Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on April 13, 2011 at 6:00a
The original Rasta-TresselIn tribute, Tressel channels his inner Evege

Good morning, you slacking drains on the American economy, and welcome to your Wednesday skull session. After an extended weekend of extreme Yuengling slurping in the great not-totally-country city of Nashville, it feels good to be back amongst my rational, football-loving northern bretheren.

Seriously, if you feel like arguing with dudes toting a mental knife to a gunfight, wear some Buckeye gear down on Broadway, have a skill for keeping smack talk harmless, and prepare for the ensuing hilarity.

Whatevs. Cue the percussion section...

Is It Now Mandatory That All Tressel Writings Contain Bad News? For whatever reason, it now appears law that any writings naturally composed by JT or forwarded must include some type of sad content. The latest bit of bad news tucked within "Catching Up With The Coach" informs us Donnie Evege is lost for the season.

It's not like losing Evege is a killer to the secondary but in between injuries (dislocated elbow early last year) he was defintely serviceable on special teams and after what we witnessed in the defensive backfield a year ago, you can never have too many bodies. Also, by all accounts Evege is a very classy dude and frankly it sucks to see his redshirt junior season blown up in April.

Screen Passes Are Cool. Word from yesterday's practice indicates Tressel may have designs on employing a lot of what we talked about Saturday - using the wealth of talent at running back to help along the unproven QB's and receivers with a lateral passing game. We're in favor of such a move especially during the suspensions as it would also force teams to be careful about stocking the box continously for fear of getting burned with nobody in space to stop the likes of Hall and Berry. Castel notes Hall was particularly effective executing the newly designed plays with Berry not far behind. That's welcome news considering Philly Brown and company have yet to show much during spring drills.

Like (burp) Father, Like (burrrp) Son. Back in 1995, the term Getting Moeller'd was born after Michigan head coach Gary Moeller was forced to resign after too much loudmouth soup caused him to blow up at a Detroit restaurant before alledgedly punching an officer. Proving the foam doesn't fall far from the keg, Gary's son Andy has also run into some trouble thanks to the bottle, in the form of two years supervised probation for buzzed driving.

This was just the latest issue for the former Michigan football player, coach and current Ravens O-Line coach. It appears as if he was given the equivalent of a $100 handshake in Ann Arbor back in 2007 for driving while visibly impaired and has been arrested three times on alcohol related charges, according the Baltimore Sun.

Before anyone gets high and mighty, I realize how sad alcohol related drama can be but hey, it's Michigan related and well, that should be a good enough reason to throw stones. If that doesn't suffice, then I blame Bauserman.

Tip Your Hat To Seminole Fan. The Will Muschamp Era began Saturday with the Gator spring game but not without a reminder of the disappointment from a season ago. With QB John Brantley looking as inconsistent as ever at ground level, the air was filled with a reminder flying behing a plane paid for by a large handful of Florida State fans. The banner read "31-7 Go Noles!" and circled the campus for an hour. We like.

Memorial Stadium To Lose 2,200 Seats. On the surface, it doesn't seem overly newsworthy that Illinois is removing 2,200 south endzone bleacher seats because they are getting too old. But after looking at the 2010 attendance figures, the only time those 2,200 seats were used occurred when the Buckeye faithful accompanied the footballers into Champaign, the lone sellout of the year. So, since Buckeye fans are the only people impacted by the shrinking capacity, it felt right to notify you ahead of the October 15th takeover of Memorial Stadium.

Mixtape. If you feel like throwing away some dough, the sideline clock tables from Crisler Arena are up on eBay...The NCAA has put the word out reminding players that any underclassmen taking part if draft festivities, at the actual draft or otherwise, "can't receive benefits or services such as travel, lodging, meals or entertainment if they attend such parties" and that "each college athlete must pay for all of those things or he could violate NCAA rules."...Speaking of the Draft, here's Vinnie Iyer of TSN calling Cam Heyward the best of the "hybrid ends"...Finally, suffer through this compilation of dudes getting bashed in the nuts as penance for enjoying this compilation of "broad smacks".



