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Buckeye Bits: Ohio State announces captains, still no B1G schedule, Rutgers gonna rutger

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

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Welcome to Buckeye Bits, our daily news roundup of all things Ohio State. We got a whole bunch of news today thanks to a teleconference, but the news that a formerly legacy brand promised did not come. So, let’s get into the news that we do have, as — believe it or not — the Ohio State Buckeyes are still planning on beginning fall camp in just two and a half days.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ohio State virtually visits with four-star small forward

Dan Hessler, LGHL

Do we need to start changing the hashtag that we use when the Buckeyes get a commitment from #BOOM to #ZOOM?

Sleepers of the Room: Ohio State’s wide receiver room is even deeper than you think

Gene Ross, LGHL

There are so many talented dudes in this room, it’s tough to call any of them sleepers. I mean, I’ve been driving the Demario McCall train for four years; Kamryn Babb was a four-star, top-75 prospect; and Jameson Williams is fast enough to win the Kentucky Derby on his own.

Brian Hartline has done an incredibly good job amassing perhaps the most talented wide receiver room in the country. Sleepers or not, there’s plenty of guys who can have a huge impact.

Who had a better first three years, Thad Matta or Chris Holtmann?

Connor Lemons, LGHL

I mean, the answer is clearly Thad Matta, but that shouldn’t diminish the job that Chris Holtmann has done.


From around the gridiron...

Ohio State football’s Justin Fields, Shaun Wade say they have not considered opting out of 2020 season

Nathan Baird, cleveland.com

On Tuesday, Ryan Day and the seven new Ohio State Buckeyes football captains chatted with media on a teleconference. We have some of the bigger individual stories listed below, but I wanted to run through some of the key points here to lead things off.

- Justin Fields said that while he understood why some players are opting out of playing this fall, he hasn’t really considered it. He said that he comes from a financially stable situation, and his parents have encouraged him to do what he thinks is best.

- He said that his goals for the upcoming season are simple, “I want to show everybody that I’m the best quarterback in the nation. Of course, I want to win a Heisman Trophy and all that,” he said. “[but] if none of that happens, I’m fine with a national championship trophy sitting in the front of the Woody.”

- Fields also said that there has been some discussion amongst players in the Big Ten about creating a group similar to what Pac-12 players have done, but the discussions have not progressed beyond basics.

- Both Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers said that they felt comfortable with Ohio State and the B1G’s testing and safety policies. Justin Hilliard said that the coaches have been transparent in what they know about — and how they are planning for — the season.

- Hilliard also said that it is incumbent on the captains to keep the team focused as camp and the season begins, and they aren’t able to return to normal life.

- Shaun Wade said that he has no regrets in choosing to come back to school, despite the unusual situation.

Justin Fields might never play another game for the Scarlet and Gray, but he sure knows how to endear himself to the fans.

C.J. Saunders denied sixth year, will join Buckeyes coaching staff

Jeremy Birmingham, Lettermen Row

With this news, the Buckeyes are now officially at their 85 scholarship limit, meaning that their roster is set for the fall (season pending, of course). The fact that the NCAA denied C.J. Saunders’ sixth year of eligibility is another one of those situations where it doesn’t seem like there is any consistency in their rulings. I don’t think that the would-be sixth-year senior would have contributed significantly to the team’s output on the field this season, but his story is an impressive one, and hopefully he will continue to have an impact on the squad as member of the staff.

With the former walk-on no longer a member of the team, that means that he will not be a two-time OSU captain, however, there are a pair of returning captains to the 2020 group. Linebacker Tuf Borland joins former quarterback J.T. Barrett in becoming the program’s only three-time captains; Jonathon Cooper was also selected by his teammates for the second-straight year. Congrats to all seven of the players on this important honor.

I’ve always been a sentimental crier, and this one got me good.

Jim Harbaugh’s Weird Insistence on Wearing Cleats Inside Cost Michigan a Five-Star Commitment

Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors

I just... I don’t... I mean... what? Why? Who even... ? <sigh> Never stop being you, Jimmy.

That’s a whole lot of shrugging money.

Rutgers coronavirus outbreak nearly doubles after entire program put into quarantine

Ryan Young, Yahoo Sports

On Monday, the once venerable, now laughingstock, tech-bro shell of its former self publication Sports Illustrated reported that the Big Ten would be releasing their modified schedule on Tuesday morning. Well, that clearly did not happen. I have to wonder if that had anything to do with the Scarlet Knights pulling a Rutgers. Perhaps the B-One-G is looking into options to relegate Greg Schiano’s squad (cool new/old unis and all) back to the Big East.

I’m going to let this perfect meme — created by our co-managing editor Gene Ross — speak for itself.


From around the hardwood...

College basketball rankings: Gonzaga holds off Baylor for top spot in preseason Top 25 And 1

Gary Parrish, CBSSports

Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes come in at No. 17 here. Parrish highlights the fact that Seth Towns chose to return home to Columbus, instead of heading to Durham, along with the returns of Duane Washington Jr., C.J. Walker, and Kyle Young as reasons to be high on the new-look Buckeyes whenever they get back to the court.

They are joined in the CBS rankings by Big Ten brethren No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Illinois, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 21 Rutgers, and No. 23 Indiana.

I’m sorry, I’m just going to need a minute. Our rosy-cheeked baby boy is finally starting medical school. I’m just so proud of him.


From everywhere else...

Welp, looks like you’re gonna need to make new plans for Aug. 23.

You know, if students are going to be required to wear masks at school, perhaps it’s not safe for them to return to school at all.


And now for something completely different...

Obviously not ideal for the House of Mouse, but I think this is a smart move.

It’s much easier to do a rental/streaming release for a stand-alone movie than it is to do it for something like “Black Widow,” which is part of an expansive cinematic universe. Between cross-promotion, the scheduling between inter-connected projects on screens large and small, and much more means that it would have a longer lasting impact for Disney to release an MCU film this way, than the stand-alone “Mulan.”

However, if this goes well, I am sure that the Bobs could change their mind and start scheduling Disney+ premium tier releases at the drop of a hat.