2020 will be the first calendar year without a football game in the state of Ohio since 1889.
Buckeyes performed during the 1918 influenza pandemic and two world wars, but they won’t be performing this fall.
– Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 11, 2020
We live in wild and wild times.
Word of the day: inconsolable.
COMIC RELIEF. There wasn’t a lot to smile about yesterday, but Urban Meyer raging against a shirtless man for standing behind his live nationwide TV show was absolutely one of them.
Half-naked guy walks into Urban Meyers LIVE Big Ten Net interview… coach panics lol. pic.twitter.com/AqSujJLHEl
– Dave Zawilinski (@DavezONAIR) August 11, 2020
Prayer for this man who received the full extent of Urban’s anger as those cameras stopped rolling.
IS IT WORTH THE VALUE, NEBRASKA? Nebraska have been damn insisting they’ll try to play a fall football season outside of the Big Ten if the conference decides to postpone fall sports.
It’s their call, but the Big Ten have about 50 million reasons why they shouldn’t be doing this.
When Yahoo Sports specifically asked Warren if Nebraska could play college football this fall, it gave a response that would nod its hard-line predecessor with approval.
“No,” he said firmly. “No and be a member of the Big Ten Conference.”
Warren’s concise rebuttal to Nebraska is a nice window into the results he used to help guide the decision that could ultimately define his career as the Big Ten commissioner. He politely told Nebraska that if he got rogue, he could pack it where the corn didn’t peel. And the league would be happy to keep their $ 50 million cup and share it with those who play well.
So here is. If you’re wondering why Ryan Day seemed to think leaving the Big Ten was a much better idea than Gene Smith, this would probably be why!
LET NEGATIVE RECRUITMENT BEGIN. The Big Ten’s decision to postpone the season is sure to hurt the state of Ohio on the recruiting trail. How much remains to be seen, but teams are already using it as a negative recruiting argument against Big Ten teams.
I heard one night from a Big 10 coach say that I had known for 20 years that the conference accused of ending the sport was already having an impact on recruiting.
One of the main goals for 2021 has told the staff of this coach that he will be visiting a school at a conference that “supports football”.
– Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) August 11, 2020
If the other three Power Five conferences really take place and play a season, it will be a disaster for about 347,819 reasons, but this is definitely one of them.
Even if a #teen doesn’t explicitly buy that Ohio state or Big Ten football, the Buckeyes are selling out on Saturday – even if it’s just on TV. It’ll be pretty hard to do that recruiting ground when you’re not playing, but other teams are.
SHOPPING THERAPY? If shopping and spending is your coping mechanism of choice, I’ve got news – you can spend a ton of money on extremely unique Buckeye gear, starting today.
Sloopy Auctions is back with a ridiculously impressive collection of unique Ohio State gear and memorabilia, auctioning off everything from a 2014 National Championship ring to a handwritten letter from Ohio State legend Chic Harley.
If you’re trying to snag a piece of Buckeye’s story, the auction starts at noon today. You can see the full file here.
SONG OF THE DAY. “Everything hurts” by REM
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