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Welcome to Buckeye Bits, our daily news roundup of all things Ohio State. Lots of folks were breaking down legal and CYA mumbo jumbo from the Power 5 conferences today in order to try and decide whether or not we will see college football this fall.

As I said on The Twitter™, I think these rules make it very difficult for us to have a season, but I also don’t think that we have any chance of having football this fall without them.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ohio State commits get ratings bump in latest Top 247 update

Gene Ross, LGHL

Whether it’s commits getting bumped up in the rankings, or highly rumored flips coming in the very near future, it seems that Ohio State recruiting is currently hitting on all cylinders.

Leaders of the Room: Zach Harrison is ready to take the next step

Gene Ross, LGHL

Zach Harrison got to play more than I think most true freshman defense ends would expect to on a line anchored by Chase Young. And while his first-year numbers weren’t anything to blow you away, he showed numerous flashes of what made him one of the most celebrated recruits in the country. Given the chance to play more often this year, and potentially even start, he could easily assume the mantel left behind by the Bosas and Young.

Urban Meyer is optimistic there will be college football this fall

Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL

I’m glad somebody is.


From around the gridiron...

Power 5 Conferences to Release Universal, Minimum COVID-19 Testing Standards for Fall Sports

Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated

Honestly, I don’t see how a season operating under these proposed guidelines can happen. Players who test positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days (which makes sense), but players who have had a “high risk” contact with someone who subsequently tests positive must quarantine for 14 days as well.

What is a “high risk” contact you ask? Well, it’s basically anyone else on the team.

“A ‘high risk’ contact is defined as those who are within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes while one or both parties is not wearing a mask,” Dellinger writes. “That includes anyone participating in face-to-face or contact drills against each other.”

So basically, anyone you practice with, anyone you’re in a huddle with, anyone you share a locker room with, anyone you share a table with at training table. I am 100 percent in favor of keeping the players and staffs safe, but these rules — which have not yet been officially adopted by the Power 5 conferences — basically make it impossible for a team to play a season without losing large swaths of players for at least two weeks at a time. You can play a season like that, but is that really what we want a college football season to look like?

I mean, we’ll obviously take it if it is our only option, but it’s certainly not ideal.

While I am generally loathe to agree with Joel Klatt, he suggested that a 10-game season be played over 18-19 weeks — meaning that a post season (if there is a post season) — would begin in mid to late-January.

This isn’t a terrible idea, it gives teams and leagues flexibility to cancel or postpone games if need be. Also, assuming that bowl games and conference championship games are canceled or limited, going to just a one or two-week break before a potential College Football Playoff could actually work.

Next wave of linebackers ready to roll in, dominate for Buckeyes

Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row

For the past few season’s Ohio State’s linebackers have been the unquestioned weak spot on the team. I’m still not sold on the unit for this upcoming season, but the future is bright for Al Washington’s crew (although I think Washington himself could get snatched up by another school sooner rather than later).

But with third-year players Teradja Mitchell, K’Vaughan Pope, Dallas Gant, as well as a number of incoming players, we should be seeing a resurgence of the Silver Bullets in the next few seasons.

Just in case you need a good laugh amidst all this bad news.


From around the hardwood...

Jared Sullinger Knows Coaching Basketball Could be Future Career

Adam Prescott, Buckeyes Now

I never thought that Jared Sullinger would be an NBA all-star, he just doesn’t have the body or game to fit the modern league. But, I did think that he would find a role and have a career. He was tough and durable and has a body that could still be effective in causing problems for other bigs around the rim.

If nothing else, I am surprised that he never caught on overseas, where we’ve seen more “gritty” former OSU players not only succeed, but thrive. I hope that Sully gets the chance to play again somewhere, but knowing the lineage that he comes from, whenever he does decide to turn to coaching full-time, I am sure that he will be great at that.


From everywhere else...

Congratulations, Sade.

Ohio State has the third highest revenue and the highest expenses.

This is a pretty incredible feat that the greens crew was able to not only get Murfield ready to play two tournaments in as many weeks, but also that they were able to give the players two different course experiences as well.


And now for something completely different...

Columbus’ other hometown hamburger chain is going full Isaac Asimov on us