The Weekender: Ohio State Women’s Basketball Improves to 18-0, NCAA Approves Transformation Committee Recommendations and Clemson Hires Garrett Riley

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Women’s Basketball The Buckeyes keep rolling

Eighteen games into the 2022-23 season, Ohio State women’s basketball has yet to lose this year.

The Buckeyes’ best start in program history continued Saturday as the Buckeyes improved to 18-0 with a 76-67 win at Nebraska. Ohio State jumped out to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way. Nebraska made things interesting by cutting Ohio State’s lead to three points with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter, but the Buckeyes pulled away during the second half, taking an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter before the end. winning by nine.

Rebeka Mikulasikova 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 (Monday, 7 p.m., ESPN2) as the third-ranked Buckeyes follow a 20-0 start for the first time ever.

The NCAA adopts the recommendations of the Transformation Committee

The NCAA held its annual convention last 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 across college sports tasked with modernizing NCAA policies. .

After the Transformation Committee released recommended changes two weeks ago, the Division I Board of Directors approved those recommendations Thursday. Many of the recommended changes are expected to take effect within the next year, as Division I committees are now tasked with turning those recommendations into legislation.

The recommendation that drew the most attention was one that called for team 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 tournaments to NCAA basketball in over 90 teams. However, those decisions will be made at a sport-specific level; per The Athletic, the men’s basketball oversight committee will review the possibility of expanding the tournament later this year and make a recommendation next January if they agree to any changes.

Other recommendations made by the Transformation Committee, among many, include guaranteeing medical coverage for injured athletes for at least two years after their college career ends, requiring all Division I schools to provide services of mental health for athletes, removing the minimum football attendance standard from the criteria required to be a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and creating “a more accurate and specific charging standard for when enforcement staff should make charges ” against schools for violating the rules.

The full list of recommendations of the Transformation Committee can be found in the final report on the official website of the NCAA.

Clemson makes a big hire

After missing the College Football Playoff in back-to-back seasons largely due to a weak offense, Clemson made a major change to its offensive coaching staff on Thursday.

Dabo Swinney fired former Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter just a year after promoting him 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 college football’s top offensive minds, leading offenses that ranked in the top 15 nationally in points scored per game in each of his three seasons the latter between one year at TCU and two years at SMU.

With Riley leading an offense that will be backed up by sophomore Cade Klubnik after DJ Uiagalelei transferred to Oregon State, Clemson hopes to re-emerge as a national championship contender in 2023 after back-to-back disappointing seasons.


Ohio State Promotes Brian Hartline to Offensive Coordinator

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

Patience, faith in Ohio State paying off for new coach Keenan Bailey

We caught up with Ohio State’s new head coach ahead of the Peach Bowl to talk with him about what it means to be a full-time head coach for the first time in his career. While he could have been a full-time coach sooner had he left Ohio State, he stayed with the Buckeyes because he values ​​”people over places,” and he says he wouldn’t trade his seven years on the payroll. of obligations at OSU “for everything.”

Breaking down Ohio State’s 11 early enrollees as they begin their first semester as Buckeyes

More than half of Ohio State’s signees in the 2023 recruiting class began their careers as Buckeyes last week. Garrick Hodge analyzed what the future might hold for each of the 11 freshmen now on campus.

What is expected next?

  • Men’s Basketball: at Rutgers, 2:15 p.m. Sunday (BTN)
  • Women’s Basketball: vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (BTN)
  • Women’s Hockey: at St. Cloud State, 4 p.m., Friday
  • Men’s Hockey: at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Friday (Bally Sports Great Lakes/Wisconsin)


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