Friday Skull Session

By Alex on May 27, 2011 at 6:00a
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Memorial Day BBQ FTWCan't wait to get my hands on one of these this weekend.

Good morning Buckeye fans and welcome to your Friday Skull Session. It's a great day, not only because Memorial Day Weekend festivities kick off later on, but also because you got to wake up this morning without having to hear some media outlet absolutely going to town on the integrity of the Ohio State football program (knock on wood).

While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died while serving this great nation, the weekend surrounding it is a great time to step back, relax, and let all the worries in the world drift away for a few days while enjoying the company of friends and family. I'm personally extremely excited for the upcoming weekend, as I'm heading down to the Jersey Shore where I'll be meeting up with some OSU buddies who are coming in from around the nation. In addition to doing some hardcore fist pumping, we'll be barbecuing, day drinking, and enjoying what will hopefully be decent weather just feet away from the Atlantic Ocean. We definitely won't be worrying about what happens August 12 and that's something I'm sure looking forward to.

What are your plans for the weekend? Anyone taking advantage of the weekend and getting a full Friday to Monday off? Heading anywhere interesting? Let us know after the jump where you can find your Friday Skull Session.

Greg Paulus in the house. Yes, that Greg Paulus. The same Greg Paulus you probably loathed watching when he played point guard for Duke and laughed at when he played quarterback for Syracuse. I hope your not still laughing too hard, as that same Greg Paulus is now a member of the Ohio State University basketball coaching staff

Thad Matta brought on the former two-sport athlete who originally hails from the Syracuse area and had this to say about the hire in the official release yesterday:

We are excited to have Greg join our program. I have known Greg dating back to when I recruited him out of high school. He brings a wealth of knowledge as a young man who has played basketball at the highest level in addition to his year as a full time Division I coach. He is a rising star in the coaching business."

I think the Paulus move is a good one. Not only do you get someone on staff who is hungry to be a great coach, but you get a guy young enought that the players can relate to. Playing under Coach K and having the experience of competing at the highest level at the point guard position can only help Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott as they work through the ups and downs sure to come during their careers. I can't stand Duke one bit and hated Paulus while he was there, but I'm very happy to welcome him into the Buckeye family.

USC ripple effect. While the two events are completely different from each other, there definitely has to be some thought that the decision by the NCAA to uphold USC's punishment can't bode well in setting precedent for schools like OSU when they face the hammer in the future. I personally feel that an institution paying players to come play for them and a coach withholding information from the NCAA of violations his players committed is like comparing apples to oranges, but new NCAA president Mark Emmert seems to be trying to lay the smack down on rule breakers these days. I really have no clue what is going to happen August 12, but I have a hard time believing the penalties will be as harsh as the Trojans suffered. What do you think?

Country roads, take me home. New WVU offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting, Dana Holgorsen, was escorted out of a casino this past weekend after inappropriate behavior forced police to ask him to leave Mardi Gras Casino and Resort. Holgorsen apologized publicly yesterday, saying: 

"As a football coach, I am always in the public eye and I have to hold myself to a higher standard, which is what I ask our players to do. I'm sorry that this incident has put the university and the football program in a difficult position. I will not put myself in that situation again."

Somehow, that apology is enough to get the coach off without anything but a slap on the wrist, and all is forgotten for the man who made the Oklahoma State offense one of the most exciting in college football. I guess when I think about it, this did happen in West Virginia and if Bob Huggins has been able to slide "DUI free" for this long, I should have known Holgorsen would get away with something this minor.

Tate must be delusional. Speaking of USC, the "great" Tate Forcier has decided Miami isn't the place for him and is looking at a whole new group of schools which features the Trojans and defending champion Auburn. Forcier claims he's making the move, not because he's scared of competition at The U, but rather to be closer to his family who lives in California. I'm not buying that for one minute, as in addition to Auburn being nowhere near California, Tate's list also includes Montana and Kansas State, with USC, San Diego, and San Diego State being the only schools he's considering that are actually significantly closer to his San Diego home. I don't know who he thinks he is, but if he couldn't even lock down the starting gig at Miami, he's certainly not going to do it at Auburn or USC. Keep us entertained Tater Tot.

Indiana in hot water. Although it was buried in the college hoops section front, ESPN actually broke a story about potential violations at schools other than Ohio State. Read that sentence again because for a short time I really thought that wasn't possible. The linked story focuses on the Indiana Elite AAU program and their borderline sketchy relationship with a few college programs, such as IU. This story coincides with an ongoing investigation into 2012 Hoosier recruit Hanner Perea, who supposedly received improper benefits from multiple schools. Keep an eye on this one, as I don't wish violations upon anyone, but it will certainly be nice to see someone else on burn notice......if it isn't buried underneath some more OSU news.

