Thursday Skull Session

By Elika on December 29, 2011 at 6:02a
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Your eyes (and calendar) are not deceiving you. I am not Jeremy, and it is still just Thursday.

If seeing my name up there led you to prematurely celebrate the arrival of Friday, I apologize. Particularly, if you did a little dance, or something equally embarrassing.

Perhaps now you've experienced just a glimpse of what Da U fans have been whining about for almost a decade, since that magical night in the desert. Kentucky understands too. Maybe you did something similar before Drew Basil lined up to kick the extra point in West Lafayette. Either way, maybe this will make you feel better. And, finally, my last attempt, before we get started.

 MIDWEST-WEST COAST LOVIN'. In case you missed the big news Wednesday, the Big Ten and the Pac 12 announced they will be making a "collaborative effort to enhance long-term scheduling commitments between the two conferences across all sports amongst the 24 institutions."

The most exciting part of the news, was that the objective is to create an annual slate of 12 inter-conference football games between the two conferences, beginning in 2017. The conferences are giving themselves the coming months to come up with the exact details of how this will all work, but have said that there will likely be four such games, during each of the first three weeks of the season. Delany mentioned on the conference call, following the press release, that "competitive equity" will be a determining factor in coming up with the match-ups each year. It's also been noted that some of the games may be played at the collegiate stadiums, while others may be played at surrounding venues.

In case the announcement left you wondering (I was certainly curious), the B1G is 382-325-19 vs Pac 12 teams, all time.

 UPDATES FROM THAT STATE DOWN SOUTH. The Ohio State Buckeyes have not lost four consecutive football games since 1943. On Monday, the 2011 Buckeyes will attempt to keep that streak alive against the Florida Gators in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. The Buckeyes arrived in Jacksonville Tuesday, and got to work on Wednesday, preparing for Monday's game. They practiced for two hours yesterday, at the University of North Florida.

Some of the players met with the media after practice, and had some interesting thoughts to share. For starters, Andrew Norwell reiterated the importance to this Buckeye team to not end the season with a losing record. Reid Fragel echoed that sentiment, and gave Florida their due respect, saying, "We all want to go out on a winning note. Obviously Florida is a good team and a winning program so it's going to be a big game and we are looking forward to it."

Zach Boren discussed the team's expectations of Braxton Miller next week, especially given Terrelle Pryor's performance in bowl games recently. "I expect big things," Boren said. "The last couple of years our quarterback has come out and done huge things in the bowl game and we're expecting the same thing from [Braxton]. He's gotten better throughout the season and now he's seeing what the defenses are giving us pre-snap, and even after the ball is snapped he is making quicker decisions."

Brandon Castel spoke with Luke Fickell, who addressed the difficulties the team has faced this season, and the pressure of not becoming the first Buckeye team since 1988 to end with a losing season. “I think that’s what the season’s about," Fickell said. "It’s a grind. Winning brings out the best in everybody. When things don’t go your way, the adversity hits and does it make it tougher? Yeah. That’s all a part of growth for the coaches and players.”

A random, fun fact that the team discovered this week? WR Ryan Ross is apparently a very talented piano player, according to Steve Helwagen. On a related note, in case you weren't aware, DL Evan Blankenship is musically gifted as well. [Insert corny joke about the Buckeyes producing music-to-my-ears, in the form of a win and a taunting B-1-G chant on Monday, here]

ZUMAPRESS.COMFour more days until the final game of the Luke Fickell era.

 BUCKEYES BEAT NERDWESTERN. As Chris pointed out, Ohio State kicked off their 100th season of Big Ten basketball last night, against Northwestern. The Buckeyes beat the Wildcats 87-54, extending their win streak to five games.

How good was William Buford? After the game, upon confirmation that Buford is a senior, Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody simply said, "Thank God." Buford scored a career-high 28 points, including five 3-pointers. Sullinger also praised Buford after the game, saying, "Will's doing a great job. He's more vocal. He's taking on a lot more of the leadership on himself this year."

Sullinger, of course, was a big factor in the win himself, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds last night.

