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Early starts good for Ohio State?
Let’s preface this segment with the news that Fox has decided to air its best games each week in the 12 p.m. ET slot, a move made as a concession of sorts. As Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News pointed out in the above link, the primetime slots are unbelievably crowded and Fox was getting its face kicked in from a ratings standpoint during the afternoon slot because that’s when CBS airs its top choice among SEC games.
So noon it is for Fox’s best games, which means Ohio State might be seeing more noon kickoffs than usual. (As it turns out, having Ohio State as one of the teams is a good recipe for the best Big Ten game of the week.) With that in mind, Wednesday’s question of the day posed the following query: How will that impact Ohio State?
As someone who went to LSU, the idea of shunning night kickoffs is an affront to everything I’ve ever known, but I have to admit my colleague Austin Ward made a compelling case for daytime. The players and coaches like it because they can spend time with families afterwards, and it’s not the end of the world for fans to wake up earlier to tailgate (plus, you can still tailgate afterwards and watch other games). The recruiting aspect is the main problem, but as long as it doesn’t prevent players from making it in time (which is a legitimate worry), everything should be fine.
And, of course, there’s one other key aspect: Ohio State doesn’t only play games at home. The 2016 Ohio State team played road night games against Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Penn State, the latter two of which came in back-to-back weeks with both teams coming off a bye. I’m sure the Buckeyes will take any reduction they can on that front.
Ohio State offer excites Cali LB
New 2021 linebacker offer Ethan Calvert hasn’t seen Ohio State’s reputation change, and the expectation among the West Coast’s top prospects is that the program is a team to be reckoned with for years to come.
“It means a lot,” Calvert, who was offered by linebackers coach Al Washington on Monday, told Lettermen Row.”Not many kids in California have this offer, and for them to offer me as a sophomore is really humbling. Ohio State is going to be elite for the next decade for sure.”
A 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete at powerhouse Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, Calvert has offers now from seven schools — including LSU, BYU, Michigan and Colorado. Calvert said he “for sure” wants to visit Ohio State this summer and that he was told the offer came because Washington liked what he saw on tape.
“He told my coach he likes my physicality and the intensity I play with,” Calvert said. “He also said he liked my speed.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Wednesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Darron Lee traded to Chiefs
Darron Lee, who starred for Ohio State during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, is headed west. Lee was traded from the New York Jets to the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
The trade came just hours after the Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and put head coach Adam Gase as the team’s acting general manager. Lee had fallen out of favor with the Jets since being taken with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he ended the 2018 season by serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. On May 2, the Jets declined to pick up his fifth-year option, which means Lee will become a free agent following the 2019 season.
He’s now getting a fresh start in Kansas City, where Nate Taylor of The Athletic says he’ll get serious consideration for a starting role.
Men’s golf team advances out of regional
The Ohio State men’s golf team put together its best performance at the right time, qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011.
Ohio State entered the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional as the No. 8 seed, and only the top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships. However, the Buckeyes got the job done by shooting a combined 20-under par over three rounds to finish second behind Illinois.
- Big Ten Media Days: 64 days
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 108 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 199 days
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