Big move for the Nittany Lions. For some bizarre reason, Ed DeChellis decided to leave a somewhat on the rise Penn State program in favor for Navy where it is extremely hard to recruit with both academic and service requirements. I'm in the crowd who believes that either something fishy was going on and DeChellis was forced out by PSU officials, or that there was some sort of rift between Ed and the administration, possibly over the lack of dough the school chooses to dish out to their coaching staffs. Whatever the reason, the Nittany Lions are now left coach-less and the decision of who they replace DeChellis with could define the future of the program

Being someone who loves seeing the all-star coaching roster we've had in the Big Ten over the last few years, I really hope PSU goes to make a big splash and brings in a big name coach who can actually do something with all the resources that school offers. That's highly unlikely though, thanks to Joe Pa, who makes pennies compared to some of his counterparts across the nation. Because of Joe Pa's unselfishness in not sucking all the money out of the school, it becomes extremely hard for the AD to justify paying a basketball coach more than the legendary football coach makes, especially at a school rich in pigskin tradition. I may hate them and think they go overboard in their treatment of opposing fans too often, but Penn State fans are just too passionate to not have the proper coach running their hoops team. Here's to hoping the Nitts actually hire a coach who has a swinging chance of making the Lions relevant on a consistent basis---only for the strength of the conference.

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Denny's picture

Dissertation writing/taking my youngest brother-in-law out on his 21st/working on Monday count as 'fun Memmy Day Weekend' activities, right? 

Taquitos.

Matt's picture

ARE YOU GONNA HIT UP THE TOMBS?!?! ITS TOTALLY KILLER, BRAH!

Denny's picture

Yea, we'll hit it up right after we row the Potomac. Gotta get that sun steeze goin'.

Taquitos.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Half day of work today, then heading up to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York for some Friday - Monday camping. My liver hurts just thinking about it.

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Nitz25's picture

"but also because you got to wake up this morning without having to hear some media outlet absolutely going to town on the integrity of the Ohio State football program"

Actually I did wake up to this, though I guess technically this was aired last night and I just didn't see it until this morning.

Lantern reporters all over ESPN getting their 15 minutes: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6592185

"He really didn't have an axe to grind because, well... you know, he had those axes to grind in college and... didn't."

That makes no sense at all.

Philly White's picture

As an Ohioan living on the East Coast, thank you for saying down TO the Jersey Shore and not "down the shore." Prepositions, East Coasters!

OHIOinME's picture

Well everyone.  It's Memorial Day Weekend.  The official unofficial start of white people waking up early on Saturday mornings to sell their shit.  If you are confused here is a reminder.

BuckeyeMark's picture

very strange story about Tate from yesterday ...  maybe a suicide attempt.  if that's the case then, of course, that's nothing to make light of.  but something is seriously wrong here...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Tate-Forcier...
 

Matt's picture

Andddd morning of no new is good news ends.  It's not really new news, but the media will be sure to pile on even more.

 

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/man-bought-ohio-st-memorabilia-charged-14345244...

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Love how the headline is MAN WHO BOUGHT OHIO STATE MEMORABILIA IS CHARGED, and then the first paragraph goes on to mention that there is no connection with the charges over the sale of the items. 

Basically nothing to do with the OSU side of anything, yet that is still the headline.

Leanenaud's picture

Heading to St. Pete for the weekend. 1/2 off Sushi and Full Bar from 9-close @ Hiro's tonight. Rays/Indians Game tomorrow. Beach/Cook-Out/Binge Drinking on Sunday. Recovery Monday. God Bless America!

BuckeyeSki's picture

God Bless America    'Murrrrrrrrica

 

Fixed that for you

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Leanenaud's picture

My bad for letting the terrorists win.

Nappy's picture

I'll be hanging out with 250,000 of my closest friends and neighbors at the Indy 500.  If you like racing and/or copius amounts of booze (I only like the latter) this is where you should be.  But please dont mind the countless number of girls, including Greg Paulus, who use the mens restroom while we all piss in troughs.

As far as the potential IU violations, no one cares.  The only schools who are constantly tried in the court of public opinion are schools who consistently win.  IU sucks, has sucked for some time, and will continue to suck.  As long as that holds true, articles on ESPN will be buried underneath less damning articles on schools such as OSU, USC, Oregon and the like.  We are the school EVERYONE loves to hate, and I'm ok with that. Haterz gunna hate.

