Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back who was jailed for robbery, paints a picture of living in opulence — including cash, drugs and women — during his colleges years as a Buckeye.Deadspin obtained copies of the book, “4th and Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream” – a biography of former UFL coach Joe Moglia. The author, Monte Burke of Forbes, was present when Clarett spoke to the team about his life.A running back for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, Clarett is quoted in the book as saying football was the focus of his early life, but he quickly found trouble and had a stint in a juvenile detention for breaking and entering. He overcame that to elevate to a star who attended Ohio State.In his first game as a Buckeye in 2002, Clarett gained 175 yards and had three touchdowns and helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. At the same time, he was living the high life.“I took golf, fishing, and softball as classes,” Clarett said, according to the excerpt. “Away from class, anything you can think of, I did in my 13 months at Ohio State.“I was living the NFL life in college,” he said in the book. “I got paid more in college than I do now in the UFL.”His off-field issues eventually derailed his playing career, as Clarett was suspended for receiving improper benefits, then filing a phony police report claiming $10,000 in goods had been stolen from him. He tried to flee to the NFL, but league rules prevented him from entering the draft after just one year in college. He sued, but lost.That’s when drugs and alcohol kicked in. “I would ride around in my car carrying life sentences, with pounds of weed and bricks of cocaine,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin.Nonetheless, he was drafted by the Broncos in 2005. Partying too much at night, he was cut before the end of training camp. Back in Columbus, Ohio, he says: “I was popping pills and getting paranoid. I was robbing everyone I knew.”He was arrested in 2006 for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint. He tried to pay the man off, but it didn’t work. He was headed to trial and faced time in prison.A desperate Clarett drank half a bottle of vodka one night, according to the book excerpt, put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed a loaded assault rifle and three handguns and headed off to the man’s house. He didn’t make it there. A missed exit and U-turn resulted in his arrest and a seven-year prison sentence.Clarett said that prison turned his life around. “I cleared my head, away from the drugs and drinking,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin. “Suffering causes you to mature.”
Freshman Grayson Overman has been an integral part of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s success in the 2010 season.A starter in all of his team’s matches, the 6-foot-7-inch California native has been a key contributor for the Buckeyes since day one.The team held high expectations coming into the season. Overman is one of the key young players coach Pete Hanson said would have a breakout year earlier in the season. While the pressure to come into a whole new situation and succeed might unnerve some freshmen, it was motivation for Overman.“From the very beginning, the expectation level for the freshman was to play at the level of the rest of the team.” Overman said. “I love being pushed to play at the level of the older guys each and every day.”Overman said that the level of competition in college is at a whole different level compared to when he played volleyball for his high school in San Clemente, Calif.“The players are all bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than the kids in high school,”Overman said. “[But] because the intensity and competition increased, it makes everything more rewarding and fun.”Overman seems to have adjusted well to the college game. He currently ranks third on the team in total kills and points scored. But if it weren’t for some heavy recruiting by OSU coaches, the freshman could be scoring for a school out west.“I had originally wanted to stay on the west coast,” Overman said. “But after my official visit and meeting all the guys on the team, I knew I was going to play for Ohio State.”Despite being more than 2,200 miles from his hometown, Overman says he has been able to fit in just fine with his teammates and his new surroundings.“One of the main reasons I came to Ohio State was because of the guys on the team,” he said. “They are all such great people and they have made my transition such an incredible experience.”Nicknamed “Cali brahs” together with freshman and fellow California native Kyle Lawrence by their teammates, Overman says their acceptance is helping him have the time of his life.“I am having such a good time on the team and here at Ohio State that I haven’t had time to be homesick,” he said. Overman said he is able to attribute his success to not only his talents, but because of the support he receives from the players and coaches.“Everyone on the team supports and helps each other on and off the court because the team is our new family,” Overman said. “The unity and support is always there when I need it.”But if Overman should ever feel overwhelmed by the differences between the surf town of San Clemente and the city of Columbus, he is comforted by a simple fact.“California will always be there when I need it,” he said.
