How the two-a-days ban impacts Ohio State, Buckeyes basketball’s NCAA Tournament chances and more
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Today is Monday, June 5, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Two-a-days are gone … now what?
Two-a-day practices are gone, and coach Urban Meyer isn’t happy about it.
The NCAA previously cut down two-a-days to just five days in fall practice, with none on back-to-back days. Now, the organization has decided to scrap them completely. That’s a problem for Meyer, whose practice schedule has become a time crunch.
Ohio State is allowed 29 fall practices a year. Those no longer can come more than once a day, which really puts the Buckeyes in a bind. Their Aug. 31 opener against Indiana means Ohio State likely will be choosing between starting camp in late July — the NCAA is allowing it for teams this year — or not getting in every practice.
“You have 29 practices [allowed in the run-up to the season], it’s kind of time-tested,” Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch. “There’s a theory, a template on how to get a team ready. And all of a sudden you wake up one day and they say you have 24 practices — coaches panic, I panic. How are you going to get them ready?
“So one choice is to bring the players in earlier, and I am so — that breaks my heart because I don’t want these players to take more of their time. However, how do you get ’em ready? That’s what we’re fighting through right now, so it’s a major impact.”
Given that Meyer loves to hammer team chemistry during fall camp, here’s betting he doesn’t shrink the Buckeyes’ number of fall practices.
Is Ohio State NCAA Tournament worthy?
Don’t expect Ohio State basketball to return to the NCAA Tournament next season.
So says ESPN chief bracketologist Joe Lunardi, at least. Lunardi recently released another edition of Bracketology for next season, and the Buckeyes were nowhere to be found.
Lunardi had a whopping seven Big Ten teams in his field, but Ohio State wasn’t one of them. Instead, his projections went to Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin
This would mark a third consecutive year without an NCAA Tournament appearance for Ohio State. As has been discussed previously, that’s a scenario in which it would be likely that head coach Thad Matta doesn’t return.
Ohio State Class of 2017 arrives
One of Ohio State’s best recruiting classes of all time — on paper, at least — is settled in and ready to start college.
The 11 Ohio State signees in the Class of 2017 who didn’t enroll early arrived Sunday, ready to begin summer classes and workouts. That group includes 5-star defensive end Chase Young, 5-star offensive tackle Wyatt Davis and 4-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) June 4, 2017
Ohio State celebrated the new arrivals with a family luncheon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Meyer told the players to get ready to spend three or four years becoming their best selves and to embrace the grind.