Twelve former Ohio State athletes are ready to be cemented into Buckeye lore. The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame is set to induct most notably former Indiana coach Bob Knight and current OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. Joining Knight and Vrabel in the honor are Ray Griffin (football) Pete Cusick (football), Joseph Gailus (football), Dick Schafrath (football), Rex Holman (wrestling) George Downes (wrestling), Jessica Davenport (women’s basketball), Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Keturah Lofton (track and field) and former volleyball coach Jim Stone. All 12 inductees are scheduled to be officially honored Friday night in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The ceremony’s reception begins at 5:30 p.m. before dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Knight, an OSU alum and former Army, Indiana and Texas Tech coach, will be inducted with the Class of 2012 this fall as the hall of fame’s first-ever recipient of the “lifetime achievement” category. According to a released statement, the purpose of Knight’s honor is to recognize “outstanding former Buckeyes who have excelled in their careers after leaving Ohio State.” Knight amassed a record of 902-371 over the course of 41 years of coaching, While at Indiana, Knight led the Hoosiers to three national championships (1976, 1981, 1987) and 11 Big Ten titles. Perhaps most notably, Knight’s 1976 Indiana team remains the last college basketball squad to go undefeated with a record of 32-0. Vrabel, who was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and back-to-back All-American selection in 1995 and 1996, still holds the university’s career sack record (36) and career tackle for loss record (26). A native of Akron, Ohio, Vrabel played 14 years as a linebacker in the NFL. Eight of those years were spent under Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, where Vrabel was an integral part of three Super Bowl championships in 2001, 2003, and 2004. In New England, Vrabel recorded 57 sacks, 11 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles, His skills for the Patriots, though, weren’t just limited to the defensive side of the ball as he scored 11 touchdowns as tight end-two of which came in two different Super Bowls for New England. The Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1977 and has honored 261 men and 96 women so far. 108 football players have been inducted into the institution since its inception. The 12 inductees are scheduled to be recognized at halftime of the Buckeyes’ football game against California on Saturday at noon.
Korean Pop stepped in India way back in 2012, when Psy sensationalised peppy beats and vivacious dance moves through his global hit ‘Gangnam style’. Soon after Psy’s hit, the K-pop wave became dormant, only to come back with a bang in 2016. Thereafter, prominent K-pop groups like EXO and BTS gained popularity in the country, clearly indicating the revival of K-pop. In India, where Bollywood and English music dominate, the rise of K-pop and the emergence of its fan base is an intriguing journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut what actually caused the sudden acceleration of K-pop? Students at the Korean Cultural Centre said: “K-pop is a complete package. You can witness dancing, singing, and visuals all in a power-packed performance and that’s what gives K-pop the popularity it has.” Many K-pop followers also believe the ‘style’ and ‘personality of the k-pop stars – like the boys of the BTS – is very appealing and people tend to follow them. Also, the lively beats compel them to tap their feet, making it their favourite option to enjoy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut for sure, it has some drawbacks. “One of the drawbacks K-pop has is the language barrier, which sometimes nullifies the feel and the aura of K-pop,” said the K-pop academy’s dance instructor Hyeongju Cho.” Indian students are quite familiar with K-pop style since they’ve watched many videos on internet and TV. They are very accustomed to the dance and try their best to cover it but the language is the only barrier,” he informed.Despite athe odds, the art is becoming popular and is no longer confined to a particular region. More than two lakh Indians are following K-pop and the number is increasing every day. Seeing the popularity, K-pop Contest India 2018 initiated by Korean Cultural Centre, India, buckles down to reach out to other Indian music enthusiasts.K-pop Delhi regional round, which aims to select the Indian representatives for K-pop event in the world was held on June 16. The event was graced by the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India – H.E. SHIN Bongkil, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India. Among 1216 participant from India, 95 Delhi participants were able to make it to the regional round. Beside Delhi the regional rounds also happening in Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Bengaluru, Odisha, Hyderabad, Mizoram and Manipur till June 30. The winners will participate in India Grand Finale round at Siri FortAuditorium on July 9 at 06:00 pm. The winners will have the final stage in Korea.India and Korea are linked in two ways, be it the historical blood relation with the ‘Kim’ dynasty or the alike choices and taste for music.Director (Korean Cultural Centre) Kim Kum-pyoung believes such competitions and initiatives are a great step towards strengthening the cultural exchange between the two countries. Also, the competition will implicitly flatter the South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to India next month. But most importantly it is going to be a sheer delight for the K-pop lovers.