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09:25 AM ET 05.13 | The August two-a-days of preseason football camp at Ohio State always yielded to another version of football come September -- NFL mode. No more. The arrival of the semester system for the 2012-13 school year means that when the Buckeyes take the field against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 1, they'll do it as full-time students with eight days of class under their belts, not three-week, football-only, mercenaries. Under the former quarter system, Ohio State classes didn't begin until late September (last year it was on Sept. 21) meaning the Buckeyes always played three, sometimes four, games before taking a single class. That didn't change the NCAA rule on the 20 hours each week coaches can mandate from athletes. But it left a lot of free time for players to make the Woody Hayes Athletic Center their homes. Extra film study. Extra conditioning. Extra hours with the playbook. Time for the freshmen to figure out big-time football before figuring out where English 110 meets. After working out all summer and going through preseason practice, the Buckeyes then were able to focus on football for 25 percent of the schedule. In the end, athletic director Gene Smith and others in the athletic department have liked the planned semester switch, which was driven by academics and has been in the pipeline for several years, because it puts Ohio State on the same footing as most of their opponents.

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May 13, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Ya mean they gotta go to school????

What are they thinking????

May 13, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Ya mean they gotta go to school????What are they thinking????

They get paid to go to school.

May 13, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Maybe now that the players are in school the crime rate, in Columbus, will go down.

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May 13, 2012  10:11 AM ET

Where will they find time to get their tats?

May 13, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Here we go again.

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May 13, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Maybe now that the players are in school the crime rate, in Columbus, will go down.

After having a week long training at a Pittsburgh public school a couple years ago, I would say Columbus is a lot safer than Pittsburgh. Watch where you toss those stones.

May 13, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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ann arbor is a wh0re

I think he said he was a Pitt fan in the past. But for some reason he always ends up on an OSU thread.

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May 13, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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After having a week long training at a Pittsburgh public school a couple years ago, I would say Columbus is a lot safer than Pittsburgh. Watch where you toss those stones.

You'd lose that bet...
Of 100 largest metropolitan areas, Pittsburgh ranked 9th safest, Columbus 87th safest.

I just love how people take one little anecdote from their personal life and try to extrapolate it to something much bigger.

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May 13, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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You'd lose that bet...Of 100 largest metropolitan areas, Pittsburgh ranked 9th safest, Columbus 87th safest.I just love how people take one little anecdote from their personal life and try to extrapolate it to something much bigger.

Ok....tell the Pittsburgh P.D. that.

May 13, 2012  01:27 PM ET
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Where will they find time to get their tats?

Guess they will have to do it during the summer.

May 13, 2012  03:44 PM ET
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You'd lose that bet...Of 100 largest metropolitan areas, Pittsburgh ranked 9th safest, Columbus 87th safest.I just love how people take one little anecdote from their personal life and try to extrapolate it to something much bigger.

Joe Mammy, don't know where you got those crime numbers, but Columbus always ranks among the safest major cities in the US. Also, with almost 2 million people in the metro area, we are not your typical college town. We have the feel of a college town with all the things to do of a major city.

May 13, 2012  06:15 PM ET

I conjecture that the Columbus crime stats are engorged by clusters of incidents. For example, the lawlessness which follows the Michigan game yields close to 100 arrests every year. Now, if you subtract that number from the annual tally, I'll bet it provides a different perspective on the safety of Columbus.

May 13, 2012  11:44 PM ET
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ann arbor is a wh0re

thats all you got... lol typical

May 14, 2012  06:58 AM ET

Nineteen posts to a Buckeye thread with a pic of new HC, Urban Meyer.... Not something one would expect on FN.

 
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