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Future Friday: What is “social loafing” and how will it affect your company?

first_imgNot everyone pulls their own weight in a team effort.I was reviewing one of my favorite books, The Future of Work by Jacob Morgan, in preparation for another article I am writing and a webinar I am creating. In a discussion on the future of work and the size of teams Morgan brought up something called the Ringelmann Effect and the concept of social loafing. Naturally that got me curious.Ringelmann EffectThe Ringelmann Effect, named after French agricultural engineer Maximillian Ringelmann, describes the tendency for individual members of a group to become increasingly less productive as the size of their group increases. According to Wikipedia:Ringelmann (1913) found that having group members work together on a task (e.g., pulling a rope) actually results in significantly less effort than when individual members are acting alone. Furthermore, Ringelmann discovered that as more and more people are added to a group, the group often becomes increasingly inefficient, ultimately violating the notion that group effort and team participation reliably leads to increased effort on behalf of the members.The decreased effort has been attributed to two reasons. The first of these is what is called social loafing.Social loafingSocial loafing is the reduction in the effort of individuals when working in a group. It has been observed in a number of settings. I observed it when I was recruiting for packaging engineers and having students describe their senior projects. These were team projects and since I was interviewing seniors I got to talk to every team member in the interview process. The most common complaint was that no one else pulled their weight during the project. We have all seen this phenomenon and it is most likely the reason we have the phrase “he is not pulling his weight.”Research has also shown that the effect increases with the size of the group. Again, we have all had some experience with that phenomenon. Some companies have moved to keep the size of groups small. Jeff Bezos, very prominent in today’s news, has a “two-pizza” rule that says if the group or team cannot be fed by two pizzas then it is two large.The second reason for lack of effectiveness is loss of coordination.The future of workAll of this research and experience then provides a blue print for the future of work when it is being done as a team. We must keep the teams small. The leadership of the team must be aware of the Ringelmann Effect and social loafing. I think that should become part of leadership training and the team would be best served by the team leader discussing it with the team. If everyone is on notice that this behavior can be observed perhaps team members will be less inclined to engage in social loafing. If goals are set, tasks are divided and everyone is made to feel indispensable the incidences of social loafing will be diminished. Everyone’s part should be identified, as anonymity of task assignment has also been found to contribute to social loafing.If you follow these steps for your future work assignments you will be more likely to be successful. It is also an argument for smaller companies and smaller division within companies. The future of work may be small.Originally posted on Omega HR Solutions Blog.last_img read more

Highlights: Sassuolo 3-1 Bologna

first_imgFrancesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo returned and his impressive brace earned Sassuolo victory over Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. The Friday night Serie A match saw the Neroverdi take bragging rights from their more illustrious local rivals and surpass them in the standings too. Jeremie Boga also showed his impressive pace and cool head to find the net, while Riccardo Orsolini scored with an unorthodox finish. It was Caputo’s solo effort that stole the show at the Mapei Stadium, though. Click here for the full match report. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img

Mending bridges

first_imgAfter rattling the government for much part of his tenure, General V. K. Singh showed signs of burying the hatchet in the last 24 hours before his retirement. As the reasons for the turnaround were being speculated, it emerged that during this brief period, he had two meetings with Defence Minister A. K Antony.After he met three service chiefs recently, Antony spent some time with the outgoing general where the two sat across the table. The defence minister again met the general on Wednesday night at a wedding. The two are learnt to have spent considerable time together at the function.last_img

Masters World Cup Nomination Information

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to notify all interested members that the nomination process for Masters World Cup Squads remains open. By clicking on the following link you will be directed to the online nomination process where you can nominate yourself for selection into a World Cup Training Squad:https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?formID=36057Although squads/teams will be named and preparation will begin, nominations for inclusion in the Masters Training Squad may be considered up until the end of March 2015. Therefore although teams will be selected TFA reserves the right to judge form and fitness status at the 2015 National Touch League which may result in changes or additions if the coach/High Performance Panel deem the player not to be at the appropriate level for World Cup representation. Please see attached original nomination information for more detail.TFA has also been advised by the Federation of International Touch (FIT) of a change to the age eligibility requirements and divisions within the World Cup event. Please see attached letter from FIT outlining the change made to the age division of Senior Women from Women’s 30’s to Women’s 27’s. This will mean to be eligible that female players must be aged 27 or over by 31 December, 2014.TFA would also like to notify that the previously tentative dates set for the Masters World Cup Training Squad camps in June/July of this year will now be moved to a later date. This will give us the required time to reassess the Senior Women’s division and selections for that squad. Tentative dates of Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 November 2014 in Sydney have now been set.  When final arrangements are made all selected training squad athletes will be notified.Formal notification of the athletes selected into all Masters World Cup Squads other than Women’s 27’s will be forthcoming in the next month. Please contact Wayne Grant for any further queries.For more information, please click on the attachments below. Related Filesfit_world_cup_memo_-_may_2015-pdfmasters_world_cup_nomination_information-pdftfa_2015_world_cup_masters_squads_nominations-pdfRelated LinksMasters World Cuplast_img read more

