Wednesday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on December 22, 2010 at 6:00a
Yes, you are awsomeThe internet was more than full of eligible photos for this spot. Meet the alternates: 1, 2 and 3.

One day after Buckeye twitter armageddon, #TatGate is thankfully nothing more than a four hour digital meltdown. When Dave Biddle, a guy that rarely ever tweets, dropped the "Could be some bad news" bomb and then followed it up with details of players meeting with compliance for getting free tattoos in exchange for autographs, responses ranged from thinking the worst (Bauserbombs in the Sugar Bowl) to cruel wishful thinking (perhaps it was the guy that jumps offsides all of the time). Biddle later backtracked somewhat and at least one current player took to Twitter to deny the rumor, so the storm has passed. We think.

Biddle will likely be a little more careful about what he decides to drop on Twitter without additional sources going forward, but what's really interesting to me is the cred war that quickly escalated in the aftermath. Scout/Buckeye Sports Bulletin, the Hatfield to Bucknuts' McCoy, got their DPRK-on [Ed: this thread has evidently been deleted by Scout] in their forums and shot down the rumor later on Twitter. Winning is defined by scoops or destroying the scoops of others it seems.

Since the news broke, I've heard something similar to what Biddle reported from two reliable sources, but at this point in time, it's safe to say nobody knows what the outcome will be. My guess is nothing will come out of it because the rumors will be just that, rumors, or because getting inked doesn't exactly leave a paper trail for the NCAA. If $180,000 for pops keeps you eligible, I'm not sweating this.

Even if this does have some legs, that means players under Tressel have filed a fake $1,000 police report (Clarett), accepted a couple hundred dollar handshake (Smith) and now, free tattoos. That laughing you hear is the SEC collectively scoffing at small time northern football.

 Speaking of Mighty Mo... Clarett is said to be shopping a book deal, which if it happens, might rival Art's recent book as one of the more depressing things you'll ever read. The trajectory is very similar and all that remains to be seen is if Maurice will throw the program under the bus like he did when he spoke to the New York Times seven years ago. From a violations perspective, Ohio State is covered as the NCAA's "statute of limitations" would be expired -- and, at any rate, that's overlooking the fact these would be the words of a convicted felon. My hope is that Clarett will take the positive route, highlighting how he's working to turn his life around after a series of terrible decisions. Who made the call to get him a tryout with Omaha again?

 Jolly old Saint Nick. Despite substandard facilities, Alabama is practicing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips High School in preparation for their Citrus Bowl matchup with the Spartans. No worries, though, as the Tide will pay several thousand dollars to upgrade the facilities at the high school to install a new playing surface and renovate the locker rooms, all in the name of "player safety". Coincidentally -- and you'll never believe this -- but safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, a 5-star Alabama verbal that might be wavering on his commitment, is a student at Dr. Phillips. Did I mention this is a recruiting dead period? I just can't wait to see the crimson locker room with houndstooth carpet.

The smile, like the cake, is a lie.The smile, like the cake, is a lie.

 Sparty, no! As if Michigan State won't already have its hands full against Alabama on January 1st, the school put out a release yesterday stating wide receiver B.J. Cunningham would be unavailable for the game. The team leader, with 50 catches for 611 yards and nine touchdowns, broke his foot in practice on Saturday, but the ever stoic Dantonio put on the fear-not face:

"Fortunately, wide receiver is a position of strength for this football team, so B.J.'s injury will provide opportunities for others to step forward and make plays for us offensively."

Which brings up a great question: Is it fun to root for Michigan State because of Dantonio or because of our shared hatred of the Wolverines?

 David Lighty did everything. The basketball Bucks win over UNC-Asheville last night moved Thad's squad to 11-0 and none of the games have really been close. Their potential for greatness has been kicked around 11W HQ recently, with Sam openly wondering if a 19-0 start was a possibility and with each passing game, that appears more and more approachable. Lighty's 29 points last night marked the third different Buckeye to go for 29 or more in the last four games, following Sully's 40 against IUPUI and Diebler's 29 against Florida LOL Coast. All of the ingredients are there: four guys that can put up 20 or more on any given night (five if DeShaun is feeling it), great rebounding, smart point guard play and sound defense. If you're not already on the wagon, it's time to get on. This team is going to be special.

