Chat with Austin Ward
Welcome to BuckeyeNation! On Thursday, reporter Austin Ward stops by to chat about the state of Ohio State football.
Ward joined ESPN.com in 2012 after five years as a college football writer at the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune and the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel. The award-winning journalist lives with his wife in Columbus, Ohio.
Send your questions now and join Ward Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Many experts have the Buckeyes coming out of the West and advancing to the FF? Should this be seen as encouraging, or as the kiss of death?
Austin Ward (2:01 PM)
Don't see that as a negative for the Buckeyes, Tony. They weren't affected earlier in the season when some people were pushing the panic button and wondering what was wrong with them, and I don't think they'll be paying any attention to positive feedback at this point either. The simple truth is, Matta has his team playing its best at the right time of year and they have a favorable path to get back to the Final Four. It's up to them to execute and block out any noise along the way.
Austin Ward (2:23 PM)
All right, I'll wave the white flag and get back to watching the tournament like the rest of you. Buckeyes practice again this evening, the fourth workout of spring, and linemen from both sides of the ball, Warinner and Vrabel will meet the media. Keep it locked to BuckeyeNation for coverage of that and the basketball team.See you all next time!