Gene Smith and Ohio State's Coaches Urge Fans to Wear Masks So Buckeye Sports Can Return

By Kevin Harrish on July 2, 2020 at 11:13 am
Chris Holtmann puts on a mask.

The leaders in the Ohio State athletic department want to see Buckeye sports as much – or even more – than you do. So they're urging everyone to do their part to make it happen.

Gene Smith and representatives from both the men's basketball team and the football team have used their social media platform to plead Buckeye fans to wear a mask and help stop the spread of COVID-19 – so that sports can return this season.

Fittingly, the leader of Ohio State's athletic department led the way, publishing his mask-on video first.

Chris Holtmann followed suit, sharing a video encouraging mask use while also showing off some nice hands.

And it wasn't just the head coach – assistant coach Ryan Pedon also stepped in front of the camera to urge folks to wear a mask.

Nobody from the Ohio State football team has made a similar video just yet – likely because coaches are out of the office this week – but Ryan Day did retweet a tweet with a simple message: if you want football to return in the fall, wear a mask.

Their message couldn't be clearer, and in Columbus, it's now more than a request – as of Friday, masks and face coverings will be required in public spaces city-wide.

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