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Buckeye Bits: ‘The Spot Game’ reairs tonight, next stud offensive guard, Braxton Miller should have been paid

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As you may have heard, tonight (Thursday, April 30) at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN is re-airing the 2016 double-overtime game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. If you don’t remember which game that was, it was the one that ended like this...

And made Jim Harbaugh go like this...

And gave birth to the greatest shirt in LGHL history...

Since we literally have nothing else to do tonight, we will be “live”-tweeting the game over on Twitter @Landgrant33. Join us, won’t you?


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

SB Nation Jersey Week: A needed change to The Game

by Brett Ludwiczak

Look, I’m not going to lie to you, there are few things that I care about less than college football uniforms. Yes, Ohio State’s jerseys are — and forever will be — better than everyone else’s, but beyond that, I just can’t force myself to get worked up about them. However, since this is SB Nation’s “Jersey Week,” and I know a lot of people do care about jerseys, you should read what Brett has to say about the scarlet and gray and maize and blue worn (or not worn) for The Game.

What names could still be BOOMing in Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class?

by me

In this article, I went through the prospects that Bill “Bank” Greene from 247Sports believes will round out the 2021 football recruiting class for the Buckeyes, and talked about what type of impact I think that the NCAA’s rule changes when it comes to the compensation for name, image, and likeness could potentially have on recruiting.

Podcast: ESPN hosed us again, but LGHL breaks down 2016’s ‘Spot Game’

by me, Tia Johnston, and special guest Lori Schmidt

So, you know how ESPN is re-airing the 2016 Spot Game tonight? Well, they were supposed to do it a few weeks ago, but bumped it for a re-run of their H.O.R.S.E. quarterfinals (Mike Conley Jr. is the ). However, in anticipation for that initial airing, I chatted with our co-managing editor Tia Johnston and Columbus sports reporting legend Lori Schmidt about the game from out own unique perspectives.


From around the gridiron...

Next Man Up: How Buckeyes replace Branden Bowen on offensive line

by Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row

With Jonah Jackson and Branden Bowen now members of the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers respectively, Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa need to find two new offensive guard starters before the next college football season kicks off (whenever that might be).

Harry Miller is believed to already be slotted in to Jackson’s left guard spot, but Bowen’s spot seems to still be up for grabs, especially since there was very little accomplished during the very abbreviated spring practice. Fans (and presumably coaches) have been waiting for former five-star prospect Nicholas Petit-Frere to claim a starting job, but he hasn’t been able to do it in his first two seasons in Columbus. He will now have to battle sophomore mountain of a man Dawand Jones and true-freshman phenom Paris Johnson.

Coach Stud has done an impressive job reloading his offensive lines in recent years, so I have confidence that he will find the right player to plug the hole, but it would be really nice if one of these fine young men could take the job early on in camp so that the entire line can make up for lost time from the spring and get as many reps as possible as a cohesive unit.

A look at Ohio State’s linebacker room, commitments and targets for the 2021 recruiting cycle

by Wyatt Crosher, Buckeye Sports Bulletin

Real talk? The Ohio State linebackers have been forced to dig themselves out of a hole since Billy “Best Man” Davis was finally fired following the 2018 season. New position Al Washington has done a great job in his year+ on campus, but the LBs still don’t have the athleticism that the position should have at Ohio State.

I don’t know how long Washington will be content to stay a position coach (even if it is in his hometown) before he gets snatched away to be a defensive coordinator elsewhere (unless Greg Mattison retires first). But, this year — both on the field and in recruiting — should tell us a lot about what the position holds in the future.

Does anyone know if this is good?

I’m sorry, I haven’t had to do much math during quarantine. Can you tell me if this is good?

‘Let’s do this correctly’: One-time transfer eligibility reform changes course (paywalled)

by Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic

There are a lot of people out there in the social media streets trying to make arguments for why giving transfer waivers is bad, but all of their arguments come down to them knowing what’s best for individual adult humans more so than said individual adult humans know for themselves.

It’s dumb, it’s reductive, and it betrays what these people really think of the student-athletes. Players should be allowed to transfer — at least once — without penalty, pandemic or not.

Dude can still fly.


From days gone by...

Over on the tweeter machine, OSU ran through one of the most memorable games in Buckeye football history today; the 1997 Rose Bowl.

They could have done a better job of threading the tweets, but they went through the game with dozens of clips, stats, and information. If you want to relive the game, don’t remember it clearly, or weren’t even born yet, this is a great way to get caught up on one of the most exciting games of the John Cooper era.

Look, he might not play a saxophone, but Kenny Guiton is, was, and always will be the only Kenny G in my heart.


From around the hardwood...

Former Ohio State basketball players recall financial restrictions

By Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch

Look, I know that there are a lot of opinions out there on the issue of paying players or allowing them to be paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness (more on that in a minute), but if nothing could convince you that something needs to change, it should be that mortal enemies Evan “The Villain” Turner and Mark “The Shark” Titus both found themselves in similar situations in college, being hugely popular Ohio State basketball players, but not allowed to capitalize on it.

One was the National Player of the Year and the other was a walk-on who wrote a funny blog, but both had to pass on a lot of money that rightfully should have been headed their way.

After committing earlier this month, Jimmy Sotos officially signed with Ohio State’s men’s basketball team on Thursday. He will have to sit out the coming season (will there be a season?) and he will be eligible to play in the fall of 2021.


From everywhere else...

Braxton Miller is the perfect example of an Ohio State Buckeye who deserved endorsement money

by Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com

Like Turner and Titus above, Braxton Miller would have made a lot of money if he had been able to be compensated while he was in Columbus, and he should have made every penny that he could have, because those years were the absolute height of his money making potential.

Yes, Miller played in the NFL, but as Doug Lesmerises points out, other than Terrelle Pryor, no former OSU quarterbacks from the Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer eras have been able to turn collegiate stardom into major money at the pro level. Now, don’t get me wrong, making more than one million dollars as a professional football player is awesome, but can you imagine how much money Troy Smith, J.T. Barrett, or Cardale Jones could have made during their Buckeye careers?

They earned generational, life-changing money and they should have received it.

What to know about the NCAA Board of Governors’ Recommendations for name, image and likeness reform

by Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

If you aren’t exactly sure what all of the proposed rule changes and timetables mean, Colin Hass-Hill from over at 11W did a good job of breaking it down.


And now for something completely different...