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This Week in Twitter: The Big Ten Adds UCLA and USC, Potential Further Conference Expansion Could Be on the Horizon, Ohio State Lands Three CB Commitments

This Week in Twitter is a look at some of the week’s best and most entertaining tweets from Buckeyeland and beyond.

Thursday, the college football landscape as we know it was shaken forever, with traditional Pac-12 powerhouses USC and UCLA declaring they’d bolt for the Big Ten starting in the 2024 season. 

Admittedly, it looks strange to see a Big Ten logo next to either of USC or UCLA’s names, but we clearly know one school’s graphics team is better than the other. 

Naturally, the move has everyone asking what’s next for both the Big Ten and college football, and according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, the conference has its eyes set on trying to add Notre Dame next. 

OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith, a Notre Dame alumnus, said Friday morning he’d like to see Notre Dame join a conference and possibly the Big Ten. 

While Notre Dame seems like an obvious addition if both parties can come to an agreement, it’s hardly likely the Big Ten would want to stop there. Could Oregon be another team of possible interest for the conference? 

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes had another successful weekend on the recruiting front, landing three cornerback commitments and finishing off their cornerback recruiting for the 2023 class. 

The first recruit to pull the trigger was four-star Georgia prospect Kayin Lee, who committed to Ohio State Monday. 

Tim Walton and OSU had been heavily pursuing four-star Texas product Calvin Simpson-Hunt, a previous Texas Tech commit, for months. While the Red Raiders made a last-minute effort to keep Simpson-Hunt in their recruiting class, OSU eventually flipped him, as he gave his verbal to the Buckeyes Thursday. 

The final commitment of the week was four-star Ohio product Jermaine Mathews, who picked up an Ohio State offer on June 1 after a tremendous camp performance. Mathews made his childhood dream of playing for the Buckeyes come true after giving his verbal to OSU Friday.

Meanwhile, it seems Ohio Stadium nearly has its new playing surface installed, and gotta say, it’s coming along nicely. 

While HGTV or TLC haven’t picked up the rights to this new show idea quite yet, it appears TreVeyon Henderson and Gee Scott Jr. are teaming up to flip houses in Columbus. 

Not only is Mark Pantoni great at helping Ohio State land premier recruits, but apparently he’s making gains in the weight room. Poor Emeka Egbuka got thrown under the bus a little, though. 

Egbuka wasn’t going to take Pantoni’s playful jab lying down, though, and fired back.


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