Monday Skull Session

By DJ Byrnes on October 10, 2011 at 6:00a

Ohio State has three losses and yet the sun keeps coming up. As for Ohio State's re-enacment of the Chernobyl diaster on Saturday--whatever.  All I know is, there are 49 days until Michigan. You can't run Brady Hoke. You also can't hide.

ESPN "TOLD" THE ACC WHICH TEAMS TO PLUCK FROM THE BIG EAST. So, remember how the ACC came out of nowhere and scooped Syracuse and Pittsburgh out of the Big East, and everybody was all like, "Man, the ACC is so wise! What a great basketball conference!"

Well, it turns out the move had nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with football, the obligatory piles of cash and ESPN. How do we know this? Because it came from the mouth of Boston College's athletic director, Gene DeFlippo. It seems the only time the public gets any candidness these days is through accidental mental lapses, which apparently DeFlippo had (emphasis mine):

The ACC just signed a new deal with ESPN that will increase the revenue for each school to approximately $13 million. With the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, said DeFilippo, another significant increase will come.

“We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ he said. “You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball."

ESPN will probably catch a lot of heat for this--but it's not like they're a journalistic entity anyway. (The fact Craig James, who may or may not have a small cemetary of dead hookers in the foundation of his house, still draws checks from ESPN speaks to that). ESPN did it to cripple NBC and ACC did it to cripple the Big East, which I believe, is the essence of capitalism.

DeFlippo also went on to admit he blocked UCONN from joining the ACC for good measure.

BEN BUCHANAN FOR THE HEISMAN. The Columbus Dispatch's Ray Stein wrote an article where he mentioned Ben Buchanan as the team's MVP so far. For some reason, it really upset me when I first read it. Then I thought about it a little bit. Then I cried.

Archie, making sure y'all knew just how many statues he had.ARCHIE. JUST CUZ.

THE NCAA LAUGHS AT THE BUCKEYES. Sam Amico at FXOhio wrote an article about how the Buckeyes are delivering exactly what the NCAA wanted this year. I am now heating up an iron rod to shove through my eye socket.

ARMY, NAVY, AND AIR FORCE TO THE BIG EAST? Hans Mueh, athletic director for Air Force, mentioned yesterday how the Big East would be a good fit for them, and in his perfect world, Navy and Army would join them. Back when the Big 12 was on life support (before being upgraded by doctors to "critical but stable"), they apparently approached Air Force about joining them. Mueh's response almost blew my mind. (Again, emphasis mine):

“We were approached by the Big 12, and I told them we’re not a good fit for that conference. In the Big 12, geography makes sense, the economics make sense, but recruiting makes no sense for us. I can’t recruit against Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State … That’s why I turned down the Big 12. I can’t do that to my kids, because they’ll get beat up. I’d love the extra $12 million or whatever it would be per year from the TV money.

So there's at least one college athletic director who cares about his kids and isn't shaking his school's ass for cash like a stripper. Ohio State should get him when they finally get around to firing Gene Smith.

NOTRE DAME SHREDS SERVICE ACADEMY, DECLARES IT'S JUST GETTING STARTED. The Irish have quitely rebounded from an 0-2 start by winning their last four games. After being a decent Air Force team (but again, still Air Force), here's what Brian Kelly had to say:

So Jonas Gray felt compelled to let Irish coach Brian Kelly know: That was the most points he ever had seen on that scoreboard.

"He looked at me and said, 'We're just getting started,'" Gray said.

1) Of course there is a guy named "Jonas" on Notre Dame's team. 2) Please tell me Notre Dame fans are talking themselves back into BCS contention so I can watch Stanford punch them in the face and take it from them during their last game of the season?

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Blunt bullets:

  • There is no "O" in Bauserman. We should have known.
  • At least our punter is having a good season. After all, it is most important play in football.
  • Everyone is laughing at Ohio State and the NCAA is getting the last laugh.
  • Air Force lost its Super Bowl to Notre Dame
  • Why can't Minnesota be on the schedule this year?
  • Seriously, how is it already Monday again?

Don't text while driving.

slippy's picture

I think field turf should be outlawed.

Evansvillebuckeye's picture

If field turf is outlawed, only outlaws will have field turf....

Scott's picture

Hahaha, awesome. +1

Class of 2008

jenks's picture

so what's the deal with online betting? never done it but curious about the prospects because my fantasy team is doing well.

GoBucks713's picture

I just finally got to watch the game this morning. My question is, why with a 3 touchdown lead with a quarter and a half, and Bauserman in the game, why didn't we let him do what he used to lead the team in. Handoffs. The reason the defense looked so good in the beginning is because the offense moved the ball and kept Brasky's Offense off of the field. Bring on the Illini I guess.

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Colin's picture

Ahh yes, another blue Monday. I'm going to pretend Saturday didn't happen. I only hope Braxton will be 105% for this weekend.

My hockey team once stopped in Niagara falls on our way home from a tournament and went to that haunted house. Our picture looked exactly like that group in the third picture. I also led our group because I was a man's man. Either way, that place was legitimately good at scaring people.


eric_gobucks's picture

Never been, but I assume that room is filled with murals of Bauserman dropping back to pass.

Squirrel Master's picture


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Colin's picture

Almost, but worse. See the setup is basically you're walking around pitch black (literally) hallways and you're only guidance are these tiny and very dim red LED lights on the top of wall corners. And every so often something just jumps out at you or is flashed suddenly with really loud noises. This particular instance, we were going through one hallway when all of the sudden a huge flash of light, and then a loud stadium, and you see a guy resembling Joe Bauserman backing up towards you about to attempt to pass only to have multiple defenders barreling down on him. Absolutely horrifying. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I get it now, OSU is taking a dive to appease the NCAA. It all makes sense now! It's not like we were going to win a national championship this year anyways. I feel so my better now!

