Welcome back to Buckeye Bits— your one-stop-shop for all the happenings involving Ohio State athletics and beyond. Before we begin, this is hilarious:
It’s never a bad time to roast TTUN, ya know?
Anywho, let’s get into the news from around the Buckeye beat.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
The Buckeyes have to replace a ton of talent from their 2019 roster. Luckily, Ryan Day was able to haul in the nation’s No. 5 recruiting class in this past cycle, and a bunch of those guys are ready to make an impact in their very first year in Columbus.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Tia Johnston, LGHL
The MLB Draft begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and Ohio State will likely see two of their guys picked early, despite the selection process being cut from 40 rounds to five. Gene and I wrote about lefty pitcher Seth Lonsway and catcher Dillon Dingler, their careers at Ohio State, what the experts are saying and when they’re each projected to come off the board.
Tonight will include the first 37 picks, which covers the whole first round and Competitive Balance Round A and will be broadcast on the MLB Network and ESPN.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Yesterday’s Buckeye Bits is jam-packed with good stuff, like Ohio State ranking No. 1 in a preseason top 25, the NCAA preseason camp plan and much more.
From around the gridiron...
Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com
While the Buckeyes are already three days in to their voluntary workouts, some Big Ten teams are still waiting for the all-clear to return to their facilities. Baird has the complete, updated list of every Big Ten school’s status, as well as the start-dates of other conferences.
Birm, Lettermen Row
Running backs coach Tony Alford has received his fair share of criticism regarding the 2020 recruiting cycle and the fact that he didn’t close on two top-tier running backs that had committed to him. However, as Birm explains, there’s always more to the story than the media portrays when it comes to recruiting pitfalls, and the criticism Alford’s experienced is just not warranted.
In fact, Alford has undoubtedly excelled as a recruiter and a coach and its time for skeptics to acknowledge that fact.
Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com
It’s no secret that the Big Ten’s East and West divisions are nowhere near balanced. The East has won all five of the Big Ten Championship Games since the league split its divisions geographically, and Ohio State has won the past three.
In order to mix up the status quo, the West simply needs to rise up, Baird explains, which could happen as soon as this upcoming season.
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
As previously mentioned, Alford had two top-tier RBs committed in the 2020 recruiting cycle, who ultimately went elsewhere. At the end of the cycle, the running backs coach landed the commitment from a lesser-rated Miyan Williams, instead.
Alford has made it known that he’s sick of talking about those two running backs and what went wrong in 2020, and instead wants to talk about this: “Miyan Williams is a really good player.”
Check out these podcast interviews with 2021 Ohio State commits, running back TreVeyon Henderson and defensive end Jack Sawyer, on what they’ve been up to, how they’re staying in shape and their insane recruiting class.
This week's episode of #AroundTheOval on @BuckeyeScoop features #OhioState 2021 RB commit @TreveyonH15 to talk why he picked the #Buckeyes, staying in shape during the pandemic, helping to recruit for #FirstClass21, his future in Columbus & more! https://t.co/aHfDCdM097 pic.twitter.com/o8zUL9D5FS— Alex Gleitman (@alexgleitman) June 10, 2020
Episode 2 of Givs and The Bank recruiting podcast is now up on the front page. Thanks to @jacksawyer40 for dropping in to give us an update on how he's doing and to talk about the #Buckeyes monster 2021 recruiting class: https://t.co/W6c2Mxk88k— Marc Givler (@MarcGivler) June 10, 2020
From around the hardwood...
Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann was a guest on the Joel Riley Show on WTVN-AM (610) Wednesday morning, where he discussed his time at Ohio State, the pandemic and civil rights issues that have arisen in 2020, Harvard transfer Seth Towns’ role in protests and the team’s return to campus next week.
The Buckeyes head coach just celebrated his three years at Ohio State, as he was hired on June 8, 2017.
From everywhere else...
The MLS is Back (Tournament)!
The league unveiled its plans for returning to play, which include all 26 teams participating in a competition they’re calling “the MLS is Back Tournament,” set to resume July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.
“The tournament will consist of a group stage with each team playing three matches, followed by a knockout stage. The final will be played Aug. 11. The teams will be divided into a total of six groups, with the top two teams in each group, plus the four best third-place finishers qualifying for the round of 16,” writes Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.
The NFL may shorten its preseason.
Shortening the preseason would allow for a longer “ramp-up” period, regardless of whether players agree to report a week or two early, and provide extra time for medical experts to finalize game-day protocols for testing, etc. More at the top of the hour on @nflnetwork— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020
They may only play two preseason games instead of four, and they should keep this system for the rest of eternity because there is simply no need for four stinking preseason games.
Cryptic tweets from TBT regarding Carmen’s Crew.
USC is letting Reggie Bush back in.
USC is welcoming Reggie Bush back after a 10-year NCAA-mandated disassociation.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) June 10, 2020
The former star running back had been prohibited from interacting in an official capacity with the school he played for from 2003-05.
After Bush was penalized by the university for him and his family receiving impermissible benefits while he was still in school—resulting in Bush being banned from interacting in an official capacity with the school for 10-plus years—USC is finally welcoming back their legendary Heisman Trophy winner.
The NCAA determined Bush received gifts and cash from a marketing agent who wanted to represent him when he became a pro. Therefore, the NCAA stripped him of his Heisman Trophy and title, stripped USC of its 2004 BCS title, banned the Trojans from the postseason for two years and took away a total of 30 football scholarships over three seasons.
The NCAA sucks— always has, always will.
Not my school, but I’d love to see USC retire the jersey number of Reggie Bush, and put his jersey and Heisman Trophy back in Heritage Hall. Bush NEVER should have been “disassociated,” nor should any player. It’s a cruel, ineffective NCAA sanction, and just a shaming device. https://t.co/t4DoC0rvde— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 10, 2020