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The student voice of the Ohio State University | Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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University presidential profile identifies desired qualities in candidates ON PAGE 2 VIDEO GAMES

Animal Crossing and other games provide social engagement from the safety of one’s home ON PAGE 6


Buckeyes lose D.J. Carton, who entered transfer portal Thursday ON PAGE 12


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Is this thing on? Students weigh in on first day of online classes OWEN MILNES Lantern reporter milnes.12@osu.edu Filing through the Oval, looking for classrooms and buildings, reviewing syllabi with new professors and other first-day-ofclass traditions at Ohio State have been replaced by keyboard clicking, online video-lecture watching and Zoom conference calling on what marks the university’s first day of online classes. University President Michael V. Drake announced a transition to entirely virtual classes for the

remainder of the spring semester and extension of spring break by one week to allow professors more time to move their material online in a March 12 email. Virtual classes began Monday, and students’ experiences involved both adjusting to new technology and creating their own schedules. Drake said in a tweet Monday that he is grateful for the flexibility and understanding shown by professors and students. “Together, we will emerge from this unprecedented moment a stronger, more resilient Buckeye community,” Drake said.

I think the fact that I was just sitting in my apartment and in class at the same time, I kind of had mixed feelings about that.

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MELINA EDIC Third-year in anthropology and ancient history and classics

Experience taking online classes was helpful, but using Zoom was a bit of an adjustment, Melina Edic, a third-year in anthropology and ancient history and classics, said. Lauren Dietz, a second-year in neuroscience, said that sometimes she was disconnected and logged out from the video conference she was on. Edic said there were a few instances of her classmates’ microphones not working during her two classes held on Zoom Monday. “I’ve never used any sort of CLASSES CONTINUES ON 3

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or the first print edition of this school year, I wrote a letter about change and how there was no way to anticipate what the year would bring — if only I had known. It’s been two weeks since University President Michael V. Drake announced that classes would be suspended through the end of March, about a week and a half since he announced in-person classes would be suspended for the rest of the spring semester, and three weeks since the latest edition of The Lantern was printed. Lately, everything is changing at a breakneck pace, and many aspects of our lives have screeched to a halt. In that first letter, I wrote that The Lantern would be ready and waiting to keep its readers informed — no matter what changed — and that’s still true today. As I’m sure is the case with so many others, I’ve experienced waves of what feel like a million different emotions. I’ve felt sadness for the lives lost and longing for loved ones I won’t see for the foreseeable future. My heart aches for those who have lost their jobs and don’t know what will happen next. I’ve felt nostalgic for all the “last times” of my college career I didn’t know were the last. But I’ve also felt intense gratitude for family and friends and the ability to see their faces, even if it is on a screen. I’ve been overwhelmed with respect for the nurses and doctors on the front lines. I’ve been thankful for music and movies and developed a renewed appreciation for the way the arts can provide solace in trying times. This range of feelings can be overwhelming, and uncertainty can induce

anxiety, but I hope that during this time, The Lantern can shine a light and provide a sense of comfort. As always, we will break stories in real-time to keep you up to date, but we also understand that you might need to tune out the news sometimes. During Ohio State’s extended spring break, we created a short podcast called Lantern Lites: COVID-19 Edition to fill you in on the biggest news of each day in about 15 minutes. It can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and under the COVID-19 tab on our website. We also want to see what you’ve been doing and provide a place to showcase art of any kind, so we’ve created an artboard open to submissions that you can read more about here. A lot is changing right now. Today’s print edition, which has been delivered to apartment buildings near campus, was produced remotely for the first time. We still expect to print a few more times through the rest of the school year, though not quite as regularly. Even though we’re not all in the same place, I hope that we can deepen our sense of community during this time. So, connect with us on social media. Tell us your stories. Ask us questions you still need answers to. That’s what we’re here for. All the best,

Editor-in-Chief harter.830@osu.edu


Amid all the shutdowns, three major resources remain available to students struggling to cope with recent changes ON PAGE 5

