Friday Skull Session

By poguemahone on October 1, 2010 at 6:00a
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 Way to go son! Getting paid, gettin' paid! Ohio State AD Gene Smith received a massive pay raise earlier this year, and as the man in charge of one of the most successful and profitable departments in the country, he deserves every penny. There are some valid criticisms of way Smith has done things at Ohio State - possibly not sticking up for the timing of The Game as much as some wanted him to, refusing to foot the bill for big-name coordinators - but by and large, he's been good to Ohio State, and thus, Ohio State should be good to him. Kudos to him.

 Never forget. Terrelle Pryor has not put the Purdue loss behind him. The calls to move him to wide receiver (or, most idiotically, defensive end) have subsided in the wake of his hot 10 TD/2 INT start, but the bitter aftertaste of the debacle in West Lafayette has not: 

"We hate losing; I hate losing," Pryor said yesterday. "I can't really explain it to you. I don't want to feel that way again. I never thought I would feel that way, but it's a sport.

"We all hate losing."

Focusing on negativity doesn't always help, though. Most Buckeye fans remember hearing tales of how the coaching staff used a "lowlight" tape of Mark May et al. hating on the Buckeyes prior to the 2008 BCS National Championship game in the hopes of motivating them, but the result was an unfocused, disheveled team that failed to execute in key situations against LSU. But on the other side of that coin, Pryor should never forget the depths to which he - and thus, the rest of the offense - sank against a Boiler defense that really wasn't very good at all. I just hope he doesn't focus too much on it.

 The gap is widening. I just couldn't lower myself to writing "From Linebacker U to Linebacker Who?" about Penn State, but this is priceless. As you may or may not know, Penn State's linebacking corps this year is largely a collection of who-dats, with their current starters being Chris Colasanti, Michael Mauti, and Bani Gbadyu. Now, they haven't been awful, but they haven't been spectacular, and that, of course, is reason enough to complain for Penn State fans used to the likes of Navorro "whoops" Bowman and Sean Lee. Combine this with an unimpressive offensive line and a freshman quarterback, and this Penn State team might finish .500 or below in Big Ten play.

 Darrell likes what he sees. One of the biggest improvements in TP's game, according to Darrell Hazell (and everyone's favorite for Jim Bollman's successor), is his timing. According to Hazell: 

"You're watching him grow up day by day, game by game," said Hazell, the second-ranked Buckeyes' assistant head coach in charge of receivers. "Look how comfortable he looks. He's finding the checkdowns. That's all about maturation and moving to being one of those great players. He's going to be a phenomenal quarterback when it's all said and done." 

 Quick hits. Sparty needs to work on his Upward Dog, Adrian Clayborn is off to a slow start but still menacing, Michigan's second-leading rusher Michael Shaw is out for their first conference game at Indiana, Illini blog Hail to the Orange breaks down what Illinois needs to do to win on Saturday, and the Buckeyes will likely be missing Jake Stoneburner for the trip to Champaign.

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E-roc's picture

Linebacker Who? Sam, you inspired me.

BuckeyeSki's picture

This made my morning

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M Man's picture

Yay.  This is pretty much unanimous.  +10.

That picture clearly depicts one of the Nittany Lions' big stops of... Temple.

Brady's picture

Love it!

 
 

dmurder's picture

This is awesome.

Got to love the wiki article. Mark May is a douche bag!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

Forget brining in the big name Co-Ordinators.... Just get rid of Bollman!

RBuck's picture

I'd like to buy some beers for the guy who wrote the Wiki piece. Frigging hilarious (and true).

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

iball's picture

Gotta love Wikipedia.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Chris Lauderback's picture

In that case, I wrote it. Stella, please.

Joe Beale's picture

Stella?  Is that a "Silverado" reference by any chance?  (see #4 in the list below)

http://beersintheshower.blogspot.com/2010/01/top-10-bartenders-in-film.html

flipbuckeye's picture

Good taste in beer, sir.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Definitely good stuff, but I have to admit I'll gulp down a PBR with the same intensity.

RBuck's picture

Chris: If you did post the wiki piece I'll gladly buy you a few beers. Never heard of Stella. But PBR is pretty available around where I live. Come on down....Carroll OH (where men are men and sheep are affraid).

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Chris Lauderback's picture

LOL! I definitely wasn't the wiki-editor but it's hard to pass up free beer. Stella was/is a Belgian beer but wiki says it's actually brewed mostly in the UK. InBev is the brewer, which I think is now the same company that owns Budweiser after they bough Anheuser-Busch. It's about as fancy a beer as I can handle though I will sometimes throw down Anchor Steam or Sierra Nevada if I'm feeling frisky. That said, I remember the days when Jason, Corey and I would go buy 40's of "Laser" or High Life and play Sega all night so I'm not picky.

Leanenaud's picture

Not a huge Stella fan, but I know many folks are. I'm a Tucher guy myself. But I'll also slam a PBR any day of the week. Cheers!

BucksfanXC's picture

Stella? Seriously? That's my least favorite European beer, go with some Newcastle, Kronenberg, Carlsberg, anything.

