Updating the Ohio State basketball coaching search, Taylor Decker suffers a setback, and more
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Today is Wednesday, June 7, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Updates on the Ohio State coaching search
June promises to be an interesting time for Ohio State basketball fans with the Buckeyes suddenly in the middle of a national coaching search.
Most websites — including ours — put together similar-looking lists of potential candidates: Chris Mack from Xavier, Gregg Marshall from Wichita State, Chris Holtmann from Butler, Buzz Williams from Virginia Tech, Archie and Sean Miller from Indiana and Arizona, Shaka Smart from Texas, Billy Donovan from the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and Tom Crean from nowhere after being fired by Indiana in March.
That list is sure to gain and lose names in the coming days (or weeks) as the search progresses. The reports on the viability of various candidates are starting to pop up. On Tuesday, Scout.com’s Brian Snow suggested that Mack and the Miller brothers weren’t likely to end up in Columbus.
Going forward it sounds like Chris Mack, Archie Miller, and Sean Miller can be removed from any Ohio St coaching speculation
— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) June 6, 2017
Both Millers were long shots to begin with — Archie just accepted the Indiana job and Sean might have the preseason No. 1 team in the country this fall — but Mack reportedly having no interest qualifies as a decent surprise. The Xavier coach has had tremendous success in the Queen City, but Ohio State would offer a bump in pay and probably prestige.
Donovan is by far the most intriguing option on the list, not only because of his résumé but also because of the storyline. If he were to end up at Ohio State, the Buckeyes would employ both coaches that defeated Ohio State in the football and basketball national championship games in the 2006-07 academic year.
The early chatter on Donovan seems to be all over the place, with some suggesting he’s dead set on the NBA and others believing he’d be open to returning to college.
There aren't a lot of people saying it, but the people who are seem very confident Billy Donovan will be Ohio State's next head coach.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) June 6, 2017
Coaching searches are often filled with speculation, rumors and misinformation, so expect to hear that the aforementioned candidates are and are not contenders for the Ohio State job.
Taylor Decker on the mend
Former Ohio State All-American Taylor Decker played every snap of his rookie season at left tackle for the Detroit Lions in 2016. Unfortunately for Decker — and the Lions — he won’t get a chance to repeat that feat in 2017.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Tuesday that Decker will miss a significant amount of time after undergoing shoulder surgery. It’s not expected to be a season-ending injury, but Caldwell said Decker will likely miss at least part of the 2017 season.
“It got repaired and we’ll see how he progresses along,” Caldwell said. “The doctors will certainly give us updates as he goes … he’s on the road to recovery.”
Decker appeared to be in good spirits, thanking fans on Twitter for their support as he recovers.
Thanks to the best fans, friends, and family for the well wishes!
— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) June 6, 2017
As for how the injury was sustained, Caldwell was pretty vague.
“Sometimes they are non-contact injuries,” he said. “I didn’t say this was one of them, but it doesn’t require that there’s any force contact for that to happen.”
Buckeyes rock the black and gold
Monday was media day for the New Orleans Saints, which means we got our first look at Marshon Lattimore in an NFL uniform.
Lattimore will be wearing No. 34 for the Saints, which is quite a change from the No. 2 he wore at Ohio State.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 5, 2017
It was also the first time in a Saints uniform for Ted Ginn Jr., who signed with New Orleans as a free agent in the offseason.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) June 5, 2017
• Penn State’s 5-star QB de-committed on Tuesday night.
• Three Michigan State players dismissed after sexual assault charges.
• What preview magazines are saying about Michigan’s 2017 season.
• Nebraska is increasing its seat width at Memorial Stadium.