Jersey Girls win inaugural George Tooke Women’s competition

first_imgThe grand final of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football competition was held last Saturday at Binalong between the Binalong Jersey Girls and Harden Hawkettes.In front of a strong home crowd, the Jersey Girls got off to a flying start with Madaline Brayshaw crossing the line in the first set of the game. Minutes later Bronwyn Pollack was able to beat some tired defence to give the home side a 2-0 lead. The Hawkettes looked to be out on their feet with the pace of the game and it wasn’t long before Jess Howard was able to record another touchdown for the Jersey Girls giving them a 3-0 lead at halftime. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity, with touchdowns to Tammy Ware and Jess Howard recording her second for the day. The Hawkettes were able to gain some possession midway through the half and were able to capitalise with touchdowns to Georgia Smith and Shauny McEvoy. However it would not be Harden’s day, as Bronwyn Pollack crossed the line to score her second touchdown and with only minutes to go Jenna Cooke was able to score to record the Binalong Jersey Girls 7-2 winners and crowned the inaugural George Tooke Women’s Touch Football Competition Premiers.Speaking with Karen Ebsworth from the Canberra Region Rugby League after the match she mentioned she was happy with how the season had gone. “The competition has been great for the women in the region, for years we have tried to form a league-tag competition with no luck, but on the back of the Touch Football/NRL Partnership we have been able to establish this competition. I hope we are able to expand the competition into the Canberra Cup competition next year and create a strong link between the Rugby League clubs and Touch Football clubs in the area and allowing more women to be involved in this great initiative.” Madaline Brayshaw, captain of the Jersey Girls stated that she was happy with the team’s performance over the season. “The girls have put in a lot of effort of the past 3-4 months with training and travelling to games. I have enjoyed every minute of the competition and enjoyed playing with the girls each week.” Bronwyn Pollack was awarded the most touchdowns award for the season with an astonishing 31 touchdowns through the round games and finals. Jenna Cooke was awarded Most Valuable Player for her tireless effort in defence and working the ball out for her team in attack. Touch Football ACT would like to thank all those involved including the Canberra Region Rugby League, the George Tooke clubs, the officials and of course the players who without would not of been able to establish and run such a successful inaugural competition.Related LinksGeorge Tookelast_img read more

Chris Pratt Attends USO Screening Of The Magnificent Seven

first_imgIn celebration of the service and sacrifice of today’s troops and military families, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures treated service members with an advance USO Screening of “The Magnificent Seven” at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst last month.Antoine Fuqua, Chris Pratt and Haley BennettCredit/Copyright: USO/Mike TheilerHosted on the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday (Sept. 18th), the USO event also included a visit with director Antoine Fuqua as well as actors Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett.Complete with a tour of the flight line, a series of USO meet & greets, an intimate Q&A with military families in the base theater as well as free movie apparel and souvenirs, the USO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures pulled out all the stops to make the experience memorable for all attendees.last_img read more

