August has been rainy in central Ohio, but the precipitation held off long enough for Ohio State to practice football outside on a humid Saturday morning here.
Members of the media slipped through OSU move-in day traffic to check out roughly 30 minutes of the action.
Like the first and only previous viewing window of this preseason, there wasn’t much to learn (especially less than 24 hours after the school shared an overview of the first two weeks of practice).
There was plenty to see, but what to do with that information is another matter.
One of the problems with getting to see only a glimpse of the action is never being quite sure how representative it is of the total picture.
Of note this day: The No. 1 offensive line consisted of (from left to right) Josh Alabi, Malcolm Pridgeon, Michael Jordan, Demetrius Knox and Isaiah Prince.
The caveat? Thayer Munford and Brady Taylor, both considered front-runners for the open spots at left tackle and center, respectively, were not practicing.
This media viewing window did include one actual football play.
After stretching, the third team offense and third team defense were summoned to the middle of the field, where freshman running back Master Teague converted an imaginary fourth-and-1.
Then the team gathered around interim head coach Ryan Day, who delivered a message that was inaudible from the end zone, and the Buckeyes went back to work in individual groups.
And so it was one more work day without their head coach of the last six seasons, Urban Meyer, but also one day closer to the season opener against Oregon State.
And maybe a day closer to Meyer’s return?
He has been on leave since August 1, but the university announced late Friday the investigation of how he handled allegations an assistant coach abused his wife in 2015 will conclude Sunday night.
Then in the true bureaucratic tradition consistent with anything Ohio State does, a report will be filed by the investigative team.
That will go to the “independent working group” chosen to oversee the investigation, and then the Board of Trustees and OSU president Dr. Michael Drake will get their chance to consider the findings.
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