Friday Skull Session

By Elika on November 11, 2011 at 6:25a
35 Comments

I miss last week, I really do. I miss the time when Tamba Hali was the worst mental picture that came to mind when I heard the words "Penn State." I miss the time when I didn't doubt that people understood that some things are bigger than football. I miss the time in which I had faith in humanity. 

Nobody loves an opportunity for sarcasm more than I do, but clearly this isn't the time for that... and I don't have it in me, even if it was. So, instead, while I'm blessed with this opportunity that allows me your eyeballs for seven of your precious minutes today, I'd like to stand on a soapbox for 30 seconds...

I don't care to go into my many opinions on the Penn State scandal here, except for one. Child abuse, of any kind, is one of the worst crimes known to man. To not report it can bring harm onto countless children, and as a society, that should be unacceptable to us.

PLEASE do not let child abuse go unreported. The hotline # is 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

And, with that, let's get started.

END OF AN ERA. The world endured it's first full day without Joe Paterno as the head coach of Penn State yesterday, and it survived. After the Penn State Board of Trustees announced late Wednesday evening that they had fired University President Graham Spanier and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno, "in the best interest of the University," Penn State students took to the streets (and Joe Paterno's home) to express their feelings towards the announcement.

Tom Bradley, who has been named the interim Head Coach in light of Paterno's dismissal, assumed his position as Defensive Coordinator of the Nittany Lions after Jerry Sandusky's retirement after the 1999 season. Bradley becomes just the third person in 61 years to act as head coach of Penn State. Not only does this whole situation highlight the tenure of Paterno's legacy, but it's also put into perspective the careers of many who have been on his staff over the years.

To put things into perspective, Luke Fickell was just six years old during Bradley's first season with the Nittany Lions. Next week, the two new head coaches, under the dark clouds of their programs' own issues, face each other in the Horseshoe, in what could potentially play a determining role in who represents the Leaders division in the B1G Championship Game.

Fickell commented on the Penn State situation on Thursday, adding “obviously coach Bradley’s been coaching for over 30-some years, so I’m sure he’s well-equipped to do what he has to do. Our situations are very different. Some similarities, but I don’t think he needs any help from me.”

THE LEAST PUBLICIZED, BAD OHIO STATE NEWS OF ALL TIME. Outside of this major gaffe, times two, this week has probably given the Ohio State athletic department the least amount of publicity since back when ESPN was too busy calling 2005 USC the greatest team of all time, to notice that other programs even exist.

SEAN SIMMERS, The Patriot-NewsJoe Pa and Little Jimmy, having a moment.

Despite the major drop off in "OMG OSU IS THE WORST PROGRAM EVER" coverage, Ohio State did receive some bad, though not unexpected, news yesterday when it was faced with "failure to monitor" charges, due to Bobby DiGeronimo's involvement with student athletes, including payments for work not performed, and payments for attending DiGeronimo's annual charity event.

Risking the possibility of getting fired by a member of his own staff, Dr. Gee bravely sent a letter to Gene Smith, basically scolding him for his own "failure to monitor." Now, let's just hope Gene doesn't let him go. You can read the full letter here

In case you're in need of all the links that will give you all the nitty, gritty details... you can find them here.

HEY, LOOK OVER THERE! Ohio State wasn't the only one to have some of their dirty laundry aired to a crowd that wasn't paying attention this week. Oregon found it to be the perfect time to release additional Will Lyles documents. And, from a PR perspective, it probably was, as practically nobody noticed. 

UCF, following suit, made headlines... sort of... with what is being called possibly the worst NCAA violations since SMU. Yet, somehow, it managed to not reach most people's radar. For details at a level that surpass what I could give you here, I suggest you read up here, instead.

A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN. Upon the dismissal of Joe Paterno, Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech became the new active, winningest coach in college football. Beamer, in addition to his own little, personal victory, got to enjoy a little team victory as well. Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, 37-26.

STORIES AND PICTURES AND VIDEOS, OH MY! An interesting read, a year later... A reminder of how breathtaking sports can be... I wonder if this comes in my size... What Eric LeGrand was up to this week... A perspective we don't normally hear, over a decade later.

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Abe Froman's picture

That's just good timing by the Ducks.  Wait until there is a major story and then provide the information to the NCAA.  "Oh and by the way, we know you are busy, but here are some additional documents."

