Crop profitability a bleak picture in 2016, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State’s Barry Ward took a look at possible crop profitability in 2017, and as you may imagine, the picture isn’t too bright.“It’s not as good of an outlook as what we would like. Obviously the numbers are pretty negative at this point,” Ward said. “We’ve got a cost structure that’s still a legacy of what we had during those real profitable years. And with prices being lower as a result of maybe bumper crops around most of the Midwest, not Ohio necessarily, we’re looking at some very low to negative returns on all of our major row crops.“If we look at some of the variable costs that we’re expecting for our three major crops — corn for instance — we’re right around $360 an acre for next year, at least our projects right now. And that’s just slightly lower than last year. The only real mover that we’re seeing right now is slightly lower fertilizer prices.”Rent prices also remain a concern, especially with a lengthy turnaround in reevaluation of tax formulas.“We’re continuing to see downward pressure. Interest rates being as low as they are continue to at least prop up to some degree land values,” he said. “One thing that we’re battling right now out in Ohio is higher CAUV value and the property taxes that go along with those.“What we’re seeing is in the calculation that’s occurring for the value is that we’ve got some lags in the numbers, so we do see those property taxes kind of lag what’s going on in the farm economy. And so we’re battling that right now.”With regard to tips for farmers, Ward had the following to say.“Know where you’re at obviously and make sure you have a good read on your equity position is. Make sure that you’re completing a balance sheet each year. Understand what your working capital is so that you know where you’re at presently and what kind of cash that you have to deal with because it’s all about cash flow going forward. Just making sure that you’re paying attention to family living expenses, lowering some of that possibly, examining your machinery and equipment expenses, and looking at all your input costs and looking at return on investment on all of those.”last_img read more

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Not energy independent, yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fossil fuel boosters love to say that energy independence is nearly a reality, thanks to a massive expansion of fracking. As often as not, the claim is used to justify some attack on the need for alternative energy sources. It’s a compelling claim, both because good news is hard to come by, and because fuel prices haven’t yet rebounded from a sharp decline in late 2014. But it’s 100%, categorically false.A fresh report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the Department of Energy, paints a far less rosy picture. U.S. oil production declined in 2016. Imports are up, primarily from Nigeria, Iraq and other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Worse, our dependence on imported oil is projected to continue growing in 2017.Meanwhile, in a separate report, federal analysts announced that oil and natural gas firms in Russia are doubling down on investments in new wells, helping “push production to record post-Soviet levels.” At the same time, thousands of U.S. workers in the oil and gas sector have lost their jobs.In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well. The real U.S. energy boom is happening among renewables. EIA data show that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest since 1991, driven by a combination of factors, including the rapid growth of domestically produced renewable energy, especially wind and biofuels.In particular, ethanol production continues to grow year-after-year, thanks to rising efficiency by U.S. farmers who are producing record crops on less land than was cultivated in previous decades. As an added bonus, that rise in efficiency has also contributed to the “longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years,” according to the Wall Street Journal, discrediting the naysayers who argued that food and biofuel production would compete rather than complement one another, as the numbers prove.Biofuels like ethanol provide a vital, low-cost alternative to imported energy, and they remain the single most effective tool for protecting consumers against the next spike in oil prices. Thanks to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel refiners to offer a growing share of renewable options, estimates show that drivers saved $.50 to $1.50 per gallon when crude was trading for over $110 per barrel just a few years ago. Even at today’s prices, ethanol blends – from the standard 10 percent blend to the more affordable E15 and E85 – all save drivers money at the pump.Savings at the pump are important, because they drive consumer behavior and provide the real momentum for U.S. adoption of domestic, renewable energy. As a result, biofuels displaced 527 million barrels of oil in 2015 alone. Environmental and economic benefits aside, that’s the kind of progress we need to achieve real and lasting energy security.OPEC recently announced an agreement to cut oil production and drive prices back up. A meeting is scheduled for November to hammer out the details, but nearly every analyst agrees that oil prices are poised to climb.U.S. consumers and, by extension, U.S. diplomats, will continue to be the target of this kind of manipulation until we stop relying on oil for nearly all our liquid fuel needs. It’s time to get serious about energy security by enforcing the strongest possible renewable fuel targets and accelerating the deployment of cleaner, homegrown options at the pump.last_img read more

