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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes already discussing defensive plan for 2020

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Kerry Coombs and the Buckeyes staff are already hard at work for next season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes already discussing defensive plan for 2020

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Buckeyes discussing defensive plan for 2020

Last season, Ohio State had a miraculous defensive turnaround after a historically bad 2018 season. Coach Ryan Day said the plans for last season’s defense were discussed throughout the offseason, and the preparation showed through the season. The Buckeyes plan to do the same this offseason with new defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs.

With so many smart defensive minds in the meeting rooms, somebody has to have a final say on what happens with the Silver Bullets. Day has already given that assignment.

“Like I say all the time, in college football, every year is a completely different year,” Day said. “You have to go in and figure out what that year and what your personnel looks like and what the right things are, and they’re going to go in there and do that. And at the end of the day somebody has to walk out of that room with the final say and that will be Kerry. But they’re all professionals. They’re all going to have their hand in this thing, and they’re all team players and they’re all in this thing together, just like we are on offense.”

Coombs’ return will be huge for the Buckeyes. Adding him to the staff of Greg Mattison, Larry Johnson, Al Washington and Matt Barnes will only help Ohio State moving forward. And Coombs will have final say over the decisions made.

Greg Studrawa proving his recruiting capabilities

Ohio State had a lot of staff turnover last offseason. Ryan Day was quick to make the Buckeyes football program his own by hiring new defensive coaches, and there was a thought that he could replace Greg Studrawa as offensive line coach. Day didn’t and Studrawa remained, but questions about his recruiting chops weren’t completely gone.

Studrawa has faced criticism for his recruiting efforts, or lack thereof, but he’s beginning to change the narrative with a strong offensive line haul in 2020 and a hot start to the 2021 offensive line recruiting class. Birm looked at Studrawa’s recent recruiting improvements and what they mean for the Buckeyes moving forward. Check out an excerpt:

The truth, though, is that when [Paris] Johnson came to campus with his family, it was usually Studrawa who was around him. And it was clear when that duo was spotted on the sidelines before games or at recruiting events that there was a really solid bond between them, Johnson may have committed because of Meyer, but Studrawa’s role in maintaining it after Meyer retired shouldn’t be ignored. The same can and should be said about Luke Wypler.

On-campus recruiting was never a perceived issue for Studrawa. He’s always excelled in that role. However, as conversations with 2020 and 2021 recruits can attest, he has definitely changed his pace and intensity away from Columbus in the last year, and the results speak for themselves.

The full story on how Studrawa has improved can be found here.

Former Buckeyes basketball stars part of NBA trade deadline

Three former Ohio State basketball stars are on the move.

As the NBA trade deadline came and went, three former Buckeyes stars moved teams in just a few short days. Keita Bates-Diop, the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Denver Nuggets.

Evan Turner, the 2010 Naismith National Player of the Year for the Buckeyes, was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Timberwolves, where he will team up with another former Ohio State star, D’Angelo Russell, who was traded to Minnesota from the Golden State Warriors, who he had only been with for less than one season.

All three were excellent players for Ohio State in the last decade. Now, they’ll have to adapt to new NBA franchises following their respective trades.

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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.