Presidential search continues despite COVID-19 disruptions MAX GARRISON Lantern reporter garrison.237@osu.edu Amid abundant, fast-paced changes at Ohio State, the university presidential transition is continuing as planned. The university released a presidential job description on the Board of Trustees’ website Thursday — despite the COVID-19 outbreak — outlining the qualities, skills and attributes the university community wants to see in Ohio State’s 16th president as solicited by the search’s advisory subcommittee from across the different campuses. “Our committee did span a fair breadth and we looked at all the topics carefully and tried to make sure we were representative of what everyone wanted,” Susan Olesik, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and cochair of the advisory subcommittee, said. “I think we did a good job. I hope faculty, staff and students will agree with me.” Current University President Michael V. Drake announced in November that he will retire from the position at the end of the academic year and remain as a faculty member. At a February board meeting, Drake was approved for a post-presidency contract that would pay out up to $3.3 million if he remains with the university through June 2024. The job description — officially named the presidential profile — identified leadership qualities and character traits desired in candidates, as well as


Ohio State is continuing with the search for the new university president after current President Michael V. Drake announced his retirement in November.

opportunities for success the next president will face. The next university president should be effective and charismatic with higher education experience who can coordinate the many resources, organizations and external entities associated with Ohio State, according to the profile. “In summary, the presidency at Ohio State is an opportunity to have a lasting impact at a scale few other universities could match,” the profile reads. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to increase access to higher education for students from low- and moderate-income families, elevate partnerships with regional campuses and become a community leader in Columbus and Ohio, according to the PRESIDENT CONTINUES ON 4



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Teaira Rahmon, a fourth-year in strategic communication, takes her first course through Zoom video conferencing since the university transitioned to virtual learning. CLASSES FROM 1

conference system like that, so that took some getting used to,” Edic said. “Since those are both small classes, it made it more manageable and easier to interact with my instructor.”

I’ve never used any sort of conference system like that, so that took some getting used to.

MELINA EDIC Third-year in anthropology and ancient history and classics

Edic said her online classes were similar to the in-person format she is used to. “Going through things as a class and professors calling on people — and they’re both translation classes for Greek and Latin — we’re typically going through a

text or something and taking turns translating,” Edic said. “That was something we were able to keep doing with this format.” Dietz said her first day online wasn’t ideal because some of her classes are longer now, but going virtual is also helpful because it allows her professors to explain in more detail. “I just feel like that adds more time,” Dietz said. “Some of my classes instead of being 55 minutes, the pre-recorded lectures are like an hour and a half.” However, Edic said there still were some differences from her in-person classes. “I think the fact that I was just sitting in my apartment and in class at the same time, I kind of had mixed feelings about that,” Edic said. Dietz said she noticed how easy it was to get distracted during online classes. “Not even necessarily with my phone, I just feel like everyone’s experiencing a little bit of distraction just even in the classes themselves,” Dietz said. “It’s super

easy to get off topic or to go off on a tangent because I feel like we’re not really confined anymore. People don’t have to go to a class necessarily next.” One notable difference some students felt was the change in daily routine. Edic said she would typically spend Mondays on campus, but now she has two classes on

Zoom that meet at their originally scheduled times and two classes with recorded lectures for students to watch on their own. “It’s less structured and I’m more responsible for finding time to do it,” Edic said. Evan Vautour, a second-year in history, said creating his own schedule was helpful in establishing a routine. Vautour said he looked through his actual class schedule and decided to do the assignments for each class on the day he would normally have it. “It’s been pretty good to have some structure,” Vautour said. The change to a virtual classroom was an adjustment for professors as well, but Dietz, Edic and Vautour said they think their professors are doing the best they can given the circumstances. “There were so many changes in such a short amount of time. I think it took them a bit,” Edic said. “I know for one of my classes, I kept getting messages that they updated the syllabus. It happened, like, three times. I feel like they’re just as helpless, I guess, as the rest of us. I think they’re just doing their best — everyone’s really doing their best at this point.”



