Football Update: Two Buckeyes no longer with team; tickets prices will likely go up

In a press release sent out yesterday, Ohio State announced that redshirt freshman Conner Crowell and freshman Joey O’Connor will no longer play football for the Buckeyes and have been removed from the roster according to the official OhioStateBuckeyes.com web site.

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Crowell, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker from North Point High School in Waldorf, Md., had two microfracture surgeries on his lower left leg during his brief career at Ohio State following an injury he sustained in high school and was not going to be cleared to play by the team’s medical staff.

Crowell played in three games for the Buckeyes in 2012 and registered one tackle. In 2011, Crowell redshirted after having surgery during the summer of that year.

Crowell, a three-star recruit coming out of high school, also had offers from Connecticut, Duke, Hawaii, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford and West Virginia. Crowell was ranked as the sixth-best prospect out of the state of Maryland and the 20th-best outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals for the class of 2011.

O’Connor, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman from Windsor, Colo., did not see any action during the 2012 season and was redshirted due to a knee injury. According to the press release, O’Connor plans to transfer to another school closer to home.

O’Connor was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star recruit by Scout.com. Along with Ohio State and Penn State which are the only schools he visited, O’Connor also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Tennessee, UCLA and Utah among others.

Football ticket prices will likely go up:

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the university’s Athletic Council has recommended to raise ticket prices for next season’s football games. The Board of Trustees will decide on that recommendation when they convene on Jan. 31.

The Dispatch stated that “the Athletic Council will ask that two games for the 2013, ’14, ’15 and ’17 seasons be designated as ‘premier’ games. Those games’ costs will range from $110 to $150. The price of the 2016 premier game, undoubtedly against Michigan, will cost $175. That’s 2-1/2 times the cost of last year’s $70 ticket. Wisconsin and Penn State are the most likely targets for premium status in 2013.”

The other five games on Ohio State’s home schedule will likely jump from $70 to $79. Tickets for faculty, staff and student will also probably see an increase.

I have no problems with Ohio State wanted to raise the ticket prices by a small percentage. Going from $70 to $79 is really no big deal. But jacking up the face value of a ticket 250 percent is outrageous!

Granted, these are just recommendations at this point, but most other schools have premium pricing. It’s just not that much.

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Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.