Harvard, the Ivy League school that lost its best two players before the season to – of all things – an academic scandal – epitomized the catch phrase “March Madness” Thursday night, crafting a bracket-busting upset of No. 3-seed New Mexico.The No. 14- seeded Crimson, led by coach Tommy Amaker, earned a 68-62 first-round victory in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Somewhere, President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, is smiling.Harvard’s most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rocets tweeted: “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.”Amaker’s scheme of milking the clock and using the final seconds to execute their offense worked, as Harvard shot 44 per cent from three-point range. Guard Wesley Saunders calmly scored 18 points, including three key late free throws, and Laurent Rivard made five threes to key the Harvard surge.“Certainly I feel like it’s been a tremendous season thus far,” said Amaker, the one-time coach at Michigan. “To do it in this fashion, on this stage, against an outstanding team. . . We had to play well and get some help by them by not playing so well at times.“But it means the world to us, a significant win for us. I talked to (the players) about how meaningful this season has been for me. . . as much as any other time I’ve had in coaching.”Harvard was not expected to win the Ivy League this season, but it did. Amaker held his team together after its two top players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were embroiled in a take-home test scandal involving 125 students. They withdrew from school, leaving the team less experienced and talent-deficient.Still, they made their way to the tournament for the third time in Amaker’s six years and punctuated it with the conference’s biggest upset in March Madness.Fans at the game could sense something special was happening, and the crowd quickly began supporting Harvard.“We talked about how if we could pick up some game pressure on New Mexico we could pick up some fans,” Amaker said. “People root for underdogs, but they follow top dogs.”Harvard will be underdogs again when it faces No. 6-seed Arizona on Saturday. Clearly, that is of little concern now.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker/WikipediaMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence.The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Players should drop the “divisive political sideshow” and speak out against domestic violence instead, the governor wrote.NFL league meetings Tuesday offer an opportunity to strongly condemn domestic violence, Walker added.“My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe,” Walker wrote. “That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. With Kaepernick out of the league this year, other players have taken up his cause.President Donald Trump has been pressuring owners to discipline players who don’t stand for the anthem. Asked why Walker decided to inject himself into the debate, the governor’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the governor was moved by survivors’ stories he heard at the annual Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse awards ceremony last week.The letter comes a day after the Green Bay Packers lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone during a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers may be out for the season.Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said backup Brett Hundley will replace Rodgers. Still, questions are swirling about whether the Packers might try to sign Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until he was four years old.Evenson said the letter wasn’t meant to signal the Packers shouldn’t consider Kaepernick as a replacement for Rodgers.
D. MertensNapoli24893515 Kane is Europe’s best pure scorerThe top goal scorers in the five major European leagues this season 1H. KaneTottenham261506123 L. SuárezBarcelona20763816 C. ImmobileLazio21753720 The stage has never been bigger for Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker Harry Kane. On Saturday, Spurs defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the North London Derby, one of the Premier League’s most storied rivalries. Now it’s off to Turin, Italy, where they’ll take on Juventus, one of Europe’s most storied clubs, in the Champions League round of 16. And there will never be a better moment than now for Kane to demonstrate, in front of the entire soccer-loving world, that he just might be the best pure striker alive.Kane won himself a place in history when he notched his 100th English Premier League goal on a controversial stoppage time penalty two weekends ago against Liverpool. It’s an incredible achievement for a player who, at 24 years old, is only just now hitting the prime years of his career. Kane is not the fastest ever to the century mark, but only Alan Shearer managed it in fewer appearances than Kane’s 141, and only Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen did it at a younger age. The milestone also just happens to come during the best season of Kane’s young career. If anything, his league-leading 23 goals undersells just how good Kane has been.The top of the Premier League scoring table is increasingly split between traditional forwards, like Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku, and more hybrid attacking wingers, like Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, which makes it difficult to define what the center forward role looks like in modern soccer. The same problem crops up around the rest of Europe. Calling Lionel Messi a center forward undersells all the things he does for Barcelona, especially considering that he’s playing next to, behind and generally all around a truer version of a center forward in Luis Suarez. At Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar might be the best attacking player in the world, but he’s also a winger while Edinson Cavani occupies the center forward position. The line between forward and winger is increasingly blurry, and a list of the most productive scorers in Europe is littered with goal-scoring wingers. But Kane still sits atop that list. I. AspasCelta Vigo22653015 S. AgüeroManchester City22883921 R. LewandowskiBayern Munich21873519 Harry Kane isn’t a complete forward. His job isn’t to facilitate play, or bring wingers into the game, or create holes in the defense for his teammates to take advantage of. Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker does one thing: He scores. But that goal scoring has Tottenham challenging for a top-four place in the Premier League and has gotten Spurs into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Nobody scores as much while accounting for as high a percentage of their team’s scoring. He’s the ultimate scoring forward, and at only 24 years old, he’s likely to be a dominant force for years to come. 9M. IcardiInter Milan22683818 12N. FekirLyon22703816 3E. CavaniPSG23814121 17F. ThauvinMarseille25923414 2M. SalahLiverpool261034922 MarianoLyon24703214 PlayerTeamGamesTotalon goalgoals 14R. SterlingManchester City25632615 5L. MessiBarcelona231326120 *Recently transferred from Borussia DortmundThe five leagues are the English Premier League, Serie A (Italy), La Liga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Espn Stats & Information Group G. HiguaínJuventus23753014 Kane posts tremendous numbers in many scoring measures. Looking at goals from open play (so removing penalty shots and direct free kicks), Kane is scoring 0.8 goals per 90 minutes. That’s the third-best rate in Europe’s big five leagues,1Among players who have played at least 1000 minutes. behind only Salah and Cavani. Kane has the second-most shots per 90 from open play as well, with 5.30. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who is mired in a terrible shooting season, takes more shots, with 5.71 per 90. Only five other players are even over four shots per game: Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Messi, Salah, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.2In fact, if Kane stays on pace and finishes the season with more than five shots per 90 minutes, he’ll be one of only three players to do so in the last five years, joining Ronaldo (who did it four times) and Gonzalo Higuain, who managed it with Napoli in 2015/16.Kane is similarly at the top of the list when it comes to expected goals per 90 minutes. His 0.78 expected goals per 90 tracks pretty closely with his actual goals scored and is good for fifth best among players with at least 1,000 minutes, trailing only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who just transferred to Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Ronaldo and Lewandowski. The fact that Kane’s finishing is roughly in line with his expected goals is an important marker of how he has developed from last season to this year.His scoring on shots from open play actually remains essentially unchanged from last year, going from 0.81 to 0.80, but his expected goal rate last season was much lower, only 0.48. Finishing more chances than expected, as Kane did a year ago, is a real skill but it’s also almost impossible to do consistently, and players’ numbers are incredibly noisy and undergo wild fluctuations. Some of Kane’s goal scoring last season came on the types of wonderful finishes that typically fly over the bar, or on contested headers that usually glance just wide. In other words, if Kane’s current season were similar to last year, it’s very likely that his goal scoring would have gone down. Instead, Kane has upped his game, creating and taking more shots and better shots. Last season, Kane scored like a great striker, but he played like a very good one. This year, he’s both playing and scoring like one of the best in the game.The case for Kane as one of the world’s best strikers is easy to make, but once you get up into the rarified air of players like Salah, Lewandowski and Aubameyang, differentiating between them becomes difficult. Where Kane stands out is in just how big a share of the team’s workload he takes on. Again looking at shots not including penalties and direct free kicks, there are 101 players in the top five leagues who have scored seven or more goals. Harry Kane takes 32.7 percent of his team’s shots when he’s on the field — none of the other 100 players are more involved. Ronaldo is second at 32.0 percent, Messi is third at 31.4. (Ronaldo and Messi, of course, both take a large number of direct free kicks that aren’t getting counted here, while Kane gets credit for all the shots he accumulates on set plays that aren’t direct free kicks. So Kane has some advantage that comes from how we’re defining the center forward role.)Kane is similarly dominant when it comes to expected goals from these shots. When he’s on the field, he accounts for a whopping 41.7 percent of Spurs’ expected goals, the third most of this set of players. Only Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis, who is having an improbable season with seven goals in six substitute appearances, and Cristhian Stuani of the surprisingly competent Spanish side Girona are responsible for a higher percentage of their teams’ expected goals. This is the primary argument for Kane. While some players have scored more goals, and some players may have slightly higher underlying expected goals numbers, no strikers in the world have put up the gaudy numbers Kane has while accounting for as high a share of their team’s shooting and finishing. P. DybalaJuventus19753014 7NeymarPSG18823719 10R. FalcaoMonaco20593017 P. Aubameyang*Arsenal18612914 Shots F. QuagliarellaSampdoria23863817