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profile. The profile’s expected midMarch release was met despite university changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Drake declared a university state of emergency Sunday to formalize some of these adjustments, such as extending the tenure clock and closing campus buildings. Olesik said the search process has not yet been slowed by the outbreak and the advisory subcommittee continued contact with Isaacson, Miller of Washington, D.C. — the executive search firm retained by the university — during the creation of the profile. Isaacson, Miller will use the presidential profile to identify,

interview and present candidates to the search committee, according to the services agreement between the firm and the university. The firm’s website says it is conducting business by phone and video conferencing because of the outbreak. “We care deeply about the institutions we serve, our friends and business partners, and our colleagues, and are confident that by working together we will successfully manage through this challenging time,” according to the firm’s website. The search will be conducted in accordance with government and university meeting and travel guidelines, university spokesper-

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Lewis Von Thaer, university trustee and chair of the search’s selection subcommittee, said at a Feb.14 public forum at Thompson Library that the process timeline is tentative and there is no requirement to have the new president in place by the beginning of



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the next academic year. “We will execute a process that hopefully will be able to get to a decision before the new school year starts,” Von Thaer said. “But I think the search committee and the trustees are also committed that we won’t settle for a substandard candidate if we just haven’t found the right person yet.” The presidential profile was released in tandem with a university portrait web page for candidates to gain a deeper knowledge of Ohio State, Olesik said. “It’s common for universities to write a 20-page document with lots of pictures and things of that sort, but we decided we were going to go high tech and show the



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son Ben Johnson said in an email. “The presidential search is ongoing, but the situation is fluid and the board will make adjustments as needed,” Johnson said.

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information that way,” Olesik said. The advisory subcommittee held six public forums — four of which were at regional campuses — to solicit feedback from the university community in creating the document, Olesik said. The subcommittee also met with student, faculty and staff subgroups. Olesik said the subcommittee met weekly throughout the process to discuss the feedback it received. “We started, basically, seeing consistency across topics that people were interested in, in terms of attributes that were wanted for this individual and we wrote a draft,” she said. Down 1. Current indication 2. “Fame” singer Irene 3. Gabor et al. 4. Loan-company customer 5. Fleur-de-____ 6. Juan’s water 7. Ballet move 8. Infinitely long time periods 9. End of a computer session (2 wds.) 10. Rotating engine part 11. Nebraska metropolis 12. Devoted 13. Essentially similar 21. Satie or Estrada 23. Norms 26. Hammering sound 28. Outdoes 29. Box covers 30. “Me, myself, ____” (2 wds.) 31. Short 32. Storage area 33. Actress Benaderet 35. Cup edge 37. Not phony 38. Queen Elizabeth’s daughter 39. Gridiron scores (abbr.) 41. Act bored 43. Cut 46. Shaving injury 48. Misunderstands 51. Longitudinal extent 53. Discontinued 54. Actress Kellerman 55. Layabout 57. Boo-hooed 59. Columbus’s state 60. “Oz” dog 61. Pout 63. Lugosi of films 64. Ewe’s baby 65. Slugger Slaughter 67. ____ Paulo, Brazil 69. Paul or Brown



Resources remain:

Buckeye Food Alliance opened its second location at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Jan. 13.

MADDIE GEHRING Lantern reporter gehring.80@osu.edu Despite Ohio State’s campus being shut down, there are still resources available for students who are struggling with the recent changes implemented by the university. Ohio State’s Counseling and Consultation Services, Buckeye Food Alliance and the Student Wellness Center are among the resources that continue despite the COVID-19 outbreak. CCS will not hold in-person meetings for the near future but is still available for students through telephone triage video conference sessions, Dave Isaacs, Ohio State spokesperson, said. Students must participate in a phone screening before a session to be assigned a counselor, and counselors will still hold regularly scheduled appointments via video conference, Isaacs said.

“Counselors understand that everyone has a reaction to the incidents going on. Fear, anxiety, loneliness or confusion — CCS counselors are willing to help,” Isaacs said.

Counselors understand that everyone has a reaction to the incidents going on. Fear, anxiety, loneliness or confusion — CCS counselors are willing to help.

