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Buckeye Bits: BIA making changes, OSU becoming QBU, basketball changes

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Another “work” week is now behind us, and we are now one week closer to what we currently expect to be the start of college football practices. Will the July 13 start of “fall” camps hold? Who knows, but today in Buckeye Bits, we wrap up the week with all the OSU news that’s fit to print.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ohio State’s 2021 DB crew may be reorganizing itself

Caleb Houser, LGHL

My favorite thing about this 2021 recruiting class for the Buckeyes is how they all have adopted the mentality that they are going to be an extension of the team’s recruiting efforts.

10 players to watch in TBT 2020

Connor Lemons, LGHL

This is a great list of players to pay attention to when TBT starts up next week. As Connor says in the article, it isn’t necessarily the best players in the tournament, but the ones that should be amongst the most exciting to watch.

Get your Ohio State face coverings today!

Tia Johnston, LGHL

If you’re gonna wear a mask (and you SHOULD wear a mask), if should be an Ohio State mask!

Trey Sermon could “swing the 2020 college football season”

Tia Johnston, LGHL

I don’t think that Ohio State has to have an All-Big Ten level running back to win the conference and to contend for the national title, but if Trey Sermon could turn himself into that, it would certainly help his new team’s efforts.


From around the gridiron...

Could Ohio State football add another defensive back to its 2021 recruiting class?

Stephen Means, cleveland.com

Earlier this week, Ohio State had its first decommitment of the 2021 class as Devonta Smith decided to explore other options, reportedly heading to join Alabama at some point in the near future.

Despite Smith just being a three-star prospect, I think it would be foolish to believe that the loss won’t hurt OSU’s secondary. If you are decommiting from Ohio State to eventually accept an offer from ‘Bama, chances are that there are other reasons why you haven’t been awarded a fourth star yet.

But, while Smith’s departure does create a hole for Kerry Coombs and company, if the Buckeyes decide to add another DB this cycle, chances are that they will be holding out for a stud. While Means runs through some options, I also think that it is important to remember that there is a long time to go until Signing Days in December and February, and that we are likely to see far more turbulence than normal as prospects contend with the repercussions that the pandemic has on recruiting.

I’ll put the over/under on first team selections at 9.5. What do you have?

Retracing the Steps that have Ryan Day Seeking to Make Ohio State the Next QBU

Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

We all know that OSU is DBU, DLU, RBU, and WRU, but based on Ryan Day’s three years in Columbus, it looks like it is not out of the realm of possibilities that within a few more years that OSU could be QBU as well.

J.T. Barrett was already well on his way to cementing himself as an Ohio State and Big Ten legend by the time that Day got to town, but his new position coach’s hand certainly helped his development during his senior year. And then we saw what one year under Day’s tutelage did for Dwayne Haskins, and we are all anxiously awaiting year two for Justin Fields in the system.

With C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller, Kyle McCord already set for the next round of Buckeye QBs, it’s exciting to think what Day will be able to accomplish with OSU QBs of the future.

Morehouse might be the first, but they won’t be the last.

Jeff Hafley Staying in Touch with Ryan Day, Former Ohio State Players as He Navigates Unusual First Offseason as Boston College’s Head Coach

Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors

I’m not going to lie, when it was announced that Jeff Hafley was leaving Ohio State to take over the program at Boston College, I was surprised. I knew that he would be a head coach fairly soon, but after watching how he spoke about his relationship with Ryan Day, I thought he’d be around at least for one more season, and if we got lucky, a third.

However, now that he is at BC, it tracks that he is still relying on his old friend to help him through what has to be an incredibly bizarre first six months on the job.

Just in case you had lost count.


From around the hardwood...

To-Do List: What Each Ohio State Basketball Player has to Accomplish in the Offseason

Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

Whenever the Ohio State men’s basketball team takes to the floor for its next season, it’s going to look quite a bit different. For the first time since 2015, there won’t be a single Wesson on the team, and for the first time since 2016, there won’t be two Wessons on the team.

However, between a recent rash of transfers, the additions of Seth Towns, Justice Sueig, and Abel Porter, and a theoretically healthy Musa Jallow, this will be a much different Buckeye squad than what we saw when the season was abruptly ended earlier this year.

Despite these changes, Chris Holtmann’s squad has a lot of potential to continue to program’s progress to the upper echelons of college basketball.

New rule for the 2020 TBT (apparently): Every team must have at least one former Buckeye.


From everywhere else...

A Look at How Buckeyes are Aiding COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Ohio State Athletics

From former Buckeyes being spokespeople for educational programs to NFL stars raising money for important charities; from players speaking out in support of front line workers to alums providing aid to patients, the Ohio State family has gone above and beyond in providing help to those who need it during the coronavirus crisis.

Just be careful where you throw your cap and mortar board, don’t want to break a window or ceiling fan or anything.


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