What you missed in Columbus for Aug. 10

Andy Downing
adowning@columbusalive.com
Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper wears a neck gaiter during a practice.

With many colleges opting to start the new school year remotely amid COVID-19, it shouldn’t surprise that the Power 5 conferences are weighing (brace yourselves Buckeye fans) the option ofsuspending the college football season. The Power 5, which includes the Big Ten, the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SCC, held an emergency meeting on Sunday during which the leagues discussed pulling the plug on the fall season, hoping to resume action in the spring. On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS league to suspend fall sports, including football, anda Group of 5 athletic director told ESPN: "I don't know why we are trying to push to play in the fall. It's always made more sense to me to just play in the spring." Assuming all of this comes to pass, as it should, expect the next OSU-Michigan game to land sometime in the summer of 2021, at the earliest.

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In better sports news, the Blue Jacketsdefeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Sunday to clinch the best-of-five series 3-2. By winning the play-in series, the Jackets now advance to the first round of the NHL playoffs, where the team will again face last year’s first-round opponent, the second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. The CBJ swept the Lightning 4-0 a year ago, clinching the first playoff series victory in franchise history. Here’s hoping for a repeat when the series kicks off, with game one still to be determined.

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Columbus City Council is considering legislation that would limit or eliminate weapons and equipment used by the Columbus Division of Police during protests earlier this year. The proposals would ban the use of tear gas and limit the use of pepper spray and Mace to controlling aggressive or violent crowds, and then only after three warnings and the approval of high-ranking CPD officials. Similar restrictions would be placed on “less lethal” projectiles such as rubber and wooden bullets. There is a covenant between the community and the police, but “it became clear that the use of some equipment strains that trust,” City Council member Elizabeth Brownsaid in an email to the Dispatch.

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The Wexner Center recently announced that it would reopen its galleries on Tuesday, Aug. 11, coinciding with the opening of buildings across the Ohio State campus. The gallery will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 p.m. on Thursday). Admission to the gallery will be timed and require a ticket, and a mask must be worn by visitors at all times.Click here for information on current exhibitions or to purchase tickets.