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Mobile Tour: The Ann Arbor Schedule is Here!

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The highly anticipated schedule for the Big Ten Mobile Tour's stop in Ann Arbor is finally here! The times and locations are still subject to change, but should be accurate for the time being.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 29
2 - 6 p.m. ET
North End of Yost Arena
 
Friday, September 30
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
The Diag
 
4:30 - 7 p.m. ET
North End of Yost Arena
 
Saturday, October 1
8:30 a.m. - Noon and 3 - 4 p.m. ET
Corner of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard
 
*Times and locations subject to change


I'm looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next few days!

...and as always, GO BLUE!

Mobile Tour: This is Michigan

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Good afternoon, Big Ten nation! I'm Eddie Murray and I will be reporting on all the excitement taking place on the Michigan campus this weekend.

There may not be a better weekend for the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour to travel to Ann Arbor. After four long weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten schedule is finally kicking off as Minnesota comes to town for the battle of the Little Brown Jug -- the oldest trophy in college football history -- and our fifth straight home game of the season.

We've had our ups and downs the past few seasons, but here in Ann Arbor we still believe that the University of Michigan is college football. It's home to the most wins in college football history (888), the largest stadium in the country (the Big House seats 109,901 and we sell out 110% of games), 77 All-Americans and 42 Big Ten Championships. 

I don't think there is a doubt that first-year head coach Brady Hoke, a true Michigan Man, is restoring our program to the Wolverine teams of old -- teams Bo would be proud of. Hoke said it best himself at the Big Ten Media Day in July: "This might sound arrogant, and if it is, it is.  We're Michigan." And so far he's done a pretty good job, starting off the year undefeated at 4-0.

With all of the Big Ten and NCAA football history that has taken place in Ann Arbor and surrounded the numerous Wolverine squads, it will be a thrilling experience to see the new Big Ten's Legends and Leaders square off in this 2011 season, as well as seeing one team lift the inaugural Stagg-Paterno Big Ten Championship trophy in December (hopefully wearing the Maize and Blue).

For those who have never experienced what Michigan -- or even Big Ten -- football is all about, keep checking the B1G Mobile Tour blog and Twitter to stay updated throughout the week. And for those in Ann Arbor, come experience the excitement yourself and stop by the B1G Mobile Tour RV! As soon as the Tour's schedule is finalized I will be posting it.

...and as always, GO BLUE!

Mobile Tour: Eddie Takes Over

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Michigan's Eddie Murray is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Ann Arbor.

A full weekend schedule will be posted shortly.

Learn more about Eddie by watching his introductory video HERE and by reading his intro below:

"Hello, my name is Eddie Murray. I am a junior at the University of Michigan studying communications with an emphasis on journalism and English. Originally from Royal Oak, Mich., I am in my second full year with the Athletic Media Relations department here at U of M. I am a third generation Wolverine - my mom played softball while my dad worked in sports information, and my grandfather attended the medical school in the 1950s. After graduating, I would like to pursue a career in the sports field, whether it is with PR, advertising, marketing, or journalism. In my opinion, there is nothing greater about Big Ten football than the storied rivalries it holds, most notably Michigan's rivalries with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Minnesota. I am excited to share with you all of my favorite Michigan football experiences through my reporting this season, and as always, Go Blue!"

At the end of the regular season, fans can vote for their favorite student blogger, and the winner will receive a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice.

It's all yours, Eddie!

Mobile Tour: The Journey Continues

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Ohio State's Jake Demyan did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Columbus!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Michigan

Gameday at The Ohio State University

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There is nothing and I mean NOTHING that compares to an Ohio State Saturday. There are so many traditions I can't even put them all in this blog post. I caught up with a few of my favorites today as the Buckeyes moved to 3-1 and Colorado fell to 1-3. These are some of my favorite traditions that don't include adult beverages.

Skull Session - This is something that every Ohio State fan needs to experience while they are here. It started in 1957, the season after St, John Arena was built and has been a tradition ever since. It starts two hours before every game and is considered a pep rally. It is the last time the band rehearses before the game. Doesn't sound that amazing but when 13,000 people rise to their feet to hear TBDBITL play. Awesome.

