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Urban Meyer leadership book set for release

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Penguin Publishing has announced plans to release a book from Urban Meyer this fall. The Ohio State head football coach (with author Wayne Coffey) will give us the page-turner Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season. The book will outline Urban’s leadership style and technique with a focus on Ohio State’s 2014 national championship-winning season. The release date is set for October 27th.

I’d like to think that Urban will send a copy to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh with some sort of snide remark written in it. I doubt it happens though. Coach is a little classier than me.  (jj)

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Ohio high school fall sports are on…for now

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Interim Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Bob Goldring today announced that, as of now, fall sports are going ahead as scheduled. The decision as to whether to cancel play over COVID-19 concerns will be left up to individual schools. 

Goldring added that this could easily change. He talked about the fact that the governor might make a ruling that affects the ability of athletes, particularly those in contact sports, to play. 

There has been some discussion of pushing back the start date of sports in which the most contact occurs, particularly after This Week Sports reported an unknown number of local high school football coaches had suggested moving football to the spring, while having baseball staged in the fall.

Goldring did admit they have been looking at options and said they would be naive not to do so, especially because 80 percent of their revenue comes from ticket sales. Without games being played, tough decisions will certainly have to be made. 

 “The fiscal part of things is very much on my radar,” Goldring said. 

As to whether fans would actually be able to buy tickets and attend games if they do go ahead? Goldring said that, too, is ultimately a local matter. 

OHSAA may cut the minimum number of games a football team is required to play to qualify for the playoffs to account for the possibility of only some games being canceled. 

The board of directors is also still pondering the question of whether athletes can take the field if they are relying on virtual learning and aren’t allowed into the classroom. 

Right now, though, they are proceeding as if the fall season will kick off Aug. 1.

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Buckeyes back to work

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Ohio State athletics is permitting athletes from seven different sports to resume voluntary workouts after a pause due to an outbreak of COVID-19. 

Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade heads into a workout

The university said that all athletes were tested Monday before determining that the resumption was safe. 

“These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith. “Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”

The Buckeyes have refused to say how many athletes have tested positive, but longtime beat reporter Tim May had said it was fewer than ten. 

OSU teams with athletes currently working out on campus are football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

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Capital University to retire team name and mascot

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Capital University today announced that it is changing the name of its sports teams. They will no longer be the Crusaders. 

Also gone is team mascot, Cappy. 

In a statement, the school said, “In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades.” 

Although the subject of teams making name changes has been in the news lately, Capital said they have been giving the matter consideration for some time.

The university said that before today’s Board of Trustees decision, they conducted a “15-month process of study, discussion, and reflection.” 

“We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and prideful [sic] for all who are affiliated with Capital,” said the news release.

There is no timetable on when they will announce a new team name and mascot, but the school does plan on holding question-and-answer sessions with faculty and students on July 15. 

On the same day of this announcement, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball said they had no updates on any potential name change for them.   

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