Fan of bacon since 1981

Bucksfan's picture

Indy, baby!!!  Yeah, even if you don't like racing, the Indy 500 is way beyond just some car race.  I've been going since I was 8, this will be my 21st straight.  Every American should see it at least once in their lifetime.  Lol @ pissing in troughs.  Last year it was so damn hot that my dad and I finished all the beer in our coolers just to stay as hydrated as possible.  "What's left in the cooler?"  "Just beer."  "Beer me."  I didn't even have to use the restroom, I was sweating so much.

Where do you guys sit?  We're always in turn-4.

Nappy's picture

Yeah, last year was scorching and I dont think this year will be any different.  I've been to the last 5 or 6 in a row, but I cont remember a time where I walked out of the track actually knowing who won.  We sit infield in turn 3 with the rest of the crazies.  Iva sat in Tower Terrace before, but those people seem to actually care about the race. 

Do you come in from out of town?

Fan of bacon since 1981

Bucksfan's picture

Ha!  Oh, man...the new Snake Pit!  That's awesome.  We crack open some oil cans, and take a walk in the infield every morning, see the garage area (sometimes Dave Letterman is hangin around), and stroll through the Snake Pit in 3 to see everyone gearing up.  Even at 9AM you see some weird sh*t!  There is a Chicago Bears fan we've seen the last couple of years who put bowling alley chairs into the flatbed of his truck...stadium style.  Pretty ingenius.  And there were some other guys with a variation of Plinko from Price is Right where the object is to see some mammaries.  Just awesome!

Yeah, I grew up in Cincy, and now I fly into Cincy from the west coast and drive up that morning with my Dad and usually two other guys.  We've pretty much had the same seats for 30 years. This year we're taking my wife for her first time.  I think it's going to blow her mind.

P.S., the Snake Pit has a Facebook group.  Check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/Indy500SnakePit

Nappy's picture

Yeah, I still cringe when I see a beer bong out at 730am.  I mean, I like to drink but damn! I saw a frat from IU had a kiddie pool filled with beer and some guys carrying a couch down Georgetown Rd last year.  You never know.

I took my gf last year and I dont think she wants to go again.  Too much debauchery for her. Your wife wont know what to think, especially if you take her to the infield.  Snake Pit 4 life!! 

Fan of bacon since 1981

Bucksfan's picture

Awesome, man, have a good time.  And if you're wearing any OSU gear, pay attention for an O-H coming your way!

Maestro's picture

Anybody heard anything about an SI story on Tress coming out next week?  An investigative story that goes all the way back to YSU days?

vacuuming sucks

Colin's picture

There was alot of talk about it on Tuesday/Wednesday because that is when it first leaked out. It seems like there is in fact an article being written but it most likely won't be released next week. No one really knows what exactly it will reveal so there's not much to do at this point but wait and try not to worry about it for now.

Maestro's picture

Thanks

vacuuming sucks

BuckeyeSki's picture

True Buckeye right there

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BuckeyeChief's picture

My weekend plans include running a 10K, a cookout, maybe a theme park, math homework and OBSESSIVELY CHECKING ON ADVANCEMENT RESULTS TO SEE IF I MADE SENIOR CHIEF (E-8).

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Brutus's picture

Not sure where to post this or even if I should, given that we're entering a holiday weekend and this news is not good. Over the past few weeks, I've posted what little information I knew about the OSU investigation and I have a bit more to add. The investigation continues on campus and it's going far beyond the tattoo incident. My impression is that they've uncovered all sorts of additional violations by the players. One player in particular is being looked at hard (you can all guess who). The way it was explained to me is that we should be surprised if he ever plays another down for OSU again. Also, the SI article is fact and the folks at OSU are under the impression that it will come out next week. Apparently, it is going to be as scathing as everyone says. The good news is that OSU compliance is all over this and investigating vigorously. I think they are really trying to obtain all the facts and clean things up. The information in the SI article will not be a surprise to anyone on the inside, but that doesn't make it any less damaging. The speculation from my source is that even if Tressel isn't linked to the current wrong doing by the players, these violations are bad enough that there is no way he'll be able to survive this.

Well, Happy Memorial Day everyone. Sorry to be a dick.

Matt's picture

Well, shit.

Thanks for info.

poop's picture

Proof? Citations? The Common Man and Torge show doesn't count.

Matt's picture

Brutus has been scary accurate in the past with his posts, weeks ahead of bombshells dropping re: OSU scandals in the past 6 months.  What he says here on 11W is as close to insider information as you will find.  I believe him, and I believe we are fucked.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Beat me to it.

Thank God Sully came back this year for basketball, eh?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Brutus is a proven prophetic fortune teller. Not joking either. He posted about bad news coming out about Tressel two weeks before the original Yahoo! story came out. He can be trusted.

Maestro's picture

The sky is falling............crap.

