Friday Skull Session

By Elika on November 18, 2011 at 6:13a
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My darling, fellow Buckeye fans,

Do you know what today is? I hope you haven't forgotten... it's our anniversary!

Before you scramble to find something you can pass off as a gift you've had waiting for me in your closet for weeks, don't worry... you didn't have to buy me anything. The everlasting memory of this glorious day, five years ago, is good enough for me! Even jewelry can't come close to this.

To celebrate all the wonderful times we've spent together, here's a video of November 18, 2006... a day I will never forget. I just wish it could fully capture the highs and the lows (you didn't really want a link here, did you?) we've shared together over the past five years. Even the memories that are, apparently, just a figment of our imaginations... are just so, incredibly, magical.

Even though we've had our doubters, and those haughty Southerners down the street think what they share is so much more special, I'll never forget the gorgeous autumn days we've spent together... or those scantily clad nights at the lake.

Thank you, for all the memories. Here's to making more!

Love,

Elika

URBAN PLANNING. I never understood the fascination that so many women have with soap operas. Between conference realignment, playoff debates, heated rivalries and coaching changes... the drama in sports isn't enough? If only General Hospital addicts knew what they were missing, the entertainment provided by past and present SEC coaches alone could be Daytime Emmy worthy.

The Urban Meyer saga further developed this week. When we left off, last week, Meyer had released a statement saying “I am very happy with my role at ESPN. I have no plans to return to coaching at this time.”

Monday brought us news that Urban met with Arizona AD, Greg Byrne, and declined the Wildcats' head coaching position. Wednesday brought us Plane-gate, with rumors swirling that Meyer may have been on this private plane from Gainesville to OSU Airport. And finally, Thursday... the Twitter world went crazy with multiple Urban Meyer rumors. One stated that Meyer had signed a 7 year, $35 million deal to be the next coach at OSU. Another, that Scout.com was reporting Urban to Columbus is a done deal.

Finally, your often reliable Eleven Warriors tweeted Thursday night, "We are 99.7% sure Urban Meyer has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of Ohio State. Solid sources. Plural. Just to clarify: We were being serious. No timetable for announcement yet, obviously." Obviously, 99.7% isn't a done deal, but it was the highlight of my day, at least.

PENN STATE GAME UPDATES. Am I the only one surprised by the realization that tomorrow is Senior Day? It feels like just yesterday I was buying into the whole "Shock the World" campaign. Oh, how wonderful those days were!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Coach Fickell spoke to the media Thursday and discussed some injury updates, Senior Day and the Nittany Lions. Here are some bullet points covering his press conference:

  • Sweat: Fickell said that he wouldn't necessarily say that Sweat is definitely out for Saturday, at this point, but his demeanor definitely indicated that we won't be seeing him on the field against Penn State. He mentioned it's a priority to the coaching staff to make sure they are making this decision in Andrew's best interest.
  • Shazier: Fickell briefly discussed the great job Shazier did last Saturday, stepping in and doing a good job when called upon.
  • Hankins, Shugarts and "Philly" Brown: In typical Fickell fashion, he mentioned that we will have to wait and see about the status of these three, mentioning it's the job of the coaches to be smart and figure out what these guys can handle on gameday.
  • Brewster: Fickell talked a bit about Mike Brewster (who will be making his last start at Ohio Stadium on Saturday) and what he's meant to the OSU football program during his time in Columbus. Fickell mentioned what an unbelievable job Brewster has done, even as a senior in high school, acting as a leader during the recruiting process, and working hard to bring other valuable players to the program. He also discussed his "natural personality" and the way he's picked up a lot of slack for the team this year.
  • Posey: Fickell mentioned that the team still has another day of practice, that could influence whether or not Posey will be starting on Saturday. He mentioned the coaching staff, and the team, are confident in what Posey can do and the way he can handle the situations, also saying that the other guys have a lot of respect for him. He mentioned the boost Boom's return gave to the team, when asked about what Posey's return could mean, mentioning that the emotion, energy and confidence boosts, in the huddle and the locker room, are just as important as the on field production for these players, when they return to the field.
  • Penn State: When asked about Penn State's visit to the Shoe, and any gestures that are planned given recent events, Fickell (several times) tried to reiterate that "it's about a football game" and that they are all "focused on the football game." He did mention there would be a pregame handshake, but at the end of the day... "it's about a football game." 
Dan Kopp/SportsPageMagazine.comSaturday would have been their last game in the Shoe

BUCKEYE BASKETBALL. The Ohio State Basketball team looks to go 3-0 tonight, hosting the Jackson State Tigers in Columbus. The Tigers (0-3) seem to be traveling around the country looking for butt-whippings, having already lost at #10 Florida and #12 Baylor. Ohio State, off an impressive win over the Gators, should have no problems with Jackson State. If you're looking for a Jackson State player to watch out for, Jenirro Bush is their leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points and 4 rebounds per game.

