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Scarlet Sunrise: NCAA sets testing, participation guidelines

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The NCAA set forth testing protocols Thursday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: NCAA sets testing, participation guidelines

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NCAA sets testing, participation guidelines

The NCAA and the Power Five conferences have officially put the wheels in motion for testing protocols this fall.

The governing bodies released testing guidelines that, while rigorous, would allow for fall sports to go on as planned. But there is still some pessimism.

“When we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel last spring’s championships it was because there was simply no way to conduct them safely,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where COVID-19 rates are manageable. Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”

From the NCAA, the guidelines include:

  • Daily self-health checks
  • Appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing during training, practice, games and activities outside of sports
  • Testing strategies for all athletic activities, including preseason, regular season and postseason
  • Testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high contact risk sports
  • Member schools must adhere to public health standards set by their local communities

The guidelines will be tough to meet, but it appears a fall football season is still on the schedule. That’s good news for college football.

Bobby Carpenter breaks down Justin Hilliard

Justin Hilliard just kept working through adversity for the Buckeyes. His Ohio State career hadn’t gone the way the former five-star linebacker had hoped, but last year, he saw a glimpse of what he still can do for Ohio State.

The sixth-year linebacker will be back for another chance at stardom, and he is expected to contribute for the Silver Bullets defense. The best might be yet to come for Hilliard.

What makes Justin Hilliard such an inspirational story for Ohio State? How can the senior linebacker contribute on the field as well for the Buckeyes? Where is the best place for the Silver Bullets to use the veteran tackler? Former Ohio State and NFL star Bobby Carpenter was back at Lettermen Row in the film lab to answer those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Reid Carrico shares thoughts on returning to football

Ohio State verbal commit Reid Carrico, the country’s No. 2-ranked inside linebacker prospect in the Class of 2021, is set for his final year of high school football at Ironton High School in Southeast Ohio.

Carrico committed to the Buckeyes early in his junior season, made no visits to other schools and has become a leader in the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class. A 6-foot-3, 225-pound, prototypical inside linebacker prospect, Carrico grew up dreaming of wearing the Scarlet and Gray.

Carrico is sharing his final high school season with Lettermen Row in a weekly journal, Senior Tackle, that will focus on football, family and anything else on his mind as he prepares for Ohio State.

To check out the first installment of Reid Carrico’s journal, 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.