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Ohio State Media Is Not Happy With Ryan Day's Statement Today

Ohio State players interacting with fans as they leave the field.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Fans congratulate the Ohio State Buckeyes as they leave the field following their 42-7 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Big college football programs are not huge fans of media access during the lead up to the season. Ohio State has doubled down on that, shutting down what the media can see at practice.

It isn't a huge surprise, given the uncertainly around the program with Urban Meyer on administrative leave. It hasn't made the media's job any easier though.

We're sure Buckeye fans and the program itself would love some attention paid to the team, which will enter the year as one of the favorites to play as a national championship. Instead, because they can't see how Dwyane Haskins looks behind center, or what havoc Nick Bosa is wrecking on the practice field, the Urban Meyer remains as the most tangible thing we can grab onto.

Interim head coach Ryan Day has not spoken to the media since stepping in for Meyer, and players have not been made available at all, which has also rustled feathers.

Today, Ryan Day put out a lengthy update on Ohio State football, in lieu of an actual media session.

In it, he breaks down the various position groups, and thanks the administration for their support in what is definitely a tough time for the program.

It is something, but it definitely isn't the same as getting a full compliment of writers, especially with the large Buckeyes media corps, to break down the team.

As many have noted, this doesn't serve the fans, who are desperate for information and non-Meyer speculation, with just weeks until the team opens against Oregon State.'s Doug Lesmerises took the opportunity to share his thoughts about how Ohio State football has handled the situation. The form in which he did it contains more than a little bit of snark.

From his letter:

"As representatives of you, the people, we feel reasonable access to the players and coaches you care so deeply about serves both the citizens and taxpayers of this state, as well as the program of which we speak. While some restrictions in the name of protecting amateur teenage athletes from the gaping maw of the voracious football writers of Columbus are expected and understood, come on, we really hope we can interview them soon."

Lesmerises is not the only member of the media to share his disappointment with how Ohio State has handled this part of the situation. Others from around the college football world have done the same.

Media will be allowed to view the first three periods of tomorrow's practice. However, it doesn't sound like there will be any chance of interviews.