THE (SYR)ACCUSED. Just when headlines of the Penn State scandal weren't quite dominating like last week, it was reported on Thursday that Syracuse Basketball assistant, Bernie Fine is being accused of molesting a former ball boy for the team.

Bobby Davis, the accuser, said the alleged abuse began in 1983, and continued for over ten years. Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim firmly defended Fine in a telephone interview Thursday night, pointing out several fishy aspects to this whole story. In fairness, this story still has a way to go before reaching Sandusky-level proportions. For one, the other alleged victim that has come forward, happens to be the stepbrother of Bobby Davis. Secondly, Davis claims the child abuse continued until he was 27 years old. Finally, it appears that Davis had given Syracuse four people he claimed would corroborate his story, and none have. You can read more about this case here.

YOUR TIME SUCK FOR THE DAY. Keep a tissue handy when you read this one.... Even this story managed to have a sexual harassment reference... Don't piss off Jim Boeheim... Have you prayed to Tim Tebow today? Any parent should be able to appreciate this... How awkward does Urban look?

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GoBucks713's picture

I'm praying to Tim Tebow the Meyer rumors are true. Not that i like him as a coach, but think of what that does for recruiting, and possibly lands us a few kids that got away. Kalis anyone?

-The Aristocrats!

buckeyechad's picture

Kalis can go up to michigan and lose to osu for 4 years

DJ Byrnes's picture

Heard that.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Menexenus's picture

Amen, brother.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

WMBuckeye's picture

Happy Anniversary!!

Has anyone heard any rumors of how the players feel about Urban and the *possibility* of him coming to tOSU? I'm just wondering about the regime change affecting the program. I know Urban has an impressive record but it will still be a change of leadership. For any coaching changes.

The story on Kevin was truly awesome, gotta love triumph over tragedy thank you for sharing.

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.."

blazers34's picture

not a current player, but brian rolle didnt seem happy about it at all.  thought that was kind of interesting.

flipbuckeye's picture

Probably because he had loyalty to Fickell when he was the LB coach.  With all due respect to B-Rolle, tough titties. Bring on the Urban era.

WMBuckeye's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if there were more players having difficulties with a change up but not saying anything. I know that's due in part on the university not wanting any negative comments. I can't help but overanalyze the players and their emotional involvement being played out all over the field. Feeling too much like a mama bear and her cubs, I want to protect them from any upheaval.

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.."

Jdadams01's picture

Gotta imagine the players on offense will be psyched.

robert goulet's picture

But unless Fickell is retained, a regime change will happen no matter what.  Even if a Tressel disciple like Beckman came back, you'd have to think that few of the current coaches will be kept.  So who should be kept?  Of 10 position coaches, the only coaches from Copper that Tressel retained were Spencer (RB), Conley (TE/recruit), & Heacock (DL).  

baddogmaine's picture

If OSU game plans around Posey, as in is determined to get him the ball, that increases the likelihood of turnovers. Miller is going to be under pressure - wouldn't you blitz him like crazy if you were a DD? - and that will lead to forced passes. If our poroblem had been that we had a capable QB who needed someone to throw to then Posey's return could be an answer. But Miller has not demomnstrated great arm strength or accuracy and if he can't put the ball on a spot it doesn't matter how well Posey runs a route (from what I hear he does) or holds on to the ball (meh). I have a bad feeling about how the Posey return will play out, less because of Posey himself than because of the other 10 guys on that side of the line and the walrus sending smoke signals.

painterlad's picture

I'm not sure Posey will add anything to a game plan that is so middle school. Listen, if Danny Hope's fat, older brother can't find a way to get the ball to an outstanding tight end, how can he get the ball to a guy running down the field?

As far as Meyer goes, I know he is the sexy pick right now, and there is no doubt that he will bring in some recruits, but if he couldn't take the heat at a program that has a 15 year history of good, how can he handle The Ohio State University?

