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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes keeping family out of Horseshoe during health advisory, game still on

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Ohio State will have no fans inside the Horseshoe. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes keeping family out of Horseshoe during health advisory, game still on

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Buckeyes keeping family out of Horseshoe during health advisory, game still on

The good news for Ohio State is that, unlike last week, the Buckeyes will get to play a football game this weekend.

The bad news? The Buckeyes won’t have parents and family inside Ohio Stadium to watch.

After a stay-at-home advisory from the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio State will no longer allow any spectators inside the Horseshoe for Saturday’s top-10 matchup between the Buckeyes and Indiana. The advisory to stay at home will remain in place for 28 days, but the policy to allow no family members into the stadium will be re-evaluated before the Buckeyes home game against Michigan on Dec. 12.

“The health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, spectators and event staff is our top priority,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a university-released statement. “We had hoped to continue to allow family members of our student-athletes and coaching staffs to be able to attend games, but circumstances around this pandemic are prompting us to adjust, just as it has throughout the past eight months. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and we will continue to do what is in the best interests of everyone involved.”

Justin Fields, Buckeyes meet with media

Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline, co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Zach Harrison held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to talk about the upcoming top-10 matchup between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers. The conversation about the biggest matchups, defensive progress, wide receiver depth and more can be found below.

After the Buckeyes players and assistant coaches met with the media, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward was joined by Jeremy Birmingham, Tim May and Spencer Holbrook to break down what they learned from the media session and talk about what Zach Harrison can do to take the next step in his development for the Ohio State defense.

New Talking Stuff presented by Byers Auto

The recruiting dead period is continuing for Ohio State and the rest of college football.

For the Buckeyes, there’s minimal impact. The majority of the 2021 recruiting class for Ohio State is committed and intent on signing with Ryan Day’s program next month — and is set to do so drama-free.

But there is some question as to how the Buckeyes will finish the recruiting cycle. The two biggest questions left unanswered are in Washington state, where 5-star prospects Emeka Egbuka and J.T. Tuimoloau continue to handle their recruitments with the utmost privacy around their intentions.

That’s all broken down and more in the latest edition of Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast, which is of course presented by Byers Auto.

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

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 to preview the weekend full of college football games, including the Buckeyes upcoming top-10 showdown against Indiana.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Nov. 19 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. Come out to see Bobby Carpenter, Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare against the Hoosiers.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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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.