Columbus City Council unanimously passed the construction bid for Ohio State’s new boathouse Monday.The boathouse, which will cost the university more than $5 million, will be built on the west side of the Scioto River in Duranceaux Park and be capable of accommodating the rowing team. The OSU rowing team previously used a trailer as a changing room and piled their boats in an old steel shed. The rowers will now change and store their equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.Over the summer, the latest construction bid was passed by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Commission, and on Sept. 21, the council had its first reading of the bid, said Lynn Friedman, co-chair of Friends of Duranceaux Park.The project, which had been prolonged due to strong opposition over the past 19 months, was clearly on the minds of nearly every spectator in the gallery. Both sides were able to speak their thoughts to the council. Nearly half the spectators were young, concerned rowers.“I don’t think any of us arrived at this decision easily,” Councilman Hearsel Craig told the gallery after casting his vote. “The simple fact is that we would not have been here if we did not have concerned citizens.”The Friends of Duranceaux Park group has opposed the construction of the boathouse since the community found out about it in March of 2008. They are concerned about increased traffic and worry that the overall aesthetic of the park will be diminished. In a previous interview with The Lantern, Friedman said the new facility would be a “party house” for OSU.The group has asked OSU and the city of Columbus to consider building the boathouse on the east side of the river, and has been vocal at committee meetings, going as far as meeting with OSU Board of Trustees members this summer.“We’re very appreciative, it’s been a joint project,” said Ben Jay, senior associate athletics director for finance and operations. “More importantly, it will fulfill the mission for the Columbus Department of Recreation of Parks of moving youth rowing programs to a new facility.”OSU and the CDRP have both continued to emphasize the benefits to the community that the boathouse presents.The boathouse would allow OSU’s rowing team to be more competitive with other schools, they say. It would also provide Columbus more access to the river, better lighting and a public dock, said Mollie O’Donnell, planning director of CDRP, in a previous interview.The city of Columbus will also be able to rent out the main room of the facility for events, which will help balance the costs of maintaining the facility.“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Jay said.With contracts currently underway with Robertson Construction Services Inc., Jay hopes to have the project completed by next year. Related articles:Ohio State boathouse ignites controversyBoathouse debate surgesBoathouse delayed, will cost $561k more
CLEVELAND — First, cover Jared Sullinger; second, Jon Diebler. That was No. 8 seed George Mason’s plan, heading into its third-round matchup against No. 1 seed Ohio State. It didn’t work. OSU forward David Lighty, who GMU was praying would have an off night, ended up with a record-setting performance in his final collegiate matchup in his hometown. The future looked dim for the Buckeyes after they fell behind George Mason, 11-2, less than four minutes in. But then, after missing three of their first four shots, the Buckeyes came alive. They connected on eight of their next 10 field goal attempts, including four 3-pointers from Lighty, to take a 24-18 lead about midway through the first half. “Lighty was on fire,” GMU forward Ryan Pearson said. “He just didn’t miss.” OSU’s relentless offense continued, as it entered halftime on a 50-15 run, doubling the Patriots’ score. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led that run with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Lighty, who graduated before the matchup, ended the game on 100 percent shooting from deep, connecting on all seven 3-point attempts. His performance was the best single-tournament-game 3-point shooting without a miss in program history. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “They did spot me and gave me room to knock down shots.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he’s witnessed Lighty evolve as a player over the years. “You go back to his freshman year, I remember he made a three at North Carolina. Then he went like three months without making one,” Matta said. “For me to see the progression that he’s made as a player … I’m just excited for him.” But the fifth-year forward wasn’t the only Buckeye hitting threes that night. Diebler and junior guard William Buford added four 3-pointers apiece on 4-for-8 and 4-for-7 shooting from deep, respectively. “Every time I looked up, everybody was hitting a jumper or a three or something,” Lighty said. “Everyone was clicking on high cylinders tonight. And when that’s happening, it’s pretty hard to beat us.” The Buckeyes broke single-game program records in NCAA Tournament games for number of 3-pointers made, and 3-point shooting percentage, sinking 16 from deep on 61.5 percent shooting. They set the previous 3-point record at 12 in their win against Texas-San Antonio on Friday. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft led OSU in assists with 15, a career high for him and single-game record for a Buckeye. But, as Lighty attributed his shooting performance to his teammates’ ball placement, Craft deferred the praise to OSU’s offense. “Like most of the assists today, I mean, they knocked down threes for me,” Craft said. “That’s basically how it happened.” Every single player on OSU’s roster put up points against the Patriots on Sunday, including senior walk-on guard Eddie Days, who recorded his first and only point of his career on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “I’m so happy for Eddie and what he’s meant to this team,” Matta said. The Buckeyes (34-2) will proceed to the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., where they will tip off against fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-8) at 9:30 p.m. Friday. OSU proved against the Patriots that, in order to beat the Buckeyes, a team can’t focus all of its defense on two players and hope the others do poorly. “We have so many weapons,” Lighty said. “The defense pretty much has to pick their poison.”