Tim Beckman from Toledo is who I would go after.

Oh, and happy anniversary.

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Buckeyejason's picture

In that case how can any coach handle the heat since we have so many years of "good"?

Bring on Urban. Whether its for 5 years or 10 years.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Menexenus's picture

I'd go after Jim Tressel.

(Have I mentioned that already...?)  :-)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

bucki5's picture

I'm waiting for ESPN to do the story on Meyer coming to OSU and going with the "not so fast" tag line.

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Living in florida during the past decade, I've always chided the locals for using coaches from Ohio and michigan to make the sec "so dominant."  Now I'm sure people will say that any future success is due to us finally grabbing an sec-talent level coach.  Sure.

 

If Urban is our next coach, I feel like he will be coming home.  Call me an Urbanite.

Menexenus's picture

Love the animated avatar!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Maestro's picture

Very true.  It's similar to the Roy Williams situation at Kansas.  When the UNC job came calling there really was no way to keep him in Lawrence.  Home is home.

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btalbert25's picture

This is one reason why I have not been so concerned about how Urban exited Florida.  Sure, the pressure is going to be great here, but it's home and quite possibly the gig he's always wanted.  Just like any other job, if he's happy here and wasn't in Florida, he many be feeling the stress so much.  We just don't know what was going on down there.

At any rate, if Urban coming home yields the kind of success of Roy Williams coming home, we'll all be very happy.  Roy went from the guy who couldn't win a title, to the guy with 2 titles.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

It is hard to free myself from my bias, but in my experience, Ohio State/Big Ten fans are much more "civil", rational, and friendly than Florida/SEC fans. Sure, you'll get 5-10% who are absolute nutjobs, but Columbus as a town is much more "liveable" than Gainesville. Aside from the few million dollar estates on the outskirts of Gainesville, most of the area outside UF is comprised of trailer parks. That's not really an exaggeration either. You're either rich or poor in that area. There's no middle ground. Columbus is a much more educated upper-middle class city. Sure, this job brings a lot of pressure. But the fans are just a little more educated and rational, especially the ones inside Columbus. I know there are rednecks in Nowheresville, OH that get in fist-fights if you walk into a bar wearing maize and blue, but you really don't see that in Columbus. I've been to seven SEC stadiums, and I could tell you stories about fights and arguments at bars over SEC football that would make you roll your eyes and confirm every bias you've had about the South. Just last week while in Columbia, SC for the SC-Florida game, some guy started shouting me down because I said "Ohio State really isn't overrated. They're generally rated right where theys hould be. I mean, they do have six BCS bowl victories, which is more than any other school". OM friggin G. He went ballistic and started shouting that I was full of shit and that OSU had never won a BCS game, and if they had, it wasn't a national title game and blah blah blah... and... well... you get the point. Can't argue with an idiot. For the record, he was NOT a South Carolina student. Just a local South Carolina native/mouth breather.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Glad you guys defended yourselves on twitter about 99.7% thing. Castel seemed pretty out of line calling you out, especially with the rumor track record you guys have.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'm not sure who his target was but it did seem a bit pointed. And then he went on to say that he too thinks Meyer will be here. I don't want this to end up like the Miles to Michigan embarrassment. Herbie said he had a good source too. I am not convinced Meyer is the right guy but cannot deny my excitement for him to possibly be the coach here.

BucksfanXC's picture

Well, if you read Three and Out, it seems to say that Miles to Michigan would have been done, except it was just not quite there. And with Herbie's report coming when it did, the guy who would have signed off on Miles was out sailing with no cellphone service. So Les had to deny, so Michigan had to move on. But if Bill Martin isn't sailing and figures out how to use his new cellphone, he puts things on hold for a day and then approves it all and we'd be looking at playing the Mad Hatter next weekend.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

An update on the flight: I was told by my source that Urban was NOT on that flight. There was a man and a woman who got off the plane. My guess is Urban's wife went house shopping while Urban's lawyer ironed out the details of the contract. I believe Urban was in Kissimmee, FL yesterday. For all interested, the plane is returning to Gainesville this morning. Timeline fits. If it is Urban's lawyer, he'll probably have the contract in hand and ready for Urban to sign, which would fit the description of it being a "99.7% done deal".

cal3713's picture

Didn't Urban already move to Columbus this summer??  Fucking rumors...

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

No he didn't. That rumor was 100% false.

