Weekend: Ohio State women’s basketball improves to 18-0, NCAA approves turnaround committee recommendations and Clemson hires Garrett Riley

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The women’s basketball bucket keeps rolling

18 games into the 2022-23 season, Ohio State women’s basketball is undefeated this year.

The Buckeyes’ best start in program history continued Saturday as the Buckeyes improved to 18-0 with a 76-67 win over Nebraska. Ohio State jumped out to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter and didn’t lag the rest of the way. Nebraska made things interesting by cutting Ohio State’s lead to three points with a 7-0 lead to start the third quarter, but the Buckeyes fell back on track during the second half, taking an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before the end. He won nine.

Rebecca Mikolasikova led the Buckeyes to victory with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Ohio State women’s basketball returns home for its next two games against Northwestern (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., BTN) and Iowa (Mon, 7 p.m., ESPN2) as the third-ranked Buckeyes chase a 20-0 start for the first time. Start.

The National Association for Assessment and Accreditation (NCAA) agrees with the recommendations of the Transformation Committee

The NCAA held its annual conference this past week, and the main order of business for the organization was to review recommendations made by the Division I Transformation Committee, a group of leaders in all college sports who are tasked with updating NCAA policies.

After the turnaround committee released its recommended changes two weeks ago, the Division I board approved those recommendations Thursday. Many of the recommended changes are expected to take effect over the next year, with Division I committees now tasked with turning those recommendations into legislation.

The recommendation that attracted the most attention was one that called for collegiate sports sponsored by more than 200 schools to expand their postseason tournaments to include 25% of active Division I members—which would mean expanding the NCAA basketball tournaments beyond 90 teams. However, these decisions will be made at the specific mathematical level; for every the athleteThe Men’s Basketball Supervisory Committee will review the possibility of expanding the tournament later this year and make a recommendation next January if any changes are agreed upon.

Other recommendations made by the Transformation Commission include, among many, ensuring medical coverage for injured athletes for at least two years after their college career ends, requiring all Division I schools to offer mental health services to athletes, and removing the minimum football attendance standard from the criteria required to be a member of the Football League Division and create a “more precise and concrete fee standard as to when enforcement officials must make allegations” against schools for breaching the rules.

The full list of recommendations of the Transition Committee can be found in its final report on Official website of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Clemson is hiring great

After missing the college game in back-to-back seasons due to poor performances, Clemson made a major shakeup of its offensive coaching staff on Thursday.

Dabo Sweeney fired former Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter just a year after he was promoted to offensive coordinator and replaced him with TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, who won the 2022 Broyles Award as the top college football assistant coach. The younger brother of Lincoln Riley, Garrett Riley has established himself as one of the top offensive minds in college football, leading offenses that ranked 15th nationally in points scored per game in each of the past three seasons between one year at TCU and two years at SMU.

With Riley directing the offense that sophomore Kid Klopnik will face after DJ Uiagalelei moves to Oregon State, Clemson hopes to re-emerge as a national championship contender in 2023 after consecutive disappointing seasons.


Ohio State promotes Brian Hartline to offensive coordinator

Hartline’s rapid climb up the coaching ladder continued Friday when the Ohio State receivers coach was promoted to offensive coordinator. Ryan Day said Hartline was “more than ready” for the opportunity and that he would now be recruiting for the entire offense, which Day believed was “something that’s going to be really positive for our program.”

Ohio State’s patience and faith pays off for new tight ends coach Keenan Bailey

We caught up with the new Ohio State coach before the Peach Bowl to talk to him about what it means to be a full-time coach for the first time in his career. Although he could have become a full-time coach sooner had he left Ohio State, he has stayed with the Buckeyes because he values ​​”people over places,” and says he wouldn’t trade the seven years he spent paying his dues at OSU “for anything.” something.”

He broke 11 early Ohio State freshmen when starting their first semester as the Buckeyes

More than half of the Ohio State signees in the 2023 recruiting class started their careers as the Buckeyes in the past week. Garrick Hodge analyzed what the future could hold for each of these 11 freshmen now on campus.

What’s Next

  • Men’s basketball: At Rutgers, 2:15 p.m. on Sunday (BTN)
  • Women’s basketball: North West, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (BTN)
  • Women’s hockey: In St. Cloud State, 4 p.m. on Friday
  • men’s hockey: In Wisconsin, 8 p.m. on Friday (Bally Sports Great Lakes/Wisconsin)

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