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Scarlet Sunrise: Opener moved up, Buckeyes start camp early

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes begin training camp Thursday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Opener moved up, Buckeyes start camp early

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Opener moved up, Buckeyes start camp early

There are no nonconference games. The schedule looks entirely different than it was supposed to.

But Ohio State knows who it will play first, when it will play its first game and where it’ll travel. The Big Ten released the 2020 schedule Wednesday morning, and the Buckeyes will open the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 at Illinois.

And since they open the season two days before originally planned, they can open training camp early. Ohio State begins fall training camp Thursday. There are plenty of questions left to be answered for the Buckeyes, who are a consensus top-three team in the country.

Those questions can begin to be answered starting Thursday, and they’ll lead into the opener against the Illini next month.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

On the latest Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters, three former Buckeyes have plenty to talk about.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Ohio State stars Anthony Schlegel, Justin Zwick and Doug Worthington for a fun, casual conversation about the upcoming training camp, which starts Thursday for the Buckeyes. The panel breaks down which Buckeyes need training camp the most and who can stand out in the next month before the season starts.

They also talk about the players of the PAC-12, who have a list of demands for their conference, and what it means for the state of college football moving forward.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

Buckeyes commit Sam Hart loses senior season

Ohio State commitments all around the country are awaiting final decisions to be made about their upcoming football seasons. Some commits have already had their senior seasons canceled or postponed to the spring. Add tight end Sam Hart to that growing list. He received the bad news on Tuesday night.

The state of Colorado will push its football season to the spring. That means Hart had his own decision to make: Enroll early or play his final year of high school football. It didn’t take him long to make his choice.

Hart has decided enrolling early is the best move for him, so he’ll skip his senior season of high school football and join the Buckeyes in January.

“It’s just one of those things we can’t control,” Hart told Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham after the decision was made. “I was kind of prepared for this and thought about [skipping early enrollment]. But I think me graduating early is the best thing for me and my future.”

With only a semester of high school football remaining, Hart could have considered reclassifying to the Class of 2020 and enrolling with the Buckeyes now, but that was not really a piece of the puzzle for him.

He’s now focusing on joining the Buckeyes and continue building on the historic 2021 recruiting class. For more on Hart and other recruiting news, 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.