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Scarlet Sunrise: No new plan for Big Ten made over holiday weekend

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day and athletic director Gene Smith are still fighting for a season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: No new plan for Big Ten made over holiday weekend

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No new plan for Big Ten made over holiday weekend

There was new hope for a fall football season in the Big Ten last week, when the league commissioner and President Trump spoke about rapid testing and other concerns.

And there was certainly renewed hope when a reported October start for the Big Ten is now an option for Ohio State and all member schools. Could they start in October and be finished with a season in time to be included in the College Football Playoff? That’s the hope.

But over the holiday weekend, the league remained silent on the possibility of a vote for October football. As rumors and rumblings continue to build, the league hasn’t said a word. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the Big Ten presidents did what they have been doing for nearly a month now — they stayed quiet.

Could a vote come this week? Could the Big Ten season be reinstated? Those are yet to be answered.

Reid Carrico, Ironton show football’s importance

Football means a lot to small communities across the country, but it has been postponed and canceled in various places due to the pandemic.

Ohio high schools can play, though. And for Ohio State linebacker commit Reid Carrico and the town of Ironton, Ohio, football means everything. That’s why Carrico is playing despite the opportunity to opt out and prep for his freshman season at Ohio State. Lettermen Row has the story. Here’s part of it:

Carrico is the star of the show. After a three-touchdown performance last week, Carrico had four touchdowns Friday night, as well as a 65-yard kick return he nearly took for a touchdown. Then there was the sack and a forced fumble on defense.

Maybe if he would have been able to finish the job of winning the town’s first state title since 1989 last season — and only the third in program history — he could have opted out and been satisfied enough to train for his Ohio State career. But in a town this crazy about football, Carrico couldn’t end his career with a state runner-up. He’s ready for the title. For him — and for Ironton.

For the full story, click here.

ICYMI: Big Ten, Pac-12 alignment idea won’t work

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott made headlines Thursday when he mentioned an alignment plan between his league and the Big Ten. But that wouldn’t include a fall football season, one thing the Buckeyes are pushing for.

Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward broke down why the Big Ten shouldn’t do an alignment plan with the Pac-12 and why it’s an awful idea for Ohio State and the entire league. Part of that is here:

It’s not a surprise that the Big Ten and Pac-12 were the only two of the Power Five leagues to take the suicide-pact cancellation plunge when a simple delay was all that was required. But it’s sure wildly misguided that commissioner Kevin Warren would be taking calls from Scott and entertaining the notion of waiting until Thanksgiving or January just to make sure the buddy system continues on uninterrupted.

For the full story, click here.

 

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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.