Friday Skull Session

By Elika on October 21, 2011 at 4:06a

Is it Friday already?! Man, I guess time flies when your team is riding a one game winning streak. I haven't felt this good in nearly a month!

I suppose it's rather sad to really think about that, considering the success the Buckeyes have enjoyed lately, but I'm determined to be an optimist here. As someone who is spending her non-existent cash flow on a trip to Columbus to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers next week, I'm not sure glass half empty is an option for me at this point. So, let's give optimism a whirl...

1. If the Buckeyes beat Bye tomorrow, that's a TWO game winning streak!

2. Ohio State has now beaten THREE teams that were undefeated at game time. (Hey, why should Michigan fans have all the fun with using meaningless factoids to pimp their shit?)

3. Drink Too, Brutus is just one week away. Cheers! 

OHIO STATE WILL WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. In basketball. According to Mark Titus.

For any of you that are superstitious (like me), you now have your scapegoat should the Ohio State Men's Basketball team not win it all this year as our favorite Trillionaire has picked the Ohio State Buckeyes to win the championship. Titus' season preview discusses the dominance of last year's team, including reliving the incredibly disappointing end to their run in the tournament. He mentions the biggest factor in Ohio State's early exit was the Buckeyes' inability to have a letdown game WHILE their opponent brings their A-game. The good news though... Titus also discusses why this year's team will only be better than last. I'd go into further detail here, but who better to tell you all about than a man who's watched more basketball from the bench than Adam Morrison the past few years? 

 SHOW ME THE MONEY!!! Nearly five months after taking over as Head Coach, Luke Fickell has an official contract. The contract pays Fickell $775,000 for the season, with bonuses of $33,333 for playing in a bowl game, $16,667 for making it to the B1G Championship and $16,667 for winning it. Fickell would also receive an additional $66,667 if Ohio State ends up playing in a BCS bowl game. He receives other perks with the position, including twelve tickets to each OSU home game, two tickets to each men's basketball game, family pool club membership and a leased car. Despite the frustration that many fans have felt throughout the year, this really is more than fair considering the difficult position Fickell was thrown into this year.

Now, for the part I'm sure some of you were waiting for... the language in the contract clearly states that his job is not guaranteed after Jan. 31, 2012, stating “This agreement is renewable solely upon an offer from Ohio State and an acceptance by coach." Urban, are you listening?

Affliction and Muscle Milk stock just went up.How many Affliction shirts and rounds at Patio can $775k buy?

KOZAN, WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSE? According to Bill Kurelic of, Ohio State joined the over 20 schools vying for offensive guard Alex Kozan's affection on Thursday by offering him a scholarship. I'm not really sure how Bollman will ever be able to narrow down all the wonderful things he probably has to say about himself as an Offensive Line Coach and Offensive Coordinator to really sell this kid on OSU, but Kozan did grow up an Ohio State fan and the Denver Post reported back in August that if the Buckeyes came calling, the other schools he's interested in may find landing him to be more difficult than expected.

IS WILLIAM GHOLSTON GONNA HAVE TO PUNCH A... Admit it. You've wanted to do it at some point in your life. Who hasn't? We all like to see a Wolverine take a hit every now and then, and Gholston probably figured he would take one for the team. And by team, I don't just mean the Spartans, the kid did it for America.

Jokes aside, Gholton did an incredibly unsportsmanlike and classless move. For some reason (possibly the fact that they're playing Wisconsin on Saturday?), MSU sat on this issue for awhile until the Big Ten stepped in on Thursday and suspended Gholston for Saturday's game. Note to Gholston: Next time, if you want to avoid suspension for assault, execute off the field, and make it of a sexual nature. That should do the trick.

For the rest of you: If you bet on Wisconsin this week (ummm... or any week, really), your bet just got more attractive.

THAT POOR BABY! Rather than reporting what a baby Carson Palmer, one who pouted and refused to play for $11.5 million this year, ESPN instead opted to report that Palmer is taking a $5 million paycut to play for the Raiders for the remainder of the season. Adam Schefter reported Thursday that while Palmer's original contract would have paid him $7.44 million for the final eleven games of the year, his new contract with the Raiders will instead pay him $2.5 million. Palmer's contract also schedules him to make $12.5 million in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in 2014. It's nice to see someone finally catch a break in this economy, especially a team player like Carson. 