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

WMBuckeye's picture

On the ride in to work this morning, Penn State announced that Mike McQuery will NOT be in attendance on Saturday for PSU's Senior Game...due to death threats, certain things in a shower and other mayhem. Still has his job. Just sickening all over.

Great read Elika, nice to know "other" teams are having NCAA fun as we are. With all the dissenting coverage of tOSU those tidbits get overlooked. Thank you!!

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."

Elika's picture

I have a feeling that, with time, the pieces will come together and we'll know more as to why the McQueary situation was handled the way it has been. He is honestly, to me, the fishiest part of all this... from his complete lack of action the night he witnessed the assault, his promotion that followed not long after he discovered Sandusky in the shower with one of the victims, and the fact that he's still around through all of this.

I don't want to play conspiracy theorist and make a guess as to what, exactly, is up there... but I can't help but think that something has to be up.

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

WMBuckeye's picture

I couldn't agree more. His actions are clearly questionable, especially with the "advancements" that has happened to him. He's just lucky, my a@#....

 

 

 

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

“Having been in this profession a long time and knowing how close coaching staffs are, I knew that this was a secret that was kept secret. Everyone on that had to have known, the ones that had been around a long time,” Switzer said in an interview with The Oklahoman newspaper.

 

I posted a link to Switzer's comments over in the forum but I think it's very relevant to what you are discussing here.   

biggy84's picture

Switzer giving lessons in morality is laughable. Anyone remember the scandal that ended his career?

NW Buckeye's picture

Hey, he was just sleeping with an assistant's wife. 

Seriously though, I concur with him that the staff had to know about this, if only through rumors. He should know, everyone knew about his liaisons.    

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Veterans Day -- Thank you to all who are serving and who have served and remember those we lost. Semper Fi.

Isn't there a basketball game today in Columbus? Am I the only person excited?

Elika's picture

In that case, a link just for you...

How firm thy friendship... OH-I-O!

theDuke's picture

Elika, please stop linking hits to ESPiN web pages. It makes me very angry and I'm not quite ready to show the "other side" (imagine raging, ranting, fists through computer screen, property damage claim against me kind of things whenever I see that logo) to my coworkers yet.

theDuke

Denny's picture

If links to ESPN make you punch your computer screen I'd suggest saying 'Serenity Now' a few times.

Taquitos.

The Vest-er's picture

Serenity now, insanity later. Lloyd Braun

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

Nappy's picture

Fan of bacon since 1981

WMBuckeye's picture

Happy Veterans Day to all fellow Armed Forces members. Happy Belated Birthday Is It Saturday Yet, Semper Fi!

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Thanks for the Birthday wishes.  Been a long time since I've been to a ball....

WMBuckeye's picture

The local Marine Corps League had a Ball along with the Reserves Unit here. I did not have the opportunity to go, thanks finals:) Contact the local MCL or American Legion, they usually have something going on that us "civilians" can attend.

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."

Buckeye06's picture

Now now GT scored more than 6 last night...20 more in fact

Joe Beale's picture

It says 26. ;)

joel121270's picture

Sorry and no disrespect intended here whatsoever Elika but on the link in your size we are talking about the shirts correct? Going to be a long day.

NW Buckeye's picture

What t-shirts?  Oh, those t-shirts.  The ad on the right was what I was hoping for......   Again, no disrespect intended.

Jimmy's picture

The mention of Frank Beamer got me thinking: Who is the winningest coach in the B1G? As long as my sources(first site to pop up on Google search) are correct Jerry Kill has the most wins of any active coach with 118 wins. Kirk Ferentz has 107 while Mark Dantonio and Bret Beilema each have 56. Also, Ferentz is the coach with the most B1G experience. He started all the way back in 1999. #2 is Ron Zook who began in 2005.

NW Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the stats.  Another tid bit: by my calculations Paterno was the last active HC who had coached against Woody (can also be said about JoPa's head-to-heads involving other coaching legends).  Time passes on......

 

Jimmy's picture

No problem. I never thought about the Woody angle, but I can't think of anyone else out there who could possibly have played him.

Buckeyejason's picture

Thank you Veterans for all that you have done! America wouldn't be safe without you.

I'm going to watch the basketball game tonight, but if its anything like the last game..yawwwwnnnn. Sorry, just can't get up for hoops as much anymore, especially games against cupcakes.

Good Skully today Elika. I liked the fact that you kept the witty comedic sarcasim to a minimum.

