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December 25, 2012

2012 Year in review: March-May

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the 2012 calendar year coming to an end, so does a year that saw Ohio State athletics enjoy a Big Ten regular season championship, a run to the Final Four, a conference division title, and the sixth unbeaten season in a program's history. Buckeye Grove was there to cover it all, and with that in mind, we'll take a look at the best- and some of the worst- that the Buckeyes had to offer over the course of the past 12 months.

Our review of January and February in Ohio State athletics can be found here. Today, we'll take a look at what happened to the Buckeyes in the spring months of March, April, and May.

March

Kerry Coombs left Cincinnati to become the Buckeyes' cornerbacks coach ... William Buford's game-winner in East Lansing gave Ohio State a share of a third consecutive Big Ten regular season championship ... Ohio State football held its pro day.

The Buckeyes beat Purdue and Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, before falling in the championship to Michigan State.

The No. 2-seed in the East Region, the Buckeyes beat Loyola Maryland and Gonzaga en route to the Sweet 16... Ohio State won an in-state contest with Cincinnati and moved past No. 1 seed Syracusein Boston, punching its ticket for New Orleans and the 10th Final Four in program history, where the Buckeyes' season ended with a loss in the semi finals to Kansas... Spring practice began for the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer.

April

Ezekiel Elliott joined Ohio State's 2013 class ... As did Jayme Thompson... Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Buckeyes defense beat the OSU offense in a spring scrimmage ... Deshaun Thomas opted to return to Ohio State for his junior season ... Four-star tight end prospect Marcus Baugh committed to play for the Buckeyes.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, again, accused Urban Meyer of unethical recruiting ... Meyer then defended himself against an article on him in The Sporting News.

Jordan Sibert opted to transfer to Dayton ... While J.D. Weatherspoon left for Toledo ... Defensive end Tracy Sprinkle joined Meyer's 2013 recruiting class ...Alongside quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Amedeo Della Valle became the lone member of Thad Matta's 2012 class ... Linebacker Alex Anzalone committed to play for the Buckeyes ... Freshman wide receiver Michael Thomas stole the show in the spring game.

Defensive end Joey Bosa chose to join Meyer's 2013 class ... As did linebacker-defensive end Lewis Neal... Mike Adams was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and DeView Posey became a Houston Texan ... While Nate Ebner was drafted by the New England Patriots and Dan Herron became a Cincinnati Bengal.

May

Urban Meyer won Ohio State $25,000 in scholarship money ... Jalin Marshall showed off his arm at the Columbus Elite 11 Camp ... John Simon was named to the Lott Trophy watch list.

Gene Smith discussed a rough 12 months as Ohio State's Athletic Director ... Ohio State offered 2014 tight end prospect Garrett Dickerson... Meyer released his first depth chart for the 2012 season ... And also opposed a potential playoff system.

Check back tomorrow as we'll continue this year-end retrospective with a look at the months of June, July, and August for the Buckeyes.



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