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The Ohio State Buckeyes suffered a humbling loss to Michigan with players like C.J. Stroud, Chris Olave and Bryson Shaw vowing to use it as motivation.

Ohio State came into Saturday with hopes of playing in the Big Ten title game, dreaming of a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Buckeyes will go to sleep tonight knowing they dropped the ball.

A loss to Michigan means they’re out of the Big Ten and playoff hunt.

How did the players process the defeat after the game?

C.J. Stroud postgame quotes after Ohio State lost to Michigan

Quarterback C.J. Stroud felt the loss deeply.

“I put my heart and soul into this game, we all did, for 364 days. To come up short, it’s not a good feeling,” Stroud said per Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors.

Stroud also revealed that he lost his voice and has been sick all week. He still put the focus on the future.

“Just know that I love this team, I love Ohio State and I love Buckeye Nation, and I’m gonna keep grinding every day to get this win back,” Stroud said.

Chris Olave postgame quotes after losing to Michigan

Wide receiver Chris Olave was at a loss for words.

“We haven’t been in this position in forever, so I don’t know what to say right now … I feel like we could have played better, for my part and for the whole team,” Olave said.

Bryson Shaw Ohio State postgame press conference reaction

Safety Bryson Shaw vowed to use the loss as motivation.

“This is gonna leave a bad taste in our mouth,” Shaw said. “I know it’s gonna motivate me and this team 1,000 times more in the offseason…It’s embarrassing.”

The Buckeyes can still look forward to a bowl appearance but there will always be the sense of “what if.” All they can do now is get ready for what comes next.

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College basketball media reacts to Chris Mack being out at Louisville

In the middle of his fourth season, Louisville basketball and head coach Chris Mack are parting ways, which brought about strong reactions from the media.

Whenever Louisville basketball hired Chris Mack from Xavier in the wake of the Rick Pitino scandal, the general consensus around the country seemed to be that the Cardinals had knocked it out of the park with their new head coach. Less than four years into his time with the program, though, Mack is now out.

After rumors had been swirling for several days, the Louisville athletic department and Mack reached an agreement on Wednesday to part ways in relatively amicable fashion, most notably with the the now-former head coach getting $4.8 million paid over three years instead of the $12 million buyout that was part of his contract.

Now, Mike Pegues will move up to being the interim head coach from his assistant role while the Cardinals will search for a new head coach to try and get the program back to prominence.

Louisville basketball fires Chris Mack: College basketball media reactions

In the wake of the news, the college basketball media weighed in on the decision, the surprise of how things transpired and more.

Louisville and Chris Mack have announced that theyve officially agreed to part ways, per release.

A new era awaits in the 502.

— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 26, 2022

I thought Chris Mack was a slam dunk as Louisvilles head coach. What happened?

— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) January 26, 2022

— Paul Rogers (@paulnrogers1) January 26, 2022

Former Louisville coach Chris Mack rocking a Bengals hat in his first interview following his firing.

— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 26, 2022

Heird notes that Chris Mack was a widely applauded hire at the time. He wonders what would’ve happened if Covid hadn’t shortened the 2020 season and Louisville could’ve been a 3-seed and made an NCAA Tournament run.

“Are we sitting here today? Probably not.”

— Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) January 26, 2022

For those keeping score, Chris Mack inherited a worse situation than Archie Miller at Indiana, won more games, had less time on the job and a bigger buyout. I wonder when well hear the takes about Louisville being impatient, expecting too much and "paying millions to get worse."

— Dylan Sinn (@DylanSinn) January 26, 2022

With a bunch of our writers over at @TheAthleticCBB, we chatted about the Louisville job and Chris Mack. What went wrong, how we got here, etc. I also said this about the Louisville job, which I genuinely believe if they get the hire right:

— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 26, 2022

It is, admittedly, a bit shocking to see Mack gone given his reputation when he took the job but there’s also no denying that Louisville basketball has been struggling a bit.

Prior to Mack and the university parting ways, the Cardinals had lost five of their last six games in addition to missing the NCAA Tournament last year.

With that said, Mack’s time at Xavier proves that he is a quality college basketball coach and he should have his pick of jobs this offseason if he wants to dive right back into the grind. As for the Cardinals, we’ll see where they plan to go from here, but likely not until the end of this season as they try to regroup.

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