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Ohio State is expecting to have some fans in attendance this fall. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Gene Smith expecting limited crowds at Horseshoe

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Gene Smith expecting limited crowds at Horseshoe

Last month, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith wasn’t in the business of making projections about potential season models, and he certainly wasn’t ready to entertain the idea of fans in attendance for Ohio State games this fall.

But now with more information and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center opening its doors in June, Smith is ready to discuss the idea of fans in attendance. It likely won’t be the normal 100,000 fans weekly who pack into the Horseshoe, but some fans will likely be allowed.

Smith originally said he’d like to work out a way for 20,000 to 30,000 fans to be permitted in Ohio Stadium for the season, but he later took to Twitter to clarify that there is a scenario where the Buckeyes could have around 50,000 fans for a game.

Ohio State will be allowed to hold voluntary workouts for football players on June 8. And the thought of a college football season is becoming more of a reality than a dream. With more optimism coming seemingly every day, there might even be fans in the stands for the Buckeyes in September.

Special guest Urban Meyer joins Tim May Podcast

The Tim May Podcast is back this week with a special Ohio State guest.

Tim had an exclusive interview with former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to talk about a variety of subjects, including what he misses about Ohio State football, some of his best moments with the Buckeyes and the state of college football. They broke down what needs to happen for the Buckeyes and everyone in college football to have a season this fall.

Tim was also joined by Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward to further discuss what the football season could look like this fall and how the NCAA, conferences and schools could do it in a safe manner that still allows everyone to play. It won’t be normal, but there could be football in the fall.

There is growing optimism about a college football season happening, and they made sure to touch on what that season could include.

It’s all in the latest Tim May Podcast.

Buckeyes unlikely to swap sites for Oregon game

Ohio State is hoping to play a full 12-game schedule, which would include the highly-anticipated trip to Oregon for a top-10 showdown. But what if Oregon can’t host the Buckeyes because it is under different guidelines? What if the travel can’t happen due to the virus? Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward has more on the plans that need to be in place:

But even with everything still on the table for at least another month until firm scheduling decisions must be made, it’s probably safe to rule out one significant tweak for one of the most anticipated non-conference games of the season.

Ohio State is unlikely to swap hosting duties with Oregon in a September battle of College Football Playoff contenders. And while that doesn’t mean the matchup is in significant jeopardy at the moment, that’s at least one modification that the Buckeyes don’t believe is possible to ensure it stays on the schedule.

Why won’t the Buckeyes swap sites with the Ducks? Austin has more here.

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Politicians and medical people with an agenda ….unmasked


hmmm, does one size fit all, for politicians or medical people?


I’m with Florida Buckeye on this one. FL and GA show no sins of an increase in the virus. Time to open everything up. One side of the spectrum wants the economy to collapse to the point where it can’t recover so their “utopia” can be attempted.


“expect our limited crowds” to keep on changing their limits, and name their changes to suit their desires. we’re… ‘only human’…. Meanwhile… the staff is at work converting the helter-skelter amorphous mountain of earthquaking ‘policies’… into compliant tomes of phrases to be korrect…. while also preparing the facilities, supplies, and updates to skill drills for the arrival of the ‘kids’… [aka their job]. it will be a dose of reality about what the kids have committed to… quite unlike what the ‘elite experts’ have ‘mandated’. Isn’t it amazing, what kids can do when their will works together, on ways… to exercise, improve, achieve? GO BUCKS – all ‘students of the game’… even as in the very midst of Diversity, at the tip of the human evolutionary iceberg… you must exercise the ‘choice’ to do EXACTLY as Dear Leaders tell you to. [for history majors, read up on popular Russian jokes c. 1980-1990] Meanwhile, Coach Day and staff, given their stated principles and standards, are yet on that narrow, rocky road that few find… especially when ‘the beautiful, caring, fair people’… have closed all the ice-cream stores. yes, the korrect leaders ban, close, revoke, cite, jail [except for whosoever they release… Read more »

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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