1. Can Ohio State crack the 50-point barrier? After coming close in their opener against Marshall with 45 points, OSU was a few better-executed red zone plays away from hanging half a hundred on Miami last week. They’ll get a great shot to cross the 50-point threshold Saturday against the Ohio Bobcats. Look for the defense to get involved in the scoring, as Ohio is No. 111 in the nation in passing yards and No. 79 in rushing yards. That adds up to a very aggressive Scarlet and Gray defense. The Buckeyes haven’t scored 50 points in a game since Sept. 22, 2007, at home against Northwestern, when they pummeled the Wildcats 58-7 behind Todd Boeckman’s four touchdown passes. 2. After two shaky performances to start the season, can the kick and punt coverage teams get their mojo back? A 63-yard kick return allowed against Marshall. An 88-yard kick return touchdown and a 79-yard punt return touchdown allowed against Miami. The kick and punt return coverage teams’ problems actually date back to the Rose Bowl victory against Oregon, when the Ducks’ return men broke off a number of long returns. The special teams’ setbacks haven’t gone unnoticed. “The difficulty of special teams is the field is so large,” coach Jim Tressel said. “If you err on the line as a kickoff coverage guy, there’s a 10-yard issue, and if there’s a fast guy running through that 10-yard issue, everyone else is in trouble.” Tressel said the coverage men need to be more disciplined in their assigned running lanes to the ball, and furthermore, not overrun the ball. Don’t anticipate the special teams’ issues to linger as the season moves forward. 3. Will the Barnett-to-Johnson transition be seamless? Tressel said Tuesday that starting strong safety C.J. Barnett will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery. Sophomore Orhian Johnson, who was the original starter before missing most of preseason practice with an injury, will step into the starting position. Barnett had played well in his first two starts. He had five tackles, a pass break-up and pass deflection, which defensive lineman Nathan Williams intercepted. He was awarded the team’s Jack Tatum Hit of the Week after his crushing blow on Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Still, Johnson should have no problem stepping in. OSU has four relatively easy games against Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Indiana before traveling to Wisconsin on Oct. 16. 4. Is Saturday’s contest the breakout game the defensive line has been waiting for? Criticizing the OSU defensive line is probably nitpicking at this point in the season. Although it has only recorded two sacks on the season, one each by sophomore John Simon and senior Dexter Larimore, they’ve provided good pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had ages to throw at some points in the game, but he was flushed from the pocket many times and forced to run or check-down to his receivers. Additionally, junior Nathan Williams was coming back from injury last week. In games against pass-oriented teams like Miami, OSU relies on the front four to get pressure and drops the other seven defenders into coverage. 5. Will Saturday be the day OU snaps OSU impressive in-state winning streak? In 2008, the Bobcats took a lead into the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium before a Ray Small punt return touchdown sealed the win for OSU. Entering Saturday’s contest, the Buckeyes haven’t lost to another Ohio opponent since 1921, when they fell to Oberlin, 7-6. In their six all-time meetings, OSU hasn’t been kind to their counterparts from an hour away in Athens. The Buckeyes have won each of the meetings by an average score of 27-5. While many of the players from the 2008 team are still on the 2010 squad, including Ohio quarterback Boo Jackson, don’t expect a second round of heroics from the Bobcats.
