I’m not even going to write an intro for today’s Buckeye Bits. Instead, I am just going to leave this here:
Second chances don't just happen by chance.#GoBuckeyes #Fight pic.twitter.com/nvWQCe48CQ— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 30, 2020
Now that you’ve run through a brick wall, let’s catch up on all of today’s headlines surrounding the Sugar Bowl, a positive COVID-19 test for Clemson, All-American updates, and more.
But first, here are all the goods you’ll find on our homepage:
Clemson will be without its offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott— who is a Broyles Award winner and is in his first season as the sole offensive coordinator for the Tigers— on Friday due to COVID-19 protocol. He will not be making the trip to New Orleans with the rest of the team and may not have any communications with the rest of the coaching staff during the game.
Clemson offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott will be unavailable for the Sugar Bowl and will not travel with the team to New Orleans today, Clemson just announced.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 30, 2020
While this news is a sucker punch for Clemson, they certainly won’t be short-handed. QB coach and pass game coordinator Brandon Streeter or even Dabo Swinney himself will likely take over the offensive play calling for the Tigers.
With Tony Elliott not calling plays Friday in the Sugar Bowl, be on the lookout for QB coach Brandon Streeter. Dabo Swinney is obviously an offensive coach, as well.— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) December 30, 2020
Hypothetically, of course...
The good news for Clemson is that Elliott is expected to be available for the College Football Playoff title game on Jan. 11, a source said. He's only expected to miss Friday's game. https://t.co/pOp8qA0Bj3— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 30, 2020
If this COVID-19 situation escalates, not all hope is lost. The playoff committee has put makeup dates in place for both the semifinals and the championship game if a postponement were to occur.
The #CFBPlayoff has set potential makeup dates for the Semifinal and Final if the games can't be played on their scheduled dates:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 30, 2020
• Jan 11: Rose-ish Bowl
• Jan 12: Sugar Bowl
• Jan 18: CFP Final https://t.co/KPaFYMlk2E
More All-American honors...
The Football Writers Association of America released their 77th annual All-America Team Wednesday afternoon, and Wyatt Davis made first-team All-American. Davis is on his way to becoming an unanimous All-American, as he was named a first-team All-American by both Sporting News and the AP as well. The Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association have yet to release their teams.
Garrett Wilson and Shaun Wade were picked as second-team All-Americans. This is Wilson’s first All-American nod, while Wade was named first-team All-American by Sporting News and AP voters.
Wyatt Davis is now a consensus first-team All-American.— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) December 30, 2020
Shaun Wade makes the second-team, so he is still one placement on the first-team away. https://t.co/MRC6384jk4
Kirk Herbstreit announced on Tuesday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is, thankfully, “feeling good.” He will still be on the call for the Sugar Bowl, announcing the game from his house.
December 30, 2020
Kirk Herbstreit, aka the Ohio State alum with two sons who play for Clemson and another who just committed to Ohio State, has many thoughts on this matchup, as you can imagine.
Talked to Kirk Herbstreit about having two sons who play for Clemson, another who just committed to Ohio State and his thoughts on the matchup between the Buckeyes and Tigers as he prepares to call the game between them for the second year in a row: https://t.co/7OHAG9yJM6— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 30, 2020
Wait, is it snowing in Columbus AGAIN?!
Script Snowhio.— Ohio State (@OhioState) December 30, 2020
: @phantomphotos_ (IG) pic.twitter.com/83CEZYJfls
Don’t forget to catch the No. 25 men’s basketball Buckeyes host Nebraska this evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. Adam Jardy wrote about the lessons learned as well as what the team needs to fix to get back on track after their loss to Northwestern.
The #Buckeyes are clearly still learning through clutch situations, as evidenced by their loss at Northwestern. It's not all been bad, but it will be key for where this season might be headed: https://t.co/Q5Hz9LhLSG— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) December 30, 2020