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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State assistants pledge money to food bank

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Ohio State assistant coaches are giving money to charity. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State assistants pledge money to food bank

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Ohio State assistants pledge money to food bank

Prominent members of the Ohio State athletic department, Gene Smith, Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann and their families, together will donate $35,000 per month between April and August to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which helps the food bank acquire and distribute food to families in need during this tough time. That was announced Tuesday.

Ohio State’s football assistant coaches have also decided to contribute.

The Buckeyes assistants and their families are teaming up to donate $47,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, bringing the total donations made by the coaches and athletic director to $222,000.

“This is something we all wanted to do, almost immediately, after learning about the emergency fund,” associate head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said in a university-released statement. “Our program and players have made many visits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank over the years, and we all feel a responsibility to assist during this time of crisis.”

The coaches and families are hoping their donations will help inspire Ohio State fans to give, as well. For more information, as well as how to donate, click here.

Lettermen Row writers draft spring game rosters

The Ohio State spring game couldn’t happen.

So instead of the real spring game for Lettermen Row to cover, Austin Ward and Jeremy Birmingham took matters into their own hands, staging a draft and arguing over who would win a matchup between two teams that are both loaded with talent thanks to the enormous collection of talent at Ohio State.

Somehow, some way, football figures to return as life eventually gets back to normal. But until then, it’s still fun to pretend and imagine that there was an Ohio State spring game on Saturday. And watching these two teams battle it out would undoubtedly be worth the price of admission.

Ward won the coin toss and picked first, so he selected Justin Fields to build his team around. From there, it was an uphill battle for Birm. Who would win in the matchup? Who has the better offense? The better defense? Which matchups favor each team? Let us know what you think on all social media platforms.

And check out the story here.

Buckeyes continue using transfer portal wisely

Ohio State is being strategic with the way it uses the transfer portal. The Buckeyes recruit at an incredible clip, and the need for players from other teams who are looking elsewhere is rare.

But when they do go into the transfer portal to find a plug-and-play piece to help chase another national title, they usually get a good one. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward has more:

Why is the success rate so high for the Buckeyes? Primarily because they aren’t using it unless they truly need to find veteran help on the market. They also know what they want, don’t turn there at the expense of recruiting and developing their own talent — and have a lot to sell to the elite players they target.

That’s a winning formula for the long-term health of the program, and Ryan Day has used it to perfection over the last two years. Justin Fields is the headliner, of course, though he’s at least a bit of an exception to the approach because he had multiple seasons of eligibility left and wasn’t a certainty to get immediate eligibility. Jonah Jackson fits the ideal blueprint the Buckeyes will continue to use in this new era of player movement.

For the full story, 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.