Wednesday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on June 29, 2011 at 6:00a
Jent: known to take charges in aisles at Kroger

Rise and shine, hardened band of Buckeye brothers (new shirt!), and welcome to your hump day Skull Session. I'll be your refreshed host today after a week of sun, vodka, sports announced in Spanish, uncut, cavity inducing Coca Cola, and hypnotic relaxtion courtesy a friendly little stretch of Mexico known as Isla Mujeres.

As great a vacation as it was, I realized just how old and grumpy I'm getting after a week of turning away desperate vendors who clearly aren't experts at reading body language or facial expressions. I mean, I have to believe I was clearly giving off the vibe that I wasn't in the market for a sombrero shaped ash try, a turtle bobble-head or a turquoise laden belt.

At the very least, my eyes had to be conveying I'm of the mind that if you have to out and out beg someone to come into your store, you probably don't have anything worth buying. By the 7th day, the catcalls of "hey, honeymoooners, come look inside" hurt more than my sunburn. With all that pestering, I now know what it must feel like to be a blue chip recruit.

Anyhoo, showing undying devotion to the site, I'm battling peeling chunks of skin clouding my vision to bring you good tidings. Cue the percussion...

Forecast - 100% increase in floor burns. Lesmerises was the first to report last night that Chris Jent will return to Ohio State, taking the assistant coach gig that opened up with the unexpected resignation of Brandon Miller. The move became increasingly likely after another possible candidate, Todd Lickliter, took an assistant job with Miami.

While this is Jent's first stint on a college sideline, he made a name for himself in the NBA helping LeBron refine his shooting stroke as a member of the Cavs coaching staff since 2006, preceeded by stints in Philly and Orlando.

If you are old enough, you already remember Jent's trademark hellbent for leather intensity at the defensive end and though he was sometimes a tad out of control at the offensive end, he is a member of OSU's 1,000 point club. He averaged 12.6 ppg as a senior and helped the Buckeyes to back to back conference titles and three consecutive NCAA dance bids.

I have to believe his intensity, love of his alma mater and NBA coaching experience will pay huge dividends on the recruiting trail. I think this has all the makings of a fantastic hire and gives OSU an incredible staff that should continue to excel at bringing in top talent. Five stars should be drooling when it comes to the facilities, style of play and a family oriented, highly relatable coaching staff. Boals and Jent should be an awesome pairing, and with Matta, excellent guys to bring Paulus along.

Doin' lines. Rittenberg took a look at the offensive lines in the B1G and came away with a compilation of the top five centers, guards and tackles

Mike Brewster was the obvious #1 choice at the center spot and his mettle will be tested as he breaks in some fresh guards and potentially an even more green quarterback. Nothing less than a dominating performance will be a weekly requirement if the Rimington Trophy favorite and clear captain choice is to help his team reach double digts in wins.

Despite a five game suspension, Mike Adams holds down the #2 tackle spot in Rittenberg's rankings, slotted just behind Riley Reiff of Iowa. Coming off a 1st team All-B1G nod in 2010, Adams should be highly motivated as he looks to improve his draft stock in a half season of action. No question Adams came on strong last season but I can't pretend I don't have at least a tiny inkling of concern that he'll be able to improve his consistency based on a spotty track record that seems somewhat forgotten. Hopefully, he truly has turned the corner from a maturity standpoint and can help Brewster anchor the line down the stretch.

This team is not without leaders. John Simon and Mike Brewster were two of four players made available to the media yesterday afternoon and those two  continue to embody what being a Buckeye is all about.

Castel and Helwegen captured some great quotes from the anchors of their respective lines (in addtion to our video) as they talked about handling Tressel's resignation and attempting to follow Fickell's edict of looking only to the future. Here's Brewster's take:

The vibe is great. It couldn’t be better, actually. If anything, we’ve just gotten tighter, we’ve gotten more pissed off and we’re ready to go. Add that to a group of guys and we can do some damage. This is a great group of guys. We’re not going to back down just because stuff happened in the past. If anything, we’re working harder than ever.

Simon opined about the situation and even chimed in about being named in the SI drivel:

It was rough for all of us. I think he did what’s best for the team and that’s the kind of guy he is, but at the end of the day we have to move on and (Luke Fickell) is our guy.

(On SI) I understand that mistakes happen and it seems like that whole thing was a big misunderstanding. Just how my family has had to answer questions about it day in and day out has probably been the hardest part of it. Mistakes happen and you have to move on. I was more shocked than anything that could happen. I’ve never even been to that place … but I’m not allowed to talk about the investigation.

My mancrush on these two is strong like Sex Panther.

To interim or not to interim, that is the question. In case you missed it in the Buckshots yesterday, Coach Fickell was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show and he did not disappoint.

Amidst his comments about why he never hooked up to chat with Pryor, that he'd defeat all B1G coaches in the octagon and that he hasn't talked face to face with Tressel since he resigned, the most interesting nugget for me was Fickell's assertion that the school has removed the "interim" label attached to his title as head coach.