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McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”McGregor meanwhile basked in the adulation of his Irish fans who have poured into the Nevada desert gambling capital this week.“You can’t beat us — we’ve already taken over,” McGregor bellowed. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.”An army of Irish fans poured out onto the Las Vegas strip following the weigh-in, dancing and singing in blazing hot sunshine.Saturday’s bout has appalled boxing traditionalists, who have rubbished the event as a meaningless, money-grabbing, mismatch which owes more to the pantomime traditions of WWE wrestling than the noble art.Boxing pundits, coaches and fighters have lined up to dismiss McGregor’s hopes of succeeding where 49 others in Mayweather’s 21-year career have failed.“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” was the withering verdict of veteran trainer Teddy Atlas. “It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighborhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”Safety fearsThe hard-nosed heavy-hitters of the gambling world agree.Saturday’s fight is set to smash records as the most bet-upon bout in Las Vegas history. McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, is a massive underdog for a fight, which is expected to beamed live to around 200 countries and territories across the globe.But the former apprentice plumber from Dublin, who was unemployed four years ago, defiantly predicted he was ready to spring a monumental upset on the skillful Mayweather, one of the finest boxers in history who boasts a perfect 49-0 record.“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”‘Fighting wins fights’A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and once again vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But while McGregor, a long-odds underdog, has attracted most wagers, the majority of the money is on Mayweather.William Hill US reported that several large bets had been placed on Mayweather for what is expected to be a straightforward assignment.One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240,000.Yet the mere fact that McGregor will carry at least a puncher’s chance into the contest has been enough to sustain the excitement.Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight on pay-per-view in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not deterred by predictions of a mismatch.“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”Others however have sounded a note of caution, citing potential safety risks to McGregor given the chasm of experience between the Irishman and Mayweather.British former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan expressed fears Friday McGregor could be seriously injured. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments “It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.“(McGregor) needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding With waves of green-shirted fans in a crowd of around 6,000 roaring their support for the Irish superstar, McGregor tipped the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit.Former welterweight champion Mayweather, 40, who has emerged from a two-year retirement to take on MMA star McGregor, weighed in at 149.5 pounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe naturally bigger McGregor — who screamed into Mayweather’s face as the two men went nose-to-nose — said he expects to enter the ring at closer to 170 pounds.Saturday’s one-off bout is projected to be the richest fight in history, with Mayweather poised to earn as much as $200 million and McGregor potentially pocketing around $100 million. Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals’ cross-combat super-fight.McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena after a raucous weigh-in that saw him face-off with Mayweather for the final time before fight-night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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22 days agoBellerin says Arsenal ‘hungry’ to improve after thrashing Standard Liege

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bellerin says Arsenal ‘hungry’ to improve after thrashing Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says Arsenal are “hungry” to improve after a resounding 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored twice and set-up another as Unai Emery’s side stamped their dominance making it two wins from two in the Europa League.”The team had a great performance. It’s a very important win for us,” said Bellerin.”We played 100% and wanted to get more goals. “We wanted to press, the team is hungry, the team wants to win and wants to improve and I am very pleased for the boys.” last_img read more