DAVE ISAACS Ohio State spokesperson

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Services still offered amid COVID-19 closures


CCS has also had to change the ways it helps students during this transition, Issacs said. CCS’ in-person workshops are canceled, but it made skill-building videos, such as Mental Health Strategies for muscle relaxation and grounding skills, accessible on its website to help students transition, according to the website. In addition to CCS’ new format, Issacs said there are videos on its website providing students with information about COVID-19. Another service is Buckeye Food Alliance, a nonprofit student-run pantry at Ohio State that provides students with food no matter their situation, Nick Fowler, BFA director and public health graduate student, said. “Our mission really is to make sure students have access to food regardless of their security level, where they’re at financially,” Fowler said. About 15 percent of undergrad-

uate Ohio State students are food insecure, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State in 2014. Some dining services are operating on modified hours for the remainder of spring semester, including Connecting Grounds and 12th Avenue Bread Co., while some aren’t open at all, according to the dining services website. BFA has made changes in an effort to keep its pantry open while practicing social distancing. Fowler said they try to limit the amount of time people spend in the pantry by prepackaging bags that students can pick up. “They still have access to the same great food. It’s just the format in which they’re getting it is a little bit different,” Fowler said. Fowler said attendance at the pantry March 16 was “higher than usual” and could be attributed to the campus shutdown. The pantry’s goal is to stay open as long as it can and to provide food for students until it is forced to close, Fowler said. Additionally, the Student Wellness Center at Ohio State is offering appointments through Zoom for wellness and nutrition coaching, as well as other types of coaching, according to the website. Other resources, such as the Buckeye Peer Access Line, a nonemergency safe space for students to gain support, will be operating during its normal hours — Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight — when classes are in session. A comprehensive list of available student resources during the university closing can be found on the Office of Student Life website.




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Local apparel brand selling shirts to raise money for businesses affected by quarantine.



Animal Crossing offers way to stay social AARON LIEN Lantern Reporter lien.47@osu.edu


ith socialization currently at a minimum, video games can offer a new horizon for isolated souls. During the COVID-19 outbreak, games such as newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons can provide students with a way to relax and interact with one another without leaving their homes. Teresa Lynch, an assistant professor in the School of Communication and director of video game research lab Chronos Laboratory, said video games are a good way to fulfill the need for connection during a time of forced social distance. “Some people might want to get lost in the content and be motivated by this desire to let the world around them melt away,” Lynch said. “Other people might just want to play with their friends and have a meaningful experience together.” The newest installment in the Animal Crossing franchise was released Friday and tasks players with populating a deserted island with anthropomorphic an-

imal villagers. Players can also spend time fishing, customizing their avatars’ clothing, designing houses in their villages and inviting others to visit their villages through online play. “I follow a lot of game developers and gaming researchers and people who are video game streamers, and everybody is talking about this game,” Lynch said. New Horizons has sold more physical copies in its first week of release than all other Animal Crossing games combined, according to reports by GamesIndustry, a website that provides insight and analysis on global gaming trends. This does not include digital copies, which GamesIndustry said could be higher due to COVID-19 keeping people indoors. “I think it’s nice to have this come out at this time,” Quinn Evans, a third-year in exploration and Animal Crossing player, said. “It has multiplayer, so you can play with your friends while still staying inside.” Lynch said the game’s slow, re-


Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released March 20 for the Nintendo Switch. The game provides socialization and relaxation for homebound players.

laxed pacing presents content that anyone can enjoy without feeling overwhelmed. The lack of rapid decision making present in action-oriented games keeps players from feeling stressed. “Those factors combined with satisfying experiences like feeling socially connected to friends and getting to make fun choices about how to play the game can contribute to feelings of well-being,” she said. Cameron Record, a second-year in economics, started playing Saturday and said he has mainly focused on fishing in order to build his collection to donate to his is-

land’s museum. “It’s just something to do,” Record said. “Games, in general, are good in helping people pass the time and keep their mind off of everything.” Although Evans has also been fishing, he said he is mainly spending his time gathering resources for more buildings. Lynch said the game’s creators put the content together in an approachable way, making Animal Crossing more casual. She said the game is meant to be light-hearted and enjoyable and allows players to connect with other people.

