Google Plus Email List
 

CalendarPay It ForwardNews LinksCrime StoppersLost & Found PetsPhoto GalleriesRaw Video
WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: Sports - Local Sports - Buckeyes Visit White House

Buckeyes Visit White House

COLUMBUS -– The members of the Ohio State football team have been in the presence of some very impressive audiences of late, but nothing like what the team experienced today: meeting the President of the United States during a three-hour visit to the White House. President Barack Obama welcomed Coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, Director of Athletics Gene Smith and members of the 2014 College Football Playoff national champion Buckeye team to the White House for a formal celebration of the team’s accomplishments.
“O-H,” The President said to open a lively and fun ceremony to honor the team in the East Room of the White House. “And give it up to the 2014 college football national champions!”
The pro-Ohio State crowd responded in kind, and that was only the beginning of a neat afternoon for the players and those attending.
The President talked about All-American Joey Bosa leading the Big Ten in sacks, and then he exchanged shrugs with him saying “I use that move sometimes.”
Referring to Cardale Jones, he said “anyone with a nickname like 12 Gauge has to be taken seriously.”
He thanked Ezekiel Elliott for tucking in his shirt and Elliott said The President “needed to get the rule changed.”
Commenting on the nearly 100,000 fans who came out to watch Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday, The President said “…I think it’s fair to say your fans are a little crazy.”
And after ending the ceremony and walking off the risers, he notice Archie Griffin in the audience and brought him on stage for another round of photos that included one with President Obama, President Drake, Gene Smith, Griffin and former Buckeye great and NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter.
The President was very complimentary toward the team’s community service efforts, telling his audience the Buckeyes perform as many as 1,000 man-hours of community service hours each year, and he mentioned the Mid-Ohio Food Bank by name. He was also complimentary of Coach Meyer winning his third national championship, and to Evan Spencer, for earning Team MVP honors for all of the little things he did to help the team.
Spencer was thrilled.
“It meant the world,” Spencer said. “All of us worked so hard for this during the season, and for him to kind of point me out and show that I did do really well and I did work my butt off, especially coming from the President of the United States, it felt really good.”
Seniors Curtis Grant and Doran Grant were selected to present the President with two gifts: a game ball honoring the win over Oregon and a No. 44 jersey with “Obama” on the back.
Before the ceremony, the President had a private meeting with the team in the State Dining Room after the delegation of Buckeyes had spent about 60 minutes touring the various rooms of the White House. Some on the tour noted the fact that Coach Meyer probably knew his way around the residence, as this was his third such visit after White House celebrations in 2007 and 2009 to recognize his Florida Gators national champions.
The trip to the White House will all but cap the public honors for the Buckeyes, and it certainly was the last opportunity for all the members of the team to travel together. And what a way to end a four-month run since the Oregon win that had the team experiencing bigger and better moments with each outing.
In late January, more than 45,000 fans celebrated the national championship with the team at Ohio Stadium on a cold day with the Big Ten Network providing national television coverage of the one-hour event.
In February, team members met with Ohio Governor John Kasich at the Ohio State House before being honored on both the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives floors.
Also in February, team members were recognized at a men’s basketball game at Value City Arena and received a thunderous round of applause from the nearly 18,000 attending.
The team was the special guest at the Cincinnati Reds’ 2015 Opening Night baseball game at Great American Ball Park vs. Pittsburgh.
And this past Saturday, an all-time record crowd for a college football spring game – 99,391 fans – came out to watch the team’s final practice of the spring and to celebrate and cheer the team on a lovely, 73-degree day.
Activities today were certainly less boisterous for the most part. The team started its day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, where players figuratively “passed through” the symbolic stone and granite figures that represent Dr. King’s inspiration in the line of his “I Have a Dream” speech: “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”
Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, who has his Ph.D from The Ohio State University and is in its Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame, spoke to the team at the King Memorial. He is a senior director of institutional services at the U.S. Department of Education.
After a break for a wonderful brunch at the law offices of Jones Day, which started in Cleveland and now has 40 offices worldwide, the team moved on to the White House for the tour and the ceremony to honor the national champions.
Ohio’s Congressional Delegation then hosted the Buckeyes at the U.S. Capitol Building. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman joined U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi and Joyce Beatty for talks to the team after aides provided the Buckeyes with a tour of the Capitol Building.
Tiberi said this was the first time a national champion team had ever been invited onto the floor of the House of Representatives, saying it helped that Speaker of the House John Boehner is from Ohio.

Afterward, a group photo was taken on the steps of the Capitol Building, and then the Buckeyes loaded back onto the busses for a charter flight back home to Ohio and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The team arrived at the Woody about 9:30 p.m.Buckeyes Visit White House

Related Stories

Ohio Sports

Last Update on May 30, 2015 05:33 GMT

NATIONALS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington's Stephen Strasburg left after only 16 pitches, and Zack Cozart had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rallied against the Nationals' bullpen for a 5-2 victory on Friday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 12 games.

Strasburg gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Joey Votto and walked Brayan Pena on his 16th pitch to open the second. He shrugged after the pitch, a trainer went to the mound, and Strasburg headed for the clubhouse after a brief conversation.