Also, something to think about: Herbie never sold his house in UA. He transferred ownership to that of an LLC so he could rent it out. He did not buy a house in Tennessee either. He and the family are currently renting a nice home owned by a prominent Nashville businessman. Makes you wonder if he's planning on coming back. He did mention something about talking to Meyer about being a QB coach. All speculation at this point, but interesting food for thought.

btalbert25's picture

the recruiting power of that staff would be insane.

onetwentyeight's picture

Urban - Herbie - Fick Recruiting Trio of DEATH (in a good way .. for us ... not everyone else)

We clean up the state of Ohio and pick out several 5 star guys from Florida each year. 

 

Hey, i can dream right? 

Menexenus's picture

Don't forget Spielman and Vrabel!  If you're gonna dream, dream big!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

AC1972's picture

I'm definitely supportive of Urban, and if he is smart, he will at least offer Fickel DC and asst head coach position.  Even if Fickel doesn't want it, it would generate good-will that would win over the team immediately.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

In my ideal world, Fickell would be Co-DC, head assistant, and head recruiting coordinator, head coach in waiting. This is actually an ideal situation for Urban in that recruiting takes a lot of time away from one's family, and Luke can shoulder this burdon for him. If this is the way it's going to shape up and Luke takes over in 7 years, then I'm really excited. I love the idea of Fickell being a long-time coach, just not right now, and he'll have learned from arguably the two best coaches of the past 10 years: Tressel and Meyer.

Northbrook's picture

That would work for me too. I want Fick to be the head coach but realize there have been some problems this year. I don't see anything that cannot be fixed in the off season but if he had to wait a few years that would be okay.

DallasTheologian's picture

Recruiting is Urban's thing. I think you send both Fick and Meyer at recruiting full speed ahead. Taking it out of Urban's hands would be a mistake IMHO.

btalbert25's picture

This would go along pretty well with the rumor the other day that someone said Fickell will be retained no matter what and a coach with a lot of experience comes in for a few years and shows him the ropes. 

BED's picture

+1

Not an Urbz fan, but this would be a great step in swaying me.

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Brutus's picture

Bed, I think you and I agreed on a different post about our feelings towards Meyer Urbz. If he's our next head coach, i'll reluctantly come around simply because I have no choice. But retaining Luke Fick would go a long way towards making me feel more comfortable with this hire (if it's true). Luke Fick is a Buckeye. That counts for a lot to me. This season was going to be a struggle no matter what. In my opinion, Luke Fick has done nothing to coach himself out of a job. JT Tress had at least two games a year where his teams came out flat against weaker competition. He usually won, but we pretty much screamed for his head too when he lost those games. Anyway, if the rumors are true, so be it. I think it's impossible that Meyer Urbz could hurt the program. And if Luke Fick, well then that's a win win.

Edited because I'm feeling particularly imasculine right now.

BED's picture

Agree, and love the edits

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BucksfanXC's picture

I really hope, if we get Urb, it's with Fick as DC/Asst. Luke knew what this was, a fling. If he stays, he has the chance to take back over.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BuckeyeChris's picture

Very true...Luke's getting paid quite a bit. So, it's not a money thing.

The only hurdle would be his pride, but Luke, buddy, look 10 years down the road. You stay, you (in all likelihood) the next OSU coach with clout and experience you don't currently posess.

Or, things didn't quite work out at Ball State, you never got offered anything beyond LB coach at Purdue. 

Pride comes before the fall. 

Menexenus's picture

I disagree.  Fick has already been with OSU for, what, 9 years?  He can't sit around for another 10 years as an assistant and then be taken seriously as a head coaching prospect.  If he wants to be a head coach, he needs to *be* a head coach.  As we've seen, head coach in waiting just doesn't work, especially when the amount of time involved is indefinite.

If OSU decides to go with Urban, I think the right career move for Fickell is to take a head coaching job at a MAC school, develop his skills, and then apply again 10 years later (or whenever the job comes open again).  That's what would make the most sense for him career-wise.  Hanging around the OSU program as an assistant for another 10 years would make him the Will Riker of Buckeye football.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Hoody Wayes's picture

You're contradicting yourself. Other than Tressel, you've advocated Fickell remain HC. Now, you're suggesting a MAC destiny for Fickell, in Urban Meyer gets the job.

 

ogdirtyd's picture

I agree, I dont think Fick would take it though.

Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead.
 

BuckeyeChief's picture

If Fickell doesn't stay, any thoughts of bringing Fred Pagac back? Dick Lebeau?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

buckeyechad's picture

Ive always thought how awesome it would be if we got lebeau to come coach for osu.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Pagac is 59. LeBeau is 74. Both are brilliant, yes. As a DC I'm not sure if either is a good fit at this time. Or if they'd even be interested.

I'd consider Pagac for the HC though.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Happy anniversary fellas! And ladies!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Colin's picture

Honestly, the only thing making me hesitant about Urban Meyer is that I don't want to see our offense run 100% out of the spread. I'm a smashmouth football fan and that is how Ohio State has always been. If he can bring an OC who likes to put the QB to be under center and then him and Urban can find a balance.....I would be okay with this. I'm not denying Meyer's ability as a coach but we saw what Rich Rod's spread did in Michigan.

There's also that thing about "retiring" when his team starts to suck...hopefully we won't get to that.

buckeyes33's picture

I'd definately never put Rich Rod and Urban Meyer in the same catergory. Just saying.

ogdirtyd's picture

+1

Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead.
 

btalbert25's picture

But RichRod's offense wasn't Michigan's problem, especially last year.  If that team had anything resembling a defense, they were a 10 win program last year.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I wouldnt worry about this. A few weeks ago, I was listening to Urban on a CFB segment and he acknowledged that defenses are catching up to the spread. I'd say Urban isn't going to be too arrogant to be 100% spread. We'll probably see something similar to the 2006 offense, but with more designed QB power plays. Hopefully Braxton can put on about 10-15 pounds in the offseason.

buckeyes33's picture

Am I the only one getting really excited about this? Why are OSU fans so down in the dumps? Meyer is fixing to ressurect this program.

Buckeyejason's picture

You're not the only one 33! This is VERY exciting stuff.

BUCKEYES BABY!

chitown buckeye's picture

I dont want to get to excited yet! I dont want to jinx it! When I see him introduced as the next head football coach of THE Ohio State University then I will be over the top excited!! Right now Im just crossing my fingers and hoping the rumors are true.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Buckeyejason's picture

"We saw what Rich Rods spread did". ?

Rich Rod had no defense, that was his teams problem not running the ball from the I-formation.

If I recall correctly his team last season was scoring at will. Just couldn't stop anyone.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Colin's picture

I know their defense sucked but look how many points their offense scored against decent defenses. But my point wasn't to just compare him to Rich Rod, you can't. Urban's 2 national championships show there is no comparison. I just personally wouldn't like seeing the spread the whole time. I find it kind of gimmicky and Ohio State's history is lining up under center and running the ball.

Buckeyejason's picture

Florida ran the ball a shit load under Urban Meyer, whether it was from the spread or not.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Colin's picture

They ran Chris Leak and Tim Tebow a lot. Their runs with running backs were mostly just speed routes to the outside or something. Look at their running backs, they were a bunch of track stars but not necessarily good running backs. It was like a lot of Brandon Saines. 

I also remember reading a while ago either on this blog or another that Bri'onte Dunn said he wouldn't want to play for Urban Meyer because of that style of offense. Things could have changed since then and he could feel differently now but still.

Buckeyejason's picture

LOL, except Floridas backs could cut on a dime, while Saine on the other hand...well ÿou know.

I'd gladly prefer Meyer over Dunn if it was a choice. Meyer wins Championships. Dunn, who is a great prospect.. is an injury waiting to happen.

BUCKEYES BABY!

blazers34's picture

no offense to Dunn, but I would much rather have a great coach than one great player

onetwentyeight's picture

Also worth nothing, before the Tebow days Urban actually coached a dude by the name of Alex Smith and made him look spectacular throwing the ball, so much so he got drafted #1 overall (despite being completely mediocre ever since).

In other words, the man is adaptable. He'll use Braxton correctly. 

btalbert25's picture

Couldn't you say that any good offensive team scores less against good defenses though.  I mean with Tressel this team won a lot of games where the place kicker was 50 percent or more of the offense.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Rodriguez did a good job with the Michigan offense. It was their defense that was an abomination in the eyes of the Almighty. There's nothing about the spread that would prevent a team from fielding an effective defense.