LeBron Doesnt Get Better In The Playoffs Hes Always This Good

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1970-8923.4.216+5.0-0.3-.022-0.7 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Karl Malone1986-0424.4.214+5.1-3.2-.075-2.8 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Michael Jordan is always a popular comparison point for King James when it comes to playoff heroics. Jordan did retain more of his output in the playoffs than LeBron has over his career, but MJ is also the exception here — like he is in most basketball-related things. Contemporary stars Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all experienced far bigger drop-offs in the playoffs than James, as did legends of yesteryear such as Karl Malone and (gasp!) Larry Bird.5I was shocked to see how much Bird’s production dropped during the playoffs over his career, given that he won three championships. All told, James’s regular-season-to-playoffs dip is roughly the same as Tim Duncan’s — pretty good company.James’s ability to maintain his output in the playoffs is even more impressive when you consider that his regular-season numbers are really, really good. It’s easier to display postseason improvement when you are starting with a lower bar. The players who raised their production the most during the playoffs — think Pistons legend Isiah Thomas or ex-Warrior Baron Davis6Amazingly, Davis had the biggest leap in SPM between the regular season and playoffs of any player since 1963! — tend to be moderately good, but not great, regular-season performers. Among players who retained as much of their regular-season selves in the playoffs as James, only Jordan played at a higher level during the regular season: PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* Charles Barkley1985-9924.3.216+5.1-0.1-.024-1.0 Stephen Curry2013-1726.7.259+6.5-4.1-.074-2.9 David Robinson1990-0325.5.245+6.4-2.4-.047-1.8 Kawhi Leonard2012-1720.2.203+4.3+1.4+.012+0.5 Who maintains their skills in the postseason? (1963-2017) Chris Paul2008-1726.7.272+6.8-0.5-.054-2.0 Best regular-season statistics, among players who declined as little in the playoffs as LeBron James Hakeem Olajuwon1985-0224.4.184+4.5+1.2+.003+0.1 Dirk Nowitzki2001-1624.4.224+5.1-0.7-.037-1.4 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Average qualifier17.3.144+1.8-1.1-.028-1.1 Tim Duncan1998-1624.4.210+5.3-0.1-.018-0.8 REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Larry Bird1980-9224.1.212+5.1-2.8-.040-1.7 Rick Barry1967-8021.6.167+3.0+0.1-.013-0.5 Bill Russell1963-6917.6.179+3.3+0.6-.021-0.4 Wilt Chamberlain1964-7323.9.239+5.8-1.9-.044-1.5 LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Bob Lanier1974-8420.1.179+3.3+0.8-.002-0.1 Kevin Durant2010-1727.1.253+6.4-3.6-.077-3.0 Shaquille O’Neal1994-1127.4.219+5.8-1.3-.035-1.4 Walt Frazier1968-7520.0.203+3.9-0.1-.010-0.3 LeBron James’s postseason legend continues to grow with each passing year. In recent campaigns, the Cleveland Cavaliers star has even appeared to flip a switch in the playoffs and instantly perform at a higher level. Certainly he did last season, elevating his production markedly from the regular season,1His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) jumped from 27.5 during the regular season to 30.0 in the playoffs, and his Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) from 0.241 to 0.274. and he has shown signs of a boost so far this postseason as well.Playoff LeBron — the destiny-fueled superhero sent to the postseason to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy — is mostly an optical illusion to basketball fans. Over the course of James’s career, he’s pretty much played the same in the playoffs as we’d expect from his regular-season stats. But because James is so good, just maintaining his remarkable regular-season numbers is by itself a feat — and something that many other stars (past and present) have been incapable of doing.To compare a player’s regular season and playoff production, I gathered advanced stats — including Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and a composite “statistical plus/minus” (SPM) that blends the other two metrics together2The resulting metric is adjusted for team and weighted so as to best align with ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, and is also scaled to represent points above/below per 100 possessions. You can read about it more in this story I wrote about Chris Paul’s incredible career stats. — for all NBA and ABA players since 1963.3For accounting purposes, that was the first season for which we know exactly how many minutes a player split between teams if he switched teams mid-season. Then I tracked how much each player improved or declined when he reached the playoffs.4Specifically, I took a career average for each player, weighted in accordance with how many regular-season and playoff minutes he logged each season.The vast majority of NBA players play worse in the postseason, which makes sense given that the playoffs contain the league’s most difficult opponents. The typical player tends to see his PER drop by 1.1 points, his WS/48 by 0.028 points and his SPM by 1.1 points during the playoffs. James is not immune to this dynamic, but he’s managed to resist the drag of the playoffs more than most. Here are the best regular-season players in my sample, along with how their stats changed in the playoffs (through Sunday’s games): Jerry West1963-7423.5.226+5.0-0.3-.025-0.8 * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 So, no, James isn’t Hakeem Olajuwon, who somehow managed to play better in the postseason than he did in the regular season. (Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs is adding to his own legend in that department as we speak.) But James’s regular-season numbers are also better than Hakeem’s, or Magic Johnson’s, or basically everyone else in NBA history. Whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, you can pretty much expect the same LeBron. He’s great all the time.Check out our NBA playoff predictions. read more

