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Buckeye Bits: Carmens Crew head coach Jared Sullinger says this year’s team is better than last’s, Oregon is most important game for Ohio State per ESPN, more

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I’d love it if you all stayed inside, wore masks, stopped going to bars, restaurants and campus house parties so that come September I can watch one of the best teams in Ohio State history beat the pants off Oregon, Penn State and Michigan and ultimately beat Clemson in the national championship after Justin Fields throws a 80-yard walk-off touchdown pass to Chris Olave, causing Fields to beat out Trevor Lawrence in the Heisman race and become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft—an event that would sneak up on me because of how invested I’ve been in March Madness due to the fact that Ohio State is Final Four-bound and my bracket is in the top 10 of all three contests I’ve entered. Thanks so much!!

Until we get sports highlights of our own, let’s dive into some of the headlines you may have missed over your holiday weekend or while you were catching up on work this afternoon.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

A look back through the Ohio State record books

Gene Ross, LGHL

Mandatory workouts begin a week from today, meaning we’re just days away from finding out how the team is really looking after a long, socially distanced off-season. To kick off our preseason content, Gene took a look at all the current Ohio State record holders, from total offense to field goals. Here’s hoping that the 2020-21 crew can get their names on the board.

Column: Which Power-5 conference makes the best Ohio State opponents

Meredith Hein, LGHL

Over the weekend, our Brett Ludwiczak wrote about the most intriguing opponents Ohio State football has yet to play, such as Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Iowa State. Meredith piggybacked off that by analyzing which Power Five conferences contain the best matchups for the Buckeyes, which I highly recommend reading considering we may very well see a Power Five vs. Power Five season this fall.

24 Club: Francis Schmidt, OSU’s first coach to finish with a winning record against Michigan

Jim Baird, LGHL

Learn the story of Ohio State head coach Francis Schmidt, aka the man behind Ohio State’s gold pants tradition.

Column: Don’t let ‘sports-hate’ lead to a prison sentence

Matt Tamanini, LGHL

In case you missed it, two weeks ago, a man named Daniel Rippy pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Ohio State students, athletes and Urban Meyer during the 2018 Ohio State vs. Michigan game, which the Buckeyes won 62-39. Matt explains why you should probably just...not let your disdain for a sporting team get that far. (Even when said sporting team beats your sporting team eight years in a row.)


From around the gridiron...

Ohio State football second year players that could breakout in 2020 according to ESPN

Phil Harrison, Buckeyes Wire

ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren identified wide receiver Garrett Wilson and defensive end Zach Harrison as the two second-year Buckeyes that could be integral parts of the team this fall. Considering Wilson was one of Ohio State’s biggest playmakers as a freshman, and D-line coach Larry Johnson is molding Harrison into the next great Ohio State DE as we speak, I can’t say I disagree with you, Tom.


ESPN names Ohio State football’s most important game for 2020

Phil Harrison, Buckeyes Wire

I do, however, disagree with Tom on this one.

VanHaaren also identified who he believes to be Ohio State’s most important game of the 2020 season: Oregon.

To have that game as the second one of the season will be a good test for Ohio State, and it will be crucial for the Buckeyes to get a win if they want to get back in the College Football Playoff.”

1.) Penn State is OSU’s most important/worrisome game of 2020.

2.) I don’t think it’s “crucial” for the Buckeyes to beat the Ducks if they want to get into the CFP. Even if the Buckeyes lose by a score or two and then dominate the rest of their schedule and win the Big Ten, they’re in.


Opinion: Winter/early spring season ‘doable’? Hard to imagine

Dave Biddle, Bucknuts

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley believes a winter/early spring college football season is “doable.” Dave Biddle of Bucknuts disagrees, arguing that the weather would not permit it (in the Big Ten especially); the NFL already said they would not reschedule the 2021 Draft, meaning the top CFB players would sit out to prepare for the draft; and it would conflict with the 2022-23 season.


Ohio State football’s All-Decade Team — my version of a full 85-player roster: Doug Lesmerises

Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com

Its no secret that the Big Ten’s All-Decade team was, well, wrong. So the legend himself, Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com, made an All-Decade team of his own made up entirely of Ohio State players—which, in my totally unbiased opinion, is what the Big Ten’s team should have looked like.


The most pressing questions each Ohio State assistant coach must address in lead-up to 2020 season

Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors

While there aren’t many holes in Ohio State’s roster, there are still questions to be answered before the team takes their first snap of the season. Hass-Hill listed the No. 1 question each assistant coach must address, such as who is Corey Dennis putting in if Justin Field’s goes down? And how does Tony Alford plan on using Trey Sermon and his other running backs?


I can’t tell you who the best coach is but what I can tell you is that it’s not James Franklin.

Just kidding I can tell you. It’s Ryan Day. Ryan Day is the best coach in college football (the world just doesn’t know it yet).


From around the hardwood...

Ohio State basketball commit Meechie Johnson returning to Garfield Heights for senior year

Matt Goul, cleveland.com

  • After spending last year with the International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne, Ohio State 2021 target Demetrius “Meechie” Johnson Jr. is returning to his hometown, where he will play his last year of high school basketball at Garfield Heights.

Former Ohio State guard Joey Lane interviews Carmens Crew head coach Jared Sullinger on his newest episode of Inside TBT.

Anything hosted by Lane is worth watching, trust me.


Speaking of Sullinger, he explains why this year’s team is better than last year’s team (aka the team that won the whole damn thing!)

Carmen’s Crew is set to face off against House of ‘Paign Wednesday at 4 p.m. We’ll have your pregame preview. We’ll be live-tweeting the game. And we’ll have your recap. It’s good to be back!


From everywhere else...

Just a bunch of tweets that contain really bad news for sports fans:

And guess what? The COVID numbers are RISING in Columbus, especially in bars and restaurants. You want football? Stay home.


TEN. YEARS.

2031!!!! Guys, I was 16 ten years ago. That feels like a lifetime ago.

Also:

Even if I defined myself, I don’t think I could become any of those things.