I likewise have some concerns about Meyer not necessarily being a long termer, but if he puts a first-rate staff together, another quickie retirement shouldn't set the program back. A big part of the issue with Tressel leaving is that the offensive coaches left behind got exposed without him. Assuming Meyer doesn't start giving jobs to his relatives, or putting Braxton's development in the hands of the guy who makes the coffee, it shouldn't be a problem.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Urban Meyer runs out of the spread. The Spread offense does not mean its pass heavy, its simply a set of formations that utilizes the entire space between the sidelines. Meyer ran the ball more than 55 percent of the time at Florida. Rich Rod's spread was tearing Big Ten defenses apart. Spread does not. I repeat. DOES NOT always equal pass only. It simply means multiple WR sets, creating space for play makers. Nothing more.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

Buckeyejason's picture

Calling coach Fickell "fick" not only sounds cheesey and stupid, it sounds very imasculine.

Also, do we have to say everyones name short or have a stupid nickname(el Guapo, Ro-Ro, etc)? Annoying shit. Sorry just my opinion.

BUCKEYES BABY!

BucksfanXC's picture

First of all, please learn how to reply. Second of all, saying Fick was part of the joke of "he knew what this was" kinda trampy statement, so I used a trampy, 'imasculine' nickname. Also, el Guapo is longer than Hyde, or even Carlos.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeyejason's picture

I do hit "REPLY". Its not my fault this system is flawed.

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Denny's picture

I trust Jason's code far more than I trust your ability to hit 'reply'.

Taquitos.

Buckeyejason's picture

Ouch!

Your trust means shit to me Denny.

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

For someone who refered to someone's daughters as "slutbags" I'm surprised something as petty as nicknames bothers you BJ.

Buckeyejason's picture

I call them like I see them..

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WMBuckeye's picture

I was thinking the same thing..BJ..

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
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AltaBuck's picture

Tressel ball alive and well in Denver.  As I was watching that game last night, I was having Tressel Ball flashbacks. Players of the Game: The defense and the punter.  I know everyone is Tebow crazy but the D won that game.

Living in Utah most of my life and witnessing first hand what Urban brought to the program and the community, I am very excited that chances look good that he will be the next HC. In addition, if Urban is coming to tOSU, you can bet Gene Smith will not be the AD next year. 

 

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

Buckeyejason's picture

Speaking of the Jets game. Does anyone watch that team on a regular basis? Its awfully similar to watching the Buckeyes play.

Defense plays great all game. Offense doesn't do anything to help, QB can't complete any pass with value. Defense gives up big series in the end to lose it.

Poor Santanio stuck in the horrible offense that the Jets have.

BUCKEYES BABY!

btalbert25's picture

I'm also thinking if this Urban to Columbus stuff is true, then the university has a feel for what the NCAA penalties are going to be.  I'd be happy with Meyer.  I'm excited to see what he can do with Braxton Miller.  Immensely talented QB + Urban = lots of wins.   The team will utilize great weapons like Stoneburner and Jordan Hall too.  This offense, even with the loss of the linemen, could put up a ton of points next year.

buckeyes33's picture

I was JUST thining the same thing. You'd think that if you took a new job you'd want to know the future of a major investigation but then again this is THE Ohio State University. This is a droolworthy job for anyone let alone an Ohio boy like Urban. This is probably the best Christmas Present of all time.

Hoody Wayes's picture

It could be argued Urban Meyer's got Ohio State right where he wants it.

Despite the loss of Tressel and looming NCAA sanctions, name a college football program that's easier to rebuild than, Ohio State.

Then, name a coach who can do this quicker than, Urban Meyer.

NW Buckeye's picture

It's been no secret that I have been on the "give Luke a chance" bandwagon. That said, the performance this year points out that we do need some changes - partcularly on offense. Bringing in a new quality OC will necessitate someone at tbe helm smart enough and with a clear cut vision of what is expected. If we have learned anything this year it is that Luke may be a leader of men, but he had no direction for the Bols. Just bringing in a quality OC would definately help, but the HC needs a clear cut understanding of what he wants and how to implement it. We all saw what Zook was unable to accomplish by bringing in a highly touted staff. You need that Urban / Tressel type at the helm to put it all together. I really believe Luke can be that person but he needs much more O experience.

The best case scenario in my mind is to have a strong HC like Urban with Luke as his assistant HC. Have him actually learn the O side of the ball. This scenario would set OSU up well for many years to come.