 Bump. This was tucked away in sidebarland as a user blog post, so you may not have seen it, but we're looking to add to team 11W. The link has the details, but if you're interested in getting your Buckeye opinions out to thousands of other fans and you can handle the blog groupies that come as part of the deal, we'd love to hear from you. We should point out that the groupies come in either sex, so if you're a lady and you can bring it, don't think we're hiring like it's 1911.


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Denny's picture

I thought punting was winning :/


BuckeyeChief's picture

As for Mo C, Virginia Beach is getting a UFL team next year, hoping I can catch him in person...that would be knid of cool.

"2014 National with it!!!"

buckeye33's picture

You never know which David Lighty is going to show up on any given night......but without question, he has never looked better.  That high arching shot & foul shot have been replaced with a smooth stroke. His defense has never been in question and motivates his teammates. Lastly is leadership skills and unselfish play has made this team look special. On any given night you never know who is going to step up....."Pick your Poison"

BuckeyeChief's picture

His D will keep him in the league for years, like Bruce Bowen.

"2014 National with it!!!"

slippy's picture

Remember last year when no one believed me that this team would be better without ET?  My guess is no, but trust me, I said it.

The_Lurker's picture

Probably only true due to the additions of Sullinger/Craft/Thomas, but still true.

btalbert25's picture

I know they basketball Bucks are thumping some inferior teams, but it really looks like they are starting to gel.  They have the key elements of experience and superior talent as well.  This team is really going to be a great one.  Should be quite a fun year to watch, can't wait for conference play.  I don't know what the final stat line was but 16 rebounds for Sully?  That is great no matter what team you are playing.

I'd be pretty surprised if Mo throws the program under the bus.  He seems to be a much different person than the first time he decided to tell his story to ESPN the Magazine.  I could be wrong but I think it's telling that as soon as he got out he started taking classes at Ohio State and worked out with the football team.  If he did again, well it would prove what he's really made of that's for sure.  At the same time I don't want to read a bunch of fluff about his time at Ohio State either.  That had to be a pretty interesting stretch in his life. 

SilverBullet33's picture

Does anyone else NOT have an issue with what Bama is doing?  Remember the outrage when Tressel attended a charity dinner @ LaSalle HS in Cincy?  It was rumored to be because he wanted to lock up Posey.  It made ESPN, if you remember and all he did was speak at a dinner. Saban is actually spending cash to fix up the practice field at a HS that has two very high profile recruits.  How is this not bigger news, considering these practices occur during the dead period in recruiting?  

The_Lurker's picture

This should be a HUGE story. At the very least it exposes a major NCAA loophole that should be closed immediately. I work only a few minutes away from that high school. But ESPN couldn't say anything bad about its favorite conference, could it?

BucksfanXC's picture

Preach on brother.

I hate Saban.

“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

btalbert25's picture

Can't text message a kid, but you can dump thousands into their highschool and that's no problem.  I guess no matter what they NCAA comes up with, the coaches are going to find some creative way to try and lure kids in. I would definitely agree this is a huge conflict of interest.

RBuck's picture

Between this and the oversigning the SEC is starting to remind me of welfare cheats and habitual criminals who know how to play the system. 

Long live the southend.

luckynewman13's picture

the South has by far the most wellfare cheats, so it only makes sense

buckeye33's picture

BTW...AWESOME has an E in it !  Nice tat.

builderofcoalitions's picture

Alternative image #4 understands branding.

Because we couldn't go for three.

MaliBuckeye's picture

Mr. Cool Ice is even cooler than imagined...

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."


Buckeye in Athens's picture

Well, looks no return for Duron without an offer. Good luck, Duron. 

Jason Priestas's picture

Yep, that ship has sailed it appears. Let that be a lesson to those of you that want to block 11W on Twitter (for whatever reason, he's blocked us from following him and is the only player to ever do so).

Jason Priestas's picture

Something happened to the 4th link for tattoos above, so please accept this as a substitute:

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Wow Bob Marley looks an awful lot like mr. hendrix...... lol

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

gravey's picture

I like to root for Michigan State.   They hate Michigan like we do.  Half their players are from Ohio, their coach is one our own, they don't suffer from a debilitating pretension like NW, PSU, or even Illinois, got a working class vibe.  Their admission standards aren't great, but neither were OSU's for many years.  Still a great university.

I've always thought of them as my second favorite B10 team.  Sounds like a poll question...