Welcome back to Buckeye Bits, where we round up all of the most recent headlines from around the Ohio State beat and beyond. There’s a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s get into it.
But first, check out this underdog (I’m sorry) pulling off an incredible upset.
Some sports are slower. More about the strategy. pic.twitter.com/JMBaGJ1tSd— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) April 9, 2020
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Tia Johnston and Meredith Hein, Land-Grant Holy Land
College football coaches are beginning to make their statements regarding the coronavirus’ impact on the upcoming college football season. Some of them are being realistic, encouraging, and informative, while the others are named Mike Gundy and Dabo Swinney.
Caleb Houser, Land-Grant Holy Land
Ryan Day and Ohio State are not only going after two Kentucky natives, they’re going after the Bluegrass State’s No. 1 and No. 3 prospects. Go big or go home. Or rather... go big and go home? #StayHome
Gene Ross, Land-Grant Holy Land
You have plenty of things to worry about right now. We’re happy to report Ohio State’s quarterback depth doesn’t have to be one of them!
Tia Johnston, Land-Grant Holy Land
Ohio State president Michael Drake and athletic director Gene Smith have each given their thoughts on the possibility of having a college football season this fall or even this year. In summary? It’s still too early to know anything.
From around the gridiron...
I hate this.
Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors
Smith discussed the chances of a college football season in a radio interview on Friday morning, where he discussed the importance of a “return-to-play” model, the financial situation, and how its going to be awhile before we have many answers.
Griffin Strom, The Lantern
Speaking of answers regarding the fall sports season, the NCAA has established “The COVID-19 Playing and Practice Seasons Working Group” to work on “what-if” scenarios and come up with solutions and modifications. The group will focus on football first, but its findings will likely impact all fall sports.
The NCAA: big ‘working group’ guys
whoa whoa whoa— Subscribe to Extra Points (@MattBrownEP) April 10, 2020
do you all mean to tell me the ncaa just set up
a working group
Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts
The 2020 NFL Draft must go on. I need it. You need. ESPN needs it. Thus, the whole thing will take place virtually, like one big intense Zoom party. The league announced the 58 players who accepted the Zoom invite, if you will, which includes three former Ohio State players: Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, and J.K. Dobbins. All three are likely to go in the first round, with Young and Okudah almost definitely going in the top 10.
Ryan Day's quarantine beard grows: pic.twitter.com/ln5Vyx9AuN— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) April 10, 2020
Like Smith, Ryan Day also did an interview this morning. His was with ESPN’s “Get Up” and basically all you need to take away from said interview is the state of his quarantine beard.
From around the hardwood...
Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts
While it was rumored that freshman forward Alonzo Gaffney left Ohio State to go pro, Gaffney, in fact, put his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. 247Sports’ basketball director of recruiting Evan Daniels tweeted that Gaffney had “been trying his hand at the professional route” but had entered the portal.
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Kevin Seifert and Field Yates, ESPN
The XFL, which was just beginning to take off, suspended operations and laid off almost all of its staff except for a few executives. They have no plans to return in 2021. Gone but never forgotten.
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Gene Smith said Friday that nearly half of the spring sports athletes who were granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA have opted to return to campus next year. Ohio State was one of the first schools to commit to providing the same level of financial aid to seniors who wanted to return. A no-brainer decision, no? You’d think.
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