COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Acting Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)With the news that quarterback Matthew Baldwin has decided to leave Ohio State, the Buckeyes are suddenly quite thin at the position. Outside of presumptive starter Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov, there aren’t any players with experience on Ryan Day’s roster.But the NCAA transfer portal is filled with talented and experienced players who can come in and potentially thrive.Let’s take a look at a few that Ohio State could potentially grab from the transfer portal:Keondre WudteeA former backup at Oklahoma State, Wudtee worked with Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich as a member of the Cowboys.With Yurcich now directing the passing game for the Buckeyes, Wudtee might have stronger insight into offense than other potential targets.The downside of course is that as a non-graduate transfer, Wudtee would have to sit out in 2019. Nevertheless, his ties to the team make him an ideal option to join the Buckeyes.Deondre FrancoisPerhaps the most talented and experienced quarterback in the portal, Francois is a “free agent” after being dismissed from the Florida State program following some off-the-field controversies. It certainly didn’t help his case that 2018 was a down year for him…It is unclear if Ohio State would be willing to take on someone with Francois’ off-field questions, and he may not want to step into a situation where he won’t have a great chance to start. He could be the most talented option available though, if Ryan Day and company are willing to give him a chance.McLane CarterAnother Big 12 quarterback who Mike Yurcich has likely seen footage of, Carter hails from Texas Tech and likely would have been the starter in 2018 had an injury not derailed his season.Carter might have a bit of a learning curve since he’d be moving from Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to Yurcich’s, but at least he’d have immediate eligibility.Cade WeldonThere really isn’t a whole lot of tape on Weldon due to his limited snaps at Miami (FL) last year, but there would be a certain irony in seeing Weldon essentially swap places with former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell.It also doesn’t help that he would probably have to sit a year.Kasim HillThe former Maryland quarterback was a four-star prospect in high school and had some flashes in his two years for the Terps. He’d certainly be able to provide some extra intel on Maryland when the two sides face off next season.Like Weldon and Wudtee, Hill would likely have to sit a year.—There are plenty more options than this, but the Buckeyes will need to shop quickly if they want to avoid seeing their ideal targets get snatched up by a team willing to offer better opportunities.
Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 14:51 IST Minerva Punjab FC are also ready to forfeit the match against Real Kashmir FC if AIFF doesn’t shift the match. (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab FC are slated to play Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar on February 15Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj said that they cannot play in Srinagar when soldiers have diedMinerva also expressed security concerns in Srinagar in their statementHolders Minerva Punjab FC have requested the All India Football Federation to shift their upcoming I-League match from Srinagar or defer it in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, saying the club is ready to forfeit if the game is not rescheduled.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC are scheduled to play Real Kashmir FC on February 18 at the TRC Turf Ground in the Jammu and Kashmir capital.”We have written to the AIFF requesting them to shift the game from Srinagar. My team jersey has the line written ‘We Salute Indian Army’. A game of football is nothing compared to what has happened last evening,” Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj told PTI.He added, “We are willing to forfeit the game if it is not moved out. I am sure the people will stand by us and really three points don’t matter under the circumstances.”An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district on Thursday.When contacted, I-League CEO Sunn Sando Dhar said they will consider the feedback from the local authorities irinagar.”We will see what the local authorities have to say. We will go ahead with the match if the local authorities give us a positive feedback. As of now, it is on, and shifting remains the last resort,” Dhar said.advertisementMinerva Punjab FC also issued a statement and explained the security concerns that the team has. Real Kashmir are currently placed second on the points table behind Chennai City FC, while Minerva are already out of title contention owing to average results this season.”We regret to inform you that due to current instability and volatility in the region, we request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir or have it held at a neutral venue,” the club said in a statement.Established in 1955, Minerva Academy is a premier training institute for SSB aspirants with over 60 years of experience.”We wear a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces on our match jerseys. Needless to say, we stand in support with our Armed Forces, and cannot play a football match, where 42 of our brothers have been martyred.”Additionally there is the security threat which will be faced by us when if we do travel for our match. Who will guarantee our safety? Ideally, there should be written assurances and permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs that the region is safe enough to conduct the match as scheduled and that our safety can be guaranteed,” the club said in its statement.The terrorist attack has attracted condemnation from the global community with nations such as the USA and France again pledging their support to India in the war against terrorism.The club further said, “Considering the extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances we hereby request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir till such time our safety is guaranteed by the authorities or have it held at a neutral venue.”Third-placed East Bengal, who are scheduled to be in the valley on February 28, have also got in touch with the AIFF after the attack, expressing similar security concerns.Also Read | Real Kashmir, East Bengal to play snow-postponed I-League game on February 28 in SrinagarAlso Read | Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark dealFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Minerva Punjab FCFollow Real Kashmir FCFollow SrinagarFollow AIFFFollow I-League 2018-19Follow pulwama terrorist attack Next Minerva request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game from Srinagar over Pulwama terror attackI-League: Minerva Punjab FC ask AIFF to shift their match vs Real Kashmir FC, slated for February 15, from Srinagar or are ready to forfeit in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.advertisement