Ohio State mens hockey heads to Michigan State to close out regular

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-17-3, 7-8-3) is preparing to face off against the Michigan State Spartans (10-21-3, 6-11-1) in its final regular-season series before the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have momentum on their side, as they head to East Lansing, Michigan, on a five-game unbeaten run.The Buckeyes are coming off a home-and-home sweep of archrival Michigan, a series in which they scored 13 goals over the two games. They have scored at least four goals in each contest amid their five-game unbeaten streak. The Spartans have also been on a decent run of late. They’ve lost just one of their last five matches. Their last game was a 5-0 rout of first-place Minnesota.“I think the one thing we’re going to take from the series is we know they’re a good hockey team. We’ve got to be playing our best hockey to beat them. I say that every week,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “That’s what it takes here with the parity across the board.“They’ve beaten the Michigans, they’ve beaten the Minnesotas. They’ve beaten everybody in our league. So our preparation is for Friday, and we’ll take it one game at a time.”The last time these two squads met in January, they split the series at the Schottenstein Center. The Spartans were victorious in the first encounter, 4-2, on Jan. 29, while the Buckeyes won the next day, 2-1.Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey said he believes that a fresh mindset has changed his team since the last outing between the two sides.“I think we’re just a little more confident. We’ve been scoring some goals. They’re going to play tough defensively,” Schilkey said. “The goal is to do what we can to just play our game, and we’re just a little more confident, I think.”Junior forward David Gust said he hopes OSU can score more goals this time around against a stingy Spartan defense.“They kind of trap you in the neutral zone. We were talking about it today that they kind of set four guys back,” Gust said. “They just play a little trap, which is tough to get around sometimes.”More Big Ten stars on displayOne contributor to OSU’s recent success is the production of Schilkey. The Michigan native was named the Big Ten’s first star for the second week in a row. It is the third consecutive week he has been named one of the three stars, and the fourth time this season.Yet the Buckeyes’ top scorer this season deflected personal praises, instead giving credit to his linemates for his current high production.“I think we’re just feeding of each other. Definitely not a one-man thing at all,” Schilkey said. “When the points start going in, it’s all three of us. So it’s been nice.”In last Friday’s victory at Ann Arbor, Schilkey grabbed an assist. He built on that in Sunday’s match, scoring two goals, including the game winner, and notching an assist. Schilkey has collected 14 points over the last six games, leading the NCAA in points per game (2.33) over the last three weeks.Despite the accolades, Schilkey said he doesn’t think too often about the recognition and would much rather think about the team’s success as a whole.“It’s cool to be recognized and things like that, but it’s cooler to get a sweep over Michigan,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, and that’s what makes it fun.”Michigan State also has a Big Ten star of its own to thank for its recent success: senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who collected the conference’s second star on Tuesday.“They (have) a good goalie, Hildebrand,” Gust said. “He was Big Ten Player of the Year last year, I think. So they’ve got a good guy in between the pipes.”Hildebrand leads the conference with 542 saves this season. His 13th career shutout in the 5-0 victory over the Golden Gophers gave him the third most in program history.Big Ten tournament loomsAs the rankings stand, the Buckeyes and the Spartans will meet again in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. OSU sits fourth in the conference standings, while Michigan State is right below in fifth. Regardless of how the weekend finishes, the two teams will be tabbed to meet again on March 17 at the Xcel Energy Center for the first round.“These are big games. Three straight. Obviously, it’s kind of to set the tone, and they know that too,” Schilkey said. “It’s some tough games with them, so we’re getting ready for that.”Gust reinforced that positive results in this series can key going into the tournament matchup.“These two big games are crucial to get confidence, and if we can squeak out some wins and carry that into the Big Ten tournament, that’d be awesome,” Gust said.For Rohlik, he isn’t getting too ahead of himself, as he said he just wants to emphasize the games currently at hand.“We know we play them in the Big Ten tournament. But our focus is what we just talked about is the game on Friday, to be honest with you. Just keep getting better and keep playing some good hockey,” Rohlik said. “We know we’re playing a very good hockey team that’s capable of beating anybody, so we’ve got to be prepared for Friday night.”Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. read more

