COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: After Michigan State's victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, coach Mark Dantonio came into his postgame news conference angry.
When asked questions, there was an edge to his voice and he was short and caustic in his replies. (You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMZtxl9Ft-Y .)
Here's the question-and-answer segment, which lasted just a couple of minutes:
On if he saw clarity in the receiving corps: "Did you? OK. Next question."
On how surprising it was to see a lack of emotion from the team after coming off a loss: "It was surprising. Next question."
On if the offense needed to play better to be effective against Ohio State: "Yes. Next question."
On if dropped balls from the receivers are affecting QB Andrew Maxwell's performance: "Uh, I would say it is because the ball doesn't advance. Next question."
On DE William Gholston not playing until second half: "He was in and out of practice this week, so we made that decision."
On if Gholston was dealing with an injury situation: "I don't talk about injuries. Next question."
On RB Le'Veon Bell and TE Dion Sims having big games: "They were big. Next question. I'm just loving all these questions because they're great ones."
On if it was a tough decision to use Bell as a punt-returner: "Not when you cough up the punt the time before. Next question. Thanks, guys. Go Green."
Dantonio has banned players from doing any interviews this week leading up to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game against No. 13 Ohio State at Spartan Stadium. During his regular, weekly, contractually-mandated news conference with reporters on Tuesday, he addressed why he was so angry after the game. Was it that the team was booed?
"I'm more upset in terms of the way we carried ourselves," Dantonio said. "I can't control that aspect of what's going on sometimes. That happens everywhere. I was at Ohio State last year playing and they were booing their team. I think it happens. It's the society we live in right now."
He advised fans to remain loyal — and supportive.
"When we did catch the one pass, they gave (us) the Bronx cheer. It gets you a little bit," he said. "But, no, I'm not upset. What I do ask is if you're a Spartan fan, thick and thin. There's been thin, and there will be thin at times. But enjoy the experience. You're not making it better by booing. I can handle it. Our players will have to handle it. That's part of growing up. That's part of the growth, being mature and confident."
He continued, "But I can understand it, too. I can understand the frustration. Believe me, I can understand the frustration, OK? But use it as a positive."
PATCHES FOR MD: Both Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Ohio State's Urban Meyer, and their staffs, will be wearing a special arm patch this week to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Every FBS school is taking part in the promotion dubbed "Coach To Cure MD."
For more information, go to: www.CoachtoCureMD.org .
COWS EAT IT: Ohio State will be playing on natural grass for the first time this season. A year ago, the Buckeyes were 0-3 on it.
LB Etienne Sabino on whether the playing surface makes a difference: "No. I don't think that will play any factor in the game."
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