With all that, I believe all the action/rumors on the Urban front have been fueled by the debacle at State Penn. I mean, even if you are not a big Urban fan you have to like the prospects of having him coach for us instead of the PSU Cougars (did I really type that?).

WMBuckeye's picture

PSU Cougars, not as bad as some Lion comments on FB I've seen. Figures, SEC fans are all over that..a$%holes...

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.."

Denny's picture

I really hope you guys didn't mis-interpret people talking about Blurban Neyer.

#CanWeGetMuchNeyer

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Buckeyejason's picture

Let's face it guys, the B1G isn't very good. Urban with a staff of his choice and solid recruiting classes should eat this conference alive. I mean Tressel did it with possibly the most boring and thoughtless offenses in the country.

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TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

For what it's worth, the flight is on its way back now. Arrives in Gainesville around noon. And I have confirmed that Urban was NOT on the plane Wednesday and is NOT on this flight. However, given the info I have been able to accumulate, it sounds like the Wednesday flight was most likely Urban's lawyer and his wife. Wife probably went house shopping yesterday (no, he does not own a house in UA like people were saying... Herbie never sold his house) while the lawyer ironed out contract details. Anyone want to bet that the contract is on that plane back to Gainesville and ready for some ink (pun intended)?

Colin's picture

I can see Urban buying a mansion in Upper Arlington, probably right there on McCoy Rd. next to Tress. They will be next door neighbors.

/joking

Hoody Wayes's picture

He could have already been in Ohio. Meyer's father passed away, last week. Presumably, Meyer's father was an Ohio resident(?). Plus, Spielman called into 97.1 from the road, yesterday. He said he was en route to AA, for the Nebraska game. While I'm sure Meyer's got some sort of bereavement clause in his ESPN contract, I would not be surprised if he were in the booth, Saturday. So, Meyer may just have camped out in Ohio, for the past two weeks.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Meyer's dad passed away last week. He was living in Cincinnati with Meyer's sister. The rest of Meyer's family all lives in Cincinnati as well. The Funeral for Urban Sr. was over the weekend (I worked at a florist in high school and college... got the inside track on the funeral wire). The Meyers were back in Gainesville by Monday. I've known all of this, which is why I alerted everyone to the flight on Wednesday because it fit the timeline. As I said though, Urban was not on the flight to OSU wednesday, but it was definitely people associated with him. I have confirmed that Urban was in a walmart in Kissimmee yesterday signing autographs. But his wife was not with him.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I should clarify, I worked at a florist in Cincinnati, specifically. And I currently live in Cincinnati only about three miles from where Urban Sr. lived, which happens to be literally next to Lunken Airport. See the connection?

Maestro's picture

Anyone who prays, please do so for the families of OK State Head and Assistant Women's B-ball coaches, Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash last night.

Terrible news, especially for OK State who has been through this way too recently.

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TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

That's awful news. My thoughts are with Cowboy Nation today and the families of the crash victims. Thanks for bringing it to my attention Maestro. What a tragic loss.

Keep things in perspective guys. You never know when you're gonna leave this earth. Make the most of every day.

WMBuckeye's picture

many thoughts and prayers for the families and friends...very sad :(

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.."

Maestro's picture

The pilot and another passenger died as well.  Sad news.

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Buckeyejason's picture

That's terrible. I will put them in my prayers.

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BucksfanXC's picture

My heart goes out. I don't know how any one in their athletics dept will ever fly again. That's not a joke. I would seriously be freaked out.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Maestro's picture

No kidding.  There is already a memorial in Gallagher Iba for the previous tragedy.  To have 2 memorials for this is terribly difficult for any school to heal from.

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btalbert25's picture

I was watching sportcenter and saw the tag on the side for Oklahoma State Tragedy and just assumed it was an aniversary for the first accident.  That is horrible.  Very sad news.

Ethan's picture

Between the glory days links at the start of the Skull Session, and the Urban Meyer news after that, this was the perfect start to my day. Definitely a good day to be a Buckeye fan

Buckeyejason's picture

Poor Ethan, wrong spot to write its good a day to be a Buckeye fan under all the comments about a tragedy lol.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

::face in hands:: ::shakes head::

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Ethan's picture

Whoops. Didn't even see that.

 

Terrible news about Oklahoma State. My heart and prayers go out to them. 

Buckeyejason's picture

I figured you didn't that's why I said poor Ethan lol.

