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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football set for Big Ten Media Days on Thursday

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Ryan Day will participate in Big Ten Media Days on Thursday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football set for Big Ten Media Days on Thursday

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Ohio State set for Big Ten media days

Ohio State will take part in Big Ten media days on Thursday, with the action televised on the Big Ten Network. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day will make his media days debut at 2:30 p.m. ET when he has his primary press conference, which will be televised live on BTN.

12:15 p.m. ET | Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner
12:45 p.m. ET | Francois McGillicuddy, Big Ten Network President
1:00 p.m. ET | Scott Frost, Nebraska
1:15 p.m. ET | Lovie Smith, Illinois
1:30 p.m. ET | Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
1:45 p.m. ET | Tom Allen, Indiana
2:00 p.m. ET | P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
2:15 p.m. ET | Mike Locksley, Maryland
2:30 p.m. ET | Ryan Day, Ohio State

Ohio State is also bringing three players — defensive end Jonathon Cooper, safety Jordan Fuller and wide receiver K.J. Hill.

Mark Pantoni talks on Birminology

It’s no secret that the business of college football recruiting has evolved into a year-round profession. There’s no need to look much further for an example of how that world can turn into a dream job than Mark Pantoni, the director of player personnel for Ohio State dating back to Urban Meyer’s arrival in late 2011.

How has Pantoni and his staff adjusted to Ryan Day? Why did he stay at Ohio State when he had job opportunities elsewhere? Why did the Buckeyes move away from Friday Night Lights, and how does the recruiting staff combat negative recruiting and decades-old preconceived notions?

Pantoni talks about those things and more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

Washington’s Gee Scott mistake

Ari Wasserman of The Athletic posted an interesting story on Tuesday regarding Gee Scott’s recruitment. It’s absolutely mind-boggling the extent that Washington ignored a superstar player from its own backyard. Take this anecdote, for example:

Buckeyes receiver coach Brian Hartline identified Scott — who stars at powerhouse Eastside Catholic in suburban Sammamish — as a top-tier 2020 wide receiver more than a year ago, and Ohio State offered Scott a scholarship during an unofficial visit to Columbus in October. Soon after, a time during which Scott’s recruitment was about to explode, Washington’s coaches visited Eastside Catholic and sat down with every top athlete on the team except for Scott.

To willfully ignore a player many think will become a 5-star when services go through their latest re-rank… yikes. You can read the whole story here.

Single-game Ohio State tickets on sale Friday

Single game tickets to Ohio State football home games this season at Ohio Stadium will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at the following web address: The tickets may also be purchased online at on the Ticketmaster app for iOS or Android, or in person at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center.

According to Ohio State, tickets will be available for all home games, but some games will be limited in number and may include only single seats as opposed to two or more seats next to each other.

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: Today
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 44 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 135 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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