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Buckeye Bits: Gene Smith hopeful for fans in the stadium and a 12-game season, players may report to campus June 8, more

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NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to Buckeye Bits— your daily round up of all the happenings from around the Ohio State beat and elsewhere. Well, at least all the happenings we at LGHL deem worthy of your attention.

Anyone else have big plans for this year, or at the very least this summer, that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. Of course you did. Whether it was something small like a weekend getaway, or something a little more heartbreaking like a wedding or graduation, I feel for you. It sucks. And I don’t really have any advice on how to look at the bright side. But, I do have this meme:

Why is it still too soon?


From Land-Grant Holy Land...

Underdog Week: Ohio State’s under the radar talents in 2020

Gene Ross, LGHL

A few days ago, we looked at Ohio State’s success as underdogs in recent years. Now we’re taking a look at the team’s current underdogs— the under the radar talents who are loaded with untapped potential. A prime example of an underdog turned superstar? How about the Buckeyes No. 1 wide receiver, Chris Olave?

Ohio State offers yet another top defensive end in 2022

Gene again

The recruiting news mill is beginning to really heat up—we’ll get to that later—however one of the biggest story lines from yesterday was Ryan Day and his staff’s latest scholarship offer to a 2022 defensive end, Ernest “RJ” Cooper.

Underdog Week: A look back at Ohio State’s 62-39 win against Michigan

Me, LGHL

I took a look back at my personal favorite underdog story: 2018 Ohio State vs. Michigan. Remember that one? Michigan had its fun little Revenge Tour, they were supposed to “beat ‘Bama” that year, etc. All they had to do was beat Ohio State. All the odds were, literally, in their favor. And yet...

Column: Your annual reminder to not yell at student-athletes

Meredith Hein, LGHL

If you leave this column feeling offended, or if you’re offended just from reading the title, then congratulations! You are the target audience for said column!


From around the gridiron...

More cryptic tweets!

Ohio State’s top 2021 commits are tweeting steaks and cryptic messages again. I haven’t the slightest idea of what’s happening, what they’re referring to, what the hell those steaks mean, and yet, this is me:


VIP Intel: Ohio State’s players to report to campus June 8

Dave Biddle, Bucknuts

Then I read this headline and, well, me again:

First reported by Biddle, Ohio State’s football players will report back to campus on Monday, June 8— something athletic director Gene Smith said is the safer option because players can be monitored by professionals. While this is good news, and should certainly make you nothing but optimistic about the future of football, there are still quite a few disclaimers. This Twitter thread by Austin Ward of Lettermen Row sums it up nicely:

So, while the players will be “on campus,” that does not equate to full-blown mandatory football practices and workouts taking place. It just means... they’re welcome to return to OSU if they’d like.


How Ohio State is planning to bring players back to practice facility

Austin Ward, Lettermen Row

In fact, Ward himself wrote more on how Ohio State actually plans to bring players back to the facility. He writes that the athletic department is taking the necessary precautions, sanitizing the entire Woody Hayes facility, putting together a list of rules for using the weight room and indoor field, preventing hands-on activities (good thing football isn’t a contact sport), and more.


More on that.

In a teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, Smith addressed the new “June 8” agenda, including a statement about possibly allowing up to 22,000 fans in the stands for games, however that is still an ongoing conversation.

Among other things, Smith also said he believes the season can go on if one school out of the Big Ten was unable to play, schedule decisions would need to be made by early July, players wearing masks is unrealistic, and he “just wants to play.”

Check out The Lantern’s twitter thread for more of Smith’s comments.


Another day, another top/highest graded/No. 1 ranked something or other for Ohio State

Can someone then tell me how an NFL team has yet to scoop up Robert Landers???


Buckeye commit Mike Hall reacts to his huge rankings bump

Bill Kurelic, Bucknuts

The latest 2021 Top247 recruiting rankings are out and Ohio State defensive tackle commit Mike Hall received the biggest bump of any of the Buckeyes’ 18 commitments. Hall jumped from the nation’s No. 121 overall prospect to No. 59, and his rating went from 93 to 94.

Hall isn’t the only Buckeye to see their ratings increase. Out of the 14 commits who were listed in the updated Top247, eight saw their ranking rise.


He makes our life easy.

Jim, you’ve had so. many. chances!


From around the hardwood...

Preparation for a post-Kaleb Wesson team means Ohio State won’t rely heavily on a traditional center next season

Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

Now that the Buckeyes’ former starting center, Kaleb Wesson, has his eyes on the NBA, Ohio State has to make quite a few adjustments. As Hass-Hill writes, its not really about finding Wesson’s replacement at the position, but rather adjusting their entire approach. One idea Holtmann offered was building a lineup without a traditional center— something a lot of teams are already doing.


From everywhere else...

Good news!

Still, this is chock-full of disclaimers and rules and exceptions, but it’s another step in the right direction! The right direction being football happening and the Pac-12 being a part of it.


More good news!

I wonder how Ohio State’s head coaches will interpret the word “voluntary”....


Today is an extremely important day.

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