 SOME LINKS, FOR YOUR BYE WEEK PLEASURE. UCLA is, like, really bad... But, at least there was something interesting during the game... LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE... In case you're a masochist... Those LSU coaches and players sure do love their grass.. and how MEAN is this guy?!



The Vest-er's picture

I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitous.

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

We should get together then, because I am super.  With our powers combined.....(yea, I went there.)

Read my entire screen name....

Buckeyejason's picture

Why do Ohio girls always look busted in pictures..I kid i kid.


Denny's picture

Fickell's horrendous t-shirt is playing the role traditionally played by the fat friend in that photo.


Run_Fido_Run's picture

MSU prides itself on being a dirty team. Without Gholston, I'm now more convinced that Cousins will have to go off (300+ yds passing) in this game for MSU to win.

Btw, did anyone else think that (or wonder if) Verlon Reed was injured (the on-side kick v. MSU) as a result of a dirty play? Watching the play live, I wanted to kill the guy that caused the injury - my first impression was that it was definitely a dirty play. When I watched the replays, though, I decided I was wrong - it was accidental, the other guy simply tried to run through Verlon to get to the ball and inadvertantly trampled Verlon's knee. On the other hand, isn't that how a dirty player would disguise an opportunity to "take his shot" if he doesn't want to get suspended, a la Gholston? 

When the program is back on the right footing (hopefully next year), either under Fickell or some other coach not named Dantonio, there should be a no quarter policy toward MSU - run up the score on 'em and try to dish out as much punishment as possible.   

BED's picture

Wow. We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan.  

I like it.

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M Man's picture

For the love of God, I pray that you guys never give Dantonio an interview.  I have way too much respect an admiration for your historic program.

In all my years, I've never seen anything like that game last Saturday.  M fans are widely convinced that the roundhouse punch thrown by Gholston was the least offensive of his busted moves.  There was an arm-bar he inflicted on Taylor Lewan early in the game that was nothing so much as a tutorial on demonstrating how a DL can break an OL player's arm if he really wants to and doesn't much care about getting caught.  Lewan, furious at the deliberate foul, sat out for a few plays in pain.

There was the godawful-looking attempted spearing by Gholston, in which he then twisted Denard's helmet helmet via the facemask after he realized that he really didn't get Denard good enough with the spearing attempt.

And lastly there was the flagged roughing the passer call on Marcus Rush (sorry -- he's from Moeller) which, had he done it in the NFL would have no doubt cost Rush about $25k in a fine.  Funny, we just don't fine student-athletes now, do we?

Two years ago, this whole suspension business began with Charley Weis of Notre Dame sending film to Jim Delany after a Michigan game.  Michigan's Jonas Mouton was caught on tape doing a cheap and nasty little uppercut to the chin of a ND lineman who had hit Mouton in the back on the ground.  It was a cheap shot, followed by a cheap shot.  There was no flag in the game.  The refs never saw it.  They would surely have flagged Mouton had they seen it.  But Weis sent in the film with a complaint and Delany, following his own made-up ad hoc review procedure, Delany called Michigan on Thursday of the following week and said Mouton was suspended for that Saturday.  Rodriguez was frosted; as much as anything, at the fact that nobody at Michigan could tell him about how things worked in the Big Ten or what the last suspension was like; because it had never happened before.  It was also bad because on a Thursday, the team had completed the week's real game-plan practices and could not work around a substitute for Mouton.

That event became newsworthy soon after.  Purdue was playing an inconsequential but frustrating game against Northern Illinois.  Zach Reckman of Purdue piled on a NIU player in the last seconds of the game.  It was a frustration move; nothing close to the worst flagrant hit anybody had ever seen.  The Big Ten, still stinging from the Mouton/Michigan suspension blowback, suspended Reckman.  Danny Hope fumed.  In his own mind, he had blamed Rodriguez, who in his own frustration a week earlier had said essentially if this is the way the Conference was going to handle things, then Michigan was going to watch all the video and send it in too.