Next up, the Buckeyes take on Indiana, fresh off their first loss of the year at Michigan State. The Hoosiers, who knocked off previous #1 Kentucky earlier this month, lost to the Spartans 80-65. MSU sophomore Keith Appling was critical for the Spartans, scoring 25 points and helping Michigan State climb out of a nine point hole with 11 minutes to play. Ohio State welcomes Sparty to the Schott on February 11th with a trip to Breslin capping OSU's regular season slate March 4th.

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM. According to Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune (and no one else, at the moment) Rick Court, the Strength and Conditioning Coach at San Diego State, has been hired to join Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State. If the report is true, San Diego State will be embarking on a search for their third strength and conditioning coach this year. Court was originally hired by SDSU in January to replace Aaron Wellman, who had followed Brady Hoke over to Ann Arbor.

Court actually has a couple Ohio ties, having spent the two seasons prior to his SDSU stint with the University of Toledo and the six years before that on the coaching staff at Bowling Green. 

Court, however, is also a Michigan native and Michigan State alum, having spent the time during Urban Meyer's Bowling Green regime as an intern for the MSU football, basketball and hockey teams. I'll go ahead and prepare the inevitably banal response from Michigan fans, when confronted with the fact that most legendary "Michigan Men" hail from the state of Ohio... "Ummm, well... you hired a Michigan guy as your strength coach!"

A BUNCH OF LINKS AND QUESTION MARKS. Remember this guy? ... Am I the only one who feels like this dude didn't want any help? ... How do you think this Penn State tshirt is selling now? ... Ummmm, is this real life? ... Have you seen UGA's 2012 schedule? ... How much do you like this kid?

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Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

Wow, Georgia's schedule. Eastern Michigan might be able to run the table with that. That's all I have to say about that. 

jmoody's picture

I thought we had a strength and conditioning coach already?

"Did you push yourself to be great today? If you didn't do it you lost a day. We ain't got many days to lose. We're going to push your a$$ like its never been pushed because what you've got in you were going to find out" UFM

Doc's picture

I thought the same thing.  Some guy from Florida that was Urbz S&C when he was there.  It would be nice to have a list of the entire staff along with their jobs.

"Say my name."

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Yeah like Mariotti, or Panatoni, or Spaghetti or something.

William's picture

Mickey Marotti will be our new S&C coach. Rick Court will be an assistant under him just like Schlegel was under Lichter.

Denny's picture

Pretty sure Mariotti was hired into the AD's office, not onto the coaching staff.

Taquitos.

Chris Lauderback's picture

His actual title: assistant athletic director for football sports performance

To accomodate, his business cards will be 2x12

William's picture

He was hired into the AD's office, but he will still oversee the team's strength and conditioning program as the main S&C coach.

Abe Froman's picture

PSU should just keep quiet and let The Graybar motel dish out justice.  Wearing a shirt "poking" fun (pun intended) at any other program shows only ignorance to the level of atrocities committed by Sandusky.  Having been to College Station recently, I can only say that my trip was successful, I showered alone.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Hoody Wayes's picture

You mean State College, right?

Abe Froman's picture

Yep, State College.  Nothing like seeing 100 windmills on the way there and 3 of them moving.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

thorvath22's picture

A.) That shirt was printed before the Penn St. scandal broke out and B.) the university didn't endorse or print that shirt... It was Smack who do a lot of shirts like this for all teams.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I saw a lot of state of Florida-centric shirts on that site. I'm betting they are a Florida business.

This one made me angry again that we lost to Thug U this year. Assholes.

BuckeyeSki's picture

I have a Smack shirt now that I think about it. It says:

PASADENA: You can't get there from Michigan

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M Man's picture

Okay; you'd have some serious, historic trouble finding your way to Pasadena from E. Lansing. 

But in the last 20 years or so, Michigan (by my count) has been to six Rose Bowls and OSU has been to two.  Now, to be sure, we all know that OSU has occasionally skipped the Rose Bowl to play in the MNC game.  Kudos.  My point is not about any lack of acknowledged success on the part of the Buckeyes.  But still, the path from Ann Arbor to the Arroyo Seco is pretty well-worn.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Fair enough M-Man. These shirts are made to antagonize and rile up opposing fan bases, and I for one, support that. I actually laughed at the Tressel Tattoo and Pawn shirts. Funny is funny to me, regardless of whether it fits my agenda or not

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I had to laugh at the Liar Liar Vest on Fire shirts as well!!!

