Friday Skull Session

By Elika on December 23, 2011 at 6:00a
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"... but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the NCAA pissing people off." - Benjamin Franklin, 1789

What a visionary Ben was! And, as we should all be trying to do, moving on...

AT LEAST BUCKEYE BASKETBALL BEAT A TEAM NAMED MIAMI. If you love the Honey Badger of the Midwest, you likely loved Ohio State's domination of Miami (OH) in basketball last night, when the Buckeyes beat the RedHawks 69-40.

Though Craft only put up four points, he proved himself worthy of his status as the apple of many a Buckeye fan's eye with eight assists, three rebounds, two steals, and 27 minutes of... just being Aaron Craft!

What did the coaches have to say about him after the game? Well, I'm glad you asked! Miami coach, Charlie Coles said, "He's unbelievable. He looks so innocent out there. He's so good you just sit back and watch. If I can't have him, I'm going to enjoy watching him play for somebody else."

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Thad Matta certainly agrees, and encouraged the other players to get a little honey badger-ish themselves, saying, "You see the other four guys watching him hawk the ball and he's just kind of all over the other team. I signaled him out during film in a positive way: 'If you were all like this, they'd never score on you.'"

Speaking of other members of the team, William Buford racked up 18 points, three rebounds and four assists, making him the fourth Buckeye ever to reach 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in his career at OSU. Deshaun Thomas put up 15 points, and Jared Sullinger continued his comeback with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

 ZACH ATTACK. Jeremy discussed further additions, Everett Withers and Mike Vrabel, to Urban Meyer's staff in yesterday's Skull Session. Since then, it's become official that Zach Smith, previously the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator for the Temple Owls, will be returning to Columbus as the new WR coach for the Buckeyes.

Meyer, who has worked with Smith before at the University of Florida from 2005-2009, said about Zach, "I know what a quality coach he is. He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught. He has coached and taught some great players already, like Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez and Louis Murphy."

During his time under Urban Meyer in Gainesville, Smith was involved with game planning and opponent breakdowns, working with wide receivers, quarterbacks and special teams. He also took on the tasks of evaluating potential recruits, creating and designing a recruiting action plan, and game prep tests and quality control.

Smith spent the 2010 season at Marshall, severing as the wide receivers and special teams coach for the Thundering Herd, before heading to Temple for the 2011 season.

Originally from Dublin, he is also the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce. Another guy I can think of, who was brought on as a WR coach by someone mentored by a member of his family? Lane Kiffin joined USC's staff in 2001, coaching the wide receivers for Pete Carroll, who was mentored by Monte Kiffin during their time at Arkansas, coaching the Razorbacks' defense.

Admittedly, I was never been a big fan of the way the whole Lane Kiffin-Norm Chow scenario eventually went down at USC, but it's tough to deny the success that coaching staff brought during their tenure together. For those who are superstitious, I suppose you can take it as a good sign for this upcoming Buckeye staff. For those who are not, then I suppose the takeaway is that it pays off, for your future generations, to mentor others.

Enquirer fileJust because this is my favorite Urban photo yet.

 THE CAKE WALK CONTINUES, IN LAS VEGAS. If you missed the Las Vegas Bowl, you didn't really miss much. Rumor has it that even Todd Graham, Dennis Erickson's new replacement as head coach of ASU, left the game at halftime. I suppose he may have had some important SMS business to attend to in the City of Sin. Or, perhaps, he was off to interview for his fifth job in six years. 

So, what did you miss? Other than ESPN salivating over an 11-1 team beating up on a 6-6 one (not that I'm one to hate on 6-6 teams, this year)... well, you did miss this sign, which literally had me laughing out loud. But maybe I really needed the laugh, and that's just me. 

Amid the chorus of praises sung by those who think he can do no wrong, and against the 91st ranked passing defense in the country, Kellen Moore racked up his 50th NCAA win, 293 passing yards, two touchdowns and three turnovers. It was really impressive, if you're into beating-up-on-outmatched-opponents sort of thing. The Broncos, who were never in jeopardy of losing this game once it got started, beat the Sun Devils 56-24.

After the game, Chris Petersen said, "I have no idea what we're going to do without Kellen Moore, so don't ask it." Does this mean we won't have to hear the Cinderella story of a top five preseason ranked team, (who can't beat all the non AQ's on their schedule) next year? I, for one, hope so. Props to Boise State on another high-win-percentage season, but can we get a clean up of all the drool on Aisle-National Media?

MATT BARKLEY CAN'T WAIT TO LEARN BALLROOM DANCING. In a celebration that included a Christmas tree, marching band and cheerleaders, Matt Barkley took the podium at Heritage Hall Thursday and announced he will be forgoing the NFL draft and returning for his senior season as the Trojans' quarterback. 

With the USC Trojans coming off of a 10-2 season, in which Barkley finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy race, this announcement immediately makes USC a serious contender for the 2012 national title. Barkley made his announcement, and a reference to the unfinished business his team (in the second season of a two year postseason ban) has left to take care of, by saying, "the 2012 team has some serious business to attend to, and I intend to play a part in it." The crowd went wild. I kid you not, Heritage Hall was louder than the LA Memorial Coliseum during the 4th quarter of a close game.

