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Buckeye Bits: Ohio State staff returns to the Woody, Justin Fields training in Atlanta, more

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond

Justin Fields works out with QB guru Quincy Avery
Photo via @reed_mackey4 on Twitter

Welcome to Buckeye Bits, our daily news roundup of all things Ohio State. It’s Tuesday again, not that the days of the week carry much meaning anymore during this times. Regardless, maybe you’ll be celebrating with tacos, or maybe you’ll just be searching for the next series you’re going to binge watch on Netflix to pass the time.

Either way, take some time out of your “busy” schedule to catch yourself up on all the latest news stories floating around Buckeye Nation.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Barrett Carter was incredibly high on Ohio State’s list in this recruiting cycle, but it doesn’t look as thought they’ll be getting the talented linebacker. However, while Carter is set to join high school teammate Jordan Hancock at Clemson, the Buckeyes do seem to be in rather good standing with a five-star prospect out of IMG Academy.

Keeping up with SB Nation’s theme, Underdog Week, Tia looks back at one of the most recent times the Buckeyes went into a game as the underdog — the 2018 matchup against Michigan. Not only did Ohio State win the game, but they did so handily, effectively cancelling the Wolverines’ “Revenge Tour” and keeping Jim Harbaugh winless against the Scarlet and Gray.

On Monday, Connor wrote about this summer’s upcoming hoops action, The Basketball Tournament. An annual event featuring college basketball alumni and former NBA pros, the event has flown under the radar for a little while, but could rise to the forefront given the current climate of the sports world. A bonus: the event tips off right in Columbus, Ohio.

From around the gridiron...

  • On Monday, we saw the first steps taken towards a return to normalcy — at least in the football world — as Ohio State coaches and staff were permitted to return to the Woody Hayes Facility, albeit in a limited role. A maximum of 10 people are to be allowed in any meeting room at the same time, and those who enter the facility will have their temperature taken daily, according to Jerry Emig.

While the only action the outside world gets to see is on the field, the Buckeyes also continue to put in work in the classroom. Ohio State football posted an APR — a metric that tracks the academic progress of each student athlete on scholarship — of 985, good for third-highest in the Big Ten and a top-20 score nationally. The figure is just three points shy of the schools highest ever mark, a score of 988 in the 2010-11 academic year.

  • On Tuesday, transfer wide receiver/all-purpose back Jaelen Gill announced he will be continuing his playing career at Boston College. After entering the portal back in April, Gill is headed east to reunite with former Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, who is now the head coach of the Eagles. Gill was the No. 2 APB and No. 30 overall recruit in the 2018 class. We wish him nothing but the best at his new home!
  • Did you think Justin Fields was just hanging out during quarantine? Well, you would be very wrong, as the Ohio State signal caller has been training with well-known quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery, who is based locally near Fields in Atlanta. Having also worked with Dwayne Haskins in the past, Fields and a few other QBs are training with Avery to hone their skills in any way possible during the shutdown. The D-Wade Miami jersey is a nice touch.
  • Poor Rutgers doesn't even get their own odds to win the Big Ten...

From around the hardwood...

Ibrahima Diallo did not have your typical path from high school to college basketball. In an interview via Zoom, the 6-foot-10 center discussed his life journey that led him to Columbus. A native of Saly, Senegal on the coast of Africa, Diallo came to America in 2016 to pursue a basketball career, playing at two different prep schools before joining the Buckeyes. During the quarantine, he has moved back in with the family who hosted him during his time at Prolific Prep.

From everywhere else...

  • I’m sure this will all work out just fine. Nothing to see here. Definitely all good in Ohio...
  • Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut, US senator and Ohio native John Glenn, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 100. Annie blazed her own path aside from just being the wife of John, as Defense Secretary William Cohen called her a “hero in her own right” for her work as a strong voice for children, speech and communications, and the disabled.
  • We’ve already got a pandemic going on and murder hornets entering the country, so I guess the next logical step towards total Armageddon is floods, right?
  • For those of you looking for some good news, free donuts!!