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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes make October intentions clear to Big Ten

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day is still fighting the Big Ten decision. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes make October intentions clear to Big Ten

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Buckeyes make October intentions clear to Big Ten

Ohio State was one of three Big Ten schools that voted to still play this fall when the season was canceled last month.

The Buckeyes haven’t changed their stance. They want to play in the fall. And if other schools can be playing right now, why can’t Ohio State play in October? Buckeyes coach Ryan Day released a statement Thursday, still fighting the league’s decision to cancel last month — and asking for transparency from the league that has given its member schools no transparency to date.

“We still have an opportunity,” Day said in a statement released on social media, “to give our young men what they have worked so hard for: a chance to safely compete for a national championship this fall. I couldn’t possibly be prouder of how this team, our medical personnel, athletic director and president have stayed together and managed through this extremely difficult time with so many unanswered questions. The Big Ten medical subcommittee has done an excellent job of creating a safe pathway toward returning to play in mid-October.”

“These young men and their parents have asked so many questions that I do not have an answer to, but the one that hurts the most is, ‘Why can these other teams and players play and we can’t?'” Day said. “Duke is playing Notre Dame, and Clemson is playing Wake Forest this weekend. Our players want to know: Why can’t they play?”

Ohio State coach Ryan Day made his position clear. He and the Buckeyes want to play in October. Now, it’s up to the university presidents to make that happen.

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Buckeyes seniors need fall college football

Ohio State needs to play a fall season for plenty of reasons.

The Buckeyes enter the fall with one of the best rosters in the country and a legitimate chance of winning a national title. That all goes away if they don’t start the season in time to compete for the College Football Playoff.

If they aren’t on the field this fall, some Ohio State players may have a tough decision to make: Stay for whenever the Buckeyes play again or attempt to head to the NFL despite having no film since last season. The lack of a fall football calendar could have negative consequences on their draft stock.

So which senior Buckeyes need the fall season the most? Who can make a jump on a draft board if Ohio State is on the field? Lettermen Row broke down the five seniors who need to play most. Check that out here.

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ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Lettermen Live is back again for another show to break down a possible fall football season for Ohio State, the latest developments in the ongoing saga and more.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward welcomes former Buckeyes stars Michael Bennett, Justin Zwick and Anthony Schlegel for a discussion about the possibility of the Big Ten football season in October, the ongoing silence from the powers within the league and what the last week of news means for Ohio State and the conference moving forward.

The panel takes a deep dive into the rumors and drama that have been swirling around the league for the last week. The guys question Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren’s leadership skills.

Make sure not to miss this huge edition of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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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.