Wednesday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on February 16, 2011 at 3:00a
We'll all be partying if Sully comes back for a second year.If Sully comes back, put Party in the O-S-U on repeat.

Good news: The Buckeyes rebounded from their first loss of the season to move to 25-1 after handling Michigan State in front of a sellout home crowd.

Better news: OSU now has a 2.5 game lead over the only two teams capable of catching up in the Big Ten standings and those two meet tonight. Right now, the magic number is four with upcoming games against both Purdue (road) and Wisconsin (home).

Bestest news: Satch Sullinger told Dave Biddle that Jared would be returning for his sophomore season.

Word that he might opt to return for a second year has been out there for a while and last Friday, ESPN's Chad Ford, citing a source close to Sully, said the big man was concerned about a potential lockout in the NBA and wanted to stick around anyway. But hearing it from his father takes things from the "hope for the best, expect the letdown" realm to "excuse me while I swap start tallying next season's wins."

With comparisons to Kevin Love ($) accompanying talk of going first overall in the draft, it won't be easy to turn down all of that coin, but Jared is clearly soaking up the college experience and he does not need the money right away to support his family like many other players.

Sullinger's return would be kind to the APR, but more importantly, stem the tide of big men leaving after one season in Columbus. In the last four years, Thad Matta has watched Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, and B.J. Mullens depart after just one semester at school. All told, six Buckeyes have departed early since the 2006-07 season and there's a great chance William Buford joins that group, so getting Sullinger back would be huge (especially when you factor in the departing seniors).

KA-CHING. Les Wexner is making it rain with the largest philanthropic gift in university history:

This morning, we are announcing a most remarkable investment of $100 million in The Ohio State University by alumnus and Board of Trustees Chair Leslie Wexner and the Limited Brands Foundation. The majority of the gift will be allocated to the University's academic Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, with additional gifts to the Wexner Center for the Arts and other areas.

Words cannot describe how fantastic this is. As a knowledge center, Ohio State has been making great strides over the course of the last two decades and this is another gigantic step in that direction. The James is already recognized as one of the top hospitals in the United States and the additional funds will directly impact lives in the community. Beyond that, Wexner is making an investment in a primary economic engine for one of the Midwest's few cities on the up.

A "conversation with students" will commemorate the gift at 11am today. It will be streamed over the web if you're interested.

Auburn: Harvard on the Plains. Yesterday, backup Tiger defensive back Jordan Spriggs posted a job opening to his Twitter followers:

Jordan Spriggs, genius.

After catching heat from his teammates, the freshman apparently decided Twitter was lame and deleted his account. That, or Gene Chizik is choking the life from him as you read this.

Random bits: Like Jared Sullinger, BYU's Jimmer Fredette is dealing with increasingly physical defenses... Count Billy Packer among the few not excited about the new format for televised tournament games (he does make some solid points)... The Big Ten profiles former Buckeye grappler Corey Morrison.


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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

How can you not love Sully?  It's true that haters are gonna hate an all, but c'mon, this kid is golden.  Asking for the sign, getting that kid some followers. 

gravey's picture

Sully.  A big ass Buckeye...not a fake ass Buckeye.  BAB..not...FAB.

Denny's picture

Lex Wex seems like a chill bro [via lengerie] 


btalbert25's picture

People are really projecting Sully to be the number 1 overall pick? I just don't see him as the type of player you build a franchise around.  He reminds me of Patrick Patterson only, he hasn't really shown that he can knock down jumpers at a high frequency like Patterson did.  I know I know he's hit a couple of 3's but Patterson would kill teams from the post and by hitting 10-15 foot jumpers all the time.  I'm sure he can do it, he just hasn't. 

I was also surprised to see people expect Bufford to take off.  I just haven't seen much out of him that would warrant a jump.  He's not going to be a lottery pick, if he comes back another year with Craft and Sully he could really become another ET.  Right now though, it seems like we see flashes of brilliance like last night, but mostly he's just a good 2nd or 3rd option right now.  I dont' know maybe I'm way off base, I just can't see a GM going, I want him as a top 10 pick.

BucksfanXC's picture

- I had three arguments last night about me thinking Sully is coming back and every single time I lost on the opposing side's rebuttal being that "You said the same thing about Oden." Cautious optimism.

- Billy Packer is a bitter old geezer. Sorry we are taking you away from Matlock and JAG for the purpose of watching more college basketball. I'm going to be so happy this year when I can watch every buzzer beater. I will choose when to flip between games, not CBS' producers. The first 8 mins of the game I want to watch won't be pre-empted by Virginia Commonwealth fouling Kansas for 15mins in the final 15secs of the game because they are within 8pts.

“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

The_Lurker's picture

Packer is a curmudgeon. It's not like I tune in to hear announcers that have covered the teams all year long, anyway. I don't notice announcers much unless they either suck or are annoying on an exceptional level. I'll enjoy seeing more full games this year.

btalbert25's picture

I haven't looked over the new lineup too much but I must say it is kind of fun to take off work and watch the games in early afternoon.  I hope that's not affected too much.  I always thought instead of taking the breaker between afternoon and evening they should just use the "news" time to space the games out more.  It would allow for better coverage and the news is all garbage anyway.  It's really just not worth watching except for maybe the weather report.

tomcollins's picture

It's actually better.  4 Channels covering everything so you won't miss anything.  Need to set up a 4-TV set up in my house to watch all the games now.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I agree.  Not sure any points that Packer made were valid.

RBuck's picture

To the sports bar!!

Long live the southend.

btalbert25's picture

Nice.  I work from home, and despite having to be restrained to me desk working, It'll be nice to have 4 TV's line up in the basement watching between phone calls and emails lol.

themostbrian's picture

RE: Sullinger.

I'll believe it when the deadline has passed and he is not in the draft. We've seen this kind of thing change far too often to get our hopes up in the middle of February.

drewblack11's picture

Everything Sullinger has said or done has given the impression he's staying.  It's obvious he's got a good head on his shoulders.  There's no reason for him to make the jump this year with all of the CBA bullshit still undecided.  Also, he's a true buckeye.  Born and raised.  He knew he was going to tOSU when he graduated grade school.  He'll stay at least another year. 

painterlad's picture

i got me some Sully love.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

He could benefit from staying atleast one more year. And as stated, he and his family aren't bad off. And another thing, those Buckeyes that have left early, have yet to make our basketball Program look good. I was never a fan of Mullens. And Oden can't take five steps without breaking a limb. Biggest bust of all time. Literally and figeratively.

And regarding Spiggs. No way was that a joke. He is just that stupid. And seeing sCam get away with it, who could blame his arrogance and ignorance?

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama