Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on November 17, 2010 at 6:00a
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 Cast A Vest Vote. Although it seems the various Coach of the Year awards are allergic to Jim Tressel, the fans actually have a say in helping him earn a spot as one of 15 finalists for this year's Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. Do your part by voting once a day at coachoftheyear.com in order to advance Tress to the Evaluation Phase of this drawn out award. While the award itself isn't exactly Heisman prestigious, a victory would give Tressel $50k for his favorite charities and another $20k for the alumni association.

On another Tressel note, The Lantern is surmising who might take over for JT when he hangs up the sweater vest. All the usual suspects are mentioned including Fickell, Hazell, Pelini, Meyer and Brewster. Nothing new there and while this isn't new either, I guess I never really thought about it: When Tress does call it quits (safely assuming it's his call), he'll be the first Buckeye head coach since Carroll Widdoes in 1945 to leave on his own terms.

 Speaking of Cash...A Fanhouse study says the Buckeyes are back to back champions as college football's biggest spenders. The Buckeyes rolled up $31.76 million in expenses last year, slashing about $500k off the 2008-09 school year. Considering all the surgeries this year, and the $100k of whistle peas exhausted by Shugarts' false starts, a three-peat could be in order.

Alabama took home 2nd place ($31.11 mil), leading five other SEC schools in the top 10 while the Big Ten placed just two teams in the top 10 with Iowa holding down the 9th spot at $18.46 mil, good for an $8 mil drop from the previous season. Michigan took the 20th spot at $18.32 mil, or $3.66 million per victory.

 I'vy Got A Stupid Question. Why does anyone think it's a good idea to play a football game at Wrigley Field considering how the field fits into baseball's most overrated park? Somebody must, as Northwestern and Illinois are set to play the first college game at Wrigley since 1938 despite the fact one endzone is just about a foot from the brick/ivy wall at it's closest point. Not that it's shocking safety takes a backseat to gettin' that paypa.

 Nick Fairley Needs Introduced to Waterboarding. Cam Newton may be at the center of Auburn's soulless quest for a national title but DT Nick Fairley tops the BCS classless rankings. College football's dirtiest player straight thugged out against Georgia with a host of incredibly sketchy plays. Then, after his dirty deeds drew the ire of the Bulldogs triggering a few late game skirmishes, Fairley strutted around the field like a parolee just outta the yard, practically encouraged all the while by the Auburn coaching staff. Of course, Auburn and the SEC took no action against Fairley, I mean how could they? Auburn next plays Alabama in two weeks. At least the NCAA rule against throwing blows will land two fellow Tiger defensive linemen on the sideline for the first half.

I used to want Auburn to win out so when Newton was ruled ineligible it would really sting their fans but after catching Fairley's act, I don't even want Auburn to get that far. Roll Tide, I say. As in roll up on Fairley's knee and give him a dose of his own antics.

 Troy's Golden Opportunity. Depsite Alex Smith's return to health, Mike Singletary announced Troy Smith will start for the 49ers against Tampa Bay this week. The move comes as no surprise as Singletary really had no choice after Troy won back to back games with zero turnovers adding 356 yards passing this past week against the Rams.

The good news keeps on coming as Troy has clearly won over the locker room and with Alex Smith in the final year of his contract, Troy has a real shot to solidify his job not only for the rest of this year, but into next season as well.

 The GBU Report. Good: The Bengals signed Aaron Pettrey to replace the injured Mike Nugent. Bad: Rob Bolden is so bad he couldn't replace Matt McMoxie on the PSU depth chart this week. Ugly: Have you seen Oregon's hoops floor yet? Looks like midcourt was ground zero for a 50 ton diaper.

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iball's picture

I think the game at Wrigley is pretty cool. They replaced the real brick/ivy wall with a padded substitute, ivy and huge allstate sign painted on.

I gotta feeiling the NCAA will drag the Newton scandal out long enough to see if AUB earns a spot in the MNC or not. Just to avoid a possible Oregon/TCU,Boise matchup. If Bama wins and the Cocks beat the Tigers they may drop a ruling before the bowl game.

OT: That was the best November Buckeye bball game in history, hands down. Im not sure who I hate more at this point, tsun or the entire state of Florida, sanz the hot chicks of course.

“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

Fair point, but if you run into that thing at full speed, I bet you won't notice much padding. Not to mention the damage that could be done if you are laying out for a pass or have your body contorted as you make contact.

iball's picture

If padded walls are safe enough for unpadded basketball players in high schools, then they should be just fine for CFB players padded head to toe, just sayin. I think football games at old ball parks are kinda cool every once in awhile, like the hockey games at Fenway. Im not a big fan of all the fancy crap they keep adding to the shoe either.

