As the snow melts and winter gradually turns into spring, we are a step closer to college football in 2021. In the Big Ten, after an unprecedented fall 2020 season, all 14 programs are getting set to kick off spring camp — and every team, of course, has room for improvement.
Even third-year Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who led the Buckeyes to a fourth straight conference title and second consecutive College Football Playoff appearance, is by no means satisfied.
“But once Feb. 1 hits, that’s when we start getting back to work with lifting, our offseason program with (strength coach) Mick (Marotti) and then we’ll get into spring ball as we get into March,” Day said Jan. 22, 11 days after OSU suffered a 52-24 loss to Alabama in the national championship game. “But … COVID hasn’t gone away, so it’s not like we can just start getting back to normal. But the goal is, ‘How quickly can we get back to normal?’
“And I think that’s another thing I did want to bring up here — is I’m really proud of our whole program for not only winning a championship, the Big Ten championship, going on and making it to the national championship. But the fact that we really followed the protocol to keep our guys safe. We really did a great job of that. We did not cut any corners. We worked really hard to make sure our guys were safe but also competed. And that was really the conversation starting when the Big Ten canceled the season. We just wanted a chance to go play, but also be…