“I definitely think the barrier to entry is super low,” Record said. “Games like Animal Crossing and Minecraft let you do whatever you want, and there’s nothing technical or anything about them.” Lynch said Animal Crossing is a good way for players to socially connect. “If that sounds like a way you want to pass your time — I would definitely encourage that,” Lynch said. “I think that video game playing has the potential to provide people with positive experiences.”



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T-shirts raise money for local businesses ASHLEY KIMMEL Assistant Arts&Life Editor kimmel.103@osu.edu


local apparel brand has businesses around campus feeling the love this week, and like-minded supporters can now wear their hearts on their sleeves. Mid High Market released a new Local Love T-shirt design Wednesday to raise money for employees of local businesses affected by the temporary closing of bars and restaurants implemented March 15 by Gov. Mike DeWine due to COVID-19. The design features the words “local love” inside the Ohio state outline, along with the names of the businesses being helped out. All proceeds will be split among 23 local bars and restaurants, including Buckeye Donuts, Fours On High, Out-R-Inn, Formaggio and Ledo’s Tavern, according to Mid High Market’s website. Since the design’s release, about 1,300 shirts have been sold, totaling about $20,000 after production costs are deducted, Austin Pence, owner of Mid High Market and co-founder of screen printing shop Pop’s Printed Apparel, said. Pence said he plans on selling the shirts for as long as possible. “We’re just gonna keep it going because the more shirts we sell, the more money we can raise for the employees of those businesses,” Pence said. He said local businesses such as the restaurants and bars supported by the shirts’ proceeds were an integral part of keeping Pop’s Printed Apparel afloat, and he wants to do his part to support those businesses and their employees now. “Our business is almost entirely based

off of other local businesses at Pop’s Printed Apparel,” Pence said. “Our clients are the other small businesses. They’re the bars, they’re the restaurants, they’re the small local clothing brands that are keeping our presses running. So the quicker we can get through this, the better.” The idea for the Local Love T-shirt was proposed by Scott Ellsworth, owner of Threes Above High and Fours On High and a regular client of Pop’s Printed Apparel. Ellsworth said he originally got the idea after starting a GoFundMe for his staff of 30 and reached out to Pence to design a shirt for them. The idea to include more local businesses came about when Ellsworth said he thought about how many people would likely be out of work as a result of restaurant and bar closings. Pence said he and Ellsworth are still trying to decipher the best way to divide the proceeds up among the businesses. He said he does not know yet if each business will receive the same amount or if the number of staff members will be taken into consideration. “When these kids come back to class and to work, they’re gonna see so many people with these shirts on and they’re gonna know that somebody thought enough about them to buy a T-shirt for them,” Ellsworth said. Pence said he was shipping the first batch of orders Monday night. Local Love T-shirts cost $25 and can be purchased on Mid High Market’s website.


Jobey Manahan, an account manager at Pop’s Printed Apparel, folds Local Love T-shirts on March 23.


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From the Editor: The Lantern wants to publish your art


s of March 19, any of our readers are able to submit their acts of self-expression to The Lantern for publication. Submissions can be drawings, photos, poems, essays, sculptures, songs, spoken word — anything. We will host them on our Projects website and post them on our social media. Any students, faculty and staff members or alumni who would like to submit a piece can do so through a Google form that can be accessed under the COVID-19 tab on our website. This space is not just for “artists.” Anyone with a need to be seen, heard and shared is welcome to participate. These pieces can be inspired by cabin fever, quarantine fears, hope for the future or something entirely different. It has now been more than a week since University President Michael V. Drake announced that face-to-face classes would be suspended for the rest of the spring semester to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. In that time, I have seen the initial shock from friends and co-workers at The Lantern who have felt the disappointment of a year cut short. Some — myself included — are graduating this spring, and we have had to come to grips with an undergraduate experience that will end with a sad fizzle in lieu of a bang. Others are missing out on in-person learning and professional experiences that could prove essential in their budding careers. Still, more have felt isolation com-