“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

There's at least three feet between virtually all high school / college basketball baselines and the padded base of the hoop structure (or wall in HS). There's probably 1 foot of space between the back the line of the endzone and that padded wall at Wrigley. Just sayin. I also dont think HS basketball players fly around with the consistency or velocity of D1 college football players but whatever. If you think Wrigley is set up just fine with respect to safety, we'll agree to disagree and move on.

iball's picture

I played Jr High bball in a cafeteria at Piqua Jr High. We had no sideline area. We literally had our bench on the stage. Had to jump up on the stage to get on and off the bench. I really wasn't taking issue  with your opinion, I would be pissed if we lost a key player in a wall collision at Wrigley.

“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

RBuck's picture

Yep. I really think the Big Ten should consult with the Notre Dame AD and coach about this this configuration/liability.

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PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

That basketball court @ Oregon is horrible. 

BuckeyeSki's picture

Kinda like their bball team?

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blazers34's picture

Looks like both teams will be on the same sideline too.  i think the setup looks awful, and overly cramped. 

oh well though, not like the Bucks have to play there.

slippy's picture

I saw that Fariley shot with the Helmet to the UGA's QB square in the back 2 seconds after he threw the ball.  That was more than roughing the passer.  That was straight up assault with incredibly malicious intent.  Any other coach would suspend that kid.  Any other league would suspend that kid.  But we all know that if Cam did take money Chizik knows about it so who are we kidding?

 

Also, I'm reserving judgment on the Oregon court til I see a real picture and how it fits with the rest of the stadium.

Bucksfan's picture

The kid would have been suspended in any other league for just one of those infractions.  Helmet to the back and helmet to the shin is deplorable acts.  Of course, ESPN is nowhere to be found in bringing this up every hour of sportscenter.

Denny's picture

THOUGHT: Maybe it's time to not give a shit what ESPN may or may not bring up every hour.

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Max's picture

They're still busy making sure we all know Sullinger has a high basketball IQ.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

To answer the next head coach question, I would rather have a proven guy than Fickell or any other Asst. coach.  As much as most of us believe he is going to be a head coach at sometime, I would prefer a guy with experience at that position.  Let Fickell go coach a MAC school first.

Honestly, I'm not sure who I would want.  As much as I don't really like Meyer, he would bring credibility and recruiting immediately.  But, he doesn't seem like a fit, either.

I would love to get Pelini, but the fact that NE will be in the big ten already when JT hangs it up, I doubt he would move from one traditional power to another in-league ... we are not the SEC like that. 

I don't want any of the stoops guys, although they will be rumored simply because they are also from Ohio - as every major D1 head coach seems to be.

There has to be a guy, kinda like JT, that we have no clue about but is highly regarded as a coach and program administer.  Who would fit that?  Interesting question.

btalbert25's picture

My hope is, especially since we are assuming it's going to be on his own terms, that Tressel has a say in who replaces him.  He's not going to leave the team in the wrong hands, and I trust his insight.  I can't stand Urban Meyer, never have liked him even back in the Bowling Green days.  He's a great coach, but after a guy like Tressel, I'd hate to see him be the following act.  I do like Bob Stoops.  I could see Stoops being like Roy Williams in basketball.  He has really good teams at Oklahoma, but maybe if he had a homecoming of sorts he would end up being able to put together something special.  I also like Pellini, and like others there is probably a Tressel like coach out there none of use really know about.  I am extremely leary of coaches like Brian Kelley and Rich Rod.  With that said I'm also leary of promotiing a coordinator or someone that's in the system already as well. 

btalbert25's picture

My hope is, especially since we are assuming it's going to be on his own terms, that Tressel has a say in who replaces him.  He's not going to leave the team in the wrong hands, and I trust his insight.  I can't stand Urban Meyer, never have liked him even back in the Bowling Green days.  He's a great coach, but after a guy like Tressel, I'd hate to see him be the following act.  I do like Bob Stoops.  I could see Stoops being like Roy Williams in basketball.  He has really good teams at Oklahoma, but maybe if he had a homecoming of sorts he would end up being able to put together something special.  I also like Pellini, and like others there is probably a Tressel like coach out there none of use really know about.  I am extremely leary of coaches like Brian Kelley and Rich Rod.  With that said I'm also leary of promotiing a coordinator or someone that's in the system already as well. 

Nappy's picture

I think Gary Patterson would be a great fit.

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btalbert25's picture

I also noticed that Fariley likes to drive the QB's into the ground.  I'm not against people hitting hard, but hitting hard and being malicious are totally different. 

Matt's picture

Here's an interesting thing to think about -- assuming that we win out and unless Miami beats Virginia Tech, we will almost certainly have zero wins against teams ranked in the top 25 at the close of the regular season.  Our best wins -- Iowa and Miami -- would each have at least four losses at that point. 