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6 days agoBorussia Dortmund coach Favre drops Sancho

first_imgBorussia Dortmund coach Favre drops Sanchoby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has dropped Jadon Sancho.Favre has axed Sancho after the England starlet returned late from international duty, according to German reports.The 19-year-old former Manchester City winger started for the Three Lions in their shock 2-1 loss to Czech Republic but was then dropped to the bench for the 6-0 win at Bulgaria.But the forward failed to report back to Germany in time and as a result has been punished, Kicker report.Favre has axed Sancho from the squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins Just Epically Trolled Fox Sports’ Clay Travis

first_imgJohn Calipari gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 13: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wilcats talks with DeMarcus Cousins #15 during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers on February 13, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Update: Giving credit where credit is due. Travis had a fantastic response to Cousins’ post – he’s going to donate $5,000 to the charity of the NBA star’s choice. Good on him for turning this into a positive [email protected] Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015Earlier: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best players in the NBA, can certainly lose his cool from time to time on the court. But off the court, his record is as clean as it gets. That comes as a surprise to at least one reporter – Fox Sports’ Clay Travis – who predicted five years ago that Cousins was going to be arrested at least once by now. Friday, Cousins took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Travis’ 2010 claim – which came after Kentucky beat Vanderbilt back during Cousins’ only year in Lexington. Cousins wants his followers to let Travis know how wrong he wound up being.Well played, DeMarcus. We have a feeling that a lot of people in both Lexington and Sacramento are going to let Travis know what they think about his prediction.last_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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Young Buckeyes prep for 1st road test

Ohio State played its first four games of the season in the shelter of Ohio Stadium with more than 100,000 cheering fans. This Saturday’s trip to play No. 20 Michigan State, however, will provide the team’s first road test. Some players think an unfriendly atmosphere will pose an obstacle. It’s the first time the Buckeyes have played in East Lansing, Mich., since a 45-7 OSU victory during the 2008 season. OSU is 13-5 all-time in games at Michigan State. Redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson said the first road game of the year is always “a good test.” “Going up to Michigan State is definitely going to be a little bit tougher with that kind of atmosphere,” Johnson said, “but I think it’s something that we need right now and I think the guys on the team right now are looking forward to it.” Buckeyes first-year coach Urban Meyer said sometimes too much is made of contests away from home. “I think going on the road is sometimes overrated. I think it’s a quality opponent when you go on the road. Going on the road against a team that you’re far superior, that’s not a big deal. Going on the road against this outfit, this is a significant challenge for us,” Meyer said. MSU returns 14 starters from a team that went 11-3 in 2011 and represented the Legends Division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game, losing 42-39 to Wisconsin. This season MSU is 3-1, and 2-1 at home, with its only loss coming to then-No. 20 Notre Dame. Their defense returns nine starters and has allowed 233.5 yards per game in the 2012 season, good enough for sixth in the country. The Spartans’ offense relies on the legs of junior running back Le`Veon Bell, who has rushed for more than 200 yards in a game twice this season. OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers made it clear that the key to preparing for a road game is to stay in the same routine as any other week. “I think the first thing you do, you have to understand that your practice should not change. Work on your practice schedule just like you normally do,” Withers said. “You prepare like you are going to prepare here, your practice days – Tuesday through Thursday – you go get on a plane and you go fly, you get in the hotel just like you’re going to get over in the Blackwell and you do the same thing on Friday night and you get up and go play a game.” When OSU visits Spartan Stadium, it will be in a venue and atmosphere only two players, redshirt seniors defensive lineman Nathan Williams and linebacker Etienne Sabino, have experienced. “It’s going to be exciting. Away games are always fun,” Sabino said. “It’s going to be a hostile crowd. Michigan State is a good team and we’re a good team.” That inexperience of playing at MSU might be amplified with the amount of freshmen on the Buckeyes’ depth chart. There are nine true freshmen and five redshirt freshmen listed in OSU’s two-deep. “We’re playing more freshmen than any school in America. And sometimes it looks awful at times, but it’s our job to coach them through that and get them to be sophomores real fast,” Meyer said. Senior fullback Zach Boren said this is a time where the veteran players have to support the younger Buckeyes. “It’s a lot different playing away from home, especially in a hostile environment like Michigan State. I think that’s where leadership takes over and that’s where some of us older guys have to really step in and be really be more hands-on with them because you only have 70 guys on away trips, you aren’t 105 strong,” he said. “So it’s one of those things where we just have to make sure those guys are ready and we have a good week at practice and those guys are mentally ready for the game.” Redshirt junior center Corey Linsley agreed. “We’re just going to mentor them through it. It’s a different mentality going into away games. It’s definitely going to be a great time for the young guys to learn how to prepare to go to an away game,” Linsley said. “It’s more traveling, it’s less meeting time and there’s more to handle.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take their first road trip to East Lansing, Mich., and open Big Ten play Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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Balanced Ohio State downs Campbell 9164

