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Ohio State men's basketball team ranked first in AP poll | The Columbus Dispatch

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Ohio State reached No.1 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll today for the first time this season and the second time in the past four years.

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Daily Customer

United States

#21 Jan 17, 2011
Yep, Number 1 in B-Ball doesn't mean as much compared to football, EXCEPT at the end when you hope to draw the number 1 overall seed in the Dance.
Long way to go for that but pretty good start none-the-less. And they don't have to "dominate" anyone - just win, baby!
Go Bucks

Columbus, OH

#22 Jan 17, 2011
GO BUCKS!
Bubbles

United States

#23 Jan 17, 2011
Basketball is still going on? How cute.
George B

Cincinnati, OH

#24 Jan 17, 2011
ferr ..It doesn't cost the taxpayer a cent . The Collegiate Athletic Dept receives no tax dollars .... Which is a good thing . Unlike the Professional Teams Baseball and NFL where local tax dollars support the arena's and the Billionaire owners . Go Buckeyes !
Heywood JABL0ME

Atlanta, GA

#25 Jan 17, 2011
Whenever COACHING VACANCIES open up in colleges, especially in Basketball and Football, the NCAA goes out of its way to force minority hiring, SO WHY NOT STOP RACISM AT THE PLAYER LEVEL.

Blacks are fairly represented in the ranks of college students, 12% of the population and 12% of college students.

SINCE ALL RACES ARE IDENTICAL except for skin color, there is NO EXCUSE FOR THERE TO BE ANY MORE THAN 12% BLACKS ON ANY COLLEGE TEAM.

The NCAA enforces quotas for coaches so why not players??

No doubt it is a RACIST CONSPIRACY AGAINST WHITES otherwise, whites would be over 70% of basketball players

Unless of course blacks are different than whites
Par5-Vin

Tipp City, OH

#26 Jan 17, 2011
nastyNate wrote:
Gotta love Craft. Great young player we'll get to see for at least another year or two.
I hope you don't think Craft will be NBA caliber in those one to two years you're implying, if so, don't worry, he'll be with the Buckeyes ALL four years barring injury or winning the Ohio Lottery. He's good, but...sorry pal, NOT that good yet. He would need to polish up on his shooting percentage (his FG% is around 33%, check it out before making any stupid comments bloggers.)
Fletch

Nashport, OH

#27 Jan 17, 2011
If they lose I bet it will be Kasich's fault.
Deserving

Lewis Center, OH

#28 Jan 17, 2011
Bucks No.1. Thats great. They are as good as anybody in the top 10. Big East looks strong this year though. It will be an endurnace test for them, conf. play, freshman legs etc. Hope they keep their heads on straight, easier to keep an eye on em in hoops than F.Ball. Tressel and Matta, we are PRIVILAGED to have them.
Stay strong my fellow HACKS.
TNBuckeye

Hendersonville, TN

#29 Jan 17, 2011
Heywood JABL0ME wrote:
Whenever COACHING VACANCIES open up in colleges, especially in Basketball and Football, the NCAA goes out of its way to force minority hiring, SO WHY NOT STOP RACISM AT THE PLAYER LEVEL.
Blacks are fairly represented in the ranks of college students, 12% of the population and 12% of college students.
SINCE ALL RACES ARE IDENTICAL except for skin color, there is NO EXCUSE FOR THERE TO BE ANY MORE THAN 12% BLACKS ON ANY COLLEGE TEAM.
The NCAA enforces quotas for coaches so why not players??
No doubt it is a RACIST CONSPIRACY AGAINST WHITES otherwise, whites would be over 70% of basketball players
Unless of course blacks are different than whites
Are you going to hold Kasich to the same standard with his "all White and one female cabinet". The NCAA does not have the Rooney rule like they have in the NFL. The best athletes that qualify academically will get the scholarships and if they are good enough, play in the pros.
florida Buckeye

Jacksonville, FL

#30 Jan 17, 2011
Heywood JABL0ME wrote:
Whenever COACHING VACANCIES open up in colleges, especially in Basketball and Football, the NCAA goes out of its way to force minority hiring, SO WHY NOT STOP RACISM AT THE PLAYER LEVEL.
Blacks are fairly represented in the ranks of college students, 12% of the population and 12% of college students.
SINCE ALL RACES ARE IDENTICAL except for skin color, there is NO EXCUSE FOR THERE TO BE ANY MORE THAN 12% BLACKS ON ANY COLLEGE TEAM.
The NCAA enforces quotas for coaches so why not players??
No doubt it is a RACIST CONSPIRACY AGAINST WHITES otherwise, whites would be over 70% of basketball players
Unless of course blacks are different than whites
Hey Einstein....Maybe you haven't heard "White Men Can't Jump".....Now take your racist post and stuff it where the sun don't shine...Proud of every one of our Bucks.....the only color I see is WINNERS...!!!
Win

