Less than 24 hours after Ohio State suspended voluntary workouts due to positive COVID-19 tests, and shortly after the Big Ten announced it will be playing only in-conference games this fall, Ryan Day had a message for Ohio State fans.
Via Twitter, Day sent a message to Buckeye fans to follow the health protocols set forth by the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC in order to increase the chances that Ohio State will be able to play games this fall.
“We know that we are in a very serious situation with the pandemic that's going on across the country, in Ohio and in Columbus,” Day said. “We are really asking everyone to please follow your local authorities with the protocols and the guidelines that they've set forth, and one of the biggest ways to do that is by wearing a mask. So please our join our team, our staff and our whole program in wearing a mask to protect each other so we can all be together again in the fall.”
That message from Day has been put forth this week already by some of the Buckeye players and coaches, who also hope to see football at The Shoe in the fall.
That includes linebacker Tuf Borland and assistant coach Keenan Bailey:
Earlier on Thursday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also implored people to follow the health guidelines, saying via teleconference, “People need to follow the protocols and give our kids the chance to compete.”