Though next year's USC team will suffer with the loss of a few starters, including All-American left tackle Matt Kalil, they have more than enough players returning to get excited over. Something new that college football fans can expect to see out of Barkley next year? Kiffin apparently offered Barkley the ability to call more plays next year, much like the play-calling responsibilities that helped solidify Andrew Luck as the clear cut favorite for the #1 pick in the NFL Draft. 

After the announcement, Lane Kiffin called it "an exciting day." As he should, he landed his biggest recruit yet.

 NOT QUITE AS DELICIOUS AS SAUSAGE LINKS, BUT HERE YOU GO. Nine days left in the worst year in sports... Let's see how many errors you can find in this... The best Las Vegas Bowl recap I've seen... Honey Badger's mom might have a thing for Herbie... If you have the time, this was an interesting read... Almost as enjoyable as the Shiva Bowl Shuffle (RIP Season 3 of The League)... Because there's no way you're sick of watching this.

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thorvath22's picture

2012 National Champions - University of Southern California Trojans
2013 National Champions - The Ohio State University Buckeyes

Something about that just gives me joy to imagine watching the "NCAA" just sit in their own puddle of urine during both post game celebrations.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

In some weird way I empathize with Trojan fans now. It's like we're bowl ban brothers. 

buckeyedude's picture

That is an interesting way of looking at it. Instead of Band of Brothers...Bowl Ban Brothers. I like it!

 

 

Menexenus's picture

Not to worry, there will be a Band of Bowl Ban Brothers soon.  Other programs will be seeing the NCAA ban hammer soon enough...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

BrewstersMillions's picture

I agree. I really think the powers that be at Espn will have to increase their janitor force in 2014 when OSU plays USC for the national title. All the heads that will explode in Bristol will be a real mess to clean up!

They are setting the blue print for sanctioned teams taking little to no time to return to former glory. The task may be slightly harder at USC because of the depth issues they may experience but they are still USC and we are still Ohio damned State.

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

BuckeyeChris's picture

Glad I'm not the only one. I think I may actually be ......rooting(???) for the Trojans next year. It is an empathy thing. Ugh... I hate having feelings. Lucky you, Tin Man. 

Menexenus's picture

Never.  I hate the Trojans about as much as TTUN.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

onetwentyeight's picture

Not "root" for them but it would ... make me extremely happy ... if they won the NC next yr as a slap in the face to the NCAA. 

 

And of course, when (Not IF, WHEN) we win in 2013 it would really be sending the msg that the NCAA is a bunch of hypocritical little 

 

OK i will end my comment now before i ruin the PG nature of this site

ArTbkward's picture

I completely understand that feeling as well.  It's weird, I think I'd like to see them win the NC next year.  That almost grosses me out to type but it's true, plus that means the SEC streak would end.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Next year "wants":
1. Ohio state to go 12-0 and just sit back and laugh
2. USC or really anyone but sec to win and have everyone sit back and really question if they were the best team in the nation...a man can have a dream can't he?

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

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Would be cool if USC and OSU had an open slot on their schedules next year so they could play each other as their unofficial "bowl" game. The ratings would be pretty high, but man, would the haters hate on that one..... The NCAA already prevents scheduling Hawaii - (as a potential defacto bowl or reward for players) during the regular season if you have a bowl ban (thanks Alabama for spoiling that party).

Elika's picture

Should be noted, however, that USC will be eligible for postseason play next year. Their need for an unofficial bowl game would no longer exist, when OSU's begins.

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

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I think a mid-year game USC-OSU game would be awesome. The Urban-tron offense will be fully operational and ready to destroy. 

OSUNeedles's picture

Caption for Urban photo:
"That's what I love about these high school recruits... I get older.... They stay the same age. Yes they do."

millertime2011's picture

there's a sandusky joke somewhere in there

SilverBullet33's picture

The link to the Penn Live blog......where in the hell did this tool get his "facts?" That ruined my morning thinking people are really, truly that ignorant.

Pam's picture

I agree.  $20-40k in locker room equipment? WTF?

OSUNeedles's picture

At least we didn't get a loss of institution control... Then we probably wouldn't have gotten Myer the liar...

Pam's picture

yeah, dodged a huge bullet with that one. LOSS of institutional control? smh

AltaBuck's picture

Seriously....what the hell is wrong with that fan base?  All we hear in the defense of paterno and the school is patience, let the facts come out in the trial, etc. Then you read BS like that. I guess the writer knows his audience.

Their coping mechanism for their pathetic situation is to lash out externally and point fingers. A really healthy and progressive response to an epic tragedy of children victimization.

