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Happy Memorial Day, friends! In between grilling out, playing corn hole, sitting around the bonfire, taking the boat out, or whatever else you’re doing on this lovely holiday, please take a moment to honor what this day is really about.

In other news (literally), let’s take a look at what our friends around the Ohio State beat have been up to over this holiday weekend.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

What if there had been a 2020 NCAA Tournament? Predicting the madness that never was

Connor Lemons, LGHL

Just when you’re finally starting to get over the heartbreak from the 2020 NCAA Tournament getting cancelled, Connor goes and writes about what could have been.

Column: I kind of miss Ohio State being an underdog

Matt Tamanini, LGHL

To cap off last week’s underdog theme, Matt wrote about why he misses the excitement and satisfaction that being an underdog brings. Sorry, Matt. I don’t think you’re going to be feeling any of that excitement anytime soon.

Podcast: I Want to Go Back - A Legend Arrives on Campus

Jim Baird, LGHL

In the second episode of Jim’s podcast series I Want to Go Back, he walks us through the time Ohio State turned to a new head coach to guide them in their first season of play in the Western Conference.

Just how important is Trey Sermon to Ohio State’s plans this season?

Gene Ross, LGHL

Spoiler: Pretty important. Gene writes about the Buckeyes’ running back room, what Oklahoma transfer Trey Sermon brings to said room, and whether or not he has the potential to replace the infamous J.K. Dobbins.

From around the gridiron...

Analyzing impact of Denzel Burke committing to Ohio State

Birm, Lettermen Row

In case ya missed it, Denzel Burke—a four-star athlete from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High School and one of the country’s top-ranked 2021 prospects— committed to Ohio State on Sunday despite never making an in-person visit.

Birm of Lettermen Row writes about what Burke brings to the table and how his commitment impacts Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class.

Seven recruits who could be next to commit to Ohio State

Bill Kurelic, Bucknuts

Speaking of the 2021 class, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts predicts the seven prospects who may be next to announce their commitment to Ohio State.

With Burke’s commitment, Ohio State now has 19 commits in its class, nine of which are top 2021 recruits. Now, Ohio State running back commitment TreVeyon Henderson wants to know...

Potentially overlooked players at every position who could make an impact for Ohio State in 2020

Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors

Similar to the article our Gene Ross wrote last week in honor of Underdog Week, Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors took a look at one Buckeye from five position groups on both offense and defense who have the potential to make a name for themselves this year.

This is one of those times where, if you read this article and then one of the players listed has a breakout game, you can be like “oh yeah, I totally knew he was good, like, way before everyone else.”

Michigan president says no college football in the fall if students aren’t on campus

Phil Harrison, Buckeyes Wire

After a week filled with nothing but hopeful news, leave it to Michigan to put a damper on everyone else’s fun. This obviously brought about some good tweets, as you can imagine:

College football has hurdles to clear in making safe return this fall

Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch

Now that the first steps have been taken by the NCAA, various conferences and schools toward a possible football season this fall, the question remains: How will it work?

Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch asked several medical experts how football can return safely, considering the entire sport is based on contact.

Pro Football Focus named Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis its most valuable returning guard in college football for the 2020 season.

After a dominant season as a redshirt sophomore in 2019, with 459 pass-blocking snaps and zero sacks allowed, this should come as no surprise.

I’d argue Harry Miller is also a valuable returning guard...for many reasons.

My favorite is the extra screen he filled with him just snacking on watermelon.

From around the hardwood...

National sites update projections for 2020-21 Ohio State hoops

Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts

Since the NCAA extended their former June 3 deadline for basketball players who have declared for the draft to announce a return to their college program, some college programs’ rosters are a little unpredictable at the moment.

So, if we have to eat, drink and sleep roster projections until we know what the heck is happening, then so be it. Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts rounded up some of the recent projections of Ohio State’s roster from national websites, along with schedule updates.

A little pick-me-up from Carmen’s Crew.

Anyone else pumped for this season of TBT?!

From everywhere else...

Cannon Kingsley is an amazing name for a tennis player.

After his first season as a Buckeye, Ohio State freshman Cannon Kingsley was given the nation’s top award for a rookie as he was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Ohio State freshman to be named national rookie of the year and the fourth freshman to earn All-American honors.

Check out all of Kingsley’s 2019-20 accomplishments via the link in the tweet above, because it is literally too long to list here.

We know.

Not sure how valid or official this rankings list is, but hey, we’ll take it.

My goosebumps’ goosebumps have goosebumps.

Wow, I miss sports.