If coach Urban Meyer suffered from jetlag during the Ohio State-NFL Moms Football Safety Clinic yesterday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he didn't show it. But he could have claimed it.

If coach Urban Meyer suffered from jetlag during the Ohio State-NFL Moms Football Safety Clinic yesterday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, he didn't show it. But he could have claimed it.

Meyer was one of six Big Ten coaches who spent Wednesday in Bristol, Conn., going through what's known as the ESPN "car wash," sitting for interviews with various network TV and radio personalities. It's a long day of answering the same questions over and over.

Meyer and football information director Jerry Emig left Columbus a little after 6 a.m. and didn't return to Columbus until 9:30 p.m. They connected in Washington on the flight to Hartford, Conn., and connected in Cleveland on the way back.

They ran into fans along the way - even some from Florida, where Meyer won two national titles in his previous coaching stop. Emig said they were courteous and supportive of Meyer, some asking for autographs or posing with him for photos, and receiving the same courteous treatment from Meyer.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in makeover mode after the NBA draft-day trade of point guard Jrue Holiday, and that has left Evan Turner's future with the team up in the air. The former Ohio State star averaged career highs in points (13.3), rebounds (6.3) and assists (4.3) in his third season - but his field-goal percentage dropped to 41.9, the worst of his career.

There are some in the Sixers organization who think former coach Doug Collins wasn't a good fit for Turner, so maybe the changes are good for him.

"With change comes opportunity," 76ers president and general manager Sam Hinkie said this week. " This could well be an opportunity where Evan thrives. I hope our standards will be a place where hard work and competitiveness are rewarded and valued. Evan has those in spades."

Turner will make $6.67 million this season before becoming a restricted free agent.

Nikolai Zherdev took a pay cut to sign with Lev Prague in the Continental Hockey League, according to the Russian website R-Sport. The former Blue Jackets forward was Atlant Moscow's top scorer last season with 37 points in 39 games, but the mid-market club deemed his $1.85 million salary too expensive. Atlant exposed him in the league's expansion draft, but when Admiral Vladivostok passed, he was released.

"Given the situation he was in, such a change is probably best for him," Lev general manager Rashid Khabibulin told R-Sport, after the Czech club signed Zherdev to a one-year deal. "We're hoping that with a change of scenery, a new club and a new country, he'll be able to prove himself. We offered him less than what he had, but it's decent for Europe."

Ted Ginn Jr. is trying to "take it slow" during his first training camp with the Carolina Panthers, but the former Ohio Stare receiver-returner told the Charlotte Observer that "it's kind of hard to show slowness."

After being pretty much confined to the return team last season with the San Francisco 49ers, Ginn signed with the Panthers because they assured him he would get a shot as both a receiver and returner. "Here they were just, 'Hey, man, just come in and show us what you've got,'" he said.

Coach Ron Rivera said that's the plan.

"It's not just about him going vertical, as much as just getting the ball in his hands and letting him use his speed and athleticism," Rivera said. "There's a place for that type of ability and we're going to try to maximize it."

With the Cincinnati Reds' offense sputtering, it was a surprise that they didn't acquire a right-handed bat before the trade deadline. It was only a mild surprise, however, because the Reds expect Ryan Ludwick to return in the next two weeks. Ludwick has been out because of a shoulder injury since opening day and is on a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Louisville.

"We were looking at trying to upgrade the offense any way we could," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "There weren't any significant pieces out there available."

Jocketty wouldn't talk about specific players, although the Reds reportedly spoke to San Francisco about Hunter Pence.

Coach Erik Spoelstra was among the Miami Heat contingent that watched one of Greg Oden's workouts in Indianapolis last week, and Miami apparently is committed to trying to sign the former Ohio State center.

"If we get Greg Oden, I think we will win a third (straight) title," Heat scout Tim Hardaway said.

Oden hasn't appeared in an NBA game since 2009 because of knee injuries. San Antonio, Dallas, Sacramento, New Orleans and Atlanta are also reportedly interested in signing him.

Former Blue Jackets center Andrew Murray signed with Medvescak Zagreb, a first-year KHL club. Murray, 31, becomes the 23rd North American on a roster that includes former San Jose Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo and ex-NHL players Mark Popovic and Michael Ryan.

Murray was an eighth-round pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2001 draft and made 221 NHL appearances with the Blue Jackets, Sharks and St. Louis Blues.

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.