More bad news has found the Ohio State athletic program, and administrators aren’t talking. OSU will investigate used-car purchases made by dozens of university athletes at two local car dealerships, The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday. Though OSU officers refused to speak to The Lantern about the university’s response to the investigations, representatives from other Big Ten schools were open. Gary Bargen, the associate athletic director of compliance at Nebraska, indicated that compliance departments at different universities would handle the situation differently. “Depending upon the circumstances, whether there is specific evidence that would lead one to believe that (violations occurred), it would just be strictly (up to) their compliance department and the personnel as far as how they are going to go about finding that information,” he said. OSU associate athletic director for compliance Doug Archie and athletic director Gene Smith declined to answer questions. OSU’s chief enforcer of NCAA rules and outside experts will examine at least 50 deals made by salesman Aaron Kniffin at Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Auto Direct over the past six years. Representatives at both dealerships were not available for comment. Kniffin and Auto Direct owner Jason Goss both have attended seven football games as player guests in the past. The sales would be in violation of NCAA rules if the players received any benefits or discounts based on their status as OSU athletes. Determining such violations may be difficult given the variability of used car sales. “The OSU compliance office has strong and active monitoring programs for student-athlete vehicle registration that go above and beyond NCAA requirements and are among the most robust in the nation,” Archie said in a statement released Saturday. The Dispatch reported that Kniffin sold cars to former defensive linemen Thaddeus Gibson, Robert Rose and Doug Worthington and former running backs Chris Wells and Maurice Wells. Current wide receiver DeVier Posey and basketball player William Buford were also reported as having made car purchases from Kniffin along with multiple members of current and former players’ families. Student-athletes are permitted to purchase cars and are required by the OSU compliance department to report the make, model and price of the car along with any co-signers, Archie’s statement said. Gibson’s was the most concerning of the purchases. Currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Gibson acquired a Chrysler 300 with fewer than 20,000 miles from Auto Direct that was titled to the then-sophomore for $0 according to public records, The Dispatch reported. Gibson told The Dispatch that he has been making, and continues to make, payments on the car. The football program already has endured NCAA investigation for improper benefits received by five players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas, Mike Adams and Posey — that resulted in a five-game suspension for the players at the start of the 2011 season. Coach Jim Tressel knew of the violations, and the program is currently under investigation for his failure to report the information. Tressel also is suspended for the season’s first five games and will attend a compliance seminar June 6–10 in Tampa, Fla.
BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet the back court of Syracuse men’s basketball. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team can’t seem to top Penn State. Coming into Sunday’s game, OSU had not beaten the Nittany Lions since 2008. Despite OSU being the higher ranked team, nothing changed in the two teams’ most recent meeting, and the No. 10 OSU squad fell to No. 13 Penn State, 15-12. “We didn’t come out strong, we came out pretty flat,” said OSU senior attacker Alayna Markwordt. “Penn State has always been one of our biggest rivals, so this is a frustrating one to lose.” Markwordt, Ohio State’s leading scorer, was held without a goal but did contribute two assists and had two groundballs. The Buckeyes (9-4, 1-3) struck first on sophomore attacker Katie Chase’s unassisted goal two-and-a-half minutes into the game. From that point, it was a back-and-forth battle, with the two teams trading sets of goals for the rest of the first half. OSU jumped out to a 4-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the half, but the lead would turn into a 5-4 deficit after Penn State freshman attacker Maggie McCormick ripped off three straight goals in less than two minutes. The two teams went into the locker room tied at 6-6 after a goal from OSU sophomore midfielder Cara Facchina, which came after an assist from freshman attacker Jackie Cifarelli with 24 seconds left. Penn State (10-4, 2-2 Big Ten) had 13 fouls compared to OSU’s four in the first half. “The heat of the game builds up ’cause you know you’re playing your rival that you come out against every year, and it’s always a battle,” said freshman goalie Tori DeScenza. She finished the game playing all but the last three minutes and had seven saves, including five in the second half. The next 30 minutes started much like the first except Penn State struck first. Sophomore attacker Mackenzie Cyr scored with McCormick chipping in on one of her team-leading four assists. Cyr and McCormick lead the team with four goals and four assists apiece, and were responsible for teaming up on five of the teams 15 goals. The back-and-forth battle continued as OSU’s Kirsten Donahue tied the game at 7-7 on a free position shot. The senior midfielder went on to score three of her team-leading four goals in the second half. The game was tied at 11-11 with 17:34 to play when once again, Donahue scored. But that would be the last time OSU would stay tied with Penn State as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 13-11 lead with 15 minutes to go. Penn State would go on to score the last two goals, the final one coming on Cyr’s fourth of the game. “They just kind of took it at the end and we just couldn’t be there with it,” DeScenza said. The team has two regular season games left, including a home match-up against American University 2 p.m. Saturday.