The Walk to the Shoe - Another band tradition continues after the band is done playing Skull Session as hundreds gather to watch the band march into the Horseshoe.

Script Ohio - This goes without saying, the band forms the famous pattern of OHIO. It was ranked number one tradition in the nation by Sports Illustrated this year and deserve-ably so. Many people don't know that Script Ohio was started by the Michigan band and was played to commemorate Ohio.

THE GAME - Pretty self explanatory.

Hang on Sloopy - The break in between the third and fourth quarters bring on one of the best songs the band has to offer. The stadium echoes with chants of O-H-I-O.

Carmen Ohio - The team and fans stay after every game to sing the Alma Matter win or lose. If you do not know the words to Carmen Ohio you are not a true Buckeye.

The Victory Bell - Rings after every Ohio State win. A sure sign that tonight will be a good night.


A slideshow to today's photos can be shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3CmNtyogfY

Now I am going to go enjoy those other traditions.

St. John Arena

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Historic St. John Arena

Not many things compare to St. John Arena on this campus. It defines the word Vintage - Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.

 

It is named after Lynn St. John, who was the athletic director at Ohio State for 33 years and served as the head basketball coach from 1911-1919. St. John was appointed to the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee in 1912; he held this position for 25 years, the last 18 at the chairman. He served as a member of the 1936 Basketball Olympic Committee, and played an active role during the inaugural Olympic competition He also coached baseball for Ohio State and football in the state of Ohio.

 

St. John Arena was built in 1956, six years after Lynn's death. The arena saw the golden age of Ohio State basketball, an era that saw the Buckeyes win five straight Big Ten titles from 1960-1964 under head coach Fred Taylor. It also housed the 1960 national championship team that featured hall of famers Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried and Bobby Knight.

 

Most people don't know that the same floor that these legends of OSU played on is the same floor that sits in the arena today. Thanks to an incredible job by the facilities crew at St. John, the same floor that saw Ohio State's only basketball national championship now houses men's and women's volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. St. John also hosts one of the best traditions on Saturday. The band warm up and pep rally known as "Skull Session". 


I win provide some tweets and a video of Skull Session later today. Check the twitter feed and YouTube page for updates.

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Only Two Days Left!

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There are only two days left of the Big Ten Mobile Tour at The Ohio State University. Thursday and Friday have been a great learning experience for Ohio State on the Legends and Leaders divisions. I hope to see all of you on Friday and most importantly Gameday at the Mobile Tour.

Friday, September 23

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET

Schottenstein Center

 Saturday, September 24

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

South of Ohio Stadium, outside St. John Arena

Here are some photos from the first two days of action

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The LEGENDS of The OSU Sporting World

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The Top Five Legends at Ohio State

Ohio State is without a doubt the biggest producer of legendary sports figures in college sports history. To rank them into a top five list is almost impossible, so please do not get mad at me if I left one of your favorites off the list. This top five could have been put in any order.

1.      1.  Jesse Owens - Participated in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany. He walked away with four gold medals. He won medals in the 100 and 200 meter dash, the long jump and the 4X100 meter relay team. These gold medals put Jesse on an international pedestal because these Olympics were supposed to be Adolf Hitler's showing off of his Aryan race. The Germans were supposed to win every event that Jesse took first.

"I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up" Owens said.

At Ohio State Jesse was known as the "Buckeye Bullet". He won eight NCAA championships in his time in Columbus. Most Buckeyes love the story that he set three world records and tied a fourth in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

2.       2. Jack Nicklaus - "The Golden Bear" was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and could think of no better place to go to school than The Ohio State University. As a Buckeye Jack won the U.S. Amateur in 1959 and 1961. He won an NCAA championship in 1961. Jack still hosts a tournament in Columbus every year simply known around Columbus as "Jack's tournament" or "The Memorial". The tournament is hosted at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

As a professional I think many of you know the statistics. He won 18 majors in a span of 25 years and won the Masters at 46 years old, a feat in my opinion that will never be broken. He finished his career with over 110 victories around the world, with 73 coming on the PGA tour. Jack was a five-time PGA player of the year. My favorite statistic when talking about Jack Nicklaus is that he was a runner up finisher in 19 majors. He holds the record for most victories at The Masters (6), U.S. Open (4) and PGA Championships (5).

