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Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill and the Buckeyes will face Indiana in Week 1 of the 2017 season.

The NCAA might have some good news for Ohio State, insight into the Buckeyes’ Week 1 opponent and more

Ryan Ginn

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Today is Tuesday, May 9, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Could a new NCAA redshirt rule be coming?

Ohio State was just fine in the 2014 College Football Playoff and fared equally well in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame the following season. But imagine if the Buckeyes had defensive end Sam Hubbard to provide defensive line depth in 2014 or wide receiver K.J. Hill to help out the passing game in 2015.

Both players ended up redshirting despite coach Urban Meyer saying he wished he could have played them. In each case it got to a point in the season where Meyer just didn’t feel right using a year of eligibility for only a few games. Going forward, he might not have to worry about such a problem.

According to Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports, the American Football Coaches Association put together a proposal for the NCAA that would allow players to play up to four games a season and still redshirt. That could occur just once in a career. Currently the only way players can see the field and still redshirt is if they are injured after playing three or fewer games. The move probably will make headlines for its most obvious use a way to give players experience in meaningless bowl games after a month of practice. But it also could allow players to provide depth for a team late in the season if injuries pile up. Coaches also could let players have a shot early in the season and still have the freedom to decide they’re not ready. All of those ideas have become more valid as the schedule gets longer.

“We really haven’t addressed the redshirt rule in quite some time,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen told Mandel. “We’re playing way more games than we used to — there used to be a 10-game season. They’re looking at it, and I would support it.”

Here’s what needs to happen for the NCAA to enact the proposal, according to Mandel:

First up, the newly formed Division I Football Competition Committee, chaired by Arizona State AD Ray Anderson, will discuss the proposal at its May 16 meeting. If they’re on board, they forward the proposal to Division I’s Football Oversight Committee, chaired by Bob Bowlsby. That committee could then formally sponsor legislation to be considered by the larger Division I Council, with the possibility of going up for vote at January’s NCAA convention.

If all goes well, we could just be a year or two away from seeing Ohio State be able to bust out even more young stars for a few games.

Playing at Ohio State is a good way to get rich

Ohio State has produced an insane amount of talent the last two years, and those players are reaping the rewards of their hard work.

Cleveland.com writer Bill Landis crunched the numbers and figured out that Ohio State’s draft picks in that time have signed or are projected to sign contracts worth a combined $173 million over their duration.

The group of 12 draft picks in 2016 signed contracts worth roughly $117 million. With no top-5 picks, the 2017 draft class won’t come close to that. Still, Marshon Lattimore is expected to sign a contract worth more than $15 million, and Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley will each make more than $10 million. Combined, Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan, Pat Elflein and Noah Brown will earn more than $17 million. The collective bargaining agreement has a rookie pay scale that essentially prevents negotiation. Therefore, it’s easy to approximate what each player will make when he signs, with the only haggling coming over things such as offset language.

In case you’re wondering if recruits might like to know this info, the Ohio State coaching staff sure seems to think so. Check out what happened on Twitter once this article was released.

Several other staff members either retweeted Meyer’s post or the original one from Landis. So yes. Something tells me that $173 million number will end up on a recruiting graphic or two.

Ohio State’s opening opponent could have a QB battle

We’ve already hit on two football topics in the middle of May, so that shows that football season never truly ends. With that in mind, it’s never too early to start thinking about Ohio State’s season-opening opponent: Indiana.

Senior quarterback Richard Lagow is a returning starter and had 19 touchdowns and threw 17 interceptions for the Hoosiers last season. He could be challenged, however. Crimson Quarry, a website covering the Hoosiers, projects Lagow as the starter but noted that backup Peyton Ramsey could push him for playing time.

Ramsey, a Cincinnati Elder prospect, sure seems to have turned some heads this season, including that of his coach.

Don’t bet against seeing Lagow run onto the field as the starter on Aug. 31, but it’s still a situation worth monitoring.

Don’t miss our Ohio State podcast

We load the Ohio State homepage on Land of 10 with new content every day, but there are other ways to follow the Buckeyes. For any podcast fans out there, Tuesday marks the 80th episode of our “Inside the Shoe” podcast. Hosted by my colleague Ben Axelrod, it includes discussion with me, Jeremy Birmingham and others on whatever topics are making news in the world of Ohio State that day.

Our Tuesday podcast, for example, will look at the potential impact of the early signing period the NCAA just enacted.

You can subscribe to “Inside the Shoe” on iTunes and Google Play. It is available for direct download here.

All 80 episodes of “Inside the Shoe” can be found here. If you enjoy it, be sure to leave us an iTunes review!

B1G happenings

• Nebraska coach Mike Riley doesn’t want to talk about Iowa coaches being mean.

• Michigan State’s basketball team just got better.

• Iowa basketball is going to the Cayman Islands.

• Penn State wants its facilities to be good but not too good.

• Michigan running back Kingston Davis is transferring.

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