Happy Tuesday, everyone. It’s just your normal, typical fall afternoon. Pretty slow news day as I'm sure nothing important is going on across the country as we speak.
All kidding aside, we hope you got the chance to execute your civic duty and vote in this important election. Regardless of which side comes out on top, hopefully we can begin to mend the massive divide in our society that has grown exponentially in 2020, and start to move forward unified in our goals to make the United States the best place it can be for all people.
With a bunch of seriousness going on in our nation, it’s a good idea to take some time away from social media and the news channels and just focus on yourself and your loved ones for a bit. Or, you could take a break from it all by catching up on some of the latest Ohio State news, which we will turn our attention to now!
From round Land-Grant Holy Land...
Ohio State’s social media team is the best there is
(Matt Tamanini, LGHL)
With the Penn State game being played on Halloween night, there were bound to be some freaky things that happened. There were a few plays in that game that were eerily similar to highlight plays made in other recent matchups between the two teams, and the OSU social media team wasted no time finding a cool way to put those clips together.
Buckeyes interested in four-star SG Ja’Kobe Walter
(Dan Hessler, LGHL)
Ohio State basketball recruiting has been heating up these past few weeks. After making the top five for a five-star point guard over the weekend, the Buckeyes are seemingly keying in on a four-star shooting guard in the 2023 class.
Podcast: Matt Brown on OSU vs. PSU, Nebraska leaving B1G, more
(Matt Tamanini, LGHL)
Today, current LGHL Matt sat down with former LGHL Matt, now the creator of the Extra Points college football newsletter, to talk about the Buckeyes, how the Big Ten is handling its COVID protocols, Nebraska’s standing as a member of the B1G, and more!
Buckeye Clips: NFL Week 8 highlights
(Tia Johnston, LGHL)
As usual, former Ohio State players had their fair share of standout performances in the NFL this past weekend, with J.K. Dobbins continuing to make an overwhelmingly convincing case to be the Ravens’ No. 1 RB and Curtis Samuel scoring a pair of TDs for the Panthers.
From around the gridiron...
Beginning with probably the biggest Ohio State news of the week in case you missed it, cornerback Cam Brown suffered a torn achilles in the Penn State game, and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. The speedy DB was expected to be a part of the Buckeyes’ three-man rotation at corner this year. We wish him a speedy recovery!
We got to hear from a few key members of the Ohio State coaching staff on Tuesday, including Ryan Day, Kerry Coombs, and Kevin Wilson. Day was on the mic first, and he briefly addressed the injury to Brown and how it will change things moving forward.
He called the injury “significant,” and said he feels really bad for Brown and his family.
Ryan Day said Tyreke Johnson is the first guy that needs to step up at cornerback with Cameron Brown out, along with Ryan Watts and Cameron Martinez. Day said Ohio State is hoping to get Lejond Cavazos back soon, and Marcus Williamson could also see snaps at outside cornerback.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 3, 2020
Day was impressed with his team’s ability to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that it was likely the difference in the game. He did, however, point out a few things that need to be cleaned up, including penalties and the kicking game.
Day said penalties, snaps over the quarterback head, missed field goals are things that the #Buckeyes need to clean up after Saturday.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 3, 2020
Apparently the clock on the scoreboard is a lie — at least according to the Big Ten.
Ryan Day said there was a conversation with the Big Ten about what happened at the end of the half at Penn State, but he didn't want to get too much into it. “Apparently there was more than two seconds on the clock, which I don't really understand, but I'm just going to move on.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 3, 2020
In terms of the injury to kicker Blake Haubeil, Day called it “day-to-day,” and left the door open for freshman kicker Jake Seibert to see some action in his absence.
Day said he didn’t know how long kicker Blake Haubeil will be out. He did say freshman Jake Seibert could be an option as well.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 3, 2020
Day had good things to say about Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who was Ohio State’s defensive coordinator not too long ago. He expects him to continue to build up the Scarlet Knights.
