We made it to another Hump Day, LGHL reader, but more importantly, we’re one day closer to the end of this horrible year. However, today...today is no ordinary Wednesday. Today is a good day. Because today is National Dog Day.
A little fun fact about me: I am crazy stupid passionate about animal welfare and the “Adopt Don’t Shop” movement. I have four rescue dogs who I love more than anything on earth, and the only reason I haven’t adopted a fifth is because my husband might leave me. If you are considering adding a doggo to your family, I urge you to consider adopting one from a local rescue or shelter. You’d be saving more than one life by doing so, your dog will come fixed and vaccinated, and you’ll be saving yourself thousands of dollars. And while shelters and rescues contain all kinds of breeds to choose from, I’m not kidding when I tell you that you will not find a cuddlier, more loving and grateful dog than a pit bull. Okay, I’ve stepped off my soapbox. Please leave dog pics in the comments.
*steps back on soap box*
WEAR A FREAKIN’ MASK
Woody Hayes in statue and mask: pic.twitter.com/57DlVb9A97— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) August 26, 2020
Onto to today’s headlines.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
Tuesday was a busy day for the Buckeyes, as running backs coach Tony Alford offered the No. 18 athlete in the 2022 class, and Chris Holtmann and the basketball Bucks offered the No. 5 power forward and the No. 12 PF in the 2022 class.
In case you missed yesterday’s headlines, here’s a summary:
- A former Buckeye got a nice pay day
- Turns out, college students are gonna have house parties, even if you politely ask them not to
- The Associated Press is playing with our heartstrings again
From around the gridiron...
The Big Ten is discussing several domes -- Indy, Minneapolis, Detroit and even St. Louis and Syracuse -- as potential sites for a winter football season, The Dispatch has learned. https://t.co/j9oagZoD50— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) August 26, 2020
Speaking of a winter football season, a preliminary plan for a shortened Big Ten season is in the works, according to BWI’s sources. It will include an eight-game schedule, likely kicking off on Wednesday, Jan. 7 or Thursday, Jan. 8. All games will be played at neutral sites, which are still to be determined (see above) and a conference championship game between the winners of the East and West divisions would take place the second weekend in March at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The source also said that the Pac-12 is planning for a similar “spring” season structure, which would allow the two conferences to pit their champions against each other in the Bowl game.
This is most definitely the ideal situation, especially if we want to see guys like Justin Fields and Shaun Wade suit up as Buckeyes one last time. However, there’re still a lot of logistics to work out and decisions to be made, which the Big Ten must act upon immediately if they want this plan to work.
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
In an open letter to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren signed by “Big 10 Parents United,” a group of parents from 11 Big Ten schools wrote that they were “extremely disappointed” in the open letter released by Warren. In the letter they demand transparency about the conference’s decision, a parent organization forum and a Return to Competition Task Force plan of action.
We have been in contact with 11 of the 14 parent groups representing BIG 10 football teams. WE ARE UNITED, & our message has been fully aligned. This letter to the @bigten, Presidents/Chancellors& @KevinFWarren represents the simple requests from #B1GparentsUNITED #LetThemPlay pic.twitter.com/GRrYBGgTrF— FPAOS Family Unit (@fpaos_board) August 26, 2020
Judging by the reports linked above regarding the Big Ten’s plan for a spring season, I imagine we’ll be getting some type of announcement in the coming days. Still, the conferences’ lack of communication with the teams and families involved throughout this whole mess is astonishing.
Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors
Ohio State released its first COVID-19 testing results on Tuesday, and they’re not the... worst we’ve seen come out of a large university thus far.
According to testing data released by Ohio State on Tuesday, 80 students (1.16%) tested positive for COVID-19 in student testing conducted from Aug. 14-22 while 12 faculty and staff members (1.44%) tested positive from Aug. 1-22. A total of 7,719 members of the university community have been tested for COVID-19 so far.
Notre Dame’s COVID-19 dashboard update from Aug. 25:— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) August 26, 2020
New total tests: 413
New total positives: 13
Positivity rate: 3.1%
The positivity rate is the lowest single-day rate at Notre Dame since Aug. 10, eight days before the campus moved to online instruction.
The University of Alabama is reporting more than 560 new COVID-19 cases across its 3 campuses and medical center less than a week after starting in-person classes.https://t.co/icTsh6vhfW— NPR (@NPR) August 26, 2020
This seems to be the question of the day:
Duh, and we'd sell shirts to celebrate as well! https://t.co/wcOqnlFIku— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) August 26, 2020
Look, we’re not saying to carve it in stone, hang a banner in Ohio Stadium and add it to the record books. We’re just saying that we’d absolutely claim bragging rights which usually involves making dumb t-shirts for you guys. It’s not that serious, you know?
this is college football. claim a national title on point differential because you beat Rutgers 109-0. Its all made up!— Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) August 26, 2020
Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row
Wade has been named to nearly every watch list and preseason All-American list this year—most recently by the Associated Press on Tuesday. As Holbrook writes, Wade gave up millions of dollars to come back to Ohio State for another shot at a national title, because let’s face it, he knew they’d win it all in 2020.
Give him a tree.
Stephen Means, cleveland.com
Not for long...*insert eye emoji*
AUG 27TH 5:00 pm ITS TIME ‼️— Tyleik “T5” Williamš (@tyleikk) August 25, 2020
Am I just now finding out that the school Austin Peay exists? Yes. Will I be watching every last second of this game? You bet.
An actual live college football game will be on ESPN on Saturday night: Austin Peay vs. Central Arkansas.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 26, 2020
An Ohio State tie in that game: Former Buckeye running back Brian Snead now plays for Austin Peay. https://t.co/aZqoDnxxBi
From around the hardwood...
Some “final sights and sounds” of the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s summer.
Also, in honor of National Dog Day, here’s Holtmann’s very first Instagram post:
This was posted four days ago and is one of just four posts. I love that he started his new account with a photo of his dogs without a caption or context.
From everywhere else...
Update: Hurricane Laura has been upgraded to a 140mph (225.3 kmh) category 4 with "unsurvivable storm surge" and capable of sinking entire communities in some areas.— Anonymous ⬛ (@YourAnonCentral) August 26, 2020
Firstly, if you reside in Hurricane Laura’s path, please please please seek shelter, evacuate, do whatever you have to do to stay safe.
Parris can’t catch a break.
Quick practice update: Parris Campbell had a minor car accident and will be in concussion protocol, per Colts.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 26, 2020
After playing in just seven games last year due to a hamstring injury, broken hand, a sports hernia and a broken foot, and ahead of what is supposed to be his breakout year, Campbell has been placed on the concussion protocol after getting in a minor car accident on his way to training camp on Wednesday.
Yesterday it was...
Holy cow. Lincoln Riley won't say which position group it is, but says he had one group essentially wiped out -- all but one -- by a COVID test. He said it's a position group that needs "multiple" guys on the field together. #Sooners— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) August 25, 2020
And today it’s...
NEWS: An #LSU position group has been hit by COVID-19, multiple sources told The Advocate. All but four offensive linemen have either tested positive or are in quarantine. (with @whalexander_ )https://t.co/6rcB9TFHsd— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) August 26, 2020
Sigh. I hate to say I told you so.