The first question for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn’t what you’d expect it to be. It wasn’t about who the team’s leaders would be after losing former captains John Simon, Zach Boren, Garrett Goebel and Etienne Sabino. It wasn’t about sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, or about the return of running back Jordan Hall after being granted a medical redshirt for 2012. It wasn’t even about how Meyer and the Buckeyes’ defense would replace seven starters, including four-of-five captains, and junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who chose to forgo his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. No – the first question aimed at Meyer in his first press conference in more than a month was about Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama and if OSU could raise itself to the Crimson Tide’s level next year. After the program’s first undefeated campaign since 2002, an appearance on the sport’s highest stage might be a plausible in 2013. But Meyer isn’t buying it. “For me to say we have to get (to the national championship) next year, that’s like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said Friday. “We’re nowhere near even having that conversation.” Meyer, who witnessed Alabama’s 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game for himself as a guest analyst for ESPN, lauded coach Nick Saban’s squad as the most fundamentally sound group he’s seen all year. Meyer couldn’t say the same for OSU. “Fundamentally we are not where we need to be,” Meyer said. At least not this early in January. In part, the team’s pursuit of fundamentals is why Meyer said he installed a new team mantra: “Truth.” “Truth means … you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true,” Meyer said. Such noise could be the buzz surrounding OSU as early national title contenders next season. Meyer, though, maintained the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them – particularly when it pertains to elite teams like Alabama. “To say that we could roll in there and beat a team like that, I don’t know,” he said. “Honest answer, right now, (we have) too many holes to fill.” But don’t mistake Meyer’s stance as a lack of confidence in his squad. He said OSU can play with anyone. “I think we’re a very good team that could compete with any team in the country. I didn’t feel that way early in the year, even in the middle of the year,” he said. “But the last game, I even said that after the season, that’s where I believe we are.”
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) flies to the hoop for a score during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIf the Ohio State Buckeyes felt any added pressure to recently becoming one of the top-ranked teams in the country, they certainly did not show it against Bryant University.The No. 3 Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0), led by a stellar effort from senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., dominated Bryant (6-5, 0-0) from start to finish, winning 86-48 Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.“That was one of the things we talked about in shootaround and really coming out of the Central Connecticut State game. Trying to sustain intensity, trying to sustain effort, keep the focus on the things we need to get better at,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win. “I thought we did a pretty decent job with that.”Smith Jr. opened the contest by swooping to the hoop for a score on the game’s first possession, and he — and his team — never looked back.Solid ball movement, timely shooting and an advantage in size against the Bulldogs allowed OSU to shoot 53.6 percent from the field in the first half, as Smith Jr. scored 12 points in the opening 20 minutes to help his team to a 43-23 lead at the break.“As a senior, I put a lot of work into my game offensively over the summer and my confidence is off the chart,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “My teammates are able to find me wide open. A lot of teams, for some reason, teams are helping off of me and I’m able to get great looks at the basket.”Matta said he thinks the senior is “playing at a very, very high level” so far this season.“He’s a really good demeanor about him in terms of being a senior and knowing that this is kind of (his) last crack at it,” Matta said. “I love the way he’s playing right now … the fact that he’s shooting the ball the way he is makes us a better basketball team.”Each of the 10 players who saw action Wednesday night scored, as Smith Jr. and junior center Amir Williams led the way with 19 and 12 points, respectively. The Buckeyes finished shooting 52.5 percent for the game, including 40 percent from three.“We’re making great finds, we’re reading each other, we have great guards on the perimeter,” Smith Jr. said about the offensive output. “We’re able to attack the defense on every side and penetrate and kick the ball out. Our offensive shooting has increased over these past three or four games. We just want to keep rolling.”Bryant coach Tim O’Shea was not short of good things to say about OSU after the game, stating that the Buckeye team has the potential to contend for the national title.“We’re a good team, we’re going to contend for a championship in our league. They’re going to contend for a national championship,” O’Shea said. “Just athletically, they’re an extraordinary bunch … This is the best of the best. There are few teams in the country that’ll contend for the national championship legitimately and Ohio State is one of them.”The final player to enter the game for the Buckeyes was junior forward Jake Lorbach, a walk-on who hit all three shots he took from the field, punctuated by a breakaway dunk that brought a multitude of cheers from his teammates on the bench.“He works on those moves all the time in practice so we weren’t surprised when he made those shots,” junior center Amir Williams said about Lorbach after the game, then raising his hand jokingly after he and Smith Jr. were asked if they were worried about losing their starting spots. “He did look good. I got to take lessons from him from now on.”Even Matta was impressed with Lorbach’s efforts.