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The Ohio State University hosted a ceremony to honor former football coach Earle Bruce at St. John Arena this morning. Bruce died in his Powell home on April 20 at age 87. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Thursday is the NFL draft. And for Browns fans, it’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl. The team that went 0-16 last season has the first and fourth picks. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says there's been a lot of speculation and rumors about who the Browns will select, but it’s fairly safe to say it will be a quarterback. 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer holds the championship trophy following the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 27-21.
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An Ohio State University Board of Trustees committee gave its approval Thursday for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer to get a two-year contract extension.

Pro Football Hall Of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton says its billion-dollar expansion project is back on track after questions about funding.

Earlier this year, contractors had filed about $8 million in liens after working on the Hall of Fame’s stadium project. Those liens have been settled, with interest, according to Hall of Fame spokesman Pete Fierle. He also says it’s a “misnomer” that a sales tax increase might be used to help fund the project. 

The Browns stunned the NFL this past weekend, making a flurry of trades within 36 hours. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns were bold in the moves they made before the free-agency period opened.

"These were a bunch of preemptive strikes," he said.

Getting real about free agents

The Browns 0-16 parade this past weekend drew a lot of criticism. In a Cleveland Plain Dealer column last week, WKSU commentator Terry Pluto called the event marking the team’s winless season a ‘zero.’ But he’s since changed his mind.

At a Wednesday news conference just after getting a two-year contract extension, Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis promised fans, "I'm going to work my tail off for them... (and) the City of Cincinnati to win a championship."

Now that the Browns have completed their winless season, questions are swirling about why the team is sticking with head coach Hue Jackson. Owner Jimmy Haslam maintains that Jackson will return next year. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says no coach in NFL history has a 1-31 record in just two seasons. 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer holds the championship trophy following the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 27-21.
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Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer could have easily stoked a debate about expanding the four-team College Football Playoff after his Buckeyes were the first team left out this season.

Football, CTE & Concussions

Dec 27, 2017
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As the football season picks up, we explore the effects of injuries players take on in the gridiron. New science on diagnosing a brain disease afflicting players is making headlines. We look at the impact that stands to have on the game. 

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