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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State’s NFL Combine success shows off program’s strength

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Parris Campbell and other Ohio State products had a great NFL Combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State’s NFL Combine success shows off program’s strength

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.

Ohio State killed the NFL Combine

Ohio State’s NFL Combine was a hugely successful one. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward took a look at what we learned at the NFL Combine and the impressive display the Buckeyes put on in Indianapolis.

And while I’ve always been firmly in the camp that tape > workouts, it never hurts for a program to put on this type of display. While Ole Miss has players saying they ate whatever they wanted while in college, the Buckeyes made Mickey Marotti look like he was worth every penny.

Cade Stover talks with Birm

Ohio State signee Cade Stover joined Birminology and talked about his decision to give up hoops, his relationship with the new Ohio State coaching staff and gave his thoughts on whether or not he’d beat 2021 football commitment Jack Sawyer in a game of 1-on-1 hoops.

WATCH: Cade Stover on Birminology

Jim Delany will retire in 2020

Although this news isn’t specific to Ohio State, it’s worth noting that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will retire upon the expiration of his current contract ending June 30, 2020.

Ohio State won the Big Ten championship each of the last two years but was excluded from the College Football Playoff. Delany’s embarrassing defense of the status quo and endorsement of the playoff committee’s exclusion of his conference after each of those seasons will surely be part of a complicated legacy. He turned the Big Ten into a money-making machine and is a big reason why fans can watch all of their team’s games on TV these days, but in recent years he also saddled the conference with Maryland and Rutgers, endorsed Friday games and refused to criticize the exclusion of the Big Ten from the playoff.

As much as I’ve loved visiting Piscataway for night games against Rutgers, his replacement will likely be a welcome change from the decisions that marked the end of his tenure.

Student Appreciation date set

Ohio State announced Monday that its Student Appreciation practice will be held on March 23. The practice marks the return of a tradition that was created during Urban Meyer’s first season but did not take place in 2018.

“The Ohio State students represent the most passionate and loyal fan base in all of college football, and the players and the members of this program want to thank them for their support,” ” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “I can’t wait to meet our students on the field afterward, and I can’t wait for our students to meet the players and to greet the new members of our staff.”

Happy Mardi Gras!

On a personal note, I’d just like to remind everyone that today is the best day of the year. For all our non-Louisiana readers (so, basically everyone), I hope you eventually come down to New Orleans to experience it at least once.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops at Northwestern: 1 day
  • Oho State spring game: 39 days

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