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Oversight committee recommends extending dead period again
There seemed to be some momentum from many sides for the recruiting dead period to become a quiet period in mid-April.
That momentum might be coming to a halt. The NCAA Oversight Committee recommended Thursday that the NCAA extend the recruiting dead period extend through May 31 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The dead period began in mid-March 2020 and has not been lifted since, making it impossible for prospects to visit schools for camps, unofficial visits or official visits. It also bans coaches from going on the road to visit homes and watch recruits play games or participate in camps.
There was talk of a potential quiet period, which would allow prospects to visit schools but still keep a ban on travel for coaches, but it seems that won’t be the result. The NCAA may extend the dead period yet again — a disadvantage to coaches and recruits across the classes of 2021 and 2022.
No official decision has been made yet.
Al Washington staying at Ohio State, turns down Tennessee
The just-completed Ohio State coaching staff is staying intact: Al Washington isnâ€™t going anywhere.
The widely-respected, fast-rising linebackers coach was offered a defensive coordinator role at Tennessee on Sunday, and the Columbus native was being wooed with a significant raise and new title to leave his post after two seasons with the Buckeyes. But that still wasnâ€™t enough to tempt Washington away from the Buckeyes â€” particularly since Lettermen Row sources indicated a raise and new responsibility as the run-game coordinator was already in the works for him as heâ€™s proven to be a critical piece of the program during his short time back in his hometown.
Ohio State stuck with an in-house hire last week to replace retiring co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, but that would not have likely been an option again if Washington had created another vacancy. And after mulling over the option to join new Tennessee coach Josh Heupel with what multiple sources indicated was three-year deal with the Vols with a salary believed to be worth around $1.5 million per season, Washington was tempted by the offer.
But in the end Washington wasnâ€™t ready to leave, with multiple sources with direct knowledge confirming on Thursday to our Austin Ward that he was sticking with the Buckeyes.
Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward, Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook reacted to the news in the latest Rapid Reaction presented by Byers Auto.
Luke Farrell breaks down his highlights
Luke Farrell may not have had the football often. Ohio State tight ends rarely do. But he proved he was ready for an NFL career throughout his time with the Buckeyes, coming up with highlight catches and key blocks in the run game. Farrell certainly has the resume and skillset to make it at the next level, no matter where he lands in the league.
What makes Luke Farrell such an intriguing NFL Draft prospect? How can the Ohio State tight end make the biggest impact on the next level? What did Farrell enjoy most about his career with the Buckeyes? Now a former Ohio State player, Farrell watched some highlights and answered those questions and more in his first appearance on BuckIQ.
Roll the tape!
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