Welcome to week number ??? of quarantine. Hopefully you’ve gotten into somewhat of a routine, whatever that looks like for you. You know I always like to start these Buckeye Bits articles with a PSA, so here’s one from the governor of Ohio:
What you do every day and how you practice good safety habits will literally determine whether other people live or die. What you do could cost others their lives. When you go out to a bar or restaurant, have fun - but it's critical to keep social distancing. #StaySafeOhio— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) May 18, 2020
I know this topic is controversial, so please don’t get all political in the comments. All I’m saying is, the coronavirus is still here, it does not care that you’re bored/over it, and the more cautious we remain, the higher the chance football returns.
And isn’t that what we can all agree on? We all want football back, no? So, do your part to increase the possibility of that happening. Thank you for listening. I am officially off my soapbox.
Wait! One more:
Also, don’t talk crap to high school kids who decide not to play for your favorite college team.— El Chivato (@SMOD2024) May 18, 2020
Okay, now, time for all the Ohio State news, updates, and announcements you may have missed today and/or over the weekend.
From Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
It was announced during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night on ESPN that the late Kevin Randleman was being inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. Why should you care? Well, because Randleman—a Sandusky, Ohio native— began his career as a wrestler at Ohio State. He won the NCAA championship in both 1992 and 1993, becoming the first-ever two-time champ in program history. Gene touches on his many other accomplishments and accolades in the article linked above.
Jim Baird, LGHL
Episode one of Season 2 of Jim’s podcast series, I Want to Go Back, is officially live! Relive the greatest stories from Ohio State football history, starting with how Ohio State transitioned out of the Ohio Athletic Conference and into the Western Conference— the forerunner of today’s Big Ten conference. Jim explains how Ohio State grew from there, into the powerful program we know today.
Meredith Hein, LGHL
Another podcast to listen to while you do the dishes, take the dog for a walk, or to drown out your husband’s Madden NFL game is our newest Outside the Shoe episode, where Meredith acknowledges the accomplishments of Ohio State’s 172 student-athletes who received a degree earlier this month.
Gene Ross, LGHL
It’s Underdog Week here at SB Nation, and we’re starting it off on a high note. Did you know Ohio State is 7-1 as underdogs dating back to 2012? Can you guess who was responsible for the one loss?
From around the gridiron...
“The Washington Buckskins” — Land-Grant Holy Land co-managing editor Gene Ross
Latest CBS Sports 1st round Mock Draft for 2021.— jbook™ (@jbook37) May 18, 2020
#3: Shuan Wade-Washington Redskins
#7 Justin Fields-Carolina Panthers
#32 Wyatt Davis-Kansas City Chiefshttps://t.co/H9LJf8HxvA
I mean, they’re long overdue for changing their name anyway.
Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors
Parents all over the world, some of which may have just (finally) become empty nesters, are now back to square one. Most college students have moved back home due to in-person classes being cancelled.
Three Buckeye parents specifically—Harry Miller’s mom, Shaun Wade’s dad, and Marcus Williamson’s dad— gave Hass-Hill an inside look into how they’ve adjusted to having their sons back home and how their sons have adjusted to the change, as well.
No. 1 LB target making an announcement
Ohio State’s No. 1 LB target in the 2021 class announcing his decision tomorrow https://t.co/j89htKaPeX— Zack Carpenter (@Zack_Carp) May 18, 2020
Barrett Carter— Ohio State’s No. 1 linebacker target in the class of 2021— is announcing his commitment tomorrow evening. Carter is the No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 56 overall prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Don’t get your hopes up, though. Carter has nine 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, all of which having him headed Dabo Swinney’s way.
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
Ohio State’s offensive line is looking more than promising, however two starters still need replaced. Center Josh Myers, guard Wyatt Davis, and tackle Thayer Munford are waiting to see who will line up next to them at left guard and right tackle this upcoming season.
Holbrook has more on that, including how Myers and Davis feel about the situation, in the story linked above.
Justin Fields could make $400,000 from his social media accounts alone.
.@OhioStateFB produced 4 of the Top 25 players with the highest social media NIL value in the 2020 NFL Draft.— Blake Lawrence (@Blake_Lawrence) May 15, 2020
So we got to thinking... what is the NIL value of OSU’s current team? https://t.co/ccjLnuT5F1
Opendorse ran the numbers to figure out how much Ohio State’s projected offensive starters could make off of their social media accounts alone, if the new NCAA name, image and likeness rules were effective immediately.
Justin Fields, who has more than 390,000 followers on Instagram and 131,000 followers on Twitter, would be able to make $404,384 annually. One post would be worth $11,079 on Instagram and a tweet would be worth $1,559.
Wide receiver Garrett Wilson could make $50,064 and Chris Olave could make $44,016 annually, based on their respective counts of social media followers.
And if that doesn’t make you incredibly angry for former Buckeye QB Braxton Miller—whose career in the NFL was ruined from an injury he endured in college where he didn’t make a cent— I don’t know what will.
Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors
Meyer just flat-out roasting Michigan and Harbaugh’s recruiting efforts is, and always will be, good content.
From around the hardwood...
Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts
After defending champs, Carmen’s Crew, and Big X announced the addition of multiple former Buckeyes on their rosters, a third team will add two former OSU standouts as well.
Great Lakes Elite announced its submission for this year’s TBT, along with their roster which includes former Buckeye small forward Marc Loving and shooting guard Kam Williams. Former Ohio State walk-on Jake Lorbach is also on the team as the general manager and coach.
Connor Lemons, LGHL
Speaking of TBT, our own Connor Lemons wrote about the event, why you should be excited about it, and how it serves as our saving grace during this horrible sports-less time.
From everywhere else...
Nine Buckeyes are finalists for top Big Ten athletic and academic honor. https://t.co/sxcJG3NNQY— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) May 18, 2020
Is it just me or is each one of these student-athletes’ names amazing?
This man is brave for tweeting this.
Only athlete I’ve ever been around who has an edge like Michael Jordan is Mike Thomas.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) May 18, 2020
As you can imagine, an angry mob formed in his mentions with the names of various other athletes who have an edge too, damnit! But, I do see where he’s coming from. Michael Thomas literally made his Twitter handle “@Cantgaurdmike” umpteen years ago— something that could have so easily been a source of mockery by opposing fans— and yet, it holds true to this day. You simply cannot guard Mike.
Enjoying a relaxing moment on the Oval. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AxeQ0uxaeP— Ohio State (@OhioState) May 18, 2020
I do not miss class, but I sure do miss Ohio State’s campus—construction and all.