Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten forfeit, testing policies remain unclear

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2021 Big Ten Football Media Day
The Big Ten hasn't made key decisions yet. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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Big Ten forfeit, testing policies remain unclear

Ohio State will have to wait to find out the Big Ten’s testing and COVID protocols for a little longer.

League commissioner Kevin Warren spoke Thursday to kick off Big Ten Media Days. Part of that speaking engagement: talking about the procedures in place for this season. Warren said the Big Ten hasn’t decided on whether missed games will be forfeits or what the testing procedures will be.

It’s all part of a process to decentralize the COVID protocols in the league and give the power back to the schools in that aspect.

“Our schools are finalizing their proposed policies and procedures for the fall,” Warren said at Big Ten media day Thursday morning. “We’ll get that information in early August. We’ll combine it, and then we’ll get together with our chancellors and presidents and other key constituents to make the determination as far as how we handle the fall. One of the things I did learn last year is that we’re as methodical as possible, that we bring people together.”

Ohio State missed multiple games last year due to COVID-19 protocols. But the policies for this season still are in the air.

Three Buckeyes make Big Ten preseason honors list

The Big Ten unveiled its preseason honors list on Thursday morning to kick off the return of Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Buckeyes claimed more than half of the spots to represent the East Division.

Chris Olave, Thayer Munford and Garrett Wilson were all given spots from the media panel, a staggering reminder of the elite talent the program is bringing back as the four-time defending Big Ten champions look to defender their crown.

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix and Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson rounded out the list with the Ohio State superstars — two of them who elected to return for another season with the program instead of heading to the NFL Draft.

Olave has already proven he’s among the best weapons in the country, and his partnership with Wilson promises more explosiveness for the Ohio State passing attack regardless of who wins the quarterback job.

It also will surely help to have one of the nation’s best left tackles to protect the passer, and Munford also earned recognition from the Big Ten as the season creeps closer.

Who will emerge as top 2023 Buckeyes target?

Ohio State has the No. 1 class in the country in the class of 2022. But the 2023 class is still without a commitment, and the Buckeyes want to change that.

There are plenty of options as the top targets begin to emerge. Who are they? Lettermen Row’s Birm has more:

Sonny Styles, no matter what position he plays, is a must-get recruit for Ohio State. Styles could be a linebacker or a safety, but where he plays is less important than where he plays. The Buckeyes know Styles is a leader on and off the field and have made him a priority because he’s the type of young person others want to line up with.

Luke Montgomery is the same way. The Findlay lineman isn’t sold on playing offense or defense but his connections all over the country make him an ideal prospect to build a program around. Montgomery is just tapping his athletic potential, but his social capital is well stocked. That’s important as peer-to-peer recruiting becomes a key part of the recruiting machine. A.J. Harris, the 5-star cornerback from the Alabama/Georgia state line or Richard Young, the country’s No. 1-ranked running back, could bust open the door to the Southeast and Florida.

READ: Players more important than positions as Buckeyes look at 2023 needs

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