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Buckinnc's picture

after a few bowls of loud mouth soup, you check out the fun bags on hose hounds.

thorvath22's picture

I was thinking yesterday and a spark of optimism came upon me in that Ohio States first 5 opponents will be just as if not more oblivious as to what they will see on the field as we the fans will be, let's hope that plays into our favor.

We may be the first team I can remember that begins the season a west coast offense and ends the season a power/spread offense.

Let's all hope Tressel can fool us all again with a 2011 B1G championship and another BCS birth.

gravey's picture

I would seriously welcome the screen game, but it seems like we hear this each spring (tight ends!)  (fullbacks!) (bubble screens!) and then those pages from the playbook get lost in the fall.  


The picture of Tress Marley is really creepy.

devidee33's picture

Any 11W guys heard anything about more bad news coming for OSU?

Matt's picture

Do you have reason to think that more bad news is about to break?

devidee33's picture


An insider on Bucknuts posted that more bad news was coming.  He didn't provide any details other than to say it was the worst thing imaginable.


The thread has since been deleted (at the request of the insider who originally posted it).

Matt's picture


Colin's picture

As innn maybe all of last season vacated? Which would not be surprising, because technically they should be, I was just hoping that wouldn't happen.

devidee33's picture

I have no clue.  No real details were provided.  Anthing you or I postulate would be pure speculation.


Although, IMO the post made it sound like it was something much worse than having last season vacated.

The_Lurker's picture

Since the worst thing imaginable is the death penalty, I'm thinking it's not the worst thing imaginable. No way in hell is the death penalty coming unless there's a TON of stuff we don't know about.

RBuck's picture

New violations or bad news sanctions?

Long live the southend.

Olentangy's picture

BREAKING: Ryan Hamby has been hired as WR/TE coach

How firm thy friendship

BuckeyeSki's picture

That is great TERRIFYING

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Bucks's picture

Last season vacated would not be my worst nightmare. If I was choosing between vacating and stiffer penalties, get the magic marker out right now! Won't change me knowing our performance & games that did occur.

Took me a few minutes to find it but anything along the lines of the linked article would be my worst nightmare (would entail this being provable) as the sanctions would be so severe:


Johnson even being so adament in public like that is poor judgement to me. Don't know much about him and his *actual* relations, something the 11W staff could prob say more about.


As for the "Insider" and all the people in the know nowadays. I can't change what will or won't come so just going to have to sit back, relax & still love this team & staff. I don't know that I buy there is more bad to come, but wouldn't surprise me if there were nuances. Honestly, everything is under such a microscope right now that if Tressel changed to a new brand of pants, they would be linked to a player for improper benefits.

btalbert25's picture

I can definitely see Tressel taking the fall for the university.  If he takes all the heat, instead of bolting(Pete Carrol) maybe some of the heat gets taken off of the program and Tressel can take the brunt of it.  We'll see I guess.  There's a whole lot that we don't know about what has happened here.  It allmost makes me wonder if it is simple as the 5 players trading stuff for tatoos or selling memorabilia for market value.  Maybe there was something a lot more sketchy going on.

Kevin's picture

Take it for what its worth but I know the president of OSU's student government and he said there is more bad to come with Tressel. I am still not convinced that the worst has passed.

btalbert25's picture

Well I think it's been speculated for quite some time there is more bad to come.  The commentor who knows the lawyer that was  hired on has said it from the get go.  Let's just figure it out, and go from there.  Once all this news hits, then it can be dealt with and the other programs that are about to get nailed can have their turn too.

I don't want to think it at all, but if more bad news is going to come out, I think Tress has coached his last game.  I just can't see him surviving all this if worse news is coming.  That makes me sick to say it too.  I guess we'll see what happens.

Bucks's picture

I don't disagree with the opinion that Tressel would be willing to take the lumps to protect his players, programs & tOSU.

If there was verifiable proof out there though, taking that chance is terrible on everyone.