“I’m happy for Jake, the ball went in for him. He’s been in this program now for a year and a half. Every single day he comes in, he works. Those moves that he made, he’s working them every single day,” Matta said. “That is exciting for him and it’s exciting for the guys because they know how hard he works.”From the starting five all the way to the end of the bench, the Buckeyes took care of business Wednesday.“For our guys, they had great respect for Bryant and knowing the caliber of basketball team they are. I thought we did a good job of sticking with the focus that we needed to,” Matta said.OSU is next scheduled to take on North Dakota State Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Former quarterback Kenny Guiton throws the ball during Ohio State’s Pro Day March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternAfter serving as a backup quarterback at Ohio State for four seasons, Kenny Guiton has found a new football home.The 6-foot-3, 208-pound passer has been assigned to the LA KISS — named after the iconic rock group of the same title — of the Arena Football League, according to a press release Tuesday evening.The start of an AFL career for Guiton comes after a short stint with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, who invited Guiton to their rookie mini-camp in Buffalo in May before signing rookie wideout Caleb Holley of East Central University, leaving no room for Guiton on the roster.At OSU, Guiton completed 89 of his 134 career pass attempts for 893 yards and 16 touchdowns. In his final season, Guiton was named a team captain and started in two games for the Buckeyes, leading OSU to a 52-34 win over California in his first ever start and compiling a school-record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M in his second start.Guiton graduated from OSU in December 2013 with a degree in family resource management and family studies.Following the 2014 Orange Bowl, his final game in an OSU uniform, Guiton played in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, a showcase for college seniors looking to enter the NFL ranks, but threw just four passes in the contest, completing only one of those throws for nine yards.There has been no announcement as to when Guiton is set to don an LA KISS uniform, as the team is currently in the middle of the 2014 AFL season with its next game set for June 9 against the San Jose Sabercats.The KISS currently stand at 2-8 on the season and are riding a seven-game losing streak following a 2-1 start.
Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter starting the day at nine over par, Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik shot a 12-over 82 to miss the cut by 12 strokes at the 2014 United States Women’s Open.She finished the tournament 149th out of the original field of 156.Porvasnik’s Friday round at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., included eight pars and no birdies. She finished the front side with a seven-over 42 before heading to the club house with a 40 on the back nine.The men’s U.S. Open was held at the same course last weekend.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.Her first go around at the U.S. Open came after she won two events for the Buckeyes in 2014, which was her freshman season. Along with winning the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Porvasnik came in the top five at four other tournaments and the top 10 at two other tournaments.Porvasnik is at least the third Buckeye to have taken part in the U.S. Women’s Open. OSU’s coach, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the U.S. Open in both 1991 and 2004.Out of the 25 amateurs playing in the tournament, Porvasnik finished third to last ahead of Emily Pentilla and Hannah Pietila. Six amateurs made the cut with Australian Minjee Lee carding the best scores — she is in a tie for third at even par heading into the weekend.Porvasnik is scheduled to begin her sophomore season with the Buckeyes when OSU travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Chip-N-Club Invitational Sept. 8.
Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorTwo potential Ohio State football games have ended before they were ever started.OSU’s scheduled home-and-home series with the University of North Carolina, originally set for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has been cancelled, according to OSU associate athletic director Martin Jarmond.Jarmond, who handles most of OSU’s football scheduling, confirmed the cancellation to The Lantern, saying that it was a mutual decision between both schools, based upon the switch to a nine-game in-conference schedule in the Big Ten and other scheduling changes underway in the ACC.“We worked with UNC to provide both us and them some scheduling flexibility with the things going on in the Big Ten and some things that they were doing in the ACC,” Jarmond said. “We tried to make it work, but we couldn’t get it done.”With games cancelled in both 2017 and 2018, Jarmond said OSU will fill the two holes in the schedule left by the Tar Heels sooner rather than later.“We’re going to have something very soon with that game in ’17 and that game in ’18,” Jarmond said. “We’ve been working with other non-conference schools to get those games scheduled.”When the Big Ten made the change to create a nine-game in-conference schedule, Jarmond knew that scheduling issues, such as this one, were bound to arise.“I wouldn’t say you ‘expect’ a series to have to be cancelled, but going to the nine games did create some flux,” Jarmond said. “You know going in that you have to re-adjust and re-calibrate your schedule and you never hope that a series is going to cancel, but we knew with the changes in the Big Ten that it was going to be in flux trying to schedule.”Looking at further future non-conference schedules for OSU, the Buckeyes are still set to face the University of Oklahoma in Columbus in 2017 after a road matchup in 2016 and Texas Christian University away in 2018, before TCU heads back to Columbus the following year.The Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2014 season against Navy at noon on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.