Ryan Day says Greg Schiano was especially helpful to him during his three-game interim head coach stint in 2018: "Forever in debt for him for that."— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 3, 2020
On Schiano at Rutgers: "I think he's going to build something really good there."
Like many of you on Twitter Saturday night, Day was not a fan of the artificial crowd noise.
Day said it’s harder in games to communicate with the 90 decibels of crowd noise in an empty stadium. He said it is what it is but it’s a major challenge during games.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 3, 2020
Coombs was up next, and he was immediately asked about Shaun Wade’s performance on Saturday. He admitted that Jahan Dotson made some big plays, but that its important for corners to have short-term memory and move on to the next snap. He isn’t worried about Wade this season, and you shouldn't be either.
Coombs said he wouldn’t call any of Shaun Wade’s moments bad moments. He thinks that’s part of playing corner at #OhioState. “I have no worries about Shaun Wade."— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) November 3, 2020
Coombs mentioned Josh Proctor as a guy whose role will become even more important now moving forward without Brown. He says that all of Ohio State’s DBs must have a “next man up” mentality and be able to play multiple roles in the secondary.
Coombs said Proctor has been key for Ohio State’s defense and has played a number of different roles. He said he will be able to help with Cam Brown out to step into different spots.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) November 3, 2020
He finished up his time by lauding the work of freshman DB Lathan Ransom.
Kerry Coombs on freshman defensive back Lathan Ransom: “Lathan is a run-and-hit guy, and run-and-hit guys always end up playing football ... I suspect that his role will continue to increase as the season goes on.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 3, 2020
Last up to the podium was Wilson. The offensive coordinator said that Ohio State doesn’t change up its play calling based on which running back is on the field, but that there are certain situations where they would want one in over the other.
Asked about the running back balance, Wilson said sometimes drives will go long and you’ll see more of one back and then sometimes three-and-outs mean you don’t see another. He said the #Buckeyes don’t really change the play calls depending which running back is in the game.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) November 3, 2020
Wilson had high praise for the entire offensive line, but specifically mentioned Nicholas Petit-Frere’s incredible start and the early growth of Harry Miller.
Kevin Wilson on what he thinks about Nicholas Petit-Frere and Harry Miller: "Very encouraged."— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 3, 2020
"Not to get into Harry's Russian literature thoughts, but they're very smart guys."
He says Miller was probably the offense's most improved player between the first two games.
Wilson also gave us an update on the injury of tight end Luke Farrell. He says the senior had a “gash,” on his leg Saturday, but came back into the game late and played the last two series. He doesn’t expect him to miss any time, as he is already back practicing.
Wilson says Luke Farrell "had a gash" during the Penn State game, but came back later and should be fine to play this week.— BuckeyeScoop (@BuckeyeScoop) November 3, 2020
Justin Fields has quickly gained on the rest of the pack in the Heisman race.
Outside of Ohio State football, there was significant Big Ten news elsewhere in the conference, as Wisconsin has cancelled its game against Purdue this weekend. Assuming the rest of the B1G plays all of their scheduled games, the Badgers cannot afford another cancellation or they will be deemed ineligible to compete in the conference title game.
From around the hardwood...
On Tuesday, we learned of the passing of former Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Nancy Darsch. With experience coaching at all levels, including as an assistant on two Olympic gold medal teams, Darsch took over for the Buckeyes in 1985. She finished her career in Columbus with a 234-125 record, making it to the 1993 NCAA Championship game and winning four Big Ten titles.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Ohio State Head Coach Nancy Darsch.— Ohio State WBB (@OhioStateWBB) November 3, 2020
We extend our condolences to her family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/NPe1jAEW8v
From everywhere else...
Things are not looking so hot in the great state of Ohio. Please continue to socially distance and wear your masks. We cannot afford to get complacent as the weather gets colder.
The Ohio State Marching Band still isn’t performing live in the Horseshoe this year, but at least we will have some pre-recorded shows to remind us of the good ole days.
A much-needed reminder on a day like today. Stay safe everyone!