But def on the PBR, or Old Style from the tap. Love it.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

iball's picture

We lost to LSU because our O-line was garbage. If I ever see another Buckeye get trucked like Ben Person on the block field goal attempt, I will swear very loudly.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

BuckeyeChief's picture

Yeah and revisionist history says it was a total mismatch/ blowout...we lost, yes. Beanie was running mf'ers over left and right, and they stopped running him; Spitler cost us dearly, and Boeckman was getting killed (legally and illegally). The Florida game it was not, yes they beat us, but imho opinion it wasn't the total shit stomping everyone made it out to be.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Eric Sammie Byrne's picture

Totally Agree.  We were in the game against LSU.

One again Heacock's crappy defensive scheme's could not get LSU off the field when it mattered.

even tohugh the O-Line was again shitty, LSU couldn't stop Beenie.  But once Robo dropped the TD pass (and the resulting blocked FG) the whole was too big and Tress stopped running the ball (right or wrong).

OSU had more yards than LSU.  It was not a one sided affair.

This years team is starting to remind me of the 2006 team.  Suspect O-line, shitty d schemes and everyone getting over confident playing MAC caliber teams.

 

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

btalbert25's picture

Yep, Fire Tressel, Fire Heacock and Fire Bollman.  This team is terrible and we're all wasting our time thinking they look good.  Why do we even watch them?  Miami is definitely MAC caliber.

Did I cover all the bases?  It's hard to win a championship, I'll just enjoy watching this team and continue to think they are damn good.  If that makes me overconfident than guilty as charged.  I really think this is going to be a special team.  They may not win it all, but I can be content just enjoying the season and know that this team will definitely not be embarrassed.  They may not win them all, but there's not a team out there that would blow this one out, or catch them by surprise.

Eric Sammie Byrne's picture

I'm sorry, they haven't won a NC since 2002 and Dantonio was the D coordinator.

Bollman's been there since the beginning and the O-Line has SUCKED since 2003.  Outright SUCKED.  His track record is not too great.  O-line has been up and down so far this year, giving up too much pressure against some crappy D's.

This is Heacock's supposedly 'best D-line he's ever coached', yet they have 3.5 sacks in 4 games against MAC level O-lines and a Miami line that has been described as average.  Those must be some pretty good MAC level O-linemen the are going up against.

Maybe i'm not drinking the kool-aid (or maybe i'm drinking too much), but I've been down this road before with Heacock and Bollman. I'll not be confident until i see how their groups perform against some quality opponents.

Hopefully i'm wrong and this is the best team to ever play football for OSU.
I'm just not convinced yet.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

btalbert25's picture

I just don't think things are doom and gloom.  They only have 3.5 sacks sure, and at this point last year they did have 9, but I dont' know, a little more than 2 sacks per game over that point, wasn't exactly the makings of the legendary line.  They got better later on.  I have a feeling this team will as well.  Even at that, as great as the line was last year, they had only 1 sack against some MAC level talent New Mexico State.  Only one sack on Purdue too, which was not a great team last year either. 

I just don't think the D-line is getting manhandled or anything, they are getting pressure and moving the line.  The O-Line hasn't been terrible.  We've seen in the past where lesser teams made it a game, Ohio University in 2008, and you can look to the O-Line as the reason.  We all saw Adams get beat badly last week, and assumed the O-Line was suspect, but the dude did seperate his shoulder on that play.

I'm not saying they look perfect, but the ceiling for this team, to me, seems much higher than other teams since 2002.  I really think they are getting better every week.  It was troubling to see 3 TD's last week, but at the same time, the D was on the field a lot last week, and their offense made some good plays.  I just think this team is and will continue to be very good. 

Joe Beale's picture

FWIW, we actually outgained LSU in that game.  Too bad we had interceptions, a blocked FG, and that costly personal foul on what should have been a blocked punt.

iball's picture

For the record, I wasn't blaming anyone except the effort of the o-line that night. He catches the pass, he blocks the punt, you never know. thats football. But what happened to Person on th FG attempt was down right embarrasing. And Yes, Person DID regress as a player at OSU.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Joe Beale's picture

Yeah, I can't argue that point.  Not defending Coach Bollman at all, but just wanted to point out that we moved the ball on LSU pretty well at times.  Other times, not so much.

iball's picture

And it's those "not so much" times that matter. I forgot to mention the patty cake tackling displayed by the secondary also.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

or Jacob Hester running wild.

Poe McKnoe's picture

Hester didn't run wild, if that's what you were implying (don't know who you were responding to).  I'll agree that sorry defensive schemes, forgetting to cover the TE, and a soft offensive line cost us against LSU.

I think this year's offensive line is ridiculously more athletic than what OSU has fielded in the past. Can they run block? Don't know, but we don't have Beanie back there.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I am sorry for this, but I only remember Robiskie for one play. For everything else he did, all I remember is 1 drop. Sucks that I feel that way, but you can call me out for finishing #2708 out of 14000 in my last 1/2 marathon if you want.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

iball's picture

Spitler= AVERAGE

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Luke's picture

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spitler?

iball's picture

Just a shout out to my boy  Spitler Averageman

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

BuckeyeChief's picture

SPILLER! (I figured you where screwing around).

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"