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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten delays next phase of training camp

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The Big Ten Conference halted the next phase of fall camp. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten delays next phase of training camp

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Big Ten delays next phase of training camp

Just as the momentum for a fall college football season shifted to the positive side, Saturday seemed to be another day of setbacks.

Ohio State started training camp this week in preparation for its season opener on Sept. 3, but the Buckeyes won’t be able to go beyond what they’ve been doing this week.

The Big Ten announced it is slowing down the beginning of training camp, barring member schools from practicing with pads on. The announcement came Saturday as the college football world seems to be teetering.

“Based on the advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, until further notice, all institutions will remain in the first two days of the acclimatization period in football (i.e., helmets shall be the only piece of protective equipment student-athletes may wear) as we continue to transition prudently through preseason practice,” the league said in a statement. “All other fall sports will continue to work locally with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity, as necessary, based on current medical protocols.”

Ohio State wants to play football. That’s certainly clear. But as of right now, the Buckeyes will only be able to do so much for the foreseeable future.

Current, former Buckeyes stars set to graduate

Ohio State is much more than just an NFL factory. The Buckeyes coaching staff and administrators stress academics and stress earning a college degree. Two current Buckeyes football players will earn their degrees this weekend.

Linebacker Baron Browning and captain Shaun Wade will receive their degrees Sunday afternoon. Browning, a communications major, will be a key part of the Ohio State linebacker room this season. Wade put off the NFL to return to the Buckeyes, and the sport industry major will earn his degree, as well, while becoming a leader of the Ohio State secondary. Former Ohio State football player Michael Bennett will receive his degree, too.

Buckeyes basketball star Kyle Young is also graduating Sunday. Former Ohio State basketball player Trevor Thompson is also a part of the graduating class. In total, 27 current and former Ohio State athletes will graduate.

Buckeyes still working on top 2021 targets

The recruiting dead period is still holding back the 2021 class, but Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast still has plenty to discuss about the Ohio State recruiting efforts.

Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook are back to break down the latest recruiting news and notes. The guys choose whether primary Buckeyes targets are going to be in the historic recruiting class or on the outside choosing a different school. Are the Buckeyes going to land Derrick Davis? Can they close the deal with five-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka? Which guys in the trenches will choose Ohio State over the other top schools in the country? It’s all in the newest episode.

It’s another loaded show, and it’s all presented by Byers Auto.

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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.