Tom Archdeacon

Columnist, Reporter

Award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon is an old-school storyteller who writes about sports, the city, southwest Ohio and anything else that catches his fancy or yours.

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Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) dodges a tackle from Navy Midshipmen cornerback Kwazel Bertrand (17) as he runs for a touchdown after a reception during the third quarter of the the college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Saturday afternoon, August 30, 2014. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Navy Midshipmen 34 - 17. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)

Arch: OSU’s deep-ball threat making an impact

This is more like the “bang” he was talking about.During Ohio State’s annual preseason media day last month, Devin Smith, the Buckeyes’ senior receiver with the almost unbelievable deep-ball statistics — said that he wanted to “go out with a bang,” in this, his last year of college football.Prior to ...

Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee motions to the crowd during a game against Navy on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. David Jablonski/Staff

OSU’s freshman takes top billing over mom

He may have bulldozed Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds into the artificial turf at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore over the weekend, but Darron Lee said Monday he’s still not big enough to take on Mom.In Ohio State’s 34-17 victory over Navy on the Baltimore Ravens’ field, Lee – ...

Legendary coach Jack Harbaugh, right, addresses the Eaton High School football team on Friday afternoon.  Harbaugh's years as a coach of at Eaton helped him launch his stellar 46-year coaching career and helped set the path of his two well- known sons, Jim, the former NFL quarterback and coach of the San Francisco 49ers and John, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens ,who won the 2013 Super Bowl under him.  Eaton High had a 50-year reunion of Jack’s first team.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Arch: Harbaugh spices up Eaton reunion

Jack Harbaugh has done a lot of memorable things when it comes to football over the past 50 years: • Built an impressive resume as a college coach at nine different schools, including BCS heavyweights like Michigan, Iowa, Stanford and Pitt, and as the Marquette athletics director. • Won a ...

Molly Bruggeman and her U.S. teammates won a pair of rowing championships last month in the U-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy.

World-class rower aiming for Olympics

The best sermon Molly Bruggeman ever heard at Holy Angels Church didn’t come from the pulpit, it was delivered out in front of the Brown Street worship house one Sunday after Mass some nine years ago.“Mr. Miles — he lives a block from our house and our families have been ...

Defensive back Quinten Rollins (2) runs through a drill during the Miami University spring football practice at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Saturday, May 3, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Arch: Former MU hoopster Rollins ready for some football

On Saturday, he’ll be playing in his first football game in almost five years. He’ll start at cornerback for the Miami RedHawks, who are riding an 0-16 losing streak and, arguably, were the worst major college team in the nation last season with an offense ranked 122nd out of 123 ...

Evan Spencer (6) shares a laugh with a teammate before the Ohio State spring game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Spencer: Buckeyes will be ‘more than all right’

COLUMBUS – Welcome back from Siberia, Evan. Glad to see the exile didn’t totally mute your thoughts and tongue. Before Monday’s roundtable session with the press, the last time Evan Spencer was brought out by Ohio State to talk Buckeye football was last November when the team was unbeaten and ...

Ingrid Honzak stands next to her collection of trophies and medals that would be given away to finishers of a 5K race Friday night in Englewood. She organized her last race and used many of her old medals— now redone — as prizes. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Arch: Beloved local runner has had quite a career

In her case, truth might not be stranger than fiction, but it sure is a lot more impressive. Mind-boggling, actually.When Ingrid Honzak was a school girl in Mariazell, Austria, a small town in the Styrian Alps, she and her classmates got a back-to-school assignment to write about what they had ...

Arch: ‘Knockout artist’ Phillips dead at 50

Rocky’s girls were grieving: His 17-year-old daughter Whitney — her 2-week-old son Eric in a bassinet in front of her — tried to smoke a cigarette through her tears as she sat in the front room of a worn-out house on East Third Street. She wore his blue rosary like ...

Arch: Meyer says Miller injury 'shatters your heart'

His words came back to haunt him Wednesday afternoon. At the Big Ten Media Days last month in Chicago, Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman was asked how important it was for quarterback Braxton Miller to stay healthy for the Buckeyes this season. Without missing a beat, he suggested it ...

New Miami coach all about winning, he hopes

His explanation was simple. “For people who don’t know me, it probably makes no sense — at least not on paper,” Chuck Martin said as a faint smile appeared. “But the people who do, they didn’t even blink. They know I’m half-crazy.” On paper, his move from Notre Dame to ...

 
 

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