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

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Congratulations, you've made it to the end of yet another week!

Hopefully all is well with you and yours as we continue on in what I like to call “March 3.0.” As usual, even without anything sports related currently ongoing — aside from UFC 249 tomorrow night, if you're into that — there is still a ton to talk about in the always interesting world that is Ohio State. With that being said, let’s dive right into today’s Buckeye news and notes.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

As they continue to dominate the virtual recruiting world, Ryan Day and his staff are working double time to both continue adding to a potentially historic 2021 class while building a target board for 2022. They added to that board on Thursday, sending out a new offer to three-star ILB Justin Medlock.

Thursday was also a bit of an odd day on Twitter, as both Ohio State staffers and 2021 commits seemingly coordinated an effort to all tweet out the steak emoji around the same time. What does it all mean? Who knows, but Tia has compiled the internet’s best guesses through a thorough and very serious (not all all serious) investigation.

Can you believe the Buckeyes haven't had a wide receiver drafted in the first round since Ted Ginn Jr. in 2007? Despite having 10 different wideouts selected since 2012, no Ohio State receiver has been able to crack the first 32 picks in quite some time (even Michael Thomas, who was a second round selection in 2016). Chris Olave is looking to change that.

From around the gridiron...

  • Ohio State relived the team’s 2017 Big Ten Championship victory over Wisconsin, broadcasting a replay of the game on the team’s Facebook page and tweeting out highlights along the way. The MVP of that game? A freshman by the name of J.K. Dobbins, who finished with 174 yards rushing.
  • But let’s not forget the REAL MVP of that night...

One of the most universally loved characters at Ohio State in recent years, defensive tackle Robert Landers is still looking for a team to give him a chance in the NFL. The COVID-19 pandemic has made life as an undrafted free agent more difficult, but BB is not giving up. Speaking with Tim May, Landers discussed the process, his next steps, and the importance of mental health.

  • Fans of Ohio State are very familiar with Joel Klatt, as he and Gus Johnson have been on the call for the Buckeyes on Fox broadcasts more often than not. The analyst wants everyone to stay positive — a valuable and rational take in these trying times.

Ohio State currently has 62 players in the NFL across 27 different teams, so chances are any game you’ll watch this year has at least one former Buckeye in it. Murphy breaks down the league’s newly released 2020 schedule, highlighting some of the biggest matchups between players that at one point donned the Scarlet and Gray. Perhaps the biggest battle of the year comes in Week 11, when Joe Burrow, Sam Hubbard, and the Cincinnati Bengals face-off against Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin and Chase Young’s Washington Redskins.

From around the hardwood...

Chris Holtmann’s plan was for the Buckeyes to take part in one early-season tournament each year. He’s done a great job accomplishing that feat thus far, as Ohio State is now slated to compete in the 2021 Fort Myers Tip-Off. With the team slated to partake in the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2020 and the Maui Invitational in 2022, the Bucks now have early-season tourney’s slated for each of the next three seasons. The field for the two-game Fort Myers event also includes Seton Hall, Florida and California.

  • It’s always good to check in and see how Ohio State’s athletes are doing in quarantine life. Musa Jallow and Dorka Juhasz, both members of the respective Buckeye hoops squads, posted a quick video on Twitter on Friday discussing how their offseason is going and also thanking first responders and healthcare workers for their efforts.

There is a ton of good basketball being played in the state of Ohio, and so it’s only right that those teams should get a chance to face off with one another. Having already swept a home-and-home series against Cincinnati, Holtmann discussed the possibility of playing the other high profile in-state schools. The head coach said that Ohio State would absolutely consider that, but that it has become logistically tough to fit into the schedule — especially with all these tournaments the Buckeyes are now involved in.

This year, Ohio State does have one in-state battle on the docket, with a matchup against Akron on Nov. 19 in Columbus.

From everywhere else...

Really, Mother Nature? It looked like a pandemic was about as bad as things could get, but now we have murder hornets and snow in May!? 2020 is officially cancelled.

You’re telling me Ohio is an entire state of Eagles fans, or has Tia just been going hard on hashtags? Also, what the heck is going on in Florida? You know what, that one actually makes sense, as basically the entire state is Bills Mafia personified.

It looks like if Ohio State makes the trip to Autzen Stadium this season, the seats will be empty. The state has cancelled any sporting events with audiences through September, and the matchup with the Ducks is slated for Sept. 12.

Speaking of Oregon, I don't know about you guys, but I think the entire Pac-12 should return to their old set of logos. Some of these are straight fire. Arizona’s throwback is way better than their current bland “A”, and both Oregon and Oregon State’s are sick. Washington is the only real exception here, although that Husky does look quite affluent.