A year later in Michigan Stadium, Danny Hope was doing a postgame handshake with Rodriguez and instead of a quick shake, he held Rodriguez in position and said to him that he wanted to introduce Rodriguez to Reckman, since Rodriguez had gotten Reckman suspended a year earlier.  It was untrue, and a collossally weird bit of hyperventillation on the part of Danny Hope.  (No one at Michigan had sent in any complaint nor any tape of Reckman to the Conference; the game had been on BTN, and the Reckman foul had been widely replayed.)  It was a Danny Hope freakout.

There have been a handful of other rough plays that have drawn B1G suspensions.  Your own Kurt Coleman drew a suspension for a September 2009 helmet-to-helmet hit.  Delany crafted a policy for notice, response, appeal, etc. in the wake of Michigan's complaints. 

Looking at all of the Big Ten "suspension" videos, there was not one chance in hell that William Gholston was going to escape a suspension.  What the full game-replay showed, that was different with Gholston, was that there might actually have been three or so plays for which he could have drawn a game suspension.  What do you do, when a guy earns more than one suspension in a single game?  I wanted Gholston kicked for more than one game (I didn't really expect more than one) and I wanted Marcus Rush kicked for a game too (I knew that would be a long shot too, but he deserved one for the play that took Robinson out of the game late).  I'm disappointed that the didn't draw more in the way suspension.

And there was the postgame.  Dantonio gave the usual pablum about how he was proud of his guys and sure it was an intense rivalry game.  (One of the dirtiest -- on the part of MSU -- in college football, according to a Wednesday Wall Street Journal story that tabulated personal fouls in all the big rivalry games for the past five years.  The Ohio State University was not on the list.  The most lopsided of all of the dirty rivalries was MSU in its rivalry with Michigan, drawing 80% of the fouls.)  And then Pat Narduzzi, revealing himslef for what he is, told the press that his defense is all about "60 minutes of unneccessary roughness.. [he was] just glad it didn't get called every play."  for which Narduzzi later claimed that the comment needed "context" and which Gerry DiNardo last night said on the BTN that Narduzzi probably just wanted to take the words back.

If Wisconsin can get to something like 50-0 Saturday night, I will only be disappointed that they "couldnt go for three."  I'd like to ask Dave Brandon to see if the Conference might let us schedule Texas, or perhaps Florida, instead of MSU in the future.  None of us mind playing against the best programs.  It's just frustrating to play against a filthy one.

BuckeyeSki's picture

who better to tell you all about than a man who's watched more basketball from the bench than Adam Morrison the past few years?

Why!?!?! Why you gotta be soooo mean Elika? Why!?!?!

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Jason Priestas's picture

They've since updated the site, but a few years ago, the NCAA had the best 404 page on the internet:

Squirrel Master's picture

Haven't even read this post yet but already have a beef! Was checking out some NFL Mock Drafts just cuz I haven't all year since last draft. Only 2 players in first 2 rounds on from Ohio State. Brewster (26th overall) and Adams (#2 2nd round). Posey is not even in the top 3 rounds. Talk about a player getting spearheaded by the NCAA. Posey was a prospect at the top of round 3 last year. He should have been at least a 2nd round pick this year. Not that Posey is without fault but he is getting railroaded and hope he gets payback in the NFL when he shows what he can do.

See Dane as an example!

now back to the post.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyejason's picture

I'm not so sure Posey is a top 2 round pick even without all the bull shit.

I can't argue with that Mock draft.


Squirrel Master's picture

He was listed last year at the top of the 3rd round. and that was even after the scandal came out and before he kept out of the draft.

I disagree with you, he is a second round pick. look who was picked in the second round last year and look who is a second round mock this year.


Titus Young, Torrey Smith, Greg Little, Randall Cobb. Cobb is much better but I would put Posey in that group.


