College student from N.J. killed in Ohio shooting remembered as ‘light in everyone’s life’

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A former New Jersey high school football player shot to death early Sunday near Ohio State University is being remembered as a “light” in the lives of those who knew him.

Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.

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Chase Meola is shown in a 2015 photo while playing football for Mahwah High School. Meola, 23, was killed Sunday in a shooting near Ohio State University, where he was a student.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native and fifth-year marketing major at Ohio State, was gunned down as he was leaving a party, officials said.

“He was always very outgoing. He’s from New Jersey, so he definitely had that loud, outgoing personality,” friend Ashley McCartney told Ohio television station 10 WBNS.

A GoFundMe set up to pay for funeral costs had already exceeded its $50,000 goal by Monday afternoon.

“He was light in everyone’s life and will be dearly missed by those he touched,” organizers wrote. The organizers, identified as friends of Meola’s, did not respond to a request for comment.

Meola, once a star football player for the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, was earning an MBA, his LinkedIn said, with a goal of working on Wall Street.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said in a statement.

Meola was leaving a party around 2 a.m. on Sunday when an “altercation occurred outside,” university officials said. Meola was shot in an alley near the party and pronounced dead at the scene.

Kintie Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus, has been charged with murder. His first court date is on Tuesday, WCMH 4 reported.

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Ohio state school board has 6 of 11 elected seats up for grabs

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Catherine Candisky
| The Columbus Dispatch

Voters are electing six members of the state Board of Education this year, including three representing the central Ohio area.

The half-dozen seats are among the 11 elected positions on the board. Another eight members are appointed by the governor.

The 19-member panel creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education, and hires the state superintendent.

More: Election 2020: The Columbus Dispatch Voter Guide

While members are elected in nonpartisan races, the board has been political at times. Most recently, the board sparred over a resolution ultimately approved 12-5 in July condemning hate speech and racism in schools, directing the Department of Education to review curriculum models and tests for racial bias, and requiring bias training for employees.

The resolution followed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police, triggering protests across the nation. Conservatives on the board said the resolution was a rush to judgment and questioned the extent of racism in schools.

In central Ohio’s 6th district, incumbent Antoinette Miranda of Columbus is seeking a second four-year term against challenger Alice Nicks of Galena. The district covers most of Franklin County and all of Delaware and Knox counties.

Miranda is a professor of school psychology and interim chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. She has more than 35 years of experience in K-12 and post-secondary education, including six years as a school psychologist.

Miranda said her priorities on the board include improving state report cards for schools and districts to make them more understandable for parents, educators and stakeholders and better reflect progress in schools. She also wants to advocate for districts as lawmakers tackle school-funding issues.

“The board doesn’t really vote on state funding, but it


Why Clemson is No. 1 over Ohio State on Nathan Baird’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot: College rankings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The real college rankings that matter won’t be released until late November, when the College Football Playoff selection committee goes to work.

The rest of us will keep coming up with a consensus snapshot of how we think college football looks from week to week. And for the first time in 2020, I have a new No. 1 team.

Ohio State has been my No. 1 since the preseason, and on paper, the Buckeyes have an undoubtedly great team. Even with questions on defense, the totality of the offense will make OSU as dangerous as any team in the country.

Clemson, however, looks great on the field right now. The latest evidence came in Saturday’s 42-17 dismantling of Miami. Regardless of whether or not the Hurricanes were overrated coming into that game, what the Tigers are doing on the field right now deserves recognition.

Miami could not summon a pass rush that threatened Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and he and running back Travis Etienne both looked sharp. Yet it was a Tigers defense that made the Hurricanes look completely pedestrian at times that mostly swayed my vote. Look around college football over the past weekend you’ll see why defense might ultimately decide who lifts the CFP trophy in January.

As such, I’m voting Clemson No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2. I was one of only two No. 1 votes for the Buckeyes last week. We’ll see if they have any after today’s poll comes out at 2 p.m. — and whether Clemson also took some votes from Alabama after a defense-optional victory at Ole Miss.

I similarly considered flipping Georgia and Alabama, but they will decide that question in person on Saturday anyway.

Here’s the rest of my ballot:

1-Clemson (4-0)

2-Ohio State (0-0)

3-Alabama (3-0)


Former N.J. high school football player killed in shooting at Ohio university

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A former high school football standout from New Jersey was shot and killed in an Ohio alleyway early Sunday morning, authorities there said.

Chase Meola, 23, a Mahwah native studying at the Ohio State University, was found by police responding to reports of a shooting in an alleyway in Columbus.

“Officers arrived to find a victim with a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the university’s public safety department said in a statement.

The department said Columbus police were interviewing “persons of interest” and had already charged one suspect.

Columbus police said Kintie Lanod Mitchell Jr., 18, of Columbus was charged with murder. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. Media reports indicate he had previously been arrested on burglary charges.

Authorities said the shooting followed a dispute outside “a house party in the area,” but provided no other details.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” the university said.

Meola was a member of the Mahwah High School Thunderbirds, who in 2015 won the school’s first sectional title in 34 years.

A student in the university’s Fisher School of Business, the Bergen County native said on his LinkedIn profile he aspired to be a financial analyst.

“Wall Street is where I would like to see my self in the near future. Ohio State was a great place for me learn and perfect all my skills,” he wrote.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Reliving Ohio State vs. Michigan 1968, The Game that defined Woody Hayes’ career: Buckeye Talk Podcast

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In 1968, Woody Hayes had arguably his most significant moment as the head coach of the Ohio State football team.

The Buckeyes went on to win a national championship by capping off a 10-0 season win a win over USC in the Rose Bowl, but the highlight of the year was the win over Michigan.

Led by the Class of 1970 — better known as the “Super Sophomores” — the Buckeyes dominated Michigan on the way to a 50-14 win, securing their first Big Ten championship since 1961. That victory seemed like a sign of things to come from a 12-man group headlined by Rex Kern, Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon.

Ed Chay described the Buckeyes’ performance that afternoon as “magnificent and superb” in his game story in The Plain Dealer. He called it “Ohio State’s finest hour” as it scored 36 consecutive points in the final three quarters.

• Ohio State football fans recall shocking 1969 loss at Michigan: “One of the worst days of my life’

“A record throng of 85,370 delirious fans almost rocked Ohio Stadium’s historic 47-year-old oval off its foundations with thunderous approval as the Buckeyes completely destroyed their most bitter rivals in the game that meant so much,” Chay wrote.

Ohio State vs. Michigan on November 23, 1968, is the fifth episode of our Buckeye ReTalkables series. Previously covered were:

• Ohio State at Virginia Tech, 2015

• Ohio State vs. Oregon, 2010 Rose Bowl

• Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 1995

• Ohio State vs. Penn State, 2017

This was the game that best defines the Hayes’ 28-year tenure in Columbus, and that’s what we’re reliving on the latest Buckeye Talk Podcast. It’s why every Ohio State fans should watch the game at least once in their lives. You can

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