Columbus Dispatch sports columnist; gatekeeper of Scarlet & Gray Matter.

Rob Oller commentary: March success can win coaches better jobs — The Sweet 16 is upon us, so let's check our coaching brackets - as in which one might be advancing toward a better job. I have Xavier coach Chris Mack upsetting Utah's Larry Krystkowiak in one region, and Dayton's Archie Miller getting past Bryce Drew of Valparaiso in another.

Ohio State | Third round: Arizona’s Sean Miller not talking Buckeyes yet — Sean Miller will not allow himself to look ahead. Not even a peek. The Arizona coach knows his old nemesis - Ohio State - and his old friend - Thad Matta - might be waiting in Portland, Ore., on Saturday. But Thursday comes first. Work before pleasure.

Rob Oller commentary: Alphabetical guide to March Madness — The spring thaw has begun. Finally, we get to remake our out-of-shape bodies through outdoor activity. So how does America respond? By remaining indoors for the next three weeks, sitting on our bums while watching basketball. I am here to help. Feel free to easily burn 31/2 calories by reading the annual ABCs of March Madness.

Rob Oller commentary: Urban Meyer's Buckeyes outrun Big Ten stereoptypes — The cook behind the counter at Latham's Whole Hog Bar-B-Que in Jackson, Tenn., was riled up and ready to talk. "You got you some real Urban sauce going on up there," the man said, finishing his declarative drawl with a "whew-wee. Yes sir. The SEC has come to Uh-hi-uh."

Rob Oller column: Ohio State women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff goes full-speed ahead — When determining how on earth the Ohio State women's basketball team has accomplished so much with so little, two numbers to keep in mind are seven and six. Seven is the size of the Buckeyes' roster - eight if you include a 22-year-old player who doubles as a medical student and does not travel to every game because of her studies.

Rob Oller commentary: Baseball rules-makers tinker with blinders on — Pitchers and catchers have reported. The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians begin full-squad spring training workouts today in Arizona. Another season of America's national pastime is upon us. Or is it America's national past our bedtime? Major League Baseball apparently thinks so, because last week it implemented measures to speed up the game.

Rob Oller commentary: D'Angelo Russell can't do it alone; Ohio State teammates must help — Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell is the best player on a team that desperately needs him to be more than that. The Buckeyes need Russell to perform like the best player on either team. That didn't quite happen Sunday in Ohio State's 64-57 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center.

Rob Oller commentary: Autistic wrestler fits right in on mat — Mark Turkelson just wanted to fit in, just wanted to walk the hallways without having students stare at him or look at the floor when he passed. So the autistic kid from Upper Arlington went to the mat. "I got involved in wrestling because I just wanted to make new friends and learn how to live in this world," Turkelson said.

Rob Oller commentary: New Ohio State quarterbacks know what they are getting into — For those unfamiliar with how recruits mull their college choices, picture showing up at a popular restaurant and wondering whether the food is worth the 45-minute wait. There's another place right down the street where you can get right in, but you don't like it quite as well and, really, you're hoping 45 minutes at The Football Factory actually means 15.

Rob Oller commentary: In end, Seahawks outsmart themselves — The creators of those confusing, contrived and inconsiderate Super Bowl commercials need to write a thank-you note to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll for letting their companies off the hook.
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Mar 26, 2015

RT @ChestPassDemps: Coach Smith willed his trust to send a $200 check to each his former players following his passing. #DeanSmith

Mar 23, 2015

Wondering why with only 5 sec. left OSU did not pressure UNC inbounds pass? Heels had no timeouts and length of floor to go.

Mar 23, 2015

Kelsey Mitchell is real deal. Fun to watch a player consistently come through in clutch.

Mar 23, 2015

Refs coulda (shoulda?) called technical on UNC bench for rushing floor with 0.6 seconds left and OSU inbounding.

Mar 23, 2015

Incredibly tough ending for OSU women's hoops. Rally from 23 down to tie, only to lose at buzzer.

Mar 23, 2015

Only thing Browns have lost more of than games over past decade+ is benefit of the doubt.

Mar 23, 2015

Problem with Browns denying reports of possible franchise swap is what has team done to build trust? Maybe they're telling truth. Maybe not.

Mar 22, 2015

UD keeping it interesting. D. Davis 3 makes it 70-66 with 18.3 left.

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