pound with uncertainty, anxiety and crushing stress during one of the toughest parts of the academic year. Being the arts & life editor for The Lantern, I have witnessed my desk dry up as events are canceled and theaters, restaurants and cultural hubs temporarily close their doors. My heart goes out to the dancers, singers, painters, actors, authors, photographers and more who have seen their performances and exhibitions go up in smoke. A virus can take its toll on one’s health, but social distancing and stifling artistic expression have robbed us all of pieces of ourselves. In an ongoing effort to serve our readers, The Lantern staff has decided to do something about it. I can’t wait to see what our readers share. Covering the culture and expression of the student body has been my job and passion for a year now, and it’s my hope that this will help fill the hole left by our empty campus. My utmost gratitude goes to Jack Long, Lantern special projects director, for his idea and expertise setting up the site. Visit the “Artboard Submission Page” on The Lantern website to submit your work. The Lantern editors reserve the right to deny any submission for any reason. By submitting, you are agreeing to allow The Lantern Media Group to use your artwork with attribution and modification.

Sincerely, Nicholas Youngblood Arts&Life Editor


A submission to The Lantern Artboard ‘Florida on Film’ by Emma Dixon, a second-year in moving-image production.

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A submission to The Lantern Artboard ‘Florida on Film’ by Emma Dixon, a second-year in moving-image production.



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Commitments continue despite quarantine ANDY ANDERS Assistant Sports Editor anders.83@osu.edu Efforts to contain COVID-19 led the Ohio State football program to shut down spring practice, cancel its Spring Game and pause all recruiting trips. Those stops didn’t clog the flow of highly touted commitments for the Buckeyes’ 2021 class, though. The Buckeyes landed four commits, two of them top 100 overall prospects, in a three-day span from March 15-17 and topped it off with the addition of a senior running back from the transfer portal Sunday. Four-star cornerback Jakailin Johnson kicked off the fireworks March 15, choosing Ohio State over offers from programs such as Clemson, Georgia and Florida. Johnson is the No. 59 prospect overall and No. 1 in the state of Missouri. The fourth-rated cornerback adds solid length and athleticism to the Ohio State secondary, but might need to fill out his 6-foot, 160-pound frame before getting significant playing time at the collegiate level. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day previously said the Buckeyes have a vested interest in adding a high volume of Ohio prospects to their classes in the future, and three-star cornerback Devonta Smith became the seventh commitment from the state to join the 2021 class March 16. Smith, who hails from La Salle High School in Cincinnati, currently stands as the lowest-rated prospect in the class for Ohio State at No. 429 overall, but he intercepted three passes for a state-title winning squad this past season at No. 2 on the team. The Buckeyes now hold two commitments from La Salle in 2021, with Smith joining fourstar safety Jaylen Johnson.


Ohio State head coach Ryan Day walks onto the field before the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin Dec. 7. Ohio State won 34-21.

He was just one piece of a seven-star Monday for the Buckeyes, though. Ohio State also secured the services of four-star running back Evan Pryor, the No. 6 running back in the country and No. 85 overall. Pryor was clocked at a blazing 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at The Opening regionals April 28, 2019, a mark which would have finished No. 3 among running backs at the 2020 NFL Draft combine. Pryor was preparing for his junior year of high school. Rounding out the commitment

surge was a pledge from four-star safety Andre Turrentine, the No. 136 overall player and No. 3 from the state of Tennessee. Turrentine picked the Buckeyes over programs such as Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and LSU. With the splash, Ohio State’s hold on the top spot for the 2021 recruiting team rankings turned to a vise grip, as its 268.81 points now stand far beyond No. 2-rated Clemson’s 220.98. The Buckeyes average a rating of 95.09 per commit, second only to the Tigers. The Buckeyes’ team-building efforts stayed quiet all of five days

before news of another addition, this time from the transfer portal, arrived. Former Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon, who will be a senior in the 2020-21 season, announced his move to Ohio State Sunday. Sermon rushed for 2,076 yards in three seasons with the Sooners, with a high-water mark of 947 yards in 2018. After getting usurped by then-redshirt sophomore Kennedy Brooks in 2019, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry as Oklahoma’s backup running back before suffering a season-ending

knee injury in Week 11 against Iowa State. Ohio State was down to one scholarship running back in spring 2020 after an injury to redshirt sophomore Master Teague. The addition of Sermon brings crucial depth to the position room, and after the departure of J.K. Dobbins, he’ll compete for the starting role in the backfield. Teague, should he return from injury in time, will be his main competition.


