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Buckeye Bits: Good news out of the Woody, Harbaugh is mad at fans for wanting Michigan to win, more

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The sports-being-played-during-COVID-19 saga continues as games have already been canceled for this weekend, teams are pausing team activities and others are changing their locations. On the bright side, we received some good news out of the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility earlier today, but even if that all goes to hell in a handbasket again, at least we have the return of Ohio State basketball.

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While this doesn’t mean we’re 100% on for Saturday, the fact that Ohio State determined it was safe enough for players to resume workouts in the Woody just a few days after all team activities were paused is good news! As long as there’re no new positive cases in both the Buckeyes’ and the Spartans’ buildings, I can’t imagine Saturday’s matchup getting canceled.

Folks, it’s still too early to panic. Worry? Sure. But panic? Not yet.

Minnesota’s game against Northwestern on Saturday has been canceled.

On Monday, Minnesota reported that 47 people — 21 athletes and 26 staff members — tested positive for COVID-19 since Nov. 19. They also canceled last Saturday’s game at Wisconsin after pausing team activities Nov. 24.

This is the first cancellation for Northwestern, who was on its way to clinching the Big Ten West last Saturday before losing 29-20 to Michigan State. The Wildcats will still win the division as long as the average number of games for each team in the B1G does not drop below six. They also can clinch the division by beating Illinois on Dec. 12.

Can we also talk about Northwestern’s football facility??!!

More bad news (non-COVID related this time). Indiana quarterback Michael Penix is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered in the Hoosiers’ win over Maryland.

Michigan will be holding everything virtually as they await the results of “confirmatory tests.” Harbaugh would not predict whether or not they will play this Saturday against Maryland.

I am far too petty not to include this fabulous quote from Harbaugh in today’s Bits. He has had enough of people expecting results from his football team. Why can’t fans just appreciate the process that has been going on for six years and does not seem to have an end in sight?!

After Santa Clara County announced their strict COVID-19 guidelines, Stanford is expected to relocate somewhere outside California.

Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s final College Football Power Rankings for November, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson.

Can’t lose any games if you don’t have any.

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No. 23 feels right for the Basketball Bucks.

Define “very.”

After 10 seasons playing in the NBA, former Ohio State star Evan Turner has accepted an assistant coaching roll for the Boston Celtics, focusing on player development.

Turner played for the Celtics for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, starting 57 games his first year before becoming one of first players off the bench in his following season. He averaged a combined 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and five assists per game in his two years in Boston.

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Hey 2020, there was a line. And you have officially crossed it. I’ve been going to this movie theater since I could walk.