be on the attack and really focus on his takedowns.“[Smith] is just a matter of finishing,” Ryan said. “He is getting in on legs and not finishing.”No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Cornell at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Ithaca, New York.
Gilbert: “I would expect over the next 2-3 days that we will get that accomplished. With winds blowing across the highway we are moving a little slow right now. Once the winds come back out of the northeast and northwest we can move a little bit faster to help minimize the impacts on the highway.” A travel plan for these delays is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y6s3n5jh. Heavy firefighting equipment will be on the highway. Driving with more caution than normal while on the highway is advised.
Kolkata: Five persons were arrested when they assembled in New Town with a motive to decamp with valuables from a house in the area. Acting on a tip off, police conducted a raid in New Town and arrested the accused.Cops came to know that a group of miscreants had chalked out a plan to decamp with valuables from a house.Based on a specific information, police was waiting at the spot where all the five were supposed to assemble.After waiting for around an hour, the police, who were in plainclothes, found the miscreants reaching the spot one after the other. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey gheraoed them from all sides and caught them red handed. Some of them attempted to escape. But the policemen chased them and arrested the miscreants.Police said the five arrested people are SK Sarif (22), a resident of Satragachi at Moukhali in Howrah, Tahzeeb Ahmed (29) of Howrah, Goni Gazi (19), a resident of Nandakishor Para in South 24-Parganas and Anup Bhim (36) of Mahadebpur in Nadia and Satyajit Pramanik of Thakdari Pramanik Para in New Town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice recovered a sharp knife and iron rods from the miscreants.It may be mentioned that the police have intensified its vigil in the area and it has helped in reducing crime in the area. Police have initiated interrogation to know whether others are involved in their racket. They are also trying to know whether they are involved in anymore cases of dacoity.A police officer said one of them is a local resident and he had chalked out the plan to decamp with the valuables from the house. They had also conducted a reccee in the area before attempting to commit the crime.
It is said that life is an abstract art, and it is up to the artist to draw meanings out of it.For Sangeeta Gupta, who feels that art cannot thrive unless it is shared – it is a means to liberate herself through colours as her tools, invoking the infinite and the five elements as her source of inspiration.With the idea of sharing art with others, she recently opened an art gallery at Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi under the ambit of Prithvi fine art and cultural centre – a registered society based in the heart of Delhi since 2011 with the objective to promote art, literature and music of India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe gallery was inaugurated on July 14 India by Ambassador of Venezuela – Augusto Montiel, K L Ganju (Consul General for Republic of Union of the Comoros) and Ratan Kaul who marked their presence as the Chief Guest.Along with the inauguration there was also an opening of solo exhibition named as ‘NEEL – Mysteries of Blue’ by Sangeeta Gupta, whose art works will be on display until July 27.Many other senior artist including Niren Sengupta, Kanchan Chander, Ananda Moy Banerji, Sudip Roy, Siddharth Tagore and others also marked their presence at the inaugural. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about her outlook towards art she says, “To my inner self and elsewhere,nature is a phenomenon that creates and destroys time and space without a halt. As a painter, I have been composing shades of colours that dissolve nature into forms and formlessness and subsequently enter the region of nothingness. One may not be endowed with the knowledge of how to go beyond this experience.””It begins suddenly at an empty space, generates energy, goes on clubbing with opposite forces and finally passes beyond time. I have attempted to identify space at every nook and corner of the landscape, discovering and rediscovering the infinite existence of nothingness. My urge to conceive the truth of our time drives me sometimes to probe the elusive realms of human existence,” she adds.The artist, who is a resident of Delhi, has held 32 solo shows, authored 14 books and made seven documentary films.