Despite records Illinois ready to compete with Ohio State football

Then-redshirt-junior Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws the ball during a game against OSU Nov. 3, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 52-22.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (9-0, 5-0) has won 21 consecutive games since the start of last season, Illinois (3-6, 0-5) has lost five in a row.Despite the teams moving in opposite directions, Illinois senior linebacker Jonathan Brown said he isn’t going to let OSU walk out of Champaign, Ill., unchallenged.“If you’re not going out there to compete, you’re not going out there to win a game, then there’s no reason to step on the field,” Brown told The Lantern Monday. “It’s what we do every week. We step on the field to compete, and that’s what we’re going to do this weekend.”Competing to win has left the Illini short of actually winning any games since their conference play began this season. The team goes into Saturday’s game needing to win its final three games against OSU, Purdue and Northwestern to become bowl eligible.“We definitely want to get to a bowl game, and get our first Big Ten win, so in order to do that, we got to win three games straight,” redshirt-senior wide receiver Steve Hull said Monday. “The first one is Ohio State, and we just got to prepare and attack this week to go out there and get a win.”OSU ranks fifth nationally with 48.2 average points scored per game and eighth nationally with 17.0 average points allowed per game. Illinois, by contrast, ranks 62nd nationally with 29.7 points scored per game and 105th nationally with 34.7 average points allowed per game.Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said Monday his team has to step up its game Saturday.“(The matchup’s) not in our favor, so we got to play above and beyond really what we’ve played so far this year,” Cubit said.The expectation that OSU should win, however, does not have to determine the outcome, Hull said.“On paper, I’m sure that everybody’s saying we’re going to be destroyed and going to get our butts whooped, but that’s why we play the game on Saturday,” Hull said.While the win-loss records might show that OSU’s season is going one way and Illinois’ is going the other, Brown does not see it that way.“I wouldn’t say that we’re going in two opposite directions,” Brown said. “They’re progressing as a team. We’re progressing as a team. It’s fun to get out there and compete against another great opponent.”Although the Illini haven’t won a Big Ten game since Tim Beckman’s coaching tenure began, Beckman said his team has improved this season after winning just two games in 2012.“We’re a better football team than we were last year at this time,” Beckman said in Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “I think offensively, what we’ve done in a matter of a year has been unbelievable … Defensively, we’ve lost some players (from last season), there’s no question about that, and some very good players that are playing on Sunday. These players that we’re playing with now have to continue to mature.”Both the offense and defense are looking to improve upon their performances in last year’s 52-22 loss to OSU at Ohio Stadium. The Fighting Illini only mustered 170 yards of offense in that game, while giving up 567 yards to OSU.“If you compare (the Illinois offense) to last year, there’s huge strides, but I don’t compare it to last year, because I wasn’t here,” said Cubit, who is in his first season at Illinois. “We just got to keep on improving and getting ourselves better. It’s going to be real difficult this week, because of the opponent, but that’s college football, you got to go out and play.”One player who is expected to play better than he did last year is redshirt-senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who threw for only 96 passing yards in last year’s game.So far this season, Scheelhaase has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 2,420 yards and 15 touchdowns — all improvements from his 60.6 completion percentage, 1,361 passing yards and four touchdowns last season — while he has thrown the same number of interceptions, eight, as last year.“He’s improved tremendously,” Cubit said. “He’s really run the system (well) … How he’s handled it and how he’s adapted to it and been a leader out there, that’s been great.”OSU sophomore linebacker Josh Perry also noticed Scheelhaase’s improvement this season.“He’s more of a quarterback than he was last year or the year before,” Perry said Monday. “He’s looking more when he scrambles to throw the ball than take off and run.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his No. 1 concern for Saturday’s game is “getting to the quarterback.”“(Scheelhaase is) a guy that keeps plays alive even when they break down … that’s what causes problems for defense,” Meyer said during a Monday press conference. “I think we got to pressure him.”As for the offense’s opposition, Beckman said the OSU defense, even considering their success in holding the Illini to just one offensive touchdown last season, is “very, very improved.”“Their front four are playing outstanding,” Beckman said. “Linebackers are very aggressive in making plays, and you see a secondary that also is playing very aggressive.”On the other side of the ball, Illinois will once again be trying to find a way to slow down OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who leads the Buckeyes this season with 1,726 yards of total offense, and senior running back Carlos Hyde, who leads OSU with 701 rushing yards.“We got to tackle in open space,” Beckman said. “We’ve got to leverage the football and be in the proper fit and not overdo what we think’s necessary to make a play because that, in the end, bites you. We just have to play our brand of football and if that’s putting pressure on (Miller) or containing him, I think that’s the game all defenses have to play against something like that offense, you got to try to keep them off track.”Meyer said the Illinois defense, which ranks 116th in the FBS with 482.7 average yards allowed per game, is a difficult unit to characterize, but one he expects to bring pressure Saturday.“It’s all over the place,” Meyer said. “They have good players but they’re just, it’s hard to get a beat on who they are and what they’re trying to do. They’re a very heavy blitz team and I think they’ll blitz us a lot.”OSU is looking to retain possession of Illibuck, the carved wooden turtle that serves as a trophy for the winner of the two teams’ annual rivalry game, as it has since the Buckeyes last fell to the Illini in 2007. But although Brown acknowledged OSU has “some of the top players in the country,” he said his team has no plans to back down.“We’re not going to have any fear going into this game,” Brown said. “We’re going to be ready to play. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. read more