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) goes for a layup during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternFor five minutes, the Campbell Camels kept it close.But five minutes later, the No. 16 Ohio State men’s basketball team held a 20-10 lead after going on an 11-2 run.The Buckeyes (4-0) held a 45-22 lead at halftime, but only outscored Campbell (1-3) 46-42 in the second half on their way to a 91-64 win Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center.Sophomore forward Marc Loving said there were portions of the game — particularly in the second half — when the Buckeyes were lacking in energy.“We relaxed at times,” Loving said after the game. “Spurts in the game we needed to regroup and we didn’t. Definitely take care of that in practice.”Coach Thad Matta said OSU didn’t have “a lot of energy” or “juice” in the second half, and he didn’t see the same pace he had hoped for after a fast start to the game.“I told ‘em at halftime, ‘the biggest thing I’m looking for in the second half is claiming rebounds and running in transition,’” Matta said. “And we get it a couple times, but it was never the consistent push that we wanted.”OSU struggled with rebounding on the defensive side of the floor at times, leading to 13 offensive rebounds for the Camels, compared to just 13 for the Buckeyes.Two early 3-pointers helped the Camels keep it at 9-8 five minutes into the game, but OSU’s balanced attack helped the Buckeyes take a double-digit lead at the 11:01 mark in the first half that they never relinquished for the final 45 minutes of action.As a team, OSU shot 60.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point land in the game.Matta said he’s been “pleasantly surprised” by how well the Buckeyes have shot this season, but added that won’t necessarily be a given week in and week out.“You’re hoping that’s something that you can bank on, and we joked about it the other night, I don’t know how much longer you can keep shooting at this clip,” he said. “But I do think guys are taking more pride in their shots and seeing the ball go through the basket.”The second half started much like the first as Campbell opened the period on a 10-5 run. But the Buckeyes responded to take a 73-46 lead with 9:03 to play in the game.Starting with a 53-32 lead at the 16:43 mark in the half, OSU led by at least 20 for the rest of the game.Despite scoring one more point in the second half than his team did in the first, Matta said he wanted to see more push from the Buckeyes.“You still score 91 points, but I didn’t think we played as fast as we wanted to,” he said.All 10 OSU players to take the court scored, while all five Buckeye starters scored in double figures. The Buckeyes have scored at least 90 points in three of four games this season.OSU shot 60 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes while limiting Campbell to a 29.2 shooting percentage and just three 2-point field goals at the break. All five Buckeye starters scored at least six points in the first half, with freshman guard D’Angelo Russell leading the way with 12 points and sophomore forward Marc Loving adding 10.Russell said the Buckeyes were more focused on playing their own game than paying attention to Campbell heading into the contest.Sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) passes the ball during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Ed Momot / For The Lantern“We’re really not worrying about our opponent, we’re worrying about our team and we’re trying to get better as a team the best way we can,” he said.Senior guard Shannon Scott — who set a program record with 16 assists in a win against Sacred Heart on Sunday — had four of OSU’s eight assists before halftime.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led all players with 22 points while sophomore forward Marc Loving had 18. Russell also led all players with seven assists and shot four of six from 3-point range.After tallying his career-best scoring output, Loving said he wasn’t any more comfortable against the Camels than he was in the first three games of the year.“I wouldn’t say I get more and more comfortable each game,” he said. “I’ve been pretty comfortable this season.”Campbell redshirt-senior guard Andrew Ryan poured in 17 points on five-of-eight shooting from three to lead the Camels.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the court on Friday to take on James Madison at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is set for 4:00 p.m.With two games in three days, Matta said the Buckeyes are set to practice in the afternoon on Thanksgiving to prepare for Friday, and he said he’s hoping the team keeps its energy during the holiday.“I told these guys, there’s two types of teams over break, we’re on break right now,” he said. “There’s teams that play really, really well because they don’t have a lot to do and then there’s teams that kind of become lethargic, and I know which team I want us to be.” read more

