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Buckeyes get green light to resume on-campus workouts

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Ohio State cornerback Sevyn Banks returned to campus for a workout in June. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes get green light to resume on-campus workouts

COLUMBUS — After a one-week pause, Ohio State is restarting summer workouts.

The latest round of testing has given the Buckeyes the green light to open the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which was closed last week after positive cases of COVID-19 were found among the seven sports that had returned to campus. That included the football program, which Lettermen Row was told had single-digit players test positive.

The school has declined to reveal any information about the number of positive cases. But as of Tuesday, the school clearly felt comfortable with the progress and resumed voluntary workouts as it tries to prepare for a season that it now knows will include a Big Ten-only schedule if it can play this fall.

“Our Buckeyes are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete.

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Ohio State freshman Ryan Watts reported for a workout in June. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

“Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”

Flexibility remains key in providing both safety and opportunities to compete for the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten, which announced last week that it was eliminating non-conference games in order to try to pull off a season.

For Ohio State in particular, that means it could potentially now have games scheduled as early as Week Zero depending on what the league decides to do with the new openings in the slate. If that happens, the Buckeyes could potentially start mandatory training at any point now and could open training camp during the first week of August.

The Big Ten hasn’t announced any schedules at this point. But the Buckeyes are now free to get back to work preparing for whatever shape this season takes.

Austin Ward

Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.