I was not onboard with all the talk of PSU leaving the B1G but I say 'Good Ridance'

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

Creepiest fan base in the nation. Just going to State College feels like you've entered a parallel universe. Patience? Wait for the facts? Guess what, head in the sand PSU fans? The facts are out there. Testimony is available for anyone who wants to read it and St. Paterno himself has already said "I wish I could have done more". There is a lot of talk about LOIC these days, but I really don't think it applies to PSU-They had plenty of control over this situation. They just chose to control it in a way that has most forward thinking people wanting to vomit profusely. Every morning I wake up I get excited that its the day Joe Pa leaves this planet. I refuse to take any sort of moral high road and don't care one lick what the guy did for the school or anyone else. He should ALWAYS be remembered for what he didn't do-stop his child molesting crony when he had a chance. To hell with Penn State. To hell with anyone who shows any support for Paterno or Sandusky or anyone else associated with the entire thing. To hell with the fans who thought 'civil disobedience' was required when their rapist enabling head coach got let go. To hell with them for thinking 'civil disobedience' means doing almost $200,000 in property damage, again because a child rapist's enabler was let go for the good of the institution. They have shown the world just how blind they are. Stick to your hero worship. I'll take a guy who punched out a college kid over one who let rape go under his watch any day of the week.

 

In case you missed my point-to hell with Joe Paterno and State Penn.

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

slidingscrapes's picture

i couldn't even finish reading through that piece of trash. i expected heavily distorted facts, but i didn't expect a basic grasp of the English language to be completely missing... after all the spelling, punctuation and syntax errors, i think what did me in was him referring to the "MGO BLOG, a Michigan Football publication" so shortly after misspelling Urban Meyer's name several times in a row. seriously, i wrote better than that in middle school.

Show them Ohio's here!

BrewstersMillions's picture

Any "Always Sunny" fans out there? Ever see the episodes where Charlie reads\writes and other people read? Sort of reminded me of that.

Loss of Institutional control? Yes. Pryor Sold. Stuff. Locker room sales $40,000? Yes. Lyer? Urban. Tebow backer? Sure.

That person is an idiot.

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

ArTbkward's picture

Maybe the author was trying to wear his Kitton Mittons while he typed?

Actually, maybe one of the KittyPelini cats wrote the article with the mittons on...

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

BrewstersMillions's picture

You win the internet, dear friend.

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

ArTbkward's picture

Just in time for Christmas too :)

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

slidingscrapes's picture

+1

Show them Ohio's here!

Baroclinicity's picture

Hey Elika- looks like you've got the SI article linked twice, the second coming at the end where it says "...there's no way you're sick of watching this.") 

I want to watch 'that'!

 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Elika's picture

Sincerest of apologies... try it again :)

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

Pam's picture

Since I had my head in my hands thinking that we had lost the game and my 10-0 winning streak was coming to an end, I did not see it live.  So, yeah, I will never get tired of seeing that!

Baroclinicity's picture

10-0?  Have you never seen a loss live against Wisconsin?  Or is that 10-0 in your last 10 games period?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Pam's picture

I go to Cols. for one game a year (live in NJ). For the last ten years, every game I attended was a win. I was at the Wisky game and with 20 seconds left I thought my streak was finally broken, so I buried my head in my hands missing the most exciting play of the game. Therefore, I love seeing the tape as often as possible.

Baroclinicity's picture

Gotcha.

I'm on an unprecedented two game losing streak in live games.  Was at the Wisc. game in 2010, and the Penn State game this year.  Need to remedy this, fast.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Wow, Pam. Impressive. In that case... should I come across Michigan tix for next season, they're all yours! 

Brutus's picture

Impressive indeed.  My streak ended with the Fiesta Bowl against Texas.  Prior to that, I had never personally witnessed an Ohio State loss, a streak that started with my first game in 1985 against #1 Iowa (I was a 12 year old kid who got to hang from the goal post as the fans carried them across the field....sweet).  The streak included the Rose Bowl in 1997, scUM in 2002 and 2006, first game against Penn State after they joined the Big 10, first game against ND (at least since color TV).  It was a good run that ended when Russell Anderson went for the ball instead of the player.  I followed that up the very next year with a kick to the nuts courtesy of USC.  Fortunately, the streak started again later that season with the Rose Bowl win against Oregon and continues today.  Obviously, I didn't make it to any games this year.

OSUNeedles's picture

My first 2 Michigan games I went to were the tie and first win under Cooper. I thought I should have been paid to go to Michigan games since I was obviously the difference maker.

Pam's picture

I am prepared to do what it takes to guarantee a win with my presence.

blazers34's picture

man, on the OSU vs. Wisconsin video, I cant get over the dude with cat whiskers drawn on his face.  it is just after the catch when they show the stands celebrating.

Menexenus's picture

With that Braxton Miller pass, I was *sure* that our team had turned the corner and that we wouldn't lose another game this season.  To my surprise, we lost 3 of the last 4.  Ah, what could have been...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

3cent's picture

LOL, me too. I was at that the Wisky game, and me everyone around were talking about the B1G CG game and the Rose Bowl. "All we need is Penn St to lose to NEB or Wisc and then we get to avenge either MSU or Neb and then we are headed to Pasadena". I guess I forgot that we still had to win games.