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COVID-19 Timeline

The world of sports was ravaged by the spread of COVID-19 in a matter of days as cancellations snowballed and athletic competition in America slowed to a standstill. Here’s a timeline of the biggest events:






• Italy suspends all domestic sporting events until April 3.

• Ivy League is the first NCAA conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

• Gov. Mike DeWine announces first-round NCAA Tournament games in Ohio will be played without spectators. • NCAA President Mark Emmert announces the entirety of men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments will be played without spectators.



though, starting over Walker just once and receiving two more first-team nods alongside him in the backcourt. But Walker thrived in Carton’s absence, scoring 11.1 points per game and adding 4.4 assists in the final 11 contests –– of which Ohio State won eight –– which improved on averages of 7.5 and 3.1, respectively, beforehand. With redshirt senior walk-on Danny Hummer the only other point guard on the roster, Walker had no choice but to shoulder the load. After playing less than 30 minutes in 12 of the first 20 games of the CORI WADE | ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR year, Walker Ohio State freshman guard D.J. Carton (3) hugs redshirt junior guard CJ Walker (13) during the second didn’t play less half of the game against Nebraska Jan. 14. Ohio State won 80-68. than 30 in any of the final 11. The recipe his two seasons, most often scor- report on 247Sports that refers was successful for the Buckeyes ing on catch-and-shoot 3’s while more to his ability to score from in the short term, but not having finding more value as an on-ball the wing than to run an offense. a true backup point guard for the defensive stopper. Ohio State will likely hanentirety of the season is hardThe Buckeyes will return Musa dle the position by committee ly sustainable. Yet with news of Jallow at guard after redshirting when relieving Walker next seaCarton’s permanent departure, his junior season due to ongoing son, though his services may be it’s the scenario the Buckeyes are ankle problems, but the 6-foot-5 leaned on just as heavily –– if forced to face ahead of the 2020- wing won’t be running the point. not more –– unless another point 21 season. Ohio State’s No. 56-ranked guard falls from the sky. Sophomore Duane Washington 2020 recruiting class has not seen The Buckeyes might turn to is a classic two-guard: a high-vol- a pure point guard come in either. the transfer portal, where they’ve ume shooter whose role often Not yet, anyway. scored Walker and former Calihinges on the ability to create his Of the two incoming freshmen, fornia forward Justice Sueing in own shot. Georgia’s Eugene Brown is the consecutive seasons, but there is Sophomore guard Luther Mu- closest thing, but the nation’s No. no guarantee of a favorable outhammad has played almost ex- 113 recruit is listed as a 6-foot-6 come. clusively off the ball on offense in shooting guard, with a scouting



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will not be held for the first time in its 81-year history. They might be inconsequential relative to the destructive path of the global pandemic, but college athletes took losses of their own due to the cancellations. The Buckeyes lost out on making a run in the Big Ten Tournament after winning nine of their final 12 games. They lost the opportunity to make it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years. Instead, the closest thing to postseason consolation was the tongue-in-cheek fervor from fans on social media after a Washington Post data-driven tournament simulation projected Ohio State as the surprise national champions. Aside from the outcomes of games, players like junior forward Kaleb Wesson and senior forward Andre Wesson lost out on sentimental moments they can never

get back. With Kaleb likely leaving for professional opportunities and Andre in his final year at Ohio State, the brothers had no warning that a blowout loss in East Lansing, Michigan, could be their final moment together on the court as Buckeyes. The pair didn’t get to soak it all in, go out on top or even go down swinging in a final sendoff to put a stamp on their Ohio State careers. In a whirlwind 24-hour turnaround, the Buckeyes went from addressing the possibility that they may have to play games without spectators to no longer having any games to play at all. The abrupt end was especially unfortunate for redshirt junior guard CJ Walker, who closed out the regular season on a six-game tear, playing his best basketball of the year. Given his assertions that the team was “built for March,” he seemed poised to stay hot into

postseason play. Walker was going to have the chance to put his talents on display in front of his hometown Indianapolis crowd in the same arena in which he won a high school state championship in 2014. He quickly lost that chance though, and said the hardest phone call he made was to his late grandmother’s best friend, whom he said doesn’t have many opportunities to see him play. Ohio State wasn’t impacted more than any other team. It wasn’t favored to win the Big Ten title, let alone the NCAA Tournament. Its roster was not stacked with seniors, as Andre Wesson was the lone fourth-year Buckeye on scholarship. The Buckeyes didn’t end the year winners or losers of games or championships, but just like every other team and most of the world at the moment, they lost just the same.









