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Four Ohio State Football Buckeyes Receive Degrees at Summer Commencement

August 9, 2020


Ohio State’s 2020 roster now include 15 college graduates

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four current or former Ohio State Buckeye football players were among the 1,763 students to receive their degrees Sunday, Aug. 9 during Ohio State’s virtual commencement ceremony. The event, which was livestreamed, featured an address from former men’s basketball standout and Olympic gold medalist Michael Redd, who is the CEO and founder of 22 Ventures.


Buckeyes receiving their degrees on Sunday include:

§  LB Baron Browning, a senior who has played in 36 career games and has amassed 80 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss for minus 42 yards and six quarterback sacks. He ranked sixth on last year’s team in tackles (43) and fourth in tackles for loss (10.0). Browning earned his degree in communications.

§  CB Shaun Wade, a fourth-year junior who has played in 27 games over the past two seasons and just last week was voted by his teammates as a captain for the 2020 Buckeyes. Wade, from Jacksonville, Fla., was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019. His degree is in sport industry.

15 Graduates on Ohio State’s 2020 Roster
Browning and Wade’s graduation brings Ohio State’s total to 15 players on the 2020 roster who have earned their bachelor’s degrees.


LB Tuf Borland – Human development and family science
LB Baron Browning – Communications
OL Nathan Brock – Communications
P Drue Chrisman – Family resource management
DE Jonathan Cooper – Family resource management
OG Gavin Cupp – Human development and family science
TE Jake Hausmann – Communications
LB Justin Hilliard – Marketing
QB Gunnar Hoak – Agricultural economics (University of Kentucky graduate)
K Zach Hoover – Sport industry
DT Antwuan Jackson – Human development and family science
TE Corey Rau – Sport management (SMU graduate)
RB Trey Sermon – Human relations (University of Oklahoma graduate)
CB Shaun Wade – Sport industry
CB Marcus Williamson – History

Bennett, Bell receive degrees through the Degree Completion Program
A pair of former Buckeyes received their degrees today through the athletic department’s degree completion program: Michael Bennett (consumer and family financial services) and Kelvin Bell (African-American and African Studies). Bennett played on the 2014 College Football Playoff national championship team and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bell lettered from 1981-83 and was a member of the Buckeyes’ secondary as a safety in each of those seasons. Over 80 former football players have graduated from the 26-year-old program that provides academic and tuition support to former Ohio State student-athletes who left the university without completing their degrees.








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Purdue Athletics Announces “More Than A Game” Campaign

Tue, Aug 11, 2020 2:41 pm


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In partnership with the John Purdue Club, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski has announced the creation of the “More Than A Game” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to help the athletics department navigate the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and position all Boilermakers for future success.

“When I came to Purdue I saw promise, and a university that was ready to win. I knew that if we were ‘all in’ then we could achieve great things,” said Bobinski. “We’ve been doing everything we can to be fiscally responsible in the face of the crisis… but now we need your help to keep it going. All the hard work we’ve put in to get here is now in jeopardy. The ‘More Than A Game’ campaign is critical to the future of Purdue Athletics.”

Purdue Athletics is one of only a handful of Division I athletics departments that is entirely self-sustaining: it does not receive any taxpayer dollars, funding from Purdue University, or student fees. John Purdue Club memberships aim to fund the $12 million scholarship bill for student-athletes, and this separate fund will help offset a potential Purdue Athletics shortfall that could approach or exceed $50 million.

“The ‘More Than A Game’ campaign is the top priority for the John Purdue Club and the department because it impacts so many people in the Purdue community,” says Tim House, senior associate athletics director and assistant vice president for development. “Since COVID-19 became a reality earlier this year, I continue to be amazed and humbled by the support of everyone who calls themselves a Boilermaker. We need the support now more than ever.”

Boilermakers can make a contribution to the More Than A Game campaign by contacting their Boilermaker Athletics Representative or by visiting Additionally, announcements are forthcoming regarding options for those who have purchased tickets for Purdue Athletics events that may have been altered by COVID-19. One option will be to donate ticket costs to More Than A Game.

Those who support the “More Than A Game” campaign will receive additional John Purdue Club priority points as follows:

  • 3 priority points per $100 for all cash gifts to the campaign until June 30, 2021
  • 1 priority point per $100 for all remaining pledge payments scheduled between June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2025
  • JPC members will automatically receive 2 points per $100 for their annual gift made between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Contributions to the “More Than A Game” campaign are in addition to and will not count towards John Purdue Club memberships.

Those who pledge $5,000 or more will be have their names immortalized outside of Mackey Arena at the conclusion of the campaign, as cornerstones of both this campaign and of the department’s future success. The size and scope of the recognition will be determined by individual donor generosity.

To maximize the impact of your gift, the “More Than A Game” campaign will also be a giving option during Purdue Day of Giving on September 9, 2020.

To support the initiative, please visit If you would like more information or have questions, contact your Boilermaker Athletics Representative or the John Purdue Club offices at 765.494.2582.






Colorado Rockies Special Assistant Jerry Weinstein to be honored with 2021 ABCA Lefty Gomez Award

Annual award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the game of baseball


9:27 AM MDT


DENVER – Rockies Player Development & Scouting Special Assistant Jerry Weinstein has been named the recipient of the American Baseball Coaches Association/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award, presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally and internationally. The award will be presented to Weinstein, who has over 50 years of coaching experience, during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the ABCA Convention on Jan. 8, 2021.

Weinstein has served in a variety of managing and coaching roles since joining the Rockies organization in 2007, including as the Major League catching coach in 2012 and 2013 and the club’s offensive coordinator in 2014. He also spent five seasons (2007-11) as the manager at High-A Modesto, leading the Nuts to a winning record each season. Most recently, he has served as a special assistant to the Rockies’ player development and scouting department since 2018.

Jerry Weinstein (courtesy Colorado Rockies)

Weinstein, who was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2009, spent 23 seasons as the head coach at Sacramento City College in California, posting a record of 831-208-12 while guiding the Panthers to 16 conference championships, two co-conference titles, a state title in 1988 and a national title in 1998. He also served as the manager for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, leading the team to a 3-0 record in qualifying and a 4-2 record in the tournament.

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Diamondbacks lose top pitcher Madison Bumgarner to 10-day Injured List


Madison Bumgarner (courtesy Arizona Diamondbacks)

D-backs select the contract of Jeremy Beasley from alternate training site


August 10, 2020


PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of RHP Jeremy Beasley from the Alternate Training Site and placed LHP Madison Bumgarner on the 10-day injured list (mid-back strain).The D-backs’ active roster is at 28. The D-backs’ 40-man roster is at 39.

Beasley, 24, will make his Major League debut and wear No. 59. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder was acquired on Jan. 14 from the Angels for RHP Matt Andriese.

Over 3 Minor League seasons (2017-19) in the Angels’ organization, Beasley pitched in 68 games (43 starts) and went 16-15 with 2 saves, a 3.56 ERA (105 ER in 265.2 IP), .247 opponent average and 256 strikeouts.

Beasley spent the majority of the 2019 season with Double-A Mobile and went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA (49 ER in 108.2 IP) and 102 strikeouts in 23 appearances (22 starts). He also made 3 starts for Triple-A Salt Lake.

He was the Angels’ 30th-round selection in the 2017 draft out of Clemson University.

Bumgarner, 31, has made 4 starts for the D-backs and is 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA.




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