Former Ohio State guard Jordan Sibert has decided to transfer to the University of Dayton, according to multiple reports, and the final step in the process appears to be a mere formality. Sibert, who was released from his OSU scholarship April 16, told several outlets that he plans to become a member of the Flyers’ program. Douglas Hauschild, director of media relations for Dayton men’s basketball, said he read the same reports regarding Sibert’s transfer but could not comment, as the player hasn’t signed paperwork with the university. “At any school for any recruit, no one can comment until that recruit has signed with that school,” Hauschild said in an email to The Lantern. “In the case of a transfer, it is a financial aid agreement, since a student-athlete can only sign one letter of intent.” Sibert told the Dayton Daily News that he feels “Flyer Nation believes in him.” “It feels good to be able to be someplace where everyone is excited for you,” Sibert said according to the Dayton Daily News. “Everyone was excited for me at Ohio State. But when your coaches are excited for you, and you feel the love, feel the need for you, it makes you want to do better, makes you want to build upon it. Instead of being like, ‘I’m out here, I’m just another number,’ it feels better that. ‘Hey, these people believe in me.’” Sibert appeared in 24 games during the 2011-12 season for OSU and averaged more than 11 minutes and three points per game while shooting 30 percent from the floor. Sibert also took the court for 25 games during the Buckeyes’ 2010-11 run to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, and averaged 2.1 points per game. Sibert’s transfer comes after OSU’s No. 3 overall finish in the 2011-12 season, according to the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. OSU posted a 31-8 record and advanced to the Final Four where it lost to Kansas, 64-62, in a National Semifinal match. Sibert did not play in any of the Buckeyes’ five NCAA Tournament games, and is the second player this year to leave the team as forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his transfer plans during the off season.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives down the lane during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 79-69. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Confetti fell. Tears streamed. Banners were raised. Players hugged each other. Parents snapped pictures. The team was honored for its conference title.But Ohio State was not the team on the podium celebrating. Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper and redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga sat in their hotel room watching Louisville celebrate its ACC championship title on TV as they waited for their game to begin later that night. “I just remember telling her, ‘Yo, I’m trying to feel like that later. I really need that feeling. Look how much fun they’re having out there,’” Mavunga said.With just a few hours between the Cardinals’ two-point win against Notre Dame and Ohio State’s game tipping off, the two Buckeyes began to get hyped up watching what they hoped to do later Sunday night.“Just watching that game and then also South Carolina-Mississippi State,” Harper said. “All those games going on, it’s like, ‘Man, we’re next.’”A few hours later, the confetti fell, tears streamed and banners were raised.The Ohio State women’s basketball team celebrates its Big Ten championship win. It defeated Maryland 79-69 on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorBut this time, it wasn’t coming from Mavunga’s and Harper’s TV. They were Big Ten champions, having just defeated Maryland 79-69 in the conference title game. They transformed those thoughts into a reality.“I turned around as soon as I heard one of the bursts of confetti and I was just like, ‘That’s what it was. That’s what they were going through a couple of hours ago and now this is me in this situation,’” Mavunga said.A couple hours prior, many people had doubts about whether the Buckeyes could knock off the Terrapins. The two teams met in College Park, Maryland earlier this season and the game was not close. Maryland smoked Ohio State, winning by 30 points to hand the Buckeyes their second loss in a row. The Terrapins held a plus-17 rebound margin, dropped 99 points and went 11-for-18 from 3-point range. They had their way in every area of the game.But Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff believes the loss actually helped the team in the long-term.