BUCKEYES BABY!

JLP36's picture

when Bucks win the crown, ESPN will clarify that lions would have won but for...

their but for won't be that they actually had to play 3 good conference teams to close the year

odd to be loving Nebraska and Wisconsin, but it is a long strange road to Pasadena this year!

JLP36

BrewstersMillions's picture

I am dreading the commentary if PSU pulls out a win against Nebraska. The fools over at Black Shoe Diaries are already talking about how they wouldn't want to be Nebraska right now. I disagree whole heartedly. I would want to be no one else other than Rex Burkhead & Co. right now. I don't see a way Penn State can stay focused on football. Back to my original point though-If PSU does pull out the W, the praise will be nauseating. The Booyah's will do their best to try and make a win some sort of balm for the problems at PSU. Penn State Nation will go on thinking that the healing has begun. I want nothing more than a 50 point Husker win. I hope Pelini runs it up. I hope EVERYONE runs it up on Penn State. Not because it makes anything better-it doesn't-but I want to see their pride and joy get obliterated for the next few weeks so the blind Penn State Sheeple can't help but realize what is going on around them because their 'escape' is a non factor. People at PSU appear to be ignorantly blissful despite all of the facts that are out there and they will use football as a release. I hope that release button gets smashed by Nebraska, OSU, and Wisconsin, maybe then people will come to grips with the severity of the situation.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

JLP36's picture

their program is drowning in a massive child rape scandal and they "wouldn't want to be Nebraska right now"?  Very Penn State.

If they get ripped 3 straight it might have something to do with facing quality opponents - something they have not done much of lately.

 

JLP36

BrewstersMillions's picture

The second hardest thing I have read this week were the comments on BSD in response to Joe Pa's rightful termination. I was disgusted by what I was reading-They are truly blind to the facts. Either they didnt read the Grand Jury report or they refuse to acknowledge its existence. Clear as day, Joe Pa and a lot of powers that be screwed up royally. There were a few comments relating to OSU (as expected) and even a few that said "Get focused and beat the hell out of OSU in a few weeks". I welcome Penn State's football program to the shoe with open arms. They are beyond screwed the next few weeks from a football standpoint.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

KenK's picture

This whole response to Paterno's firing has been an interesting exercise in watching Hero Worship run amok.

I did manage to read the GJ report. Words cannot convey.. However, if you do get to it, you'll notice a pattern of alleged behaviors on the part of Sandusky.

Brewster,I agree with you on welcoming PSU's football team to The Shoe. In fact, I'd like to see them get a standing ovation when they come onto the field.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

OSUNeedles's picture

I am completely with you... I feel horrible for the current players at PSU. This is in no way their problem to shoulder. I, for one, will be cheering the players entrance. I'm sure I will be in the minority, though.

NW Buckeye's picture

I will be at that game.  And, no I will not join you in standing and cheering for PSU when they come onto the field.  But I won't boo them either (something I might have done if JoPa was still with them).  I much prefer the silent treatment - I know it would never happen, but imagine if the stadium was dead quiet when they come onto the field.  No signs of disrespect or praise.  That's just how I think it should be handled.   And just in case you think that I am a negative nellie for opposing teams, I have never booed a team when they enter Ohio stadium - I either clap quietly or do nothing.  The exception is when we play one of the service acadamies - I do cheer them.  And, I don't believe PSU is deserving of any exception like that. 

OSUNeedles's picture

Alright... You win... That would be spectacular. If we could get some crickets, a tumble weed & 1 guy coughing in B deck, it would be perfect.

AcrossTheField11's picture

I'm pretty interested in this whole Oregon situation.  If there is any proof to be had, this program is in a ton of hot water.  Its one thing for a booster to pay for a player but having a check cut directly from the school is a whole different situation.  It'd be nice to not have to see their ugly jerseys on Saturdays.

Side Note: Some of you may have already seen this but I think it captures many of our feelings for PSU right now pretty accurately.

http://www.offtackleempire.com/2011/11/8/2547485/an-open-letter-from-a-b....

 

 

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

JLP36's picture

they will probably get the Auburn treatment.  keep in mind that you can't say Duck without thinking Nike and I bet Nike can get things done.  Besides, direct cash payments do not equal the crimes against humanity that is players selling their own stuff.

JLP36

WMBuckeye's picture

+1,000

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."