Nick Toon, Juron Criner (AZ), Dwight Jones (NC), Ryan Broyles (OK), Brian Quick (APP ST). only Ryan Broyles is better in my opinion.

So really tell me, how does posey without being suspended for the whole season, not belong with those WRs?

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RoweTrain's picture

It's arguable that Criner is a better receiver than Posey as well.  I know the Pac-12 is a pass happy conference with no defense but so isn't the Big 12 (Broyles).  Love DV but might give the nod to Criner (especially after that catch last night).

Squirrel Master's picture

but at the very least you agree DV belongs in that group. you can't say he doesn't. its not like I am saying he belongs with Blackmon or AJ Green. Just that he deserves more respect talent wise than he is getting credit for and its all because of the over the top suspensions from the NCAA. Posey is a kid that made a mistake just like all the other kids in college football. He should not get this heavy handed treatment!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RoweTrain's picture

Yes, I completely agree.  I was just adding to the (friendly) conversation.  If he could hold onto some of the passes that he should have caught (Iowa 2010, that did happen...suck it NCAA) then he would be creeping into the top 32 picks without all of the suspensions in my opinion.

Squirrel Master's picture

very good point. and I think he could have done that this year and helped Miller learn the passing game. Personally, I think OSU has suffered enough (I mean we have employed Bollman for what 10 years now). Any further sactions would be injustice to the kids more than the program. OSU can and will recover from this but the current players who have not done anything do not need to pay more for the fault of some.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyejason's picture

There's Blackmon from Okie state, Floyd from Notre Dame..the kid From LSU.

Posey's a good talent. Good size , speed, route runner. But he's not an elite talent. He couldve been if he got to play this season and show everyone. Hell he might have a freakish Pro Day/Combine and climb into the second round..who knows.


btalbert25's picture

That's the key right there.  He isn't playing this year so no one can talk about what he's done on the field and how he's better than last year when he was projected a 3rd rounder.  NFL scouts don't care about tattoos and jobs that pay too much for not enough work.  He hasn't had legal problems or drug issues.  If he has a great pro day and combine, his stock will go up.  Fact of the matter is there are other guys playing right now and playing very well.  Posey has a chance to improve his stock. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Dude, which round do you think Blackmon and Floyd are going? I am talking 2nd and 3rd round. and some kid from LSU. if you can't think of his name how can you compare him to Posey?

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

and has JB Shugarts rated higher than Nathan Williams for 2012 draft prospects. even with Nate injured, I would never take Shugarts over him. lol

only reasoning I see in that is cuz Nate is more than likely coming back next year.


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyejason's picture

My fault, I didn't realize you were mentioning projected second round guys.

Look I'm all for Devier, I think he could've been a possible late 1st round pick if the suspensions never happened and Pryor was behind center. That didn't happen so while Posey is sitting on the sidelines, other wide recievers around the country are shining and impressing NFL scouts.

Without a 4.4 40 and a sick combine workout, Devier will be looking outside of the 2nd round.


Buckeyejason's picture

The LSU player is was talking about is Rueben Randle


AltaBuck's picture

I live in Denver and have heard nothing but good things about Kozan.  He's a good kid and a helluva olineman.  Hope the offer wasn't too late.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Squirrel Master's picture

Never too late when Meyer shows up. He will immediately sign with OSU citing "God told him too".

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

AltaBuck's picture

God must have told the NCAA to suspend Shariff for only two games for receiving $2700 and other impermissable benefits(Of course that was too much for Muschump).

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Run_Fido_Run's picture

If God spoke to the NCAA, the NCAA would have regarded it as a peer-to-peer conversation: don't you know that the NCAA sits in judgment from the heights of Mount Olympus?

Come to think of it, maybe Shariff was referring to one of the twelve Olympians: it was either Zeus (Mark Emmert) or Poseidon (Ed Ray) who told Shariff to attend Florida - an institution that dutifully performs its required sacrifices on behalf of the Olympian gods.    

Squirrel Master's picture

or perhaps any one of the demi-gods at ESecPN told Floyd to go there also. Is Hades played by George Bodenheimer, CEO of ESPN? lol

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!