Ohio State men’s basketball huddles together before the start of the game against Nebraska Jan. 14. Ohio State won 80-68.

• Big Ten announces that its men’s basketball tournament will be played without spectators beginning March 12. Two games took place without fan limitation March 11. • Ohio State cancels its annual Spring Game. • NBA season is suspended following the news that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. • Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg leaves the team’s Big Ten Tournament game early and is taken to the hospital, where he is diagnosed with the flu.

• Big Ten cancels the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis and other conferences follow suit. • Duke and Kansas withdraw from the NCAA Tournament. • NCAA cancels all championship tournaments for winter and spring sports. • Big Ten cancels all athletic competition through the academic year. • MLS suspends season.

• Big Ten suspends all team activities until April 6.


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COVID-19 silences Buckeyes’ loud late season run

One and done Ohio State loses future star point guard D.J. Carton to transfer portal

GRIFFIN STROM Sports Editor strom.25@osu.edu

GRIFFIN STROM Sports Editor strom.25@osu.edu Just two days after her son announced his temporary departure from Ohio State Jan. 30, Jennifer Carton took to Twitter. The near 250-word message praised freshman guard D.J. Carton’s maturity for seeking help with mental health issues, thanked head coach Chris Holtmann and ended with a guarantee that the Buckeyes’ top 2019 recruit would return “stronger than ever in a Buckeye uniform.” On Thursday, Jennifer Carton’s son took to social media to thank Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff once again, but his message made clear that his return will not be in scarlet and gray. “I have decided to make a fresh start and enter the transfer portal,” Carton’s statement reads. “I wish Coach Holtmann and my teammates the best of luck next year. Please respect my decision.”


Ohio State freshman guard D.J. Carton (3) dribbles the ball down the court during the game against Minnesota Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 62-59.

The Buckeyes ended the final 11 games of the coronavirus-shortened season without him, but assuming his eventual comeback, Carton was still viewed by many as the star of the future for Ohio State. The No. 34 overall recruit in the 2019 class averaged a team third-best 10.4 points per game for the Buckeyes in 20 games ––

the highest average of any Ohio State freshman in four years –– and made a habit of electrifying crowds with a variety of vicious left-handed dunks. In fact, Carton’s final game for the Buckeyes –– a road win against Northwestern Jan. 26 –– might have been his best, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 21 minutes.

The natural scoring ability and bouncy athleticism packed into Carton’s 6-foot-2 frame at point guard made many believe he’d eventually win the starting job over redshirt junior CJ Walker, who played his first minutes as a Buckeye this season after sitting out a year following a transfer from Florida State. Carton never quite got there CARTON CONTINUES ON 10

It was an Ohio State men’s basketball season with highs that inspired exuberance bellowed loudly from the highest seats in the Schottenstein Center. It was a season with lows that inspired vitriol jeered loudly at the television sets of Buckeye fans far and wide. In the end there were neither boos nor cheers –– only silence. The COVID-19 outbreak that has robbed thousands of their lives and millions of their normal livelihood also took from this Ohio State team the chance to pen a final chapter and define its story arc once and for all. This lost season will not soon be forgotten. In fact, the 201920 season may be remembered for far longer than any in recent memory, but not for anything that took place on the hardwood. It’s what didn’t take place that makes it so noteworthy. While the NBA still holds on to the glimmer of hope that its season might pick up and continue at some undetermined date, the Big Ten Tournament was canceled for the first time since its inception in 1998, and the NCAA Tournament COLUMN CONTINUES ON 11

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