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Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry opens up about his retirement on TODAY

After announcing his retirement on Monday following his sixth documented concussion, Joshua Perry spoke with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie this morning

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“The decision is hard because of the time that’s invested and how much you love the game. Walking away from such a long chapter and a journey in my life, the transition is tough.”

Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry on retiring due to concussions via Scott Stump, TODAY

On Thursday morning, former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry sat down with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie of TODAY to discuss his recent retirement from the NFL due to concussions. Perry announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday after suffering the sixth documented concussion of his football career while in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.

After helping Ohio State to a national championship in 2014, Perry was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. After being waived by the Chargers, Perry was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts and appeared in two games for the team. In June, Perry signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks.

Even though Perry’s career has been cut short by concussions, he feels like the NFL is taking the issue seriously. Not only does Perry think the NFL has the right system in place for concussion protocol, but coaches aren’t rushing players back onto the field like in years past.

While his football career might be over, Perry still has big plans for his future. Not only is Perry planning to pursue a career in real estate, but he also will now have more time to spend with his younger brother, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, as well focusing on a foundation he has launched to benefit children and youth groups.

Ohio State football will open up their fall camp practices tomorrow as planned, but the practices will be closed to the media “until further notice”. The media was originally going to be permitted to watch and record the first part of practice and interview selected players and coaches, but in the wake of the investigation into claims of how Urban Meyer handled domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, those plans have been changed.

Most Ohio State fall camp practices are closed to the media, but select practices are opened up, and typically the first practice of fall camp is opened up to the media. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named interim head coach yesterday as Ohio State continues their investigation, and it is unknown as of now as to when he will speak to the media for the first time since being tabbed with the interim head coach role.

Just a couple days after Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was named the face of Bob Evans’ fall advertising campaign, the restaurant chain has pulled ads featuring Meyer from their website. The move comes less than 24 hours after Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by the university after allegations surfaced that Meyer knew about 2015 allegations of domestic violence against then-wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

Bob Evans, whose headquarters are based in nearby New Albany, Ohio, named Meyer as their “head breakfast coach” this week. When announcing Meyer as the face of their fall advertising campaign earlier this week, CEO Saed Mohseni said “We’re ready for whatever plays he throws at us.” but this is certainly something the restaurant chain couldn’t see coming.

“I think, honestly as corny as it sounds, seeing our guys that maybe haven’t been out of the country much or at all respond to a new environment. It’s like when you’re going on a trip with your kids and you’re anxious to see how they respond.”

Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann via Rob McCurdy, Marion Star

Yesterday Ohio State’s men’s basketball team set out of Spain, where they will spend 10 days and tour three cities. Head coach Chris Holtmann has never been to Spain, and to his knowledge none of his players have been either. The trip will not only serve as a chance for the Buckeyes to broaden their horizons by getting out of the country, but it will also give a young team 10 extra practices.

With the losses of Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate, Chris Holtmann will be looking for some players to step up and fill the void. With transfer Keyshawn Woods and a quartet of freshmen all new to the team, the trip to Spain and the extra practices will give Holtmann a chance to see who might be able to play a significant role for a Buckeye team that will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

At least this won’t be the first time Holtmann has taken one of his teams out of the country, as he took one of his Gardner-Webb teams to the Bahamas. Holtmann knew he didn’t do things quite the right way on the trip, as he made his team watch film and held 10 hard practices. While Holtmann will make his squad put in some work in Spain, he will also try to get everyone involved in the three exhibition games that are on tap for the Buckeyes.

With so many new faces, the main goal of this trip is to get everybody to know each other and establish a level of trust ahead of the upcoming season. The sooner this squad can gel and play together, the easier the road will be in Holtmann’s second season with Ohio State.

Wide receiver Trevon Grimes is the latest Ohio State transfer who has been ruled eligible to play this year by the NCAA. Grimes was part of Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, and was the No. 41 ranked prospect in the class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Grimes appeared in two games for Ohio State last year, catching three passes for 20 yards before taking a leave from the team in October to deal with a family health issue. Eventually the freshman wide receiver decided it would be best for him to transfer to Florida to be closer to family.

Grimes joins running back Antonio Williams, who transferred to North Carolina during the offseason, as well as offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh, who is now at Duke, as Ohio State transfers who been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Also leaving the program during the offseason was quarterback Joe Burrow, who is now at LSU but wasn’t subject to having to sit out this season as he is a graduate transfer.

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