- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
The calendar read Oct. 1, and Ohio's once-promising season suddenly had reached a crisis state.
After a 2-0 start that included a win at MAC favorite Northern Illinois, Ohio dropped three straight games. Two of the losses came against eventual Top 25 teams (Rutgers and Missouri). The other was tougher to digest, a 21-9 spanking by Bowling Green at home.
But Ohio's on-field failure hardly compared to the public relations flogging it took after The Columbus Dispatch revealed that 17 football players had been arrested in Athens County since Jan. 1.
17hEdward Aschoff and Alex Scarborough
2dDan Murphy and Mitch Sherman