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NC_Buckeye's picture

The fact that you felt the need to respond to it -- just makes me like the shirt all the more. ;-)

Normal Buck's picture

Ryan Damn Shazier.

buckeyedude's picture

I believe he meant "State Penn."

 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

You going to the Gator Bowl?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

buckeyedude's picture

I wish I could. Between jobs right now. Money too tight. Of course next year when there won't be a bowl, I'll be in a better position to go. Story of my life, Chief.  Have a great New Year, and the best to you and your family!

 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

That sucks; thanks and good luck!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

flipbuckeye's picture

No new poll today?

Chris Lauderback's picture

Get your vote on, sir.

Elika's picture

Here's a poll:

On a scale of 1-10, how spaced out was Elika last night?

 

(Thanks Chris)

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

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm 99.7 percent certain that you were a 9.97 on the spaced-out scale. 

But there's good spaced-out and bad spaced-out. You're definitely of the good spaced-out variety. 

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Hoops team looked very solid last night.   When Buford is on, the whole dynamic of the team seems to change.   I was very glad to see Matta go to the bench as early and often as he did.   This team is scary deep.   We had the second 5 in: Scott, Sibert, Weatherspoon, Williams and Thompson, and I am admittedly a homer, but I was thinking our second 5 would finish no worse than 8th in the conference.   And then they brought in Ross and MacDonald!   When have we ever had this kind of depth?!?!

RBuck's picture

Ohio State and Michigan State don't face each other until the final game of the regular season, March 4th.

 

Sorry Elika.  http://www.elevenwarriors.com/basketball-schedule

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

LABuckeye's picture

Beat me to it. I was going to say they better be playing in February, because the tickets I bought my parents for Christmas for that game weren't cheap.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Fixed. She can't blame age/vision for the miss so Vodka, perhaps?

Elika's picture

CHRIS!!?!?!

(No vodka, folks. Unfortunately, those slip-ups were 100%, soberly mine.)

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

Elika's picture

Wow, I really was not on my game last night. Apologies... again. 

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

Geraffi's picture

Is Georgia's schedule real life?  Perhaps the SEC trolls will shut up now when discussing strength of schedule and the B1G.  The argument was always bunk anyway.

#Tennessee Chattanooga 

BuckeyeChief's picture

So  do I wear my Troy Smith Ryan Shazier jersey monday? The last 2 years I have ran 6 miles in it on the morning of the bowl game. It's worked so far...I am looking forward to the match up, I think these guys will be motivated to win, and not go out with a losing record.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BuckeyeSki's picture

Lets hope the G-men set the precedent for being motivated to win and not go out without a playoff berth on Sunday Chief

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BuckeyeChief's picture

I am having the fam over for a LATE new year's day dinner and game party.

I am thinking about *gasp* breaking out the LT jersey which has been buried for 2 years.

The last time I was in this position, the Giants lost to the Eagles on Sunday, the Buckeyes got blasted by FLA and Coughlin didn't get fired. Jan 2007. The only difference in this scenario is the Cowboys bot Eagles.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I am stoked about the Pac 12 - Big 10 deal - I will get to see the Buckeyes come play out in the desert a bit more!!!

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Menexenus's picture

Me too, but because I want the Buckeyes to get another crack at the Trojans.  I was SO bummed when we lost to them in the Shoe the last time...  (We haven't beaten them since the 70's!)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Peter Pete Peterson's picture

Ryan Shazier is a freshman...gives me goosebumps!

Peter "Pete" Peterson

"Recruiting is like shaving, if you don't do it everyday, you look like a bum!"  -Jim Tressel

 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Time will tell, knock on wood, we shouldn't put too much pressure and hype on the kid, and all that, but . . .

By all appearances, Shazier has the potential to be a few-in-a-generation playmaker. He's not just a freak of nature; he's got very special intangibles (instincts, agression, etc.). I'd say he's a "a man among boys," but as an undersized LB, maybe he's more like a chetaah among warthogs.

To be a few-in-a-generation player, however, it's not enough for a kid to be gifted. For example, Orlando Pace used to throw college defensive linemen around like they were rag dolls. But he became Ohio State's best ever OT and an NFL star because he combined rare talents and physical gifts with other assets.

