Saturday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on May 28, 2011 at 6:00a

Good saturday morning to all you Memorial weekend enjoyin' fans of the scarlet and gray and welcome to the latest installment of skull session. Today's version comes complete with a conflicted tone as another week of the media and a former player (for cripes sake) taking shots at the football program while the baseball team's season came to a close yesterday has me temporarily apathetic. Worse yet, the ramp up in chatter here and elsewhere about more bad news on the horizon clarifies there'll be no relief until penalties are levied and we can finally start the process of recovery. 

Kind of ironic how we all typically do nothing but complain how boring the football offseason is only to have it ratcheted up this year in the form of daily doses of negativity coming at us from all angles to the delight of 99% of the college football universe. Oh how I long for the dog days of the offseason where the juiciest nugget in our Contact box is about how some dude saw John Simon sprinting down Olentangy River Rd. at 25mph eating boulders and looking twice as svelte as last year or that Bollman was seen at Sportmart ordering a blocking sled. 

I can't even truly enjoy USC being faced with gripping the reaility that is their upheld punishment because I'm too busy taking up cutting biting my nails wondering how things will turn out for the beloved home team. Clearly, it's much easier to deal with hard times on the field because at least there the team has a chance to counter punch. In this situation, we just have to sit back and watch OSU take it up the tailpipe while it feels like the days just keep getting longer. 

Okay. I think whining like a boss was a bit therapeutic so let's see what else is shakin'...

Drop And Give Me 2,744 Crunches. See what I did there? Rest easy Buckeye fans, legendary former Michigan strength coach Mike Barwis landed on his feet with the new 8,000 square foot BarwisMethods Training Center set to open June 1st in Plymouth, Michigan. The center will focus on training pro and high school athletes in the way only Barwis can. That said, the center will also provide a "nightly coed bootcamp and a mother-toddler working during the morning." Joining Barwis in the venture is Rimington Award winner and former Mountaineer player Dan Mozes. 

Reluctantly, I give half-hearted props to Barwis for sticking around the program after RichRod was shown the door, continuing to work with the players with Dave Brandon's blessing and also for his "Athletic Angels" charity for underpriviliged kids citing in the article. 

Gene's Got The Tab Tonight. No doubt the recently announced NCAA Acadamic Progress Rate data was a ray of sunshine trying to poke through Hurricane Hate hovering over Columbus as all Buckeye squads finished above the minimum 925 score with 15 teams scoring a perfect 1,000 for the 2009-10 school year. That's not only good news for our general psyche, it's also welcome news for Gene Smith. 

As the orchestrator of Rumblin's tells us, Smith qualified for a hefty incentive payday as a result of the cumulative 980 score. His contract has a $100k cap on academic incentives and it's not known what other amounts he may have earned prior to publication of the updated APR's but Hunter writes the total payout for a 980+ score is $61,546. Not bad. Bartender, keep the 312's coming until it appears I'm no longer in the throes of anxious anguish. 

The Biggie House And Less Ugly Uniforms? In a recent interview, Michigan AD Dave Brandon loosely detailed a plan to potentially increase capacity to 119-120k if there's enough demand for season tickets to make expansion reality. That's a whole lotta car keys shakers. During the same Q&A session, Brandon also broke our hearts by commenting on the recent surfacing of a pic that was supposedly to be of the throwbacks Michigan will wear against Notre Dame this September:

“No,” Brandon said with a laugh. “That was some sort of pirated picture. I don't know where that came from, but that's not what the players will be wearing. … We're going to take elements from a couple of different eras to create a jersey that we think will be exciting and our players will enjoy wearing.”

Dammit. Once again, a throwback, regardless of team, disappoints me. 

Ray Reversal. Feeling intense heat in response to his interview with The Lantern, Ray Small attempted to clear the air last night via an interview with NBC4's Jerrod Smalley. Something tells me the public won't buy what he's selling which sounds like a change of pace for Ray Ray in one sense: 


Mixtape. BCS officials will meet "sooner, rather than later" to decide if USC should be stripped of their '04 title...With the SEC's upcoming spring meetings expected to include discussion on oversigning, the rhetoric amongst coaches is heating up...In another form of "kickoff" it's Tweezer...Headline fun..."He seems legit". 



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OHIOinME's picture

The more and more I hear, see and read what Ray Small says the more I feel bad for him.  I don't trust him and if I was a former/current player or coach I wouldn't trust him.  But something inside me hopes that good people (Former/current Buckeyes) will decide to surround this kid and mentor him until he grows up and matures.  He has a lot of lessons to learn and I don't think he is mature enough to learn them at this point.  If this is his best thinking, he can and will get himself in more serious trouble.

Leanenaud's picture

Eh. I understand wanting to help your own, but some people need to be cut off like a cancerous tumor.

Bucks's picture

Painful to watch. P-a-i-n-f-u-l.

Carolina Buckeye's picture

Among some of the other ridiculously funny moments on ESPN's OTL with the two goofballs from The Latrine, one of them stated that Ray Small was one of the first ones to call back in and was real eager to talk.

Maybe that should throw a red flag Latrine? Maybe because Ray has tried to talk to other outlets before and gets blown off for what he truly is, an uncredible, dishonest, immature young man.  Now, the onus is on the Lantern to produce an entire audio clip that will display exactly what context Ray Small was speaking in.  If the conversation was recorded, as the Lantern claims, let the public hear the comments he made in full context and then we can judge for ourselves.


Until that happens, I don't believe either side. Just a horrible marriage of an article between a shoddy amateur  news publication and well, Ray Small.

Colin's picture

Hey I saw Kurt Coleman at the Lennox on campus last night with his girlfriend, he was wearing a straw hat and driving a nice Cadillac Escalade Ext. My, what an exciting offseason this has become!

matti's picture

wow after that i dont blame the lantern (wait yah i do) or ray small  (wait yah i do, dude you are done let your football life go and work at lowes or something btw nice  my only regret is you cannot see his helicopter dad in the background.  rambling incoherently and had no clue what they were saying or writing. sadly somebody was taking notes and decided to make a article.  wonder what the grade he got in crative writing 102 my guess a D poor at very best

AcrossTheField11's picture

Why the morbid opening to the skull session Chris?  I'm referring specifically to...

"Worse yet, the ramp up in chatter here and elsewhere about more bad news on the horizon clarifies there'll be no relief until penalties are levied and we can finally start the process of recovery."

Does this refer to the SI Article that's supposed to come out on Tuesday?  If so, can someone give me some insite into what people are prognosticating the article to contain. 

I've turned the blinders on this week and haven't heard much so any info would be helpful.

In other news, the Cbus BMV cleared those car deals so thats good, right?

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

And Brutus, who has had correct insider info on several occasions, recently posted that more is to come. Specifically about possible SI/Tressel at Youngstown St stuff. 

NeARBuckeye's picture

I'm a big fan of ESPN focusing on Small's credibility now that he's tried to retract his statements.

Luke's picture

Yeah, I heard on ESPN's early afternoon national show "The Coach & Coleman", hosted by Freddie Coleman and Jonathan Coachman, break down both Small's comments and Tressel's situation. Both guys were incredibly fair on both issues and Coleman even qualified all of Small's suspensions and time spent in Tressel's doghouse during his tenure as a Buckeye.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Damn. I really wish Coachman would give me a reason to layeth the smackdown on his candy ass.

Colin's picture

...Tyler Moeller's take on Ray Small and some of the stuff going down. Not quite Mark Titus level of writing but good insight, and as a bonus he takes a swipe at Titus at the end.