It’s beginning to look a lot like
Christmas football season! The Big Ten announced its conference-only schedule and medical protocols for the 2020 season, the NCAA published a list of mandates that actually benefit the players, Big Ten players formed a unity group and are asking for more safety measures, and Harbaugh just found himself a spot front and center on Ohio State’s bulletin board. Let’s get into it!
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL
Next up on our series focused on highlighting the under the radar guys, Brett takes a look at the defensive linemen, who are tasked with replacing three starters this season. Zach Harrison, Jonathon Cooper and Tyreke Smith have been getting most of the limelight, but there are also a few sleepers who might surprise you.
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
The Big Ten schedule is finally here! And it’s... not good!
Jim Baird, LGHL
The next coach in our 24 Club series is Wes Fesler— the first Ohio State head coach to win a Rose Bowl, but who struggled with consistency during his four years in Columbus. He resigned due to the pressure that the position holds, and I bet ya know the guy who took his place.
From around the gridiron...
After months of waiting, we will finally get to see Justin Fields throw a football on Sept. 19.
Ohio State will kick the season off on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Champaign, Illinois. Plus, for the first time since 1933, Ohio State will play Michigan in October. You probably know how we at LGHL feel about this...
For more on the schedule deets, Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors has you covered.
Fall camp begins Aug. 6.
Per an Ohio State spokesperson, Ohio State will begin fall camp tomorrow. Buckeyes are permitted to start early since their season opener was moved up to Sept. 3.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 5, 2020
Since Ohio State is now scheduled for a Sept. 3 start-date, the team will be back practicing at full speed for the first time in five months starting Thursday, one day earlier than originally planned.
Zack Carpenter, Eleven Warriors
Along with the 2020 football schedule, the Big Ten also announced its COVID-19 medical protocols for the season. Here’s a bullet-point version:
- Twice-weekly testing
- Symptoms questionnaire prior to entering the athletics facilities
- The results of all positive tests must be shared with that week’s upcoming opponent, as well as the previous opponent if applicable.
- Those who test positive and anyone who came within close contact of those who test positive must quarantine for 14 days
Mark Schlabach, ESPN
Three days after players from the Pac-12 released a list of demands for returning to play this season, Big Ten players issued a “unity proposal” of their own through College Athlete Unity and The Players Tribune.
Unlike the Pac-12’s demands however, the Big Ten players are not threatening to opt out of the season, nor are they asking to get paid. Rather, they just want both the NCAA and the Big Ten to implement more safety guidelines/rules for players in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other things, the players have asked for a ban on the use of COVID-19 liability waivers, an automatic medical redshirt for any player who misses games due to a positive test, and coverage for all out-of-pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19.
In response to the demands, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said he would “spend some time with the letter” and communicate with the players.
The NCAA caring about its student-athletes????
“Our decisions place emphasis where it belongs — on the health and safety of college athletes.”— NCAA (@NCAA) August 5, 2020
– NCAA President Mark Emmert pic.twitter.com/mhXgXuCU8F
The NCAA Board of Governors published a list of guidelines for its member schools on Wednesday, including a mandate that says all schools must honor scholarships for any athletes who choose to opt out due to COVID-19 concerns and that they must cover all student-athletes’ medical expenses related to COVID-19.
Also, Boards of Directors for each division in the NCAA must determine by Aug. 21 whether or not they will have a fall sports season.
Hang 100 on ‘em
Here is what actually happened between Jim Harbaugh and Ryan Day on the Big Ten call yesterday. This rivalry is as real as it gets. pic.twitter.com/i78WRP2Mae— Blue By Ninety (@bluebyninety) August 5, 2020
Apparently there was a bit of Ryan Day/Jim Harbaugh drama in the Big Ten head coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday. Allegedly, Harbaugh called Day out for cheating, Day told him to mind his beeswax, and then went and told his team that “the conference better have a mercy rule, or the Buckeyes are going to hang 100 points on the Wolverines.”
Honestly, why does Harbaugh do this to himself?
Where you can watch Day terrorize TTUN.
Mark your calendars— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 5, 2020
The Game is scheduled for October 24th on FOX! pic.twitter.com/IgpV2bh4E6
Guys, the only goal for this season is to #MakeItToMichigan. Anything past The Game is just a bonus.
From everywhere else...
Down goes the first FBS team.
Breaking: UConn will announce on Wednesday that it's suspending its football program for the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Huskies coach Randy Edsall confirmed to Adam Rittenberg.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 5, 2020
UConn is the first FBS program to suspend its football season. pic.twitter.com/a8euT55jsX
UConn has cancelled its 2020 football season, becoming the first top-level NCAA team to do so. The school’s athletic director David Benedict said that “the safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
Also not participating in this year’s football season:
Sources tell me that Penn State LB Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 college season and enter the 2021 NFL draft— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) August 5, 2020
Should be made official later tonight or early tomorrow.https://t.co/1rBqoccKN3
Penn State stand out linebacker Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he will likely be a top-10 pick. Very bad news for Penn State. Very good news for the Buckeyes.
Speaking of which, Justin Fields and Shaun Wade, who are also projected to come off the board early in the 2021 Draft, said in a teleconference on Tuesday that they are not considering opting out of the season. Love that for us.
Matt Wenzel, cleveland.com
The only returning starter on the Spartans’ defensive line this year, Jacub Panasiuk, has also opted out of the season, saying he “cannot risk his health and safety in order to play football.” He plans on taking a redshirt and returning for his senior season.
Panasiuk has made 81 tackles, including 18.5 for a loss, eight sacks and four forced fumbles in 38 career games. Last season, he posted career-highs of 34 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Not great for Michigan State.