Delaware, OH

#32 Jan 17, 2011
I love Thad Matta. I dont know how he does it, but he is an amazing, amazing recruiter.
Blue_Ha_Ha

Toledo, OH

#33 Jan 18, 2011
ferr wrote:
How much dose that cost the tax payer ?
About 10 mg./day.
Bar-man

Columbus, OH

#35 Jan 18, 2011
Bucks have quite the stretch early in February. They play the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 19th ranked teams in a row. And, 3 of the 4 are on the road. What a test!! Go Bucks.
ferr

Mount Gilead, OH

#36 Jan 18, 2011
George B wrote:
ferr ..It doesn't cost the taxpayer a cent . The Collegiate Athletic Dept receives no tax dollars .... Which is a good thing . Unlike the Professional Teams Baseball and NFL where local tax dollars support the arena's and the Billionaire owners . Go Buckeyes !
George , Ohio State is a State and Fed. funded School , it cost tax $ to have the players there .
TNBuckeye

Hendersonville, TN

#37 Jan 18, 2011
ferr wrote:
<quoted text>George , Ohio State is a State and Fed. funded School , it cost tax $ to have the players there .
Sorry, but you are wrong. The athletic department is self funded. Scholarships and all. In fact, if you watch sports, you will see that sponsors actually make donations to the general scholarship fund. So it does not cost the tax payers money. Both basketball and football make the university millions of dollars each year.
ferr

Mount Gilead, OH

#38 Jan 18, 2011
TNBuckeye wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry, but you are wrong. The athletic department is self funded. Scholarships and all. In fact, if you watch sports, you will see that sponsors actually make donations to the general scholarship fund. So it does not cost the tax payers money. Both basketball and football make the university millions of dollars each year.
Keep drinking that Tenn. Moonshine George and beliving that spin , a few more shots maby you'll see that Bigfoot too.
Kosta Kufos

Nashport, OH

#39 Jan 18, 2011
The OSU athletic dept is not funded by tax dollars whatsoever. It is self supported through ticket sales(football and mens basketball pay the majority of the bills),licensing fees,and donations,Period. OSU has the largest athletic dept and supports the most varsity sports of any college in the US. FACT
Ehh

Columbus, OH

#40 Jan 18, 2011
ferr wrote:
<quoted text>Keep drinking that Tenn. Moonshine George and beliving that spin , a few more shots maby you'll see that Bigfoot too.
You asked a question and were provided an answer, to which you have responded with a lame (and misspelled) insult. Either refute the earlier response with facts or STFU.
ferr

Mount Gilead, OH

#41 Jan 18, 2011
Ehh wrote:
<quoted text>
You asked a question and were provided an answer, to which you have responded with a lame (and misspelled) insult. Either refute the earlier response with facts or ****.
"Ehh" What do you mean by ****? Are you wishing to dispute the fact that Ohio State is a tax funded University ? You and others on here believe that the University make money off of the sports programs , although you offer no prof or facts to back it up ether . We all know that the bean counters can stack these numbers up to say whatever they need them to add up to. We see it every day in Washington. On a personal note , my daughter is a scholarship student at tax funded major university in California , a State that is bankrupt , I however do not believe that ticket sales and booster donation mean that the tax payer dosent contribute to the cost of her education.
Ehh

Columbus, OH

#42 Jan 18, 2011
ferr wrote:
<quoted text>"Ehh" What do you mean by ****? Are you wishing to dispute the fact that Ohio State is a tax funded University ? You and others on here believe that the University make money off of the sports programs , although you offer no prof or facts to back it up ether . We all know that the bean counters can stack these numbers up to say whatever they need them to add up to. We see it every day in Washington. On a personal note , my daughter is a scholarship student at tax funded major university in California , a State that is bankrupt , I however do not believe that ticket sales and booster donation mean that the tax payer dosent contribute to the cost of her education.
No one disputes the university receives taxpayer funding. However, as others have pointed out, OSU's athletic department is self-supporting through revenues generated by ticket sales, mainly football and men's basketball. The department states it has an annual budget of around $80 million, including all varsity sports (and their scholarships), department salaries and debt service. And, as others have also pointed out, there are times when the athletic department contributes money to the university's general fund (the renovation of the Main Library comes to mind).

Much as you note the bean counters can stack numbers and say what they wish, you can do exactly the same. You can choose to believe OSU, and I can understand why you and others would not (though in order to make that claim they do have to provide documentation)- or you can offer proof that shows otherwise beyond simply saying "OSU is a taxpayer-funded university."

Your original question asked how much taxpayer money went into the men's basketball team's #1 ranking - while perhaps rhetorical and seemingly a bit snide, it is well within your rights to make a formal document request to the department asking for proof that they are indeed self-supporting.

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