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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann taking voluntary paycuts

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Chris Holtmann and Ryan Day both took voluntary pay cuts. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann taking voluntary paycuts

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann taking voluntary paycuts

Ohio State is one of the biggest athletic departments in America. But even the Buckeyes athletic department is suffering from a loss created by COVID-19. Ohio State is facing a $107 million deficit with the loss of fan attendance and other factors. So the athletic department is enacting cost-saving measures. Furloughs, budget cuts and even reduced salaries have all been enacted to save money and cut costs.

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann and football coach Ryan Day will take a 5 percent salary reduction between Oct. 1 and June 30, 2021.

“Our student-athletes are our primary responsibility,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement released Wednesday. “They have and will continue to come first. We have put together a responsible and conservative budget for this fiscal year, which assumes full support for our student-athletes.

“In the midst of this devastating pandemic, we remain committed to providing a safe and excellent academic and athletic experience for all of our student-athletes.”

Part of putting the student-athletes as the primary responsibility is keeping sports. And the Buckeyes didn’t have to cut any sports like other programs around the country — and even some in the Big Ten — have had to. But the pandemic has hit the athletic budget hard. Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann are no exception. They’re both taking voluntary pay cuts.

Weekend Kickoff at Urban Meyer’s Pint House

Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House this Thursday.

The latest edition of the show will be Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead.

Get set with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and our panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light.

Former Buckeyes wide receiver selling officially licensed masks

Masks are required in Ohio this football season. Want an Ohio State mask to stay healthy and safe, while supporting the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State wide receiver Chris Fields is selling officially licensed Ohio State masks now.

For more information about ordering an Ohio State mask, click here.

Gee Scott becomes third freshman to lose black stripe

Ohio State is hard at work on the practice field, prepping for an Oct. 24 Big Ten start to the season.

And it seems the freshmen class is already making an impact, especially in the wide receiver room. Gee Scott Jr., a big-time playmaker from Seattle, became the second freshman wide receiver and the third freshman overall to lose his black stripe in fall camp. The first two were wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and defensive playmaker Kourt Williams, who lost theirs earlier this week.

Scott and Smith-Njigba are part of a historic wide receiver haul for the Buckeyes in 2020. Ohio State landed four of the top 15 wide receivers in the class, and it seems that two of them have made enough of a splash to have their black stripe removed early in their careers. Odds are the other two freshman receivers aren’t far behind.

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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.