I'm editing my worst nightmare. I still think the worst it could get for me is along the lines of that article and being provrf, but Dan Wetzel's 10-out-of-10 rating for the story this summer being OSU related would be right there as well.

devidee33's picture

I thought Wetzel confirmed that the 10-out-10 story was not about OSU?

O-H Kee Pa's picture

I'm pretty sure you're right. While I don't doubt that there might be more nuances to the situation that could effect OSU, if Wetzel saw a reason to keep digging, he would've.

btalbert25's picture

I think that story is going to be about Oregon and their connection to this Lyles character.  Seems like that is going to lead to quite a few schools getting in some form of trouble or another.  Once all the facts come out about this guy, the Ohio State stuff will not be mentioned to often. Maybe it's better all this has come out early so by the beginning of next season everything will be final.


Bucks's picture

I only heard one radio interview with him regarding this story and future ones. I do remember the host trying to prod that question and not getting a yes or no out of him. I still hold hope that this 10/10 is conference wide (cough SEC cough) and think to be on that scale it has to be that big.

To put it in context for me though, if a situation unraveled that involved the admissions that Gene & Gee/Others knew & didn't report, did nothing & then tried to withhold that information from the NCAA ... that is easily a 10/10.

Again, just talking about what would be worst nightmare in mind. I just cannot envision that form of ineptitude.

elaydin's picture

Scout guys seem to think Bukibill is a bit of a flake, but I've learned not to discount any rumors these days.

Jason Priestas's picture

He certainly has some character issues (we can ellaborate more on that later maybe), but his information is usually good. That said, how much worse can things really get? We are already bracing for a vacated 2010 and potential scholarship reductions.

The_Lurker's picture

Scholarship reductions would shock me because as far as we know there have been zero recruiting violations. That doesn't mean there can't be reductions, but I'm not aware of a precedent of reductions w/o recruiting violations.

Irricoir's picture

I keep replaying what Tressel said, "That I failed to inform the right people" in my mind. Now, maybe he was referring to the fact that he did notify the "mentor" and not the AD but I don't know. I get the sense that someone as seasoned as Tressel wouldn't have sat on the information. I am thinking that Tressel might fall on the sword because he did in fact tell someone at the higher level. Just my conspiracy theory which is worth less than a hand job in Vietnam. a can of soda.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I've thought Tress was falling on the sword almost right after the presser.  I'm not going to think about anymore of this, and will just focus on the awesome clips of practice.

Bucks's picture


Would you agree that by this time tOSU has received 5 times the number of record requests they would get in a 5 year span because of all this? Since I've never sent one in, how much do they vary on timeframe from the recipt to release? 1 month? 2? 1 Week?

I would just think that with the flurry of digging, anything much worse would already be out there.

Jason Priestas's picture

Honestly have no idea of knowing either way, but it's likely they are receiving a lot more open records requests than the typical year, no doubt.

iball's picture

“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

Jason Priestas's picture

Good for Hoke. Still doesn't change the fact that we probably weren't going to offer Ringer.

Powers's picture

Why cant we have just gotten all of the bad news at once!! i cant take all this negativity being spread out over the course of 6 months

Kurt's picture

I'm very pleased to hear that Drayton may be influencing the offensive identity of this team.  I've liked his hire all along, but was very pessimistic that he would ever have any significant influence.  Time and guessing will tell how much influence he ultimately gets.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I really don't see a scholarship reduction but have "heard" from a family member / alumn that is VERY close to members of the coaching staff and players parents that the NCAA is lookng at scholarship reductions for all tOSU sports because sea were technically still under probation from the MoC. situation. But even he said its all speculation and not to worry / think about it until the NCAA makes its ruling. The one thing that DOES scare me is that the NCAA is looking to make an example of a powerhouse program and we are in their crosshairs.

"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

JakeBuckeye's picture

Maybe this will put a little smile back into your faces for a second. It did mine. Finally something funny/good in the same sentence as the name "Tressel."!/TPeezy2/status/58274428303310848