Jason Priestas's picture

That's a good point, but aside from Wisconsin (at night in their place), we've taken everyone we've played to the woodshed.  If that trend continues Saturday, I'll feel great about this team playing anyone, regardless of whether or not they have any quality wins.

BucksfanXC's picture

This.

All we can do is beat who we play when we play them. We've done that all year(outside Wisky, and hell, we kinda did that against them for even 10 or 15min of that game, obviously not enough to win a game, cuz they out played us, especially on D, for the rest of that game). I like us in a bowl game against anybody.

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Kurt's picture

All the team can do is go out an win (same as Boise and TCU's argument), but the athletic department can go out and do a better job of scheduling.  An in-state MAC is fine, but playing Eastern Michigan is ridiculous.  Even starting up a series with Cincy would at least give us a BCS opponent.  Next year we have Colorado is a step up, but they'll most likely suck this year as they'll be in a coaching transition (ala Marshall this year).

BucksfanXC's picture

I can't imagine the politics that has to go into making a schedule though, and it has to be done years in advance. We thought Miami would still be good 5yrs ago when they made that schedule. We consistently put USC, Miami, Tennessee, etc caliber opponents on our schedule for a home-and-home every year. I know what you mean with EMU and YSU and New Mexico, etc, but I think it is also wise to put one of those guys on the schedule for a tune-up early in the season. That is gonna be cut down now that the Big12Ten is expanding and we have fewer non-conference games to schedule, hopefully we stick to the getting one big gun mentality and if we have to drop one, drop the patsies.

“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

Kurt's picture

I used to think OSU was special in that we schedule a big boy every year, that was naive of me bc everyone does it.  Oregon thought Tennessee would be good this year when they scheduled the game a decade ago or whatever.  If we had some sort of non-conference schedule strength we wouldn't be immediately screwed when we drop a conference game.  Additionally I would argue that playing tougher teams makes a team better. 

BucksfanXC's picture

I completely agree, it makes you tougher, prepares you better for pressure games, makes you mature, brings the team together, lots of reasons to schedule a giant every year. However, if you schedule 2 or 3 big non-conference games, then go through the Big Ten schedule, you'll be lucky to come out the other side alive. It sure beat us up this year, injury wise. Not that we don't get injured in EMU games, or get to just rest, but we do usually get to pull the starters early, gameplan less with fewer things to be worried about (especially if you know we have more talent at every position, schemes matter less), etc. It's kinda smart to put a cupcake game on there every year. I know it hurts us SoS wise, and that does matter more and more now with BCS, computer polls, and lots more teams with only 1 loss getting into the NC game.

“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

tomcollins's picture

Until there is a playoff, there is no reason to schedule harder.  Especially if Boise or TCU is rewarded for their joke of a schedule.

Kurt's picture

At present our schedule is weaker than both TCU (by a lot) and Boise (narrowly).  We will pass Boise over the next 2 games, but I dunno about TCU. 

If we scheduled even a little better we could make an argument to be in a title game as a 1-loss team.  Then on the flip side of that you have a scenario like 2007 where our schedule was awful but we got through with 1-loss and then got into the title game bc of the broken system.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I respectfully disagree, we as fans would have better games to watch, and the season would be more entertaining.  I have said it before, I would rather have more 2-3 loss seasons if it meant we played more exciting games week in and week out. I don't mind an annual cupcake to warm up, but some of these schedules have been so terrible (see 2007) that the good games only happen every four weeks or more.

And, I think people forget that it wasn't that long ago that our non-conference schedule was respectable. Hell, we really never played other teams from Ohio at all durng most of our lives.  That is a rather new scheduling philosophy.  

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I though there was a clause in Tress's contract that's when he puts the vest away, he will be in the Athletic Department as a an executive. With that being said, I would assume that he would have serious involvement in his replacement. Some industries would consider that unethical and a conflict of interest, but in this case, I think it would be a very smart and calculated move on Ohio State's part.

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Jason Priestas's picture

Yep.  The latest extension in March also gave him an associate AD position when he's done coaching.

Kyle's picture

The Fariley thing speaks to a bigger issue of the SEC putting winning above everything, including player safety, NCAA violations, and human decency.

 

@ourhonordefend retweeted a great piece from AOL Fanhouse regarding the SEC's ability to discipline and suspend Cam Newton based on the allegations Cecil tried to shake down at least Miss State.  Slive has the power but he won't do a damn thing because he doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize a $EC team playing for the BCS championship.  That conference might win a lot on the field but outside the lines they play in the gutter. 

 

Kyle's picture

Also word on the street is Amir Williams is announcing today @ 12:30 p.m. 

Alex's picture

And word on the street is he is a Buckeye!

 

ERIC OSU's picture

confirmed! Woot woot!