JT Barrett put pain past behind him to carry Ohio State in

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRedshirt-freshmen who enter spring camp as the third-string quarterback aren’t necessarily expected to lead their team to a double-overtime victory on the road.Especially not in the midst of their worst statistical game as a collegiate player, and certainly not while playing on a sprained MCL.But that’s what J.T. Barrett did for Ohio State during its 31-24 win against Penn State on Saturday.His coach, Urban Meyer, said Barrett’s overtime heroics — which included 32 rushing yards and both OSU touchdowns — are something he’ll likely remember forever.“I’ll probably never forget that look when I saw our offense taking the field against the white out of the student section, down by seven, against the defense that really kind of shut us down the second half … and take us in for a score,” Meyer said Monday.Just moments later, Meyer reiterated that — despite putting the offense on his back in the extra periods — Barrett wasn’t at his best against the Nittany Lions.“J.T. actually had just an OK game as far as some of the reads and some of the decisions he had to make,” he said.Barrett started the game off strong running the ball, but never got on a roll through the air and slowed down on the ground after the first 15 minutes. He had five carries for 45 yards in the first quarter, but finished the half with just one more yard on the ground and just 52 through the air.At that time, the Buckeyes still held a 17-0 lead, but a pair of second-half interceptions from Barrett — including one that Penn State returned for a touchdown — helped to allow the Nittany Lions back into the game.But even after putting up numbers nowhere near what Buckeye fans have become accustomed to in recent weeks, OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said he learned everything he needed to know when he looked at Barrett before the team took the field in overtime.“There’s nothing like looking in a player’s eyes to find comfort as a football coach,” Drayton said Monday. “And I just so happened to see J.T. Barrett’s eyes in that moment. And I’ll tell you what, I got all the confidence that I needed that he was gonna at least at that moment give everything that he had to try to put us in a situation to win that ball game.”Drayton added that the look from Barrett makes him look forward to what he and the rest of the Buckeyes might be able to do down the road.“When you see that coming from some young football players right now, you can’t help but get really excited and anxious to see what the future holds for this football team,” he said.For all the confidence Drayton said he got from Barrett’s demeanor, he didn’t mention the injury the quarterback had sustained during the game’s first half.If he’d been asked before the game ended, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said he wouldn’t have mentioned the injury either, but that’s because he didn’t know it existed.“After the game, I had no idea he hurt his knee,” Elflein said Monday.He added that the injury made Barrett’s performance all the more notable.“He was fighting through it the whole game, and that says a lot about him,” Elflein said. “What type of guy he is, and that was awesome.”Because of the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to be limited in practice this week, but made it clear that there would be no surgery and said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native will play in OSU’s next game.But without normal practice reps heading into a game, Barrett might need to find other ways to prepare. Drayton said he has no doubt the signal caller will do that just fine.“He’s a technician, he’s serious about his business and he’ll study every single thing he needs to be prepared on Saturday,” Drayton said.That Saturday game is set to pit the Buckeyes against Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.And before that kickoff — if all goes as it has this season — Elflein said Barrett will be the one getting the team ready before taking the field. He said the quarterback gives a pregame speech before every game, and used just one word to describe what those speeches are like.“Incredible,” Elflein said. “You don’t hear anything like that from anybody else, you can tell that it’s coming form deep within and he really means it.” read more