“On that particular night earlier in the year, they really gave us a beat-down, and probably the best thing that happened to us,” McGuff said. “Like Woody Hayes used to say, ‘Nothing cleanses the soul like an ass-kicking.’ So we got cleansed that day. Sometimes you need that.”That cleansing followed a home loss to Michigan and preceded a defeat at the hands of Iowa, which dropped 103 points on Ohio State. But the Buckeyes responded by winning eight of their final nine games and claiming a Big Ten regular-season championship. Still, Ohio State had to prove it could beat top-level teams. Those eight wins came against the eight lowest-ranked teams in the conference.On Sunday, the Buckeyes left no doubt. They opened the game making four of their first 18 shots, falling behind five points after a quarter, but responded with a 27-9 second-quarter run. Down the stretch, Maryland made a run to come back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit and came within two points. But senior guard Kelsey Mitchell drilled two 3-pointers and ended the Terrapin threat. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun dribbled the clock out to seal the win.“And once it went five, four three, two, one, I was like, ‘Yes,’” Mitchell said, letting out a sigh of relief. “We finally reached our goal we wanted to accomplish and we accomplished it.”Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga raises the net above her head after the Buckeyes beat Maryland 79-69 to win the Big Ten tournament championship in Indianapolis on March 4, 2018. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorSenior forward Alexa Hart, who started her first three games of the season immediately broke down in tears and searched for people to hug. She, along with Mitchell, senior guard Asia Doss and redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman lost to Maryland by three points in the conference tournament championship game their first season in scarlet and gray. The redemption only made the win sweeter.“Freshman year, we got here, we came up short. The last two years after that, we came up short,” Hart said. “I just think that at this point of time, we kind of grew as a team and it was just like we need to let people know that Ohio State can make it that far.”For the first time in four years, players from a non-Maryland team took turns climbing the ladder under a basket and cutting a slivers of the net. At least, most players took a sliver. Mavunga, on the other hand, cut the remainder of the net off the basket after her teammates took their pieces and put it around her neck.“Oh yeah, that’s not coming off,” Mavunga said in the locker room with the net still draped around her neck. “I’m going to take a shower and put it back on. I’m really going to take this one and I’m going to really remember this forever because I’ve never won a conference championship tournament.”Next, she and Harper will try to envision the next possible confetti-dropping, net-cutting moment: the Final Four.In the meantime, Mavunga and Harper will enjoy the moment they already envisioned, then made happen.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter ending his tenure as the head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer will not be finished with his role in Ohio State athletics. On. Jan. 2, Meyer will take the position of assistant athletic director at the university, helping oversee the 36 sports at Ohio State. Meyer’s roles as assistant athletic director have not been specified. According to Doug Lesmeises of The Plain Dealer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Meyer will develop other coaches in the university’s athletic department and he will help in raising money for the university. The article also states Smith said Meyer will be on the field during football games.Ohio State announced Thursday Meyer would also teach a class as a part of the Fisher College of Business on leadership and character. Meyer will coach his final game for Ohio State on Jan. 1 when the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl.
