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The Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be available and open beginning Monday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes establish testing, workout guidelines

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Buckeyes establish testing, workout guidelines

Ohio State will finally be back in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After a months-long hiatus due to the still-ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Buckeyes are permitted to start voluntary athletic workouts in select buildings Monday.

They won’t get the spring practices they lost back, but coming back to the building is a milestone in itself considering the length of the hiatus.

The athletic department developed and instituted protocols to make sure student-athletes and coaches are safe. Before the Buckeyes return, there are many guidelines they must go through and tests to pass, including:

  • A physical examination by an Ohio State physician or trainer
  • Educational videos to make sure the players and coaches understand safe social distancing practices
  • Face-covering and hand-washing education, as well as education on disinfecting their homes
  • Quarantine for 24 to 48 hours after testing, waiting for coronavirus test results
  • A video walkthrough of the team facility
  • Daily temperature checks before entering the facility

If any student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they will self-isolate for at least 14 days and have to check in daily with the athletic department medical staff.

Men’s and women’s basketball will be able to return for voluntary workouts on June 15.

The full protocols and guidelines were released by the athletic department and can be found here.

Bold predictions for Buckeyes quarterbacks

Justin Fields obviously dominates the conversation for the Buckeyes quarterbacks, and he sets the tone at a position where only one guy can play at a time. He’s a Heisman Trophy favorite on a national-title contender for a reason. He’s one of the faces of college football and should be a candidate for the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft.

But there is plenty of talent behind him as well, and Ohio State as a whole might just have a unit that qualifies as the envy of college football this season. C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller are both upcoming stars ready to begin their first season. Gunnar Hoak is a qualified backup who will play a role in the offense this season.

How will it shake out for Ohio State? Lettermen Row laid out five bold predictions for the Buckeyes quarterback unit here.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

On this week’s episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters, former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer joined the panel to discuss how his experience as a college football coach has shaped his view of today’s social issues and injustice.

Also on this week’s panel were Robert Landers, Anthony Schlegel, Doug Worthington and Justin Zwick. It wasn’t the typical football conversation at Roosters, but it was an important conversation to have. Watch as the guys provide insight into race relations and how diversity found on many sports teams can be a positive influence.

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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.