Taylor Jordan (0-1) took over and gave up three runs in the sixth. Brandon Phillips -- limited to pinch hitting because of a sore toe -- tied it with a sacrifice fly. Billy Hamilton singled for a 3-2 lead, stole second, and scored on Cozart's third single of the game.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-4) went six innings for his first win since April 20.

INDIANS-MARINERS

SEATTLE (AP) -- Taijuan Walker allowed two hits over eight strong innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Friday night.

Walker (2-5) got his first win since April 27 with one of the best starts of the 22-year-old's young career. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, matching his career high.

Smith, batting cleanup for the first time this season with Robinson Cano out sick, hit a 2-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer (4-2) into the right-center seats in the sixth inning. It scored Nelson Cruz, who had singled.

The Mariners have homered in eight straight games and 13 of their last 14.

Fernando Rodney had trouble in the ninth, allowing a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Ryan Raburn, but still earned his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

REDS-ROTATION

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.

Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Marquis gave up four runs and 10 hits during 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss on Monday to the Rockies.

Johnny Cueto remains sidelined by inflammation in his pitching elbow, causing him to miss two starts so far. Price said the earliest he would return is a series in Philadelphia next week.

BROWNS-YOUNT WAIVED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.

The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

Yount appeared in 53 games with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $4.2 million contract extension in 2013. His problems last season began when he snapped high on a missed extra-point attempt in a win against New Orleans. He also had two bad snaps in a two-point loss to Baltimore.

Hughlett is currently the only long snapper on Cleveland's roster. He'll work in training camp with Carey Spear and Travis Coons, expected to compete for the starting kicker's job. Neither have kicked in a regular-season game.

FINALS-CAVALIERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James says he's given teammates "the blueprint" for the NBA Finals and it's up to the Cavaliers to follow it.

James will appear in his fifth straight finals, a feat not accomplished since 1966 when members of the Boston Celtics were on their dynastical run. As he and the Cavaliers prepare to meet Golden State, James says the key to postseason success is to stay even keeled and understand the task at hand.

One of Cleveland's main issues against the Warriors will be defending Stephen Curry, the league's MVP with the deadly shooting touch. Asked how the Cavs intend to slow Curry, James says, "the same way you slow me down. You can't."

The break before Game 1 on Thursday will allow Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving more time to recover after he was slowed by knee tendinitis and a sore foot in the Eastern Conference finals.

WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free.

The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night.

Thompson will be evaluated and will not be allowed back on the court until he clears the NBA concussion protocol guidelines.

Thompson was initially cleared to return to the game by team doctors. He ended up not playing and started developing symptoms after the game.

The NBA Finals start next Thursday against Cleveland.

Sports Stories

 
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - High School Hoops Spotlight

    High School Hoops Spotlight

    FOX 45 profiles boys and girls basketball players each Tuesday and we're looking for your nominations. Please email James Rider at jrrider@fox45now.com.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Scoreboard

    Football Friday - Scoreboard

    Check out all the scores from Friday night with the Tom Raper RV Scoreboard.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Tailgate

    Football Friday - Tailgate

    Every Friday night Sports Director Nathan Baker tailgates at the Game of the Week.  Watch the coaches interviews and get a taste of Football Friday with the Tailgate.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Band Blitz

    Football Friday - Band Blitz

    Into the band more then the game?  We have you covered with performances from local bands every Friday night with the Band Blitz.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Player of the Week

    Football Friday - Player of the Week

    Only one player can be the MVP of the entire week.  Join us on Mondays as we select the top performer from the previous Friday night as the "sponsor" Player of the Week.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Play of the Week

    Football Friday - Play of the Week

    Did your team provide the Play of the Week? Every Friday we pick the most amazing or game changing play.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Game of the Week

    Football Friday - Game of the Week

    Every week one game is tabbed as the Game of the Week.  Watch extended highlights from the biggest game of the night.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Cheerleader Shout Out

    Football Friday - Cheerleader Shout Out

    Know a cheerleader? Every Friday we get a cheerleader cheer at almost every game we go to. See if your squad made the cut with the Cheerleader Shout Out.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Highlights

    Football Friday - Highlights

    ABC 22 & FOX 45 brings you more games every Friday night than any other local station. Watch the Highlights here
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Top 22

    Top 22

    The 7th annual Tom Raper Top 22 helps countdown to the first Football Friday
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Local Sports

    Local Sports

    Get local sports coverage here!
  • [an error occurred while processing this directive]

more »

Tonight on FOX 45

12:00 pm ... FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Aston Villa
2:30 pm ..... NASCAR: XFinity Series at Dover (Dover International Speedway)
6:00 pm ..... The Big Bang Theory
6:30 pm ..... The Big Bang Theory
7:00 pm ...... MLB on FOX (LA Dodgers @ Sst. Louis)
10:00 pm ... FOX 45 News at Ten
10:30 pm ... The Big Bang Theory
11:00 pm ... Animation Domination High-Def
Complete Schedule»