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Buckeye Bits: Ohio State players/staff speak up, how the Bucks can contend for a title, the next great OSU RB, more

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

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With everything that’s currently going on in the world, it would feel wrong to make some kind of snarky joke or say something sarcastic like I usually would at the beginning of these things. Instead, today we will just be bringing you the latest Ohio State news. Some of it will be sports related to help escape the harsh realities of society, but I feel it is also important to highlight the outstanding work our fellow Buckeyes and others are doing to help take steps toward social justice and equality.

Without further ado, let’s get on with today’s headlines.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ryan Day isn’t the only Ohio State coach that gets to have some fun in the recruiting game. Chris Holtmann is putting in the work as well, and having already put together the nation’s No. 5 class in this cycle, they are hoping to make the short list for a top prospect later this week.

In this special written edition of the Play Like a Girl Podcast, Tia and Meredith pay homage to one of the trailblazers for women in sports media: Phyllis George. As host of The NFL Today beginning in 1975, CBS’ premier pregame show, George paved the way for so many talented women to make a name for themselves in a predominantly male realm.

With no theme week from the mothership over at SB Nation this week, I decided to do a little bit of a dive into Ryan Day’s success coaching quarterbacks at Ohio State. Before he was the headman, he was in charge of the QB room, and since he’s joined the staff the Buckeyes have become one of the most prolific passing offenses in the nation.

From around the gridiron...

  • The Ohio State football team put out a very powerful video on their Twitter feed last night, with many of its players and also coach Day advocating for the change that so many in this country are currently seeking.
  • This is the first and likely only time I will ever say this, but you have to respect Jim Harbaugh for this move. In times like these, it’s important that those in a position of power and influence take a stand. For once, Day and Harbaugh are on the same page.

Ugly mask, though.

Saunders was detained by Columbus PD after walking from North High Street at 10:45 p.m. despite a 10 p.m. city curfew. The sixth-year senior, who is still awaiting word from the NCAA in terms of his eligibility for this upcoming season, posted bond at the Franklin County Jail on Tuesday morning. The arrest report did not specify if Saunders was participating in the protest, but that is assumed to have been the case. If so, good for CJ for sticking up for what he believes in.

With the departure of Mike Yurcich to Texas, Ohio State was in need of a new quarterbacks coach. Sure, Ryan Day was pretty much the man in charge of the room anyway, but the team needed someone on staff they could trust to carry on Day’s methods and teachings. According to the Bucks’ head coach, continuity among the coaches was a big factor in promoting Corey Dennis to fill the role.

Our good friend Bill over at ESPN put together a great piece looking at the two biggest “ifs” for each team in college football that has a chance to win a national title. When it comes to Ohio State, Connelly said the most important aspects will be finding ways to replace Chase Young’s production along the defensive line and the need for all of their high-upside wideouts to show prove that high upside.

  • Charles Power of 247Sports had some incredibly high praise for Ohio State commit TreVeyon Henderson, calling the five-star RB “the most complete running back prospect entering his senior season in several recruiting cycles.” He’s got all the tools necessary to be the next great back for the Buckeyes.
  • Speaking of Ohio State running backs, Trey Sermon has arrived.

From everywhere else...

  • The Big Ten has announced the creation of Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, intended to be comprised of the conference’s student-athletes, coaches, and other members of the community as we all work together to create a better world.
  • I would highly recommend taking time out of your day to watch this video from Emmanuel Acho. It is incredibly profound and yet another instance of someone using their platform to help inspire change and further the education on such a tough topic.
  • Some good news in the world of sports: the NBA is working on a plan to make its return. The proposal, which would include 22 teams either in the playoffs/on the verge of a playoff spot playing at the ESPN complex in Orlando, would have the season resume on July 31, and would extend potentially to Oct. 12.
  • We should all be proud to be Buckeyes in times like these, especially with a guy like Ryan Day in charge of things. His unwavering support has not gone unnoticed.