Semantics or not, I like the move by OSU and just hope the big wigs are keeping an open mind when it comes to his chances at retaining the job. It's hard not to think the updated title is more about trying to stop the bleeding on the recruiting front than anything else but I continue to be impressed with what Luke and his players have to say in rare media appearances.

Mixtape. Keady Court damaged by water? I figured they Thompson water-sealed that baby in honor of Handsome Gene's nonstop crying to refs over the years. (Man, I miss that guy)...Autopsy reveals sad passing of Aaron Douglass caused by drugs...Could RichRod ultimately kiss and makeup with WVU? Even in that bass-ackwards state, I can't see it...Lost Letterman has your top 10 head coaching candidates that aren't currently head coaches..."Honest Instructions for 5 Classic Sports Toys"...Took this with my disposable camera...If record execs got their hands on the Beatles today.


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The Vest-er's picture

It smells like a used diaper filled with indian food

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

thorvath22's picture

I say give Fickell a 3 year contract for three reasons...1.) To help tighten down recruiting 2.) Not fair but let him take the penalties from the NCAA rather than bringing in a big time coach like Urban. Meyer and holding him back for 3 years, and 3.) Let's see what he can do with the program and if he can sustain success.

Luke Fickell is in a possition where if he succeeds he could be the most beloved Ohio State football coach of all time given the turmoil and mood of Columbus at the moment.

All I ask from Fickells teams is to always be competative, never quit, and to beat Michigan...if I see that from this team this year I will be more sold on Fickell than I already am.

Denny's picture

He's gotta prove himself first. Can't give him three years if we don't know how good of a coach he is.


btalbert25's picture

I totally agree with Denny on this one.  Plus, giving a guy who has never been a head coach before a 3 year contract, won't stop recruits from leaving.  He's still a totally unknown quantity at head coach.  People came to play for Tressel because they knew he was going to field a winner and put guys in the NFL.  No one knows anything about what Fickell can do yet. 


thorvath22's picture

Being recruited by Ohio State right now is probably sort of like ths....

"A boats a boat but a mystery box could be anything...hell it could even be a boat"

Kennywayne34's picture

"My mancrush on these two is strong like Sex Panther."

Thanks for the coffe spit all over my laptop this morning

Bucksfan's picture

It's quite pungent.

Chris Lauderback's picture

It's a formidable scent. It stings the a good way.

BuckeyeSki's picture

I've gotta be honest with you, that smells like pure gaso-line.

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Kyle's picture

Its got real bits of panther so you know its good.

bukyze's picture

They've done studies, you know - 60% of the time it works every time.

BuckeyeSki's picture


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Doc's picture

"It smells like a turd rolled in burnt hair."

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Old Adirondack Mountain cure for peeling skin and sunburn:

White Vinegar.  It works.  Guaranteed.  Its stops the peeling (that might be too late) and removes the discomfort of touch to the burned skin.  Of course, you will smell like a poster to the BWI (douchebag).

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Thompsons Water Seal is a great Ohio product.

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

btalbert25's picture

This is worse than the time that racoon got hung up in the copy machine.

Colin's picture

That's a nice picture, I'd imagine it was taken with a Kodak. Their disposable cameras with the flash/no flash option certainly are top knotch.

Bucks43201's picture

hmmm interesting ---

ESPiN was quick to report that Brandon Miller was stepping down as Matta's assistant coach, (probably to support their 24/7 Buckeye Bashing negative news agenda)


....but, now, when it's announced that former Buckeye Chris Jent will be the new assistant --- there is no story on their website about it. Very professional, ESPiN.


Good move by the Buckeyes, though -- Jent has a lot of experience and he was a tough nut as a Buckeye.



"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeSki's picture

Show some understanding, I mean, they had to rush other stories such as the board of trustees needing to do some 'soul searching' and the fact that Rife pleaded guilty to his drug charges, leaving no room for other news on the front page or elsewhere that actually pertain to sports.

In other news, TMZ was just voted a more reputable news source...

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Bucks43201's picture


"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

7596's picture

A top assistant resigning in the middle of June is news because it's surprising.

The school replacing him two weeks later isn't because it's not.

Bucks43201's picture

re:  "7596"  

huh? based on what? that makes zero sense.

ESPN puts stories up all of the time when a school fills a void when a new asst. coach.....its especially newsworthy because the new asst. coach is a former player for that school


whatever, anyways go Bucks ! beat Duke!!!  OSU plays Florida again, and at Kansas ...gritty schedule

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I remember meeting Jent, Funderburke, Bursen, and Jackson at Randy Aeyer's (spelling?!?) tOSU basketball camp when I was younger. He was a great teacher then. With his experience now, I can't imagine he wouldn't have gotten a million times better.

And I loved Isla Mujeres when I had a timeshare in Mexico. I would suggest visiting either Bora Bora or the Cayman Islands if you like the Caribbean. Aside from Bora Bora, the Big Island (Kona), Hawaii are epic snorkeling/diving locations.

"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