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Scarlet Sunrise: Gov. DeWine optimistic about fall Big Ten schedule

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Scarlet Sunrise: Gov. DeWine optimistic about fall Big Ten schedule

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Gov. DeWine optimistic about fall Big Ten schedule

While the Big Ten has remained silent for nearly a month now, there was new hope for a reinstated fall football season last week.

Ohio State has been ready and will continue to be ready for whenever the Buckeyes are given the green light to play a season. And it could still get that green light for an October start, which is still an option, according to Lettermen Row sources.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine knows how important football is to the state. He certainly can still see a fall football season happening for the Big Ten.

“I think there certainly is a decent chance of there being a season in football for the Big Ten, for Ohio State, which is what we’re really concerned about,” DeWine said Tuesday during his press briefing. “I talked to [Ohio State athletic director] Gene Smith this morning about that issue. I’m not going to disclose our conversation other than I inquired about it. He told me it was still in play, still very much a possibility.”

DeWine remains optimistic about a potential season. It all comes down to how the Buckeyes — and the league — set up testing.

“The key is always going to be how it is done,” DeWine said. “Athletes at Ohio State, with their capability of testing, very, very, very frequently, could potentially be the safest people there with a couple of things coming together. One, very close in time testing. And two, a strong ethic to stay safe to be able to play football.”

What’s the latest on the potential season options for the Big Ten? Check it out here.

White House still in talks with Big Ten

The Big Ten has three options for a season. And the league members seem to be at a stalemate when it comes to voting on a plan moving forward for a college football season.

Last week, the White House was in contact with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren about testing availability and getting the league back on the field. Those talks have continued into this week. Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward has the report:

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation who weren’t authorized to speak publicly confirmed that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has stayed in contact with administration officials following his conversation with President Donald Trump last Tuesday. That initial discussion about the potential availability of the new, rapid, saliva-based tests for the league was deemed positive by both sides, and that prompted new momentum that October kickoffs could be in play for the Big Ten.

But that energy has at least temporarily faded, in part because government officials have yet to have the offer for assistance accepted or receive any feedback about what else the league might need to get back on the field this year.

For the full story, click here.

Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Lettermen Live is back again for another show to break down a possible fall football season for Ohio State, the latest developments in the ongoing saga and more.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward welcomes former Buckeyes stars Michael Bennett, Justin Zwick and Anthony Schlegel for a discussion about the possibility of the Big Ten football season in October, the ongoing silence from the powers within the league and what the last week of news means for Ohio State and the conference moving forward.

The panel takes a deep dive into the rumors and drama that have been swirling around the league for the last week. The guys question Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren’s leadership skills.

Make sure not to miss this huge edition of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.