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Hello again and welcome back to Buckeye Bits where we gather all of the recent news involving the Ohio State Buckeyes all in one place. Between recruiting updates, interviews, NCAA rule changes, position speculations and analyses, the Ohio State sports beat remains a busy one. So, without further ado, here’s what happened today.


From Land-Grant Holy Land...

Column: What happens to Ohio State’s 2021 early enrollees if the season is moved to the spring?

Matt Tamanini, LGHL

I’m really glad Matt entertained this hypothetical, because I’ve been thinking about this ever since the rumors started floating around that college football may get pushed back. I just didn’t know where or how to begin to answer this question because, well, it’s a complicated one. But, as Matt said in our LGHL Slack message, “The best way to explore hypotheticals is to admit that you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about!”


BOOOOM! Prokick Australia punter Jesse Mirco commits to Ohio State

Tia Johnston, LGHL

Adding to their insane 2021 class, Ohio State got themselves another punter from down under with the commitment of Jesse Mirco— a product of Prokick Australia. Mirco told me all about his decision to pursue a punting job in America, his training with the coaches at Prokick, and why he’s excited to be a Buckeye.


Ohio State offers rising in-state small forward

Gene Ross, LGHL

The Ohio State mens basketball team extended an offer to a 2022 small forward, Josiah Harris, who already holds offers from nine programs. Gene has all the deets on Holtmann and company’s latest prospect in this morning’s State Secrets.


Game by game breakdown of Ohio State basketball’s non-conference schedule

Gene Ross, LGHL

Ohio State released their 2020-21 non-conference schedule on Tuesday and Gene broke down everything you need to know about each matchup.


From around the gridiron...

Why C.J. Hicks found relief in committing to Ohio State football’s 2022 recruiting class two years early: Buckeyes Recruiting

Stephen Means, Cleveland.com

Four-star athlete C.J. Hicks’s mind was made up— he wanted to be an Ohio State Buckeye. So, when he announced his commitment to Ohio State, becoming the third member of the Buckeyes’ 2022 recruiting class last Friday, he felt a sense of relief.

Hicks already holds 28 offers, and with that comes a whole lot of phone calls, texts, Zoom calls, carrier pigeons—you name it—from 28 recruiting staffs. And as Means writes, what teenager doesn’t want to spend his days talking to adults on the phone about his future two years from now?

Hicks will certainly still receive copious amounts of messages from schools until he signs on the dotted line, but now that he’s committed, he has a good reason to ignore them.


Sooner or later, Kevin Wilson will be running own program again

Austin Ward, Lettermen Row

Kevin Wilson, as Ward writes, is “one of the game’s most innovative offensive coaches and a proven program-builder” and it’s only a matter of time before another team “wakes up” and hires the Ohio State offensive coordinator and tight end coach to help save their program.

Just about every coach on the Ohio State football staff has the potential to be a head coach, and the turnover on the staff is frequent, but considering Wilson told Lettermen Row that he’d “love the opportunity” to do so after the Rose Bowl last year, I’d bet that he’s the next one to go.


Former Ohio State and current Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins shared the experiences of his first NFL season in an interview titled “In My Words” with Redskins.com staff writer Zach Selby.

Haskins, who is entering his first full season as QB1 for the Redskins, shouted out his former college coach for a piece of advice that has stuck with him.

“When I was in college, Coach Ryan Day told me something I still remember: bad things are going to happen,” Haskins said. “But if you make things worse, the whole game could be over from there. Fall on the ball if there’s a fumble. Throw it away if someone is covered. Don’t put the offense in third-and-16 because you want to make four or five guys miss.

“Those are the simple things I focused on for the rest of the season.”


NFL expert calls Okudah one of his favorite first round picks

Matt Howe, Bucknuts

In a recent NFL.com article by Lance Zierlein, Zierlein called Okudah one of his three favorite picks of the first round of the draft, saying it’s “hard to find fault in this pick considering the perfect confluence of need and talent in one selection.”

He also predicts that Okudah “could become one of the top lockdown corners in the league,” and who are we to argue with the NFL experts?


Ramzy wrote about Ted Ginn Jr.

Fun fact: Ted Ginn was my first-ever jersey and first favorite Ohio State player. My 12-year-old self cried like a baby when he was injured in the 2007 BCS National Championship game.


From around the hardwood...

Ohio State coaches Chris Holtmann and Ryan Day continue their advocacy for mental health.

This comes after the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday that they have formed a Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet that will work to promote optimal mental health for student-athletes by establishing mental health programs, while also providing counsel, advice and expertise.


Real Pod Wednesdays: Chris Holtmann joins the show and how name, image and likeness benefits could impact Ohio State, college sports

Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

Holtmann also joined Eleven Warriors to discuss Ohio State basketball, his favorite restaurants in Columbus, how Ohio State makes scheduling decisions, which player he’d call to change a flat tire, and Tiger King.

They also discuss his thoughts on the new name, image and likeness rules and how he’s been using it to his advantage in recruiting.


From everywhere else...

It’s officially National Nurses Week.

Not saying that we shouldn’t always appreciate the work nurses do, but this week holds a little more weight this year. The hashtag #ThankYouNurses is trending across the world to show appreciation for those who are literally putting their life on the line every single day to help us fight through this pandemic.


Mike Weber has been cut by the Chiefs, featuring a really bad take.

10/10 comment thread on this tweet. Highly recommend.


Holtmann and Day aren’t the only ones advocating for mental health. Here’s how Ohio State athletics is helping its student-athletes, coaches, and staff.