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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes stunned by cancellation, look ahead to spring

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Ohio State will not play football this fall. (Greg Bartram/Imagn)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes stunned by cancellation, look ahead to spring

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Buckeyes stunned by cancellation, look ahead to spring

The nightmare scenario arrived for college football Tuesday, with the Big Ten officially electing to delay all games while holding out some hope it could potentially play in the spring — a decision that multiple sources at Ohio State believe is untenable.

There are still far more questions than answers about where the sport will go from here. But at a minimum it is now clear there will be no football played in the Big Ten until next year, and even that continues to present challenges given the immense challenges that would be posed in that format. The spring season presents many questions to execute, and there are few answers so far early in the process.

So, an edition of the Buckeyes that was embracing its sky-high potential, was expected to give the program a fourth consecutive conference championship and was projected as a surefire College Football Playoff contender will instead not have the chance to achieve any of that. The coaching staff, players and their families all made passionate, public pleas to let them play this season while acknowledging the risk, though the concerns at the highest level of university administrations around the league eventually tipped the scales during the ongoing global pandemic.

Lettermen Row will be following the Buckeyes every step of the way. And their next game might just come in the spring.

For more, click here.

Leaving Big Ten to play not realistic for Buckeyes

The rumors began swirling over the weekend, and the questions started coming up.

But the reality is what it is, and the Buckeyes won’t be leaving the Big Ten for this football season and joining a different conference if it chooses to play. That’s just not a realistic option.

“Not leaving — that’s not realistic,” athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday afternoon before leaving the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “We’ve been a member of the Big Ten for a long time, we share the same values as our member institutions. We all know our history and tradition, I don’t need to give you that speech. We’re in the Big Ten, we’re not looking to play someone else outside of our conference, we have a contract that we are obligated to with our television partners, so that’s not happening.”

The dreams of a regular season matchup with Alabama or LSU are fun. But they aren’t realistic for the Buckeyes.

Tunmise Adeleye decommits from Ohio State

The top-ranked recruiting class in the country has taken a hit: Tunmise Adeleye has decommitted from Ohio State.

Adeleye chose the Buckeyes in April over other Florida, Miami, Texas A&M and other top programs in the South and around the country. Adeleye’s departure now leaves Ohio State with a big need at defensive end.

The four-star prospect made the announcement on his Twitter account.

The No. 30 overall player in the class of 2021, Adeleye originally chose the Buckeyes because of the stature of defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who produces NFL-level talent every year.

With Jack Sawyer and Michael Hall locked and loaded for Ohio State at defensive line, the Buckeyes are still aiming for top targets like J.T. Tuimoloau, with the pitch that he could be a part of a historically great group of talents if they chose to join the mix.

But that group no longer includes Tunmise Adeleye. For more on his decommitment, 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.