The Duke and Duchess hear from @ShewayBC mothers about their experiences of overcoming addiction #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/LSNBxxRMlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 The Duchess wore a red and white embroidered dress by Alexander McQueen, with a double tiered skirt, paired with red stilettos.After their glamorous arrival on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess got down to business with a series of visits to charities and deserving causes.The Duke said the couple were keen to gain an insight into how Canada dealt with some of the pressing issues of today during their tour, from immigration to the environment. The Prince raised a smile among admirers after arriving at the airport, shyly declining to take Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, up on his offer of a high five. The three-year-old Prince has been spotted peering eagerly out of the window of the plane as it taxied down the runway. Princess Charlotte sported a small graze on her knee, smiling and attempting a royal wave during her first moments of her debut overseas tour.At an official ceremony at the parliament in Victoria, the Duchess spoke warmly of her children, who had been left behind at Government House for bedtime. The Duchess told a group of mothers at the round table discussion: “What you’re all carrying as mothers and what you’ve all been through, is a huge, huge burden and just being able to come here and share your stories with us and each other is amazing. “You’re giving your children an amazing chance by coming here and being able to talk about your stories.”The couple spent time at charity Sheway after making a dramatic arrival in Vancouver, complete with seaplane, ear protectors and a bespoke designer dress.The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband touched down in Coal Harbour in front of a waiting crowd of thousands to begin the second day of their Canadian tour. The children, she said, had been: “Super excited about the fact they were going to sleep on a plane.”She told one first-time mother, who brought her six-month-old daughter along, that her job would “get better” as the little girl grew older.Monique Girard, a 23-year-old full time mother originally from South Africa, said the Duchess had offered her some advice for her six-month-old daughter, Scarlett, whom she was carrying in a sling.”She asked me about Scarlett and how old she was. When I said six months, she said that after this stage it will get easier. It will get better.”It was so nice.” Thandi Williams, director of operations, told the local Times Colonist newspaper: “Trust me, we’re just trying to think what might they like to do while they’re here and what would be amusing to children of that age.“Some of the trinkets, and so on, that we might have around on display on a regular basis might be removed just in case little hands want to touch.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft stepsCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen dressCredit:Stephen Lock/ i-Images Loreen Topping added: “She [the duchess] told me she wished she had brought Prince George down tonight because he would have loved all the lights.”Aurora Vandall, a 36-year-old mother of a nine-month-old from Victoria, said she had spoken to the Duke to welcome him to Canada.”He said ‘I hope the children aren’t tearing up Government House right now’,” she disclosed. The first official event of the Canadian Royal tour was something of a family affair altogether. After a few moments to pose for photographs, the family got into waiting cars to travel in convoy to British Columbia’s Government House, where they will be based during the nine-day stay.While the military air base was closed to the public for the arrival, the main roads were lined with hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers as the cars travelled in convoy to their new temporary home. The Duchess wore a blue Jenny Packham dress and the Queen’s maple leaf brooch in honour of her surroundings. Her wardrobe will be closely studied by fans of fashion during the tour.During her 2011 visit, she was widely praised for her fashion diplomacy after wearing a bespoke red maple leaf hat by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & co. during the Canada Day celebrations, often pinned the 11-point maple leaf brooch, first worn by the Queen’s mother during her tour of Canada in 1939. When asked about her own children, she said: “They’re doing well. “I just can’t believe how quickly they’re growing, it’s amazing how the time goes.”Hailey Cain, five, gave the royal couple a teddy each, with a customised red and black vests for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “Thank you so much, Charlotte will love this, she loves her teddies,” said the Duchess. “George too, he’s a big fan, thank you so much,” the Duke added. “You’re all such well behaved children, I’m so impressed!” After seeing the children settled in, the Duke and Duchess then travelled to an official welcoming ceremony at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, where they are due to attend the unveiling of a plaque at the Cenotaph, enjoy a welcome performance from traditional dancers, and meet military veterans including a competitor from the Invictus Games. It was the first day of activity for the Duke and Duchess together, after the decidedly family feel of their first day.The couple had spent much of their Saturday evening engagement speaking about their excited children, who had charmed Canadian dignitaries after landing in Victoria. The Duchess said Prince George and Princess Charlotte had been “super excited” about their trip on an airplane together, while the Duke joked he hoped they were not “tearing up” Government House in their absence. They may have a little helping hand from a nanny and more resources than most people could dream of, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not immune to the surprises of parenthood.The couple bonded with fellow mothers