In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we continue the series by profiling Ohio State University.
June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin
About Ohio State
• Location: Columbus, Ohio
• Founded: 1870
• Enrollment: 56,387
• President: Joseph Alutto
• Athletic Director: Gene Smith
Ohio State Athletics
• School Colors: Scarlet and Gray
• Nickname: Buckeyes
• Joined Big Ten Conference: 1912
• Football Stadium (capacity): Ohio Stadium (102,329)
• Basketball Arena (capacity): Value City Arena (18,809)
• Varsity Teams: 36
• Most Successful Sport: Synchronized Swimming - 27 national titles
• First B1G event at Maryland: October 3, 2014 - Field hockey
• All-time basketball record: 1583-1018 (.609)
• Conference Championships: 20
• Head Coach: Thad Matta
• All-time football record: 849-318-53 (.718)
• Conference/National Championships: 34/7
• Head Coach: Urban Meyer
Notable Former Athletes
• Basketball: Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Jim O’Brien (coach), Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Michael Redd, Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Daequan Cook, Bobby Knight
• Football: Jake Ballard, Mike Adams, A.J. Hawk, Terrelle Pryor, Malcolm Jenkins, Mike Vrabel
• Other: Jesse Owens
• George Steinbrenner: former Yankees owner
• Glenn Davis: three-time Olympic gold medalist in track
• Jack Nicklaus: golfer
Fun Fact: "Carmen Ohio"
Ohio State has several distinctive traditions on display during football games. Following every game, win or lose, the Buckeyes always stand in the end zone in front of the marching band, as the band belts out the school’s alma mater “Carmen Ohio”. The players and coaches sway back and forth, singing the lyrics, before ending the song with O-H-I-O hand gestures.
Ohio State’s marching band is also famous for its moving formations. This past season (2013 football season), the band went viral after it did a Michael Jackson tribute, during which the entire band formed the shape of the iconic King of Pop and moonwalked across the field. They even completed the illusion with a white glove and hat.