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Football Ohio State lacks frontrunner at quarterback with Spring Game on horizon

Then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow have been through this before — just last year, in fact.Last March, the quarterbacks went back and forth, battling each practice to become J.T. Barrett’s backup. Neither won. They both played well in the Spring Game and entered the summer tied in the race to be second in line for playing time.But a broken hand near the end of fall camp submerged Burrow’s chances of becoming Barrett’s backup and handed Haskins the backup role.Even when Burrow returned to action, he entered after Haskins late in blowout games. Then later in the year, Haskins took advantage of the opportunity and completed a comeback win in Ann Arbor, Michigan, against the Wolverines after being thrust into action in the second half after Barrett suffered an injury.Despite this season’s quarterback battle having immeasurably higher stakes than last year’s, Haskins and Burrow seem to be stuck in the same place — a tie. But this time, they are tied atop the depth chart. And this year, a third quarterback — redshirt freshman Tate Martell — has engaged them in competition.Head coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the quarterback competition “day-by-day.” He said Martell had a better practice Monday, Burrow had a better performance in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, then Haskins “came back” and played better.Despite the offense not having a set leader at quarterback, Meyer seemed unconcerned with the ongoing uncertainty behind center.“You’d wish one would take it,” Meyer said. “But then again, you like having the day-to-day competition, which is what I’m seeing.”In order for someone to separate themselves and earn the starting job, Meyer said Haskins, Burrow or Martell have one simple job: to “lead the team.” Thus far, he feels that has not happened.“There’s got to be a separation at some point, and right now there is not that separation,” Meyer said. “Just when one starts going, the other one comes up, and the other one drops a little bit.”As each practice passes and no quarterback separates himself from the pack, the Buckeyes get one day nearer to ending spring practice without naming a starter. Ohio State has just five more practices in the next two weeks before playing the Spring Game on April 14 at Ohio Stadium. If Meyer does not name a starter, it would be the first spring game since 2015 that Ohio State does not have a quarterback cemented atop the depth chart. Meyer said he does not know whether he will have a starter by the end of spring.However, the timeline has major implications on the position for Ohio State. Both Haskins and Burrow have shown, in limited time, they possess the requisite skills to start at a major college football program. But Burrow could transfer if Haskins, the assumed favorite, earns the nod.Burrow is on track to graduate from the university in May, meaning he would not have to sit out if he decided to transfer like most college athletes. Instead of backing up Haskins or Martell, he could transfer and compete for a starting job on a team without Ohio State’s high-end talent at quarterback. A month ago, Meyer said his first obligation is Ohio State, but “probably, yes” he has an obligation to tell Burrow his status by the end of spring practice. Given the lack of separation between the three quarterbacks, the probability of Meyer not offering Burrow a solid answer by the time he graduates seems more possible than ever.The last time Meyer did not make a decision on quarterback after spring practice, Ohio State’s disastrous circus of Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett flip-flopping starts and snaps led to an offense that could never seem to find a rhythm in 2015. Meyer said he has moved on from that situation and did not learn anything from it. But the clock is ticking, and the day-to-day competition that Meyer enjoys will end after the Spring Game in less than two weeks. Without naming a starter, Ohio State will not have a leader behind center during the summer with whom the offense can build a rapport. That might not worry Meyer yet, but the uncertainty could do irreparable damage if he does not make a decision until the fall. read more

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