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TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

No denial so far from anyone in Urban's camp. Remember, when the "Les to Michigan, done deal" rumor broke, Les called a press conference to refute the rumors. No such refutation so far.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Les had a National Championship to win and a team to keep together.

RBuck's picture

If the Urban thing is true, no one who really knows will confirm it until after the scUM game. If the NCAA's descision dosen't come down until after scUM, I predict tOSU will self-impose a one year bowl ban if Urban is on board.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Self imposing a one year ban... Now that's something I did not think about. It would be a VERY smart move if the NCAA decision isn't done by scUM time. I'd be in favor of this. Anyone else?

Hoody Wayes's picture

The story "breaks" late, on the 26th. A presser would be held on November 28th, at the earliest. 

ArTbkward's picture

Nah, Duke plays at OSU the 29th.  That announcement would make a helluva halftime show.

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buckeyes33's picture

I vote for halftime unveiling of the new regime

jfrank373's picture

Urban would not have any problem with a move to Ohio State. In fact his old assistant, and director of football administration at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida is now the Assistant AD and Director of Football Operations at Mississippi State for Dan Mullen.

I only mention this because Jon Clark, who is mentioned above, is from the same little small town in southwest Ohio where I currently reside.  Oh yeah, I also went to Bowling Green from 2001 - 2005. Rumor has it (again, small town, rumors fly like crazy), Meyer tried to lure Clark back to Florida when he decided to return to coaching for one more year, but Clark declined, saying the gig he has at Mississippi State is too good to leave. Meyer simply told him that he understood, he has no shot at being the Assistant AD at Florida, but he will probably have a better offer for him in the next year or two. Everyone around town has been talking, and it sounds like Jon might be making plans to move back closer to home.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

So, does all this scuttlebutt distract the team this week?

Maestro's picture

Same exact thoughts, and I fear that it will some.  This team, of all teams ever, should have a pretty thick skin though.

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Buckeyejason's picture

This team can't look anymore distracted than it has all season.

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Hoody Wayes's picture

Cowherd just teased - and blurbed - Urban Meyer is going to be announced "somebody's new head coach"..."next week." 

Maestro's picture

Well it must be true in that case.

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TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Cowherd was wrong though about Pelini being the next coach.

When the deal between Meyer is announced - and I do believe it is a "when" at this point - 11W should get full credit for being the first to bring the events currently unfolding to everyone's attention.

Maestro's picture

I should have put more sarcasm in my post.  I won't believe it until I see Meyer at a presser in C-Bus.

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Sgt. Elias's picture

And I'll owe you all those drinks for being correct. Do not mind in the slightest.

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

faux_maestro's picture

Colin Cowherd is a moron.

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Buckeyejason's picture

All this smoke, there's got to be fire..right?

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btalbert25's picture

That is one Gray Box I'm looking forward to seeing.  It will kick all those bad gray boxes' asses

 

Ethan's picture

This is 11W chance to make Gray Box history. You know Jason is excited about the opportunity to break the official news with the Gray Box! 

Hoody Wayes's picture

The "UGB." The Ultimate Gray Box.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

just talkin about a man's "grey box" really just puts me on edge, fellas

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

WMBuckeye's picture

As I did not pay attention (we still had our beloved JT with us) when Meyer left Florida what were his "health-related" issues? Or going by the speculation, during my googling session on his leaving, Cam's antics/keeping his record/leaving after Teblow? Not really sure what to make of the articles. Should this be a concern for us??

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.."

Buckeyejason's picture

I don't remember where I heard or read this but rumor was that Urban was seeing another woman/women..and his wife gave him an ultimatum to quit the florida job,or she'd leave him.

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Colin's picture

So 11Warriors just got a shout out on the radio....but it was to shut down all of the Urban Meyer rumors, at least about a deal being done already and/or soon. But on a positive note, they agree 100% that Urban Meyer will be the next head coach but they just say there hasn't been any dealings yet.

Scott's picture

Was it on 97.1? I've heard them mention 11W before too, but lead-ins like that always bring them to their "Don't believe anything you read on a blog" conversation.

Class of 2008

Hoody Wayes's picture

Radio - as an industry - does not like blogs. 

Denny's picture

Radio - as an industry - does not like blogs sucks buttholes.

Fixed that for ya.

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NC_Buckeye's picture

Hey guys. What's going on? Anything new out here in 11W land?

Breakawayspeed's picture

Meyer? Here?  What have you all been smoking?