The Jack Nicklaus Museum is located next to the Schottenstein Center on campus and is available to tour to the public. If you are ever in Columbus I suggest you check it out.

3.       3. Jerry Lucas - Jerry is without a doubt the greatest basketball player to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray. He played in the golden age of Ohio State basketball, taking the Buckeyes to three straight national championship games and winning one in 1960. He was voted a two-time AP Player of the year and a three-time NCAA First Team All-American.  He is also the only player in Big Ten history to win the Big Ten Player of the Year in three consecutive years.

While in the NBA Jerry averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds a game for the Cincinnati Royals. He was the rookie of the year in 1964. A seven-time NBA All-Star, and one time NBA champion (1973 for the New York Knicks). Jerry made St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio into a basketball cathedral. He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

4. Archie Griffin- "Archie" has no nickname in Columbus because when you hear that name you know that he is the ONLY (sorry Tim Tebow) two-time Heisman trophy winner in the history of college football. The astounding running back played for the Buckeyes from 1972-1975. He was the first freshman to ever start for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Archie is one of two players to ever start four Rose Bowl games. This is back when the Rose Bowl was as far as the Buckeyes could go in achievements for a season. Woody Hayes' famous quote sums up Archie for all Ohio State football fans:

 "He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen." Woody said.

Archie is still very active at The Ohio State University; he is the President and CEO of the Alumni Association.

5.       5Woody Hayes - Most members of my generation do not understand what Woody meant to this university. All we remember is that he went out in flames much like our version of Woody Hayes. But Woody Hayes was arguably the greatest coach in college football history, and easily the greatest coach in Ohio State history. He was at the helm of the Buckeyes for 28 years, capturing three national championships and 13 Big Ten titles. He guided the Buckeyes to eight Rose Bowl appearances and was a three-time NCAA coach of the year. He also is responsible for the hatred that goes along with "that school up north". This is why most Buckeyes would take a bullet just so that nobody steps on Woody's grave.

Upon running low on gas in southern Michigan returning from a recruiting trip "Stop for gas?! We'll push the damn car all the way to the Ohio state line before I contribute one penny to any business in the state of Michigan!" Hayes said.

His coaching tree consists of many legends of college football most notably Lou Holtz, Bill Arnsparger, Bill Mallory, Dick Crun, Bo Schembechler and Ara Parseghian.

Legend has it that when we jump in Mirror lake the Thursday before the Michigan game that we are "waking up Woody." But his name will forever be linked to our hatred for the maize and blue.

Close but not quite Top Five (Alphabetical Order)

Paul Brown, Chris Carter, Howard Cassady, Eddie George, Chic Harley, John Havlicek, A.J. Hawk, John Hicks, Les Horvath, Jim Jackson, Clark Kellogg, Bobby Knight, James Laurinaitis  Orlando Pace, Troy Smith, George Steinbrenner, Jim Stillwagon, Jim Tressel, Evan Turner, Tom Weiskopf, Bill Willis

The LEGENDS of The OSU Sporting World

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The Top Five Legends at Ohio State

Ohio State is without a doubt the biggest producer of legendary sports figures in college sports history. To rank them into a top five list is almost impossible, so please do not get mad at me if I left one of your favorites off the list. This top five could have been put in any order.

1.      1.  Jesse Owens - Participated in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany. He walked away with four gold medals. He won medals in the 100 and 200 meter dash, the long jump and the 4X100 meter relay team. These gold medals put Jesse on an international pedestal because these Olympics were supposed to be Adolf Hitler's showing off of his Aryan race. The Germans were supposed to win every event that Jesse took first.

"I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up" Owens said.

