COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: The college football world was still buzzing on Tuesday about Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.
It's been a bad week for Pelini and the Cornhuskers. First, they blew a 21-3 lead, surrendering the final 38 points in a lopsided home loss to No. 13 UCLA on Saturday.
Then Pelini, a former Ohio State safety and a native of Youngstown, got into a war of words with former Nebraska star Tommie Frazier. Frazier expressed doubts about Pelini's program and called for his firing. Pelini responded, "We don't need him."
Shortly after that, Deadspin.com revealed a two-year-old audio recording of Pelini obscenely ripping Nebraska's fans after the Cornhuskers' dramatic come-from-behind 34-27 win at home against the Buckeyes midway through the 2011 season.
Pelini issued an apology and then reiterated it on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday.
Now he doesn't know if he'll be disciplined by school officials for his profane rant about "fair-weather" Nebraska fans.
"I think I've built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I've conducted myself, how I've run this program and what we've done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting," Pelini told reporters. "People will understand this isn't how I feel about the fans. I've said it over and over."
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked whether, as a coach of a university with a huge fan base, there are still places where coaches can safely go to let off steam and vent their frustrations.
"I don't believe there is anymore," Meyer said. "That's the positions we're in. That's just the way it is."
EARLE HONORED: College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce (Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State) was named an honorary citizen of Salem, Ohio, at the Salem Community Hospital Founders' Day Breakfast on Sept. 13.
GOOD BUDDIES: With Braxton Miller expected back from his sprained left knee, and Kenny Guiton playing exceedingly well in his place, one might expect that there would be some jealousy and enmity between the two.
One would also be wrong.
Guiton says he and Miller are best friends and work closely each day.
"(Braxton's) been involved. He's been helping me out a lot," Guiton said. "He's in there watching film when I'm watching film. He knows what I'm looking for. Just like when he's the starter, I'm watching and I want to know everything that's going on with the defense just in case my number's called. It's kind of the same thing. As I came to the sideline (on Saturday), he was sitting on the bench next to me, talking to me and (QBs coach) Tom Herman in the headset. He was a big help."
STILL REELING: Florida A&M, which visits Ohio State on Saturday at noon, is still in shock over the killing of a former Rattler football player.
Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, who played for FAMU in 2009 and 2010, had recently moved to the Charlotte, N.C., area to be near his girlfriend. Early on Saturday morning, he survived a car wreck and went looking for help.
After pounding on the door of a house, the woman living there called police. Later, an unarmed Ferrell ran toward police officers who first tried to subdue him with a Taser and then shot him dead.
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
FAMU interim athletic director Michael Smith said Ferrell was a safety for the Rattlers for the two seasons.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement," Smith said in an emailed statement.
Ohio State's Meyer said he had learned of the tragedy and was shaken by what took place.
"It's real. Your prayers and thoughts are with that team because it's not exactly family, but the way that football coaches and players and teams get along, especially the good programs, I mean it is like a family," Meyer said. "I finally had a chance and I read about it today and what a terrible story."
Meyer said right after Florida won the national championship after the 2006 season, one of his walk-on players was killed in a motorcycle accident.
"(Michael Guilford) was more than just a walk-on player -- his nickname was Sunshine," Meyer said. "And he actually was the Troy Smith scout-team quarterback as we got ready, ironically, to play Ohio State."
To help his team cope with the loss, Meyer said he brought in former Ohio State and NFL WR Cris Carter. Carter had been through a period of grief when former Ohio State player (and Carter's Vikings teammate) Korey Stringer died during preseason workouts one year.
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