Welcome back to Buckeye Bits, where we gather all of today’s best headlines and put ‘em all in one place. I must say, today’s roundup isn’t as Doomsday-esque as these have been lately. Instead of “everything you know and love is cancelled until further notice,” we actually have some news about the start of fall camp, a major commitment for the Basketball Buckeyes and another prediction for Ohio State to win the 2020 title. Let’s get to it, shall we?
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
George Eisner, LGHL
It was recently reported that zero NBA players tested positive for coronavirus out of the 346 tested at the Orlando campus, which begs the question: Do these bubbles actually work? And if they do, can’t we figure something out for college football? George took a look at what a college football bubble (aka “College Football Island”) might look like, including a March Madness-style 65-team single-elimination tournament.
Gene Ross, LGHL
The next question in our newest series: If Justin Fields were to suddenly disappear, which former Buckeye quarterback would you want leading the offense this season? Based solely on our Twitter mentions, Troy Smith is the heavy favorite.
Gene Ross, LGHL
The Buckeyes have a stupid good class headed their way in 2021, and it has the potential to get even better, especially if they can land the No. 2 player in the country. Gene has all the info on the five-star DE who has Ohio State on his radar.
Connor Lemons, LGHL
Branham announced his commitment to Ohio State on Wednesday, making him the Buckeyes’ highest-ranked commit since D’Angelo Russell in 2014. Branham is the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio.
From around the gridiron...
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
During an interview with 97.1 The Fan’s Bishop and Laurinaitis, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the Buckeyes are on schedule to begin walkthrough practices on Friday, followed by fall camp (aka full-fledged football practices) kicking off Aug. 7—something Smith noted he is still not quite comfortable with.
Now, what about the actual season you ask? Smith said that is still “a moment of uncertainty.” Sigh.
More Buckeyes are on award watch lists, the sky is blue and water is wet.
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
Ohio State’s secondary is one of the more unexperienced position groups on the roster as we head into the 2020-21 season. Sure, we’re confident in Shaun Wade stepping up as the leader of the group, but now the question is, who’s behind him? Holbrook explains why Wade, Sevyn Banks and a new and improved Cameron Brown are going to be a dangerous trio come September.
Alex Seats, Bucknuts
Pollack believes there will be a college football season this fall. He also said there is one team that stands out above the rest: THE Ohio State. He notes that the Buckeyes should have beaten Clemson last season (we know) and that he expects them to “continue their reign, continue to run through the Big Ten and at the end of the season have a good chance to be holding that trophy.”
Robbie Weinstein, Bucknuts
According to FoxBet, Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, who transferred from Oklahoma) has +3300 odds (2.9%) to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Miami quarterback D’Eriq King leads the group at +1200 (7.7%).
Happy birthday 15!
Anyone else just flabbergasted when you hear these players’ ages?
From around the hardwood...
Ya love to see it.
With the addition of Branham, Ohio State now has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. pic.twitter.com/JuicKIBLKa— Connor Lemons (@lemons_connor) July 22, 2020
Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann putting together their 2021 recruiting classes pic.twitter.com/mL6IvzNN1U— Gene Ross (@Gene_Ross23) July 22, 2020
From everywhere else...
Ohio State hospital is now the Official Cancer Center of the MLB.
MLB announced today the @OSUCCC_James as the Official Cancer Center of MLB. This multi-year sponsorship will educate fans across the country on cancer prevention, detection, research and treatment. More details here: https://t.co/wCE1ajwPvj pic.twitter.com/AEUdpSoK9U— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 22, 2020
The MLB has partnered with Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute via a multi-year sponsorship aimed at educating fans about cancer prevention, awareness and treatment. The James will also implement on-site cancer screenings at key MLB events beginning in 2021.
Kevin Harrish and Matt Gutridge, Eleven Warriors
This should come as no surprise, but high school football will also be implementing changes in light of the ongoing pandemic, including health checks upon arrival to practice, social distancing and masks on the sidelines of games, exiting the stadium immediately without talking to family and friends, and more.
SPORTS! ARE! BACK!