Greetings and salutations off-season haters and welcome to your Thursday morning skull session.
I see you. I see you walking with a little more zip in your zangle after Team USA took it to the frenchies 3-1 yesterday, earning a spot in the World Cup final opposite Japan.
I'm not gonna hate on the ladies, I'm always looking for a reason to love America but I really only bring them up for one reason.
On Monday, many of the seasoned 11W veteran readers took to sweatin' Hope Solo and her sex appeal. No question, she's made a name for herself during the cup and her pretty image has seemingly become the faceplate for the team as a whole but I just want to say that no hating on Hope but Alex Morgan is by far the supreme American sweetheart on that roster. Just sayin'.
With that bit of housekeeping addressed, along with noting were just one day over 50 from kickoff in the 'Shoe, let's see what time it is in today's skull de session...
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it apparently, it ain't over now. Pete Thamel of the NYT writes of an exchance between Gene Chizik and the NCAA's VP for Enforcement, Julie Roe Lach, that took place during an SEC athletic department's gathering last month in Florida indicating the NCAA isn't quite done looking up the skimpy leather skirt of Auburn football (not to be confused with Chizik's leather bomber), ((no offense, Wall to Wall wardrobe of mystery local writer)).
According to the report, Roe Lach gave a generic presentation to the group made up of "every men’s basketball coach, football coach and athletic director in the conference" before tossing it to the floor for discussion. From quotes of coaches in the story, clearly the intent was to discuss generic enforcement issues but Gene decided it was the time and place to ask about the NCAA's investigation into Cam Newton and why the NCAA hadn't made it public the inquiry was complete.
After Roe Lach's attempts to diffuse the specific line of repeated questioning, she decided to lob a shut your freaking face grenade:
You’ll know when we’re finished,” Roe Lach told Chizik, according to several coaches who were at the meeting. “And we’re not finished.”
BOOM, ROE LACH'D.
Eric LeGrand-Stand. By now, I think everyone is familiar with LeGrand, the Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down last year following a special teams collision. From the moment he could offer thoughts on the tragic incident, LeGrand has done but amaze everyone in his path.
Well, LeGrand is back with more. After reporting feeling sensation in his hands late last year, LeGrand yesterday tweeted photos of himself STANDING during a rehab session. Standing. As in, let's all stand up and applaud.
Here's to hoping more good news come from the LeGrand camp as he continues rehab.
Paul Haynes breaks it down. OSU Safeties Coach Paul Haynes was in Perrysburg recently to address a group of kids selected to play in the Regional All-Star Football Game at Steinecker Stadium. Amidst dropping knowledge on the kids about methods for overcoming adversity, Haynes, the Columbus native and DeSales product in his 3rd year with the Buckeyes, found time to comment about goings on within the program.
Speaking to the ability of the coaching staff to move on while still having high expectations:
Once we get into the office, not a lot of things have changed. A lot of people can't believe that. But we are like foot soldiers. We fall in line and we just keep going. On Sept. 3, the ball will be kicked off. That is our goal.
We always put pressure on ourselves. It is no different because going out and winning every game has been our goal every year.
And on Luke at the controls:
Luke will be himself. He has said from the start that he is not Jim Tressel. Luke is a more aggressive type of guy. Ohio State is bigger than the coaching staff. It is bigger than one player and things like that.
51 days and counting...
Bo Pelini's tyranical ways finally have meaning. By way of physician Saturday (by way of... us -- see what I did there) comes word that Bo Pelini's tantrums have become so legendary they've earned a spot in the Urban Dictionary:
A violent rage that cannot be controlled, often expressed in Tourette's-like cursing accompanied with demonic facial contortions. An angry sense of entitlement that will cause you to treat anyone around you with contempt and physical brutality, including game officials, innocent cameramen or possibly your own team.
Ex: Yo--I said I wanted those eggs over medium, I'm about to go Pelini up in here!!!! @#$%$$%!!!!!!
Unfortunately, "tressel" is also an entry.
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