and fathers today, as they embarked on the serious business of their Canadian tour. Visiting Sheway, a charity which helps mothers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in Vancouver, the Duke and Duchess spoke of their two children, their babyhood wriggling and unexpected nappy changes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie (third left) greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte,Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was delighted to receive teddies for her childrenCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duke and Duchess chatted parenting as they visited VancouverCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duchess was dressed in the colours of the Canadian flagCredit:Andrew Parsons /i-Images The staff of British Columbia’s Government House have also been busy child-proofing their mansion for the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Electrical sockets have been covered, ornaments and trinkets moved out of reach and wooden toys and snacks placed in the children’s guest rooms. It is rumoured a sandbox has also been installed for the children’s entertainment, with rubber ducks already floating in the ponds of the house. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, CanadaCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA They had to wear earplugs on the sea planeCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters At the tender age of 16 months, a smiling Princess Charlotte appeared already to have wrapped dignitaries and the watching world alike around her little fingers within moments of touching down on her first overseas tour.The Princess and her brother Prince George charmed a line of Canadian politicians with a shy wave, as they landed in Victoria, British Columbia, for the first moments of their much-anticipated visit. Princess Charlotte, who wore a pale blue dress, was carried down the steps by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, holding onto her for reassurance.Prince George, three, held the Duke’s hand as he carefully climbed down to the tarmac, looking a little wary and clutching his mother’s skirt before becoming absorbed with his new admirers and the military base around him. “It was very smooth flying,” said a royal aide. “They spent a lot looking out of the window and talking to the pilot. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in. “They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.”They went on to greet crowds at Jack Poole Plaza, revisiting wolf whistles and cheers as well as flowers, children’s books, a teddy bear and, unexpectedly, a book on the royal family. TRH meet @ShewayBC staff and mothers & their children benefitting from the charity’s services #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/BtzbeK39xZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to Canada from the people of Victoria! #RoyalVisitCanada 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/OqSsWX7hcj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 After a few moments greeting dignitaries including Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie, the young Prince warmed up to wave enthusiastically at the cameras.Princess Charlotte too, with the encouragement of her mother, attempted to wave her hand before gazing around her at her new surroundings.The Duchess kept a close eye on three-year-old George, at one point asking him whether he was “okay” as she crouched down to stroke his hair. Wearing a made-to-order Alexander McQueen dress, the Duchess set out as she meant to go on in the fashion diplomacy stakes with her red and white embroidered outfit honouring the nation’s flag. The dress, from McQueen’s Resort 2017 collection, is not yet on sale, but similar styles retail for £1500-£2000.The seaplane, a new experience for the royal couple on their official engagements, saw them don earplugs for the 35-minute journey in the 18-seater Twin Otter. The Duke is also expected to make a speech, addressing Canadians in person for the first time since he and the Duchess undertook their 2011 tour as newlyweds. The couple will be greeted by Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The nation has already promised a warm welcome for the young family of four, with local newspapers proclaiming Victoria “buzzing with excitement” over their visit.Etiquette experts have been offering members of the public guidelines about how to behave among royalty, including the safe advice to to tell “hey Kate” to the Duchess or make any jokes “ever”. The Royals have been greeted with delight in CanadaCredit:Andrew Parsons/i-Images One of the mothers arrived slightly late to the session holding her baby, telling the Duke and Duchess: “Sorry, we just had a little accident to clear up before meeting you,” she said. “No worries at all, we know all about that,” the Duke replied.The couple watched a baby weighing session, with three-month-old Jasmine Hydrochuk and her mother. The Duchess told Ms Hydrochuk: “She is so incredibly sweet and I can’t believe how good she is. Whenever we used to put George or Charlotte on the scales, they would never stay still.” The tour is the latest in a long line of successful visits from the British Royal family, and the four official trip for the Duke.In 1998, the then 15-year-old Prince William was said to have been surprised by the extent of so-called “Wills mania”, as teenage girls flocked to catch the eye of the Queen’s grandson.The Duke and Duchess last visited together in 2011 as newlyweds, with the Duke telling a crowd the trip had surpassed “all that we were promised”. Among the highlights of this tour will be a trip around the territory of Yukon, where the Duke and Duchess will go fishing, mountain biking, sightseeing and meet First Nations communities.But they will also undertake some grittier outings, learning how the country is coping with social problems like mental health issues, the refugee fallout from the Syrian conflict and drug and alcohol addiction among young mothers.