The drought continues. No Ohio State football coach has been named the Big Ten's coach of the year since Earle Bruce in 1979.

The drought continues.

No Ohio State football coach has been named the Big Ten's coach of the year since Earle Bruce in 1979.

Urban Meyer was considered the front-runner this year while leading the Buckeyes to an 8-0 conference record and a return trip to the Big Ten championship game. But despite being the first coach in conference history to win every conference game for three straight seasons, Meyer was bypassed by Minnesota's Jerry Kill.

Minnesota finished the regular season 8-4 for the second straight season, including a 31-24 loss to the Buckeyes.

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Ohio State did win two other major awards. Defensive end Joey Bosa was named the defensive player of the year, and quarterback J.T. Barrett took freshman of the year.

Bosa, a sophomore, has 13½ sacks, which ranks fourth nationally, and 20 tackles for loss (tied for fifth nationally).

Barrett, whose season ended on Saturday against Michigan when he suffered a broken right ankle, accounted for a Big Ten-record 45 touchdowns either running (11) or throwing (34). Barrett, a redshirt freshman, was thrust into the starting role when Braxton Miller reinjured his shoulder less than two weeks before the opener.

Karageorge tribute

Ohio State players plan to wear a No. 53 sticker on their helmets on Saturday against Wisconsin in honor of Kosta Karageorge, the walk-on defensive linemen who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday. A funeral service for Karageorge will take place today at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus.

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