Oh well, welcome in the Fickell-Miller era of bowl-less football seasons.

vacuuming sucks

JakeBuckeye's picture

As much as I love Fickell, this is getting to a point where we may just need to completely overhaul. Step away from the Tressel family tree of coaches and so forth...

William's picture

A complete overhaul seems like the best thing to do from this point on. There seems to be more and more mirky information in regards to Tressel. Besides Fickell should go to a smaller school first and then possibly return to OSU.

Colin's picture

I'm not arguing with you Brutus but I'm just curious as to where you might get your information. You seemed to break the Tressel situation pretty accurately. So do you know someone in the program or something? DO YOU WORK FOR THE CIA?!

If it has to remain a secret though...I understand :/

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Brutus, I sincerely appreciate you coming forward whenever you hear something "from the inside". I know it must suck to be the bearer of bad news, but you certainly soften the blow when it does eventually hit.

Bucks's picture

Damnit. I knew the "Bringer of Death," was coming back eventually! Well Brutus, you heard a bit differently than I, but very much the same outcome.

 

Not a great time for Buckeye Nation, but if I may:

 

"You win with people - Thee Great One."

We will be fine. Success brings scrutiny & maybe even the need to reset. I'd surmise that we are in that reset cycle now. Will be very painful, but I'll be proud of the product on the field.

Jason Priestas's picture

As always, thanks for sharing your informtion, Brutus. Regardless of what happens, we'll endure. Ohio State is bigger than one man or one group of players.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That stinks.

So if that one player did a bunch of dumb sh*t that hurts the program does that make him a fake Buckeye?

Brutus's picture

Fake as hell.

Just to clarify a few things, the information about "the player" not playing again and Tressel not surviving this is all speculative (by the source).  I don't think an official decision has been made or even suggested.  The compliance folks are just uncovering new facts now.  I get the impression that whatever new violations are revealed are egregious enough that he will be declared ineligible almost immediately (I'm just hoping he didn't take money to come to OSU).  As for Tressel, the comment was made in the context of the university simply having to part ways because there is just too much baggage at this point.  The expression "cleaning house" was used, not because of anything Tressel or the staff have done (though JT not reporting the tattoo thing last year doesn't help his case), but because there are too many violations committed by the player(s) and someone besides the player(s) will have to be held accountable. I don't know how many players are involved total, hence all the vagueness.

To echo Jake and William, the best thing to do might be just to clean house and start fresh.  This was probably going to happen soon anyway.  Apart from Fickell, the rest of the staff was probably going to go once JT retired.  I can see Fickell becoming the next Pat Fitzgerald and while I like the thought, he could probably benefit from a fresh start elsewhere instead of having to begin his head coaching career under the doom and gloom and increased NCAA scrutiny that he would be inheriting here.

I hope as much as anyone that none of the above is correct.  Unfortunately, much of the information I have received thus far has been pretty accurate so I'm bracing for the worst.  There's no telling how long it will take before OSU or the NCAA or whoever releases more information or takes any action.  It took about two months from the time OSU found out that JT withheld info to the time they publically acknolwedged it just after the Yahoo story broke.  During that time, OSU was constantly investigating this and collecting new information.  I don't know how long this current investigation has been going on so it's tough to say whether OSU has enough information to comment at this point.  However, we have another major publication who is allegedly about to realease more damaging news so it may not take OSU long to respond, either in words or action.  That's just me speculating of course.

BuckeyeChief's picture

F*ck. What kinda stuff we talking?

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

JozyMozy's picture

echoing the feelings of a few other posters: thanks for the heads up, you shadowy, ominous infoman. I do appreciate knowing about these type things ahead of time (or at least being somewhat prepared.) Getting credible insider info without having to leave 11w = win-win. 

I do find it odd that you specifically mention "I hope he didn't take money to come to OSU," because that's the first thing that popped into my mind while reading your earlier post. Complete speculation on my part, obviously, but it at this point it really wouldn't suprise me, and I think it would nicely fit into the context of making SI editors 'salivate' (no closure from the Newton saga= angsty blueballs abound) and completely doom Jimmy T. once and for all. 

poop's picture

Regarding a player accepting money to come here, that's easy enough to get out of. Just have his daddy say that he shopped him around and that the player knew nothing of it. Worked for Cecil and sCam. Whatever happens, I hope that it's over soon (it won't be). I don't have the patience for this stuff anymore.

gravey's picture

Sick of bad news.  If we clean house, I hope it's the players that get cleaned out...Stonerook, Killer Macon and all those bad apples...

 

Chris Lauderback's picture

Don't forget Gerald Eaker. How in the hell do you feel the need to shoot out a teammate's tires? (or whatever he did. I think that' in the ballpark, at least)