At Ohio State Jesse was known as the "Buckeye Bullet". He won eight NCAA championships in his time in Columbus. Most Buckeyes love the story that he set three world records and tied a fourth in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

2.       2. Jack Nicklaus - "The Golden Bear" was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and could think of no better place to go to school than The Ohio State University. As a Buckeye Jack won the U.S. Amateur in 1959 and 1961. He won an NCAA championship in 1961. Jack still hosts a tournament in Columbus every year simply known around Columbus as "Jack's tournament" or "The Memorial". The tournament is hosted at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

As a professional I think many of you know the statistics. He won 18 majors in a span of 25 years and won the Masters at 46 years old, a feat in my opinion that will never be broken. He finished his career with over 110 victories around the world, with 73 coming on the PGA tour. Jack was a five-time PGA player of the year. My favorite statistic when talking about Jack Nicklaus is that he was a runner up finisher in 19 majors. He holds the record for most victories at The Masters (6), U.S. Open (4) and PGA Championships (5).

The Jack Nicklaus Museum is located next to the Schottenstein Center on campus and is available to tour to the public. If you are ever in Columbus I suggest you check it out.

3.       3. Jerry Lucas - Jerry is without a doubt the greatest basketball player to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray. He played in the golden age of Ohio State basketball, taking the Buckeyes to three straight national championship games and winning one in 1960. He was voted a two-time AP Player of the year and a three-time NCAA First Team All-American.  He is also the only player in Big Ten history to win the Big Ten Player of the Year in three consecutive years.

While in the NBA Jerry averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds a game for the Cincinnati Royals. He was the rookie of the year in 1964. A seven-time NBA All-Star, and one time NBA champion (1973 for the New York Knicks). Jerry made St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio into a basketball cathedral. He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

4. Archie Griffin- "Archie" has no nickname in Columbus because when you hear that name you know that he is the ONLY (sorry Tim Tebow) two-time Heisman trophy winner in the history of college football. The astounding running back played for the Buckeyes from 1972-1975. He was the first freshman to ever start for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Archie is one of two players to ever start four Rose Bowl games. This is back when the Rose Bowl was as far as the Buckeyes could go in achievements for a season. Woody Hayes' famous quote sums up Archie for all Ohio State football fans:

 "He's a better young man than he is a football player, and he's the best football player I've ever seen." Woody said.

Archie is still very active at The Ohio State University; he is the President and CEO of the Alumni Association.

5.       5Woody Hayes - Most members of my generation do not understand what Woody meant to this university. All we remember is that he went out in flames much like our version of Woody Hayes. But Woody Hayes was arguably the greatest coach in college football history, and easily the greatest coach in Ohio State history. He was at the helm of the Buckeyes for 28 years, capturing three national championships and 13 Big Ten titles. He guided the Buckeyes to eight Rose Bowl appearances and was a three-time NCAA coach of the year. He also is responsible for the hatred that goes along with "that school up north". This is why most Buckeyes would take a bullet just so that nobody steps on Woody's grave.

Upon running low on gas in southern Michigan returning from a recruiting trip "Stop for gas?! We'll push the damn car all the way to the Ohio state line before I contribute one penny to any business in the state of Michigan!" Hayes said.

His coaching tree consists of many legends of college football most notably Lou Holtz, Bill Arnsparger, Bill Mallory, Dick Crun, Bo Schembechler and Ara Parseghian.

Legend has it that when we jump in Mirror lake the Thursday before the Michigan game that we are "waking up Woody." But his name will forever be linked to our hatred for the maize and blue.

Close but not quite Top Five (Alphabetical Order)

Paul Brown, Chris Carter, Howard Cassady, Eddie George, Chic Harley, John Havlicek, A.J. Hawk, John Hicks, Les Horvath, Jim Jackson, Clark Kellogg, Bobby Knight, James Laurinaitis  Orlando Pace, Troy Smith, George Steinbrenner, Jim Stillwagon, Jim Tressel, Evan Turner, Tom Weiskopf, Bill Willis

The LEADER in sports

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Last night the mobile tour visited Jesse Owens memorial stadium, one of the many facilities that Ohio State owns and operates for its 36 varsity sports. These 36 sports are the most that any university has to offer in the nation. I was going to give you a brief rundown on all of the different facilities but our fine website and my employer ohiostatebuckeyes.com already has a great facilities page built. You can read all about these facilities at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/facilities/

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