Welcome to Buckeye Bits, our daily news roundup of all things Ohio State. We still don't really know for sure whether or not there will be a college football season in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run rampant through the country, but the NCAA is still trying do everything in its power to make it happen. The big news on Tuesday was that the association will allow all FBS schools to start their season on Aug. 29, AKA “Week 0”, in order to provide greater flexibility to the scheduling process.
An NCAA e-mail obtained by @YahooSports issues a "blanket waiver" to allow all FBS schools to start on Aug. 29, known as Week 0. The waiver was requested by Football Oversight Committee and will provide "additional flexibility" for schools navigating this season.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) July 28, 2020
The blanket waiver, which only applies to the 2020 season, now gives teams an extra week to work with as they try to rebuild their upcoming schedules. For schools in the Big Ten and Pac-12, which have both decided to play only conference opponents this year, this now makes it even easier for them to try and figure out how and when they will fit in what will likely be 10 regular season contests. It is unclear at this time whether Ohio State will look to schedule a Week 0 game.
With the latest update from the NCAA out of the way, let’s get to the rest of today’s headlines.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Ohio State offers 2023 offensive tackle
(Dan Hessler, LGHL)
On Monday, Ohio State sent out an offer to 2023 offensive tackle Aidan Leigh. If that last name sounds familiar to you, it’s because he is the younger brother of 2021 five-star OT Tristan Leigh, one of the Buckeyes’ top remaining targets in this year’s class. Ryan Day and position coach Greg Studrawa certainly would not hate to add the pair of Leighs to their offensive line in the next few years.
Which former Ohio State offensive lineman would you want back in Columbus?
(Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL)
Continuing our ongoing series where we bring back former Buckeyes at each position, today Brett takes a look back through the offensive line archives. There have been some really good blockers to come through Ohio State over the program’s history, but the clear and obvious option for Brett (and myself) is Orlando Pace. Imagine Pace lining up alongside Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers? Totally unfair.
Yesterday’s Buckeye Bits
(Tia Johnston, LGHL)
Check out Yesterday’s Buckeye Bits from any of the latest Ohio State news you may have missed on Monday, including the Buckeyes’ 2020 NFL Draft class raking in over $111 million in rookie contracts, Marshon Lattimore and Cam Heyward making the first section of the NFL Top 100, some more COVID-related college football news, and more!
From around the gridiron...
- On Tuesday, Ohio State announced that Ohio Stadium will be at “no more than 20 percent” capacity if fans are allowed to attend college football games at all this fall. The restricted access, which would be comprised of an undecided mixture of season ticker holders and students, would put attendance around 20,000 people. Other stipulations of the plan include mandatory mask wearing inside the stadium, limited concessions, and no Skull Session or tailgating before games.
Ohio Stadium will have a reduced capacity of “no more than 20 percent” for the 2020 season. https://t.co/DtcN8g1UZe— Eleven Warriors (@11W) July 28, 2020
- 247Sports came out with its Top 50 players in college football on Tuesday, and three Ohio State players made the cut. Justin Fields was the highest-rated at No. 3, coming in behind only Trevor Lawrence and Oregon’s Penei Sewell. The other pair of Buckeyes on the list were Wyatt Davis at No. 14 and Shaun Wade at No. 47. I think Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson would like to have a word with somebody.
- Why does Ohio State keep beating Michigan and Penn State? This is why.
Top 100 recruits landed 2012-2022....— Jeremiah (@SYRmotsag) July 28, 2020
Ohio State- 106
Penn State- 26
How Garrett Wilson is going to break Ohio State’s return drought
(Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row)
It has been quite a while since Ohio State has had a truly electric return man out there fielding kicks and punts, but Garrett Wilson could be the guy to change that. He didn’t get all that many opportunities last season as a freshman, but in the few instances Wilson had a chance to make some magic in the return game, he looked to be on the verge of breaking a big one. Now in year two with a chance to be the team’s full-time returner, watch out for Garrett Wilson on special teams.
- Alex Boone, a former Ohio State offensive lineman and a veteran of 105 games played in the NFL, is working on making his return to the league after retiring in 2017. Boone was a four-year starter with the Buckeyes, and was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection before going undrafted in 2009. Ironically, he would find a spot on Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers, where he would go on to spend the first six years of his NFL career, starting in 59 games over his final four seasons with the team. Still just 33 years old, Boone is now looking to make a comeback.
Plot twist: Offensive lineman Alex Boone, who last played for the #AZCardinals in 2017 before retiring, is planning a comeback, sources say. He’s been training, is finally healthy, and is back near his playing weight. Boone, by the way, is just 33.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2020
From around the hardwood...
- The Ohio State women's hoops team made an addition on Tuesday, with Ohio native Tanya Beacham joining the Buckeyes as a grad transfer. Beacham spent the last three seasons at Toledo, posting a career-high 10.8 points per game last season. She also led the Rockets in field goal percentage this past year, hitting at a 58.3 percent clip. Beacham played her high school ball first at Youngstown Ursuline before spending her last two years at Toledo Rogers. She will have one year of eligibility remaining.
From everywhere else...
- Can we really blame Lou Williams for leaving the NBA bubble for food that looks like THIS:
- If there is college football to be played in 2020, I'm sure we will see a lot more of this.
Illinois running back Ra'Von Bonner opted to sit out the 2020 season because of his concerns about the spread of COVID-19, he told @sryantribune on Monday night.— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) July 28, 2020
"People our age can get sick. (Some) try to make it seem like we’re immune."https://t.co/ID4USJrRhi
- With that being said, don't get mad at athletes for making their safety a priority.
More than 70% of NFL players fall into an at-risk category for COVID-19, including having a high body-mass index and/or being African American. If you’re angry at a player for choosing to protect himself and his family, you need to reassess your life’s priorities.— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) July 28, 2020
- The MLB season — which started last Thursday — is going... swell?