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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes cancel spring game, halt recruiting

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes cancel spring game, halt recruiting

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Ohio State cancels spring game due to coronavirus

Ohio State will not have its annual spring scrimmage. The university announced Wednesday evening that the annual spring game, which was set for April 11, has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Ohio State will still hold spring practice after spring break starting Tuesday.

The university also announced all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public.

“The Ohio State Department of Athletics will continue to host intercollegiate athletic sporting events,” Ohio State said in a statement. “But attendance at all events for the remainder of the academic year will be limited to student athletes and their immediate family members, team coaches and staff, essential event management, operational and facility staff and credentialed members of the media. All events will be closed to the public.”

Ohio State has been working with Gov. Mike DeWine, who recommended that sporting events on campus can proceed with limited fans in attendance. DeWine has made it clear that large gatherings are not to happen within the state.

Buckeyes shut recruiting operations down

Just hours after the NCAA and Big Ten announced they will limit attendance at their upcoming basketball tournaments, the Ohio State football program will postpone all unofficial and official visits through April 20. The Buckeyes coaches will not go off-campus to recruit, in accordance with the university’s temporary travel restrictions.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day released the information on his Twitter account.

Ohio State has a good start to its 2021 class, holding commitments from 10 prospects from around the country. The Buckeyes are major players for some of the top uncommitted prospects in America. But the face-to-face effort to land some of those high schoolers will be put on pause for the time being.

Lettermen Row will continue to have updates on this developing story as they are made public.

Buckeyes open Big Ten Tournament against Purdue in empty gym

The Buckeyes will play in front of a light attendance for their Big Ten Tournament opener Thursday in Indianapolis, as the conference made a decision to keep its doors closed to fans.

The conference will keep fans out, and only student athletes and their immediate family members, team coaches and staff, essential event management, operational and facility staff and credentialed members of the media will be allowed in Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the remainder of the Big Ten Tournament.

No. 7 seed Ohio State will face No. 10 seed Purdue in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m and will be televised on Big Ten Network.

But amid concerns over the coronavirus, it will be a small crowd. Chris Holtmann addressed the ongoing situation Wednesday.

“I don’t know where this is headed,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann told the media on Wednesday. “I think we all know this is a fluid situation. So, I’m not sure where it’s all headed. I do think there’ll continue to be some things that will really impact the NCAA Tournament.”

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to clarify:

1] we are halting all travel and physical meetings with recruits

2 audio &/or video and written recruiting communications continue..

please verify.


Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first 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.

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