Friday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on January 14, 2011 at 6:00a
WE LOL'dThis looks shopped.

And like that, poof. He's gone.

Wednesday I mentioned that there was a good chance Brady Hoke would bring his own S&C guy, Aaron Wellman, with him from San Diego State and yesterday that assumption took on a bit of truthiness when Devin Gardner bade Mike Barwis goodbye via a tweet.

It seems like only yesterday when things were all "Eeee Barwis" as he and his pet wolves began work transforming 180-pound dynamos into 190-pound open field turnstyles, but the Barwis Method now joins the rest of the Wolverine football staff looking for work. Final grade? Incomplete.

Also on Twitter yesterday, where all news seems to break these days (don't forget to follow us), AD Dave Brandon confirmed that reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson will be staying in Ann Arbor. The news comes after two meetings between the quarterback and coach and Hoke stating in a radio interview that he'll look to tweak his offense to utilize Robinson, saying "We're not going to try to put a square peg into a round hole."

It will be interesting to see how Al Borges uses Robinson. He's written a book on molding West Coast quarterbacks and contributed a chapter on the I formation to an AFCA publication, but he's also no idiot and will come up with ways to get the ball into Denard's hands whether that's at quarterback or in some sort of "slash" capacity.

T-Minus one day. Eligible underclassmen have until tomorrow to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft and barring any major, last-minute surprises, it appears as if the Buckeyes will be returning everyone. When Tressel announced that the suspended players had agreed to return for their senior season as a condition for traveling and playing in the Sugar Bowl, I thought it was a brilliant tactical move, but had reservations. Surely one of the five would later go back on his word, an uproar would last for about two weeks and then we'd be on to the next thing, but that does not appear to be the case. Hats-off to the group for taking their punishment, which should go a long way towards redeeming them in the eyes of those that are still bitter about the situation.

Time to shrine. Speaking of the draft, it's that time of the year again when you get to see Ohio State helmets rocking unnatural stickers and clashing with uniform colors as seniors take part in the annual exhibition circuit hoping to impress NFL scouts in places like Orlando and Mobile, Alabama. As of right now, no Buckeyes are set to play in the Senior Bowl, but three will take part in the East-West Shrine Game on January 22nd: Bryant Browning, Brian Rolle and Jermale Hines will lace them up for the East squad.

Guys like Sanzenbacher, Boren, Homan and Heyward can probably get by without playing in one of these games, but other players, primarily draft tweeners like Larimore, Saine and Torrence might need every opportunity to showcase their skills, so look for additions to these rosters in the coming days.

Jim Foster is sweating. The drubbing the Lady Bucks suffered against UConn in early December seems to have taken some wind out of the team as they've now lost four of their last six after last night's 64-53 setback to Northwestern in Evanston. The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak against the Wildcats and a team that returned five starters from a 31-win season is clearly lost at sea right now as the six-time defending Big Ten champions are just one game out of the cellar in the conference standings. Usually, Foster's teams wait until the postseason to meltdown, but if things don't turn around quickly, he might not have that many more postseasons to look forward to/dread.

All in for charity. We've taken our shots at Rich Rodriguez through the years, but his decision to donate 432 Michigan items to the Salvation Army was a pretty classy move. As poorly as he was treated at times up there, I wouldn't have blamed him if he had thrown the entire collection of jackets, hats, sweatshirts and other articles into a bonfire on his front lawn.


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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Al Borges might also explain to DR that he is not built to carry the ball 25 times a game.

I could see them rotating QBs, using DR in a variety of ways. At the next level, DR will be a return man and, as Jason suggests, a "slash," who gets about 8-10 touches a game, so he might as well keep diversifying his skillset.     

M Man's picture

I expect this will come as music to the ears of the 11W guys:  A commenter on MGoBlog asked, "Is Al Borges the Greg Robinson of offense?"  So it's a long weekend for some of you; enjoy.

Jason Priestas's picture

GERG is on a level all to himself.

BuckeyeSki's picture

I for one, am going to miss GERG in the B1G dearly...maybe he'll take Tom Bradley's spot @ State Penn? *crosses fingers*

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M Man's picture

I, for one, am not going to miss GERG.

Can I just say something here, to all my C-bus homeys?  There was NOBODY who was quicker to raise the yellow (maize?) flag of doubt about GERG, than Brian Cook of MGoBlog.  From the day the GERG was signed up to replace Scott Shafer, Brian was asking the hardest and best questions.  One of the biggest RichRod loyalists in this solar system, was one of the earliest doubters of that particular DC appointment. 

Hootie159's picture



With how many DL are in this draft class, I'm shocked Heyward isn't in the senior bowl. I'd think he'd want to get his draft stock back to where it was when the season began.

flipbuckeye's picture

I think the Sugar Bowl took care of a lot of that.   He showed up when it mattered most, on the big stage, all eyes on him.  He had arguably the best solo performance of this bowl season. 

Jdadams01's picture


He's at the highest point he's been since last year. Probably doesn't want to take a chance of having an off week at the senior bowl.

luckynewman13's picture

The Sugar Bowl was one big "'Nuff said" to the NFL scouts from Cam, he'll be fine

BigRedBuckeye's picture

Hey, what's going on with the "Polls" section of the website. I thought you guys recently added the ability to comment on Polls, and, also, an archive feature?

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

flipbuckeye's picture

It's still there for me. o_O

Colin's picture

It works for me as well...I think it's a personal problem.

BigRedBuckeye's picture

Figured it out. You have to VOTE first. Prior to voting, the "comments" and "older polls" links do not show up.

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

Cross Village's picture

Typical West Virginia bad syntax.......

"the team walks" is the correct singular verb of the sentence not "the team walk".........

Just another "sign" on the way to understanding why RR & Pals never fit into Ann Arbor.

Aside from not knowing basic grammar, the entire RichRod mob proved that no one could read the NCAA Rulebook.  He should pack up his Josh Groban 8 track collection & pile on the first Greyhound back to Morgantown where he was a perfect fit then beg forgiveness.

flipbuckeye's picture

Are we really gonna knock him on NCAA violations?  Glass house dude. Glass house.

Denny's picture

That is a bingo. Not to mention most of southwest Ohio is indiscernable when compared to West Virginia.


BuckeyeSki's picture

Well, I for one, have NEVER burned a couch for entertainment. I was born and raised in NY tho....

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Denny's picture

Miss u, Columbus circa 2002.


KenK's picture

Southeast Ohio is about the same. It doesn't help that it actually borders West Virginia.

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Matt's picture

Great stuff from Gordon Gee, a class act who managed to turn a gaffe on his part into something good and meaningful.  I actually visited this facility a few times when I was a youngin', when my dad would drop by to provide free doctoring to some of the residents on our way up Route 2 to Lake Erie on the weekends.

buckeyedude's picture

I used to live down the street from the "Little Sisters of the Poor," and my son donated service hours there, for school. It was voted as one of the nicest nursing/retirement homes in the state of Ohio recently. Beautiful facility, FYI.  My great-grandmother was a resident there years ago. I'm sure nobody gives a $hit though.