We’ve reached yet another Friday in quarantine. With Ohio beginning to rollout its re-opening process and the weather starting to warm up, at least we are in the early stages of somewhat of a return to normalcy — as much as we can expect at a time like this.
If nothing else, the sunny days and warmer temperatures allow us to move our work-from-home offices to the great outdoors, taking advantage of your backyards and balconies as we try to continue to do our part and maintain social distancing as much as possible (like me, writing this article from the solidarity of my back porch).
When it comes to sports, not all that much has changed. However, we here at LGHL like to maintain a positive attitude, and so we chug along assuming we will get to see our beloved Buckeyes take the field this fall. With that being said, let’s dive into all the latest Ohio State news to kick off the weekend.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Buckeyes offer 2022 North Carolina linebacker
(Caleb Houser, LGHL)
With no actual sports being played at the moment, Ohio State’s recruiting has really been carrying the news cycle lately. In today’s edition of State Secrets, Caleb dives into the latest Buckeye offer — a top-15 linebacker out of North Carolina — as well as an update on one of the school’s top remaining offensive targets in the 2021 class.
Play Like a Girl podcast: MLB’s plan to return, MNF changes, more
(Tia and Meredith, LGHL)
On their latest episode of the Play Like a Girl podcast, our own Tia and Meredith discuss some of the ongoing hot topics across the sports world, including the MLB’s plan to reopen, who ESPN should replace Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore in the Monday Night Football booth, and more.
- ICYMI: What if Ohio State never had to deal with “Tatgate”?
(Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL)
As part of SB Nation’s “What If?” Week, Brett took our latest stab at attempting to re-write history as he took a look back at the infamous “Tatgate” and its ramifications on Ohio State football. Especially in a rapidly changing college football environment — one that is opening up to the idea of player’s being able to profit off their likeness — what if that scandal never came to be?
- ICYMI: Yesterday’s Buckeye Bits
(Tia Johnston, LGHL)
Check out yesterday’s edition of our daily news roundup of Ohio State news and notes. This time around, the NCAA extended its dead period through June 30, Mickey Marotti talks about how the Buckeyes’ athletes are handling working out during the quarantine, Gee Scott Jr. works out with Richard Sherman, and much more!
From around the gridiron...
- June 7 appears to be a massive day for fans of Big Ten football, as the date marks the annual meeting of the conference’s presidents and chancellors. Expect heavy discussion on the likelihood of playing college football this season, with a bunch of contingency plans almost certainly being worked out as well.
The Big Ten presidents and chancellors have their annual meeting June 7, likely a key date for decisions on the fall sports season. "We're going to work out a lot of things," #Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, chair of league's council of presidents/chancellors, told me.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) May 15, 2020
- While the head football coaches of some other big time programs are making incredibly cringe-worthy TikToks in an effort to connect with today’s youth *cough cough Dabo Swinney cough* Ryan Day is busy dropping the hottest mixtape of 2020...
DBU: Who’s currently producing the best defensive backs?
(Barton Simmons, 247Sports)
In today’s edition of news that will shock nobody, Ohio State has once again been crowned “DBU” by a well-respected entity in the sports media world. 247Sports has ranked the Buckeyes as the No. 1 program in the nation at producing defensive backs, describing them as the “clear runaway winner.” Not only does Ohio State have the most DBs drafted in the past five years, but they are getting drafted the earliest as well, with seven of the 10 guys selected going in the first round.
Whatever it takes to play football, Buckeyes willing to do it
(Austin Ward, Lettermen Row)
Maybe the sentiment isn’t true across the board among all college football players, but two of the leaders on Ohio State’s football team have made it clear that they are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the sport is played this season. Buckeye center Josh Myers and guard Wyatt Davis both said they will obviously go by the word of the medical professionals first and foremost, but if the time came and they had to sign waivers to play/quarantine themselves during the season, they would be willing to take the necessary steps.
- Happy Friday indeed, Ohio State football Twitter account...
Ohio State commits see jersey number as tool to build personal brands
(Birm, Lettermen Row)
Just how important is a jersey number to an incoming recruit? Well, especially as the world moves towards a profitable image and likeness, incredibly important. Birm caught up with a few of Ohio State’s current commits to get their thoughts on why they wear the number they do and how critical it is that they continue to wear that number for the Buckeyes and beyond.
From around the hardwood...
Bowen Hardman led to Ohio State by “emotional attachment” to Chris Holtmann
(Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors)
On Wednesday night, Ohio State basketball picked up its first commitment in the 2022 class with Cincinnati sharp-shooter Bowen Hardman entering the fold. On Thursday morning, Eleven Warriors caught up with the newest Buckeye to find out more about his motivations for the early commitment to the in-state program. Hardman, whose father passed away last March, sees a lot of what made his dad special to him in coach Chris Holtmann.
- ICYMI yesterday, Ohio State’s presence in the TBT basketball tournament grew even larger on Thursday, as Big X announced its return to the offseason tourney. It’s first two signees alongside former Buckeye guard Andrew Dakich will be two recent graduates in C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson.
BREAKING NEWS : Andrew Dakich (@daycheck3) announces that Big X is returning for TBT 2020!— TBT (@thetournament) May 14, 2020
The team's first two roster additions are Ohio State alums C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson. pic.twitter.com/OwBNdULWxZ
From everywhere else...
- Look at this squad right here. That “random white dude” picked off seven passes in his Ohio State career and became a third round NFL Draft pick for what it’s worth...
- J.K. Dobbins will no longer don the No. 2, in the pros, instead switching to No. 27 to honor his late father. Whatever number he’s rocking these days, he’ll have the full support of Buckeye Nation as he begins his NFL career (except maybe when he plays against the Browns and Bengals).
- This kid’s probably gonna be pretty good...
- This guy too. Who let Ohio State get both these RBs in the 2021 class?