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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State goes through program-defining Friday

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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has had quite the first few days at the helm of the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State goes through program-defining Friday

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Justin Fields heading to Ohio State

As if Ryan Day’s first few days as head coach of the Buckeyes weren’t busy enough, Friday was a defining day for the future of the Ohio State football program. Starting with the report of a new face heading to Columbus.

Multiple sources confirmed to Lettermen Row on Friday morning that former 5-star quarterback Justin Fields will be transferring from Georgia to join the Buckeyes quarterback room. The plans indicated Fields is expected on campus with the Buckeyes later in the afternoon and set to move in this weekend ahead of the resumption of classes, clearing the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.

With the news, it is almost certain that Dwayne Haskins will declare for the NFL Draft sometime this week to make room for the former Bulldogs quarterback and set up an interesting spring competition for the starting job between himself, Tate Martell and Matthew Baldwin.

Michael Jordan declares for NFL Draft

After Jordan Fuller and Malik Harrison already announced their intentions to return to Ohio State for their senior seasons, the Buckeyes received their first declaration for the NFL Draft from Michael Jordan.

The now-former center said on Twitter Friday that he will forgo his senior season, meaning that Ohio State will have a new starting center for the fourth consecutive season. Jordan was believed to be on the fence throughout the process due to the possibility of moving back to guard next season, but he ultimately decided to jump to the professional ranks.

In terms of who will take over the center role, Josh Myers would be one name to keep an eye on this offseason and he said at Rose Bowl media day that he is ready for that challenge.

Alex Grinch joining the Sooners

Just in case that was not enough, the day was not over for the Buckeyes.

Safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will be joining the Oklahoma staff next season as the Sooners’ defensive coordinator, according to a report from Bruce Feldman. He was brought in from Washington State to provide a spark to the Buckeyes defense, but after one of the worst statistical seasons in program history defensively, he’s taking his talents to Norman and more changes could be coming on the Ohio State staff.

Ohio State isn’t used to having assistants make lateral moves to leave, and that could sting a bit even though Ryan Day still has a tremendous amount to sell to any defensive coach on the market.

Hoops faces top-10 test in Michigan State

Ohio State men’s basketball is still rolling to start the year at 12-1, and are riding a six-game win streak into a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State Saturday in Columbus. The Spartans are streaking as well, winning their last seven games and are looking for a bit of revenge after being crushed by the Buckeyes last season as the No. 1-ranked team.

The matchup tips off at noon and will air on FOX. Head coach Chris Holtmann, guard C.J. Jackson and forward Kaleb Wesson met with the media Friday to preview Michigan State.

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  • Ohio State hoops vs. Michigan State: Today
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I’m sorry but 1 player is not “program-defining” at a school like tOSU.

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Nick is the producer at Lettermen Row. Born in Dayton, Nick recently graduated from Ohio State where he worked for The Lantern and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also knows the city of Columbus and its love of sports well after interning with Columbus Crew SC and WBNS-10TV during his undergraduate education.

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