Also, Fickell can stay if he kicks bollman in the nuts and fires his ass!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

LABuckeye's picture

From another Buckeye blog, here is Joe Bauserman's passing chart. Look's accurate to me.

Squirrel Master's picture

No, those 3 green dots are too close to the center of the field. They should be more closer to the sideline!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

and what is the with deep one? He never throws that far! lol

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Menexenus's picture

Ha!  :-)  They don't call him "6th row Joe" for nothing, you know.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Not the "essence of capitalism" but rather the essence of crooked journalism - and I use the term 'journalism' loosely.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Or the essence of cronysim.

Just like Texas and the Longhorn Network, this will prove to be a classic case of overreach by ESPN.

Already I've heard Big Ten recruiters are swarming Texas and the South preaching "conference stability", with lines of "You don't even know what conference (name the school) will be in come 2013. But in the Big Ten, we have stability. We're the oldest conference in the country."

builderofcoalitions's picture

I thought Joe only completed 2 passes. The three green dots suggest otherwise...or are those just for throws on the field of play?

Because we couldn't go for three.

slippy's picture

He only completed one.  Unless you count the one to Nebraska.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I'd include the INT as a yellow one.  At least someone caught it.

Nappy's picture

He's 3-24 in road games this year.  See the buckshot comments

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

btalbert25's picture

I used to get pissed when Bauserman would throw the ball out of bounds, figuring he was giving up on a play too soon, but watching the game Saturday I'm not so sure those are intentionally thrown out of bounds.  I think he's that bad, which pisses me off a whole lot more.  How bad are Guiton and Graham if he is the clear cut number 2 QB

cronimi's picture

I was thinking the same thing.  KG and Graham must be unable to put one foot in front of the other to be below Baus on the depth chart.  Even considering Tress's (and by extension, Trollman's) desire to honor seniority, there has got to come a time when skill is given more credence.

Calaggadons's picture

Not sure if anybody's mentioned this, but does anyone else feel like this group of young starters could be special in 2-3 years? We're going to have a lot of guys on both sides of the ball that will have been heavily involved and learning with gametime experience since their Fr. or So. years, not to mention all the adversity they'll have already faced. As long as we get some good coaching and don't get blasted by the NCAA, I think they could develop into a really special team down the line. Got to have something to be optimistic about in this whole mess...

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I think these guys could be special next year. We have to replace three offensive lineman (but it's not like the other lineman haven't been getting a bunch of PT) and Andrew Sweat. The entire d-line returns, and Big Hank is getting better every game. Hank could be something special by next year. They'll be a force for sure next year (with proper coaching).

AcrossTheField11's picture

This hurts even more because after summer-job-salarygate I think I see a bowl ban coming for the 2012 season.  The NCAA can get bent IMO. 

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

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'd feel better if any of those young players were tackles, defensive ends, or linebackers. We have fairly well-entrenched tackles right now, but if we had stellar young DEs or linebackers, you'd have to think they would be out there right now given that both positions are quite weak.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I think we are doing well with the DE talent. Steve Miller (the other Miller) will be good as well as JT Moore. Plus we have nasty Michael Bennett getting better as long as he stays health. I think Curtis Grant could turn into something special at outside linebacker. We do need more pieces but there are a few freshmen that have the talent.

I am stoked about the future of our DB's. Roby and Clarke look solid. More so concerned about the Safeties. Bryant should have made that tackle for that last touchdown.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Tommy's picture

I think that development as a team is entirely dependent on the OL, either developing the the mid level recruits already on board or bringing in a few guys that are ready to contribute right away.

Take Adams, Brewster and Shugarts away from the line.. Yikes.  Braxton will never make it through a season healthy.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yes. I tweeted it and put it up in Buckshots (look below the poll on the right) hours before Jacobi published it at CBS. :)

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Kyle's picture

I need a hug.

Hoody Wayes's picture


Last week, ESPN was rebutting Hank William's, Jr. with journalism, deigning to - actually - cover that item, like a story.

What will we find out from ESPN, in this instance? How about an abject lack of journalistic integrity, by refusing to cover the ACC story? Likely, bro.

OldColumbusTown's picture

I'll be honest, I'm not convinced Bauserman doesn't have some sort of mental block where he freezes in the moment and can't throw the ball where he wants.  Sort of like Chuck Knoblauch syndrome, only as a quarterback.

The guy literally missed his targets by 10-15 YARDS.  How is that possible?  You can tell he's not throwing the ball away.  He absolutely has zero accuracy .  It seems like when the "lights" turn on, he just doesn't have the mental fortitude to put the ball where he wants to put it.

Bucks43201's picture

I hope (for the 2012 season) that Nathan Williams will get a medical reshirt this year, which is a lost cause.

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Sarah's picture

The curse of the Tressel: from now on, Ohio State's best player will always be the punter. 

SouthPlainfieldNut's picture

Unless it's a game broadcast, I'm officially never watching an ESPN program again. They're a living, breathing, tyrannical conflict of interest masquerading as a journalistic entity. It's disturbing that some people believe what they do is real journalism.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Unless it's a game broadcast, I'm officially never watching an ESPN program again.

This has been my plan of attack for about two years now.

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