Monday was the 2018 edition of the only slightly creepy tradition of media members camping out in front of the Ohio State team hotel to get shots of players as they check-into their home away from home for the duration of fall camp.
This year’s check-in bore a little more importance for the media as Ohio State has mostly cut off access to players and coaches due to the on-going investigation into head coach Urban Meyer’s handling of the Zach Smith domestic violence allegations.
However, yesterday, Ohio State announced that media would be able to watch the first three periods of practice, but that no questions could be asked. This temporary change in policy was likely due to the arrival of the Big Ten Network’s annual bus tour, which will be stopping in Columbus today, Aug. 7.
On the road again ...— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 5, 2018
14 Big Ten schools in 18 Days.
BTN Bus Tour Schedule: ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cdL38mDmBT
Now, there will almost certainly be plenty to discuss and breakdown from BTN’s stop on campus, but before we have to dive back into the muck that is the investigation, let’s revel in the ridiculousness that is filming and photographing 18-23 year olds as they walk into a hotel.
Video of the #Buckeyes arriving at their team hotel before the two week grind of training camp. Lots of backpacks, hairstyles, and snacks. pic.twitter.com/ToeR4oSpdo— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 6, 2018
When I say that this tradition is ridiculous, I mean that in the best possible sense; especially when it comes to long snapper Liam McCullough who certainly knows how to stick with a joke.
Snapper Liam McCullough arrives wearing a t-shirt with a picture of him arriving last year wearing a t-shirt with a picture of him from the year before wearing a t-shirt with a picture of him from the year before that. #inception #OhioStBuckeyes #Buckeyes #ohiost #football pic.twitter.com/MkJW67lNic— Joshua A. Bickel (@joshuabickel) August 6, 2018
However, not to be out done by a snapper, veteran wide receiver Johnnie Dixon wore what appears to be McCullough’s 2017 shirt to check-in. It’s only too bad that Dixon doesn’t have any eligibility left, or next year he could have worn a shirt with a picture of himself wearing a shirt with a picture of McCullough wearing a shirt with a picture of McCullough, thus perpetuating the circle of life.
OMGOSH. pic.twitter.com/hgO49EcOtQ— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) August 6, 2018
As 105.7 The Zone’s Lori Schmidt pointed out, Columbus is all about McCullough’s photo within a photo within a photo t-shirt.
All you need to know about Columbus: Liam McCullough is trending. pic.twitter.com/74FnuV7If1— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) August 6, 2018
Dwayne Haskins repped the Nike team gear as he prepares for his first camp as Ohio State’s starting quarterback.
Dwayne Haskins arrives at Ohio State’s fall camp check-in. pic.twitter.com/UGeKYKQYrr— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018
Redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, who is from Bellflower, Cali., showed that you can take the boy out of SoCal, but you can’t take the SoCal out of the boy. At least he got the right player to root for.
Wyatt Davis reports to camp sporting @KingJames @Lakers gear. #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/BMzpqTXAUI— Audrey Hasson (@AudreyNBC4) August 6, 2018
And, as unusual as McCullough’s shirt is, punter Drue Chrisman might have taken it up a notch this year. We might need to check in with our own Matt Brown to see if this is a thing with which we are unaware.
Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman’s shirt: “I <3 My Mormon Girlfriend” pic.twitter.com/FIe4Iz8URI— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018
Finally, a handful of veterans made their way to the team hotel looking either annoyed by, or uninterested in, the assembled throng.
Malcolm Pridgeon, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Pryor among the latest to arrive at Ohio State’s fall camp check-in. pic.twitter.com/6qnXk3MyGd— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018
To be honest with you, the younger players didn’t look all that enthused either.
More players arriving for Ohio State’s fall camp check-in, including Chase Young, Tommy Togiai, Thayer Munford and Sevyn Banks. pic.twitter.com/2pJcwtxe3A— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018
If you want to check out even more photos from the check-in, head over to 105.7’s website here.