Thursday Skull Session

By Alex on December 23, 2010 at 9:45a

You like them, don't you

 Start Your Morning With A Laugh Living in New York certainly has it's perks, but none may be better than getting some juicy news information and gossip. Check out this story the Daily News broke and Deadspin helped facilitate about Jets' coach Rex Ryan's wife releasing videos of her foot fetish. This is an absolute gem and I'm pretty certain it's legit as Ryan and the Jets did not deny it, but rather just said it was a "personal matter".

 Walk-On Warrior Very few Buckeye fans know who Scott Sika is. The back-up center and fifth year Buckeye currently pursuing his Master's degree in Sport Management walked on to the Buckeyes from Strongsville, Ohio, just hoping to get a chance to don the Scarlet and Gray and maybe one day earn one of the spare scholarships JT usually grants to senior walk-ons in their final season. All goals were accomplished and more by Sika, and a main reason for that is he never missed a single practice while in Columbus. This is apparently a first, at least under Jim Tressel, as players usually miss at least one session to due minor bumps and bruises, having a class or test conflict, or various other reasons. Sika was given an Iron Man award at the team's end of year banquet and congrats are certainly in order for a player who provided the team with so much despite not ever expecting a single minute of real game playing time.

 Oversigning Mania The SEC never has any heart-warming stories on walk-on iron men, because, well, they have so many "scholarship" players that they don't really need walk-ons. Oversigning in the conference has been a prevalent conversation for a while and it seems like finally it is getting the kind of national attention that could lead to some action. Ramzy has a really good opinion piece on the subject, and like others feels like it's time to end the shadiness down south. I couldn't agree more and think this cheating within the rules needs to end, not only to help even the playing field in recruiting, but to also better serve the 18-year old high school kids falling for this nonsense.

 SEC-SEC-SEC! Oh-and-Nine, Oh-and-Nine, Oh-and-Nine! Enough SEC is what Ohio State players are saying, as all they have been asked about is busting the Buckeyes' 0-9 record against TCDS (that conference down south) teams in bowl games. The players want to move on from the talk and just get down to concentrating on beating Arkansas, an attitude that is most likely best for the team to head in with on January 4. I think there has been way too much talk about the 0-9 mark. Yes, four of those losses have come in the last 10-11 years, but the past should not be the stereotype for what will happen in the present. This Buckeye team is definitely out to beat down the Razorbacks and stop the streak, but I think the team would be really focused to win against any opponent, no matter the conference they play in.

 Replacing Hazell The talk lately has been on Rutgers wide receivers coach and former OSU graduate assitant, PJ Fleck, replacing Darrell Hazell at OSU. While nothing will be decided until after the Sugar Bowl, there will certainly be a number of candidates considered for the position. Duane Long throws out a name in former Broncos coach, Josh McDaniels, who attended an OSU practice last week. Long says McDaniels can be given the WR coach/Assistant head coach position as well as some play calling duties before moving on to another NFL gig or a job at the college level. I think it is a long shot, especially with an ego that big, that McDaniels would ever accept such a position. If OSU does want him though, they'll likely have to offer him a salary that tops this list of current Big Ten assistant salaries

 Bracketology It's never too early for Bracketology and's Andy Glockner has come out with his first 68 team projection of the field. Glockner has OSU, Duke, Kansas, and Syracuse as his #1 seeds and has the Bucks playing in Cleveland in the first two rounds and then in New Orleans, where the Southeast regional is being held. That would be pretty awesome and a path of beating Hampton, WVU/UCF, Missouri, and UConn/Kentucky to get to Houston is certainly do-able. Obviously a lot can change in the next three months, but hey, if this happens, you can still make it to New Orleans to see OSU if you missed out on the Sugar Bowl this year.



TLB's picture

Rex actually apologized to the team yesterday for the distraction.


Feet are just nasty.  I don't get the whole thing.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I bet Brett Favre released the tapes.  Take that Jets organization and Jenn Sterger!

slippy's picture

I don't want to spread rumors but someone just told me they heard on the radio that TP is out the first 5 games of next year for selling the bowl game swag.

Bucksfan's picture

Pryor and 5 others suspended first 5 games next season...Just on SportsCenter.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

my heart just sank..i just saw this shit

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Colin's picture

So now, Pryor=NFL, Posey=NFL, Boom=NFL, Mike Adams=NFL, Soloman Thomas...just doesn't help.

The Braxton Miller/Corey Brown/Rod Smith era has already begun.

741's picture

In all seriousness, where do you think these guys would go in the NFL draft?

My estimation: Pryor (6th Round), Posey (4th Round), Boom (7th Round), Adams (undrafted free agent), Thomas (enrolling in a FCS school for a year).

Positive spin: The logjam at RB just became a little less of a mess.

Colin's picture

Someone would probably take Pryor earlier just because of how athletic he is, for everyone else your guess is as good as mine.

But least now we have no choice but to play our younger runningbacks.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Well Braxton, say goodbye to any thought of a red shirt, hope you're ready to lead us!

TLB's picture

Jackasses.  All of them.

RoweTrain's picture

I agree that it was a dumb ass thin to do but cmon 5 games?  This just makes the Newton situation and the way the NCAA handled it so much worse.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

i am so fucking disgusted

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

RoweTrain's picture

New slogan: "NCAA, the biggest piece of shit organization in America."


Ricky Stanzi even says get the fuck out.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

Colin's picture

I don't blame the NCAA on this one, if it was just the tattoos then yeah I would, but if they really sold stuff then they deserve the punishment. Just stupid.

RoweTrain's picture

And if Cecil really asked for $200,000 (which the NCAA said he did) then nothing should happen to Cam?

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, selling the stuff was wrong. Five games is excessive, but the players should be punished.

But it still raises major questions about the system as well as possible concerns that may or may not be linked to this story. The underlying message seems to encourage the SEC approach, which (allegedly) is to come to peace with the notion that the best players will have to be compensated, but the important thing is to create layers of protection, plausible deniability, etc.

At the same time, the SEC just happens to be locked into a "cold war"-style financial war with the BT and the most dominant media entity in CFB, espn, now has a strong financial stake in the success of the SEC, after being partly spurned/damaged by the creation of the Big Ten Network and perhaps other independent moves by the BT conference. Meanwhile, a lot of non-AQ football schools in 1A also have an interest in minimizing the power of the BT.

The BT needs to rename the two divisions something like Midwest and Central (or East and West is okay) but then get down to some serious work.