In contrast, Lavar Arrington was also jaw-droppingly gifted, but he seemed to lack some of the traits that would have enabled him to be an all-time great.

At the very least, I see Shazier being as disruptive on the college level as was Arrington, but maybe his potential is even greater than that.    

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Good points.  I think we all leanred something from the premature coronation of Etienne Sabino.  But I think Shazier has already shown more than Sabino ever did.  

And I agree 100% with a kid needing to be more than just "gifted".   Shazier clearly is gifted, does he have the personality to become that rare stud that we will talk about years after he leaves?   Remains to be seen.   One thing I noticed though, when someone linked his dad's twitter, the background said something about his dad being a Champion Coach or Creator of Champions or something (too lazy to go read it again).   So maybe having a dad like that, who is a "professional motivator" is the difference Ryan needs?  

Just spit ballin' on a Thursday afternoon in a basically empty office today....

btalbert25's picture

Exactly! Sabino was hyped because of a high "star rating" in high school and 2 or 3 big hits on special teams.  It was never for anything he did on the field as an LB.  Shazier made some of those amazing special teams play but in his short time at LB has made more plays that Sabino has in  his entire tenure at Ohio State.

I'm not sure if he's going to be one of the great ones, but he's going to be a very good player for the next 3 seasons or at least 2 seasons.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Yep, time will tell.

And I have to keep reminding myself about these types of can't miss highly rated guys during recruiting season.   Until they get on the field you can't be sure how they will turn out.   Recruiting rankings are fun, and provide a decent baseline for what you expect out of a guy, but there are hits and misses every year.  Nothing is guaranteed.

That being said, I still love to follow the recruiting and see who we are lining up in the pipeline.  I just try to temper expectations.

 

Bucksfan's picture

If that sonofab*tch uses the term "competitive equity" one more time I might burn down my house with me in it.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Isn't competitive equity sort of an oxymoron?

True competition implies equality of opportunity (the rules apply equally to all), but not equality of result. Arranging schedules so that Purdue (or Washington State) have a decent chance of winning one of these cross-conference showdowns will not actually make Purdue any more "competitve." It'll just protect them from being further exposed.

Delany should call it what it is: Affirmative Scheduling.       

Doc's picture

You always bring a very level head and a laser sharp perception to these conversations.  Purdue-vs-Wash St would be a slap fight.  Purdue took every "trick" in the book to squeak out a win against the MAC in Detwat the other night.  So, glad Hope got that extention.

"Say my name."

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

hate to admit it, but you got my inner 14 year old to LOL with "Detwat"....
 

Doc's picture

I'm glad to see that 14yo is still alive and with the sense of humor still intact.

Dr. Ken, this is my last day of the year in my office(Dentistry), what type of practice do you have?

"Say my name."

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

That 14 year old is very much alive and kicking, much to the chagrin of my wife....

Sorry, but not an actual Doctor.    I really need to change my ID.   It's a reference to an "Anchorman" line.  

Doc's picture

My wife would like to suffocate the 14 yo in me as well.

Studies have shown that 60% of the time your screen name will work everytime.  "Anchorman" was some funny shit. 

"Say my name."

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Anchorman is one of my all time favorites....and then got excited for Land of the Lost which had a couple moments, but in general was a huge disappointment....

btalbert25's picture

I laugh every time I see your name.  I can never remember if the left or right one was Dr. Kenneth Noisewater though. 

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Left is James Westphal....you ladies play your cards right and you just might to meet the whole gang....classic stuff

btalbert25's picture

lol that's right!  I remembed the Octagon and Dr. Ken but couldn't remember the other name.  I love that movie though I haven't watched it in quite a while.

Menexenus's picture

Count my inner 14-year-old in, too!  :-)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks, Doc, so do you.

I'd actually watch Purdue v. WSU because I'm an incurable cfb junkie, but as Bucksfan points out, it'd be goofy to apply something like the BT/ACC (bball) Challenge to this BT/P12 football arrangement - i.e., Ohio State only matching-up with USC, Oregon, and/or whatever other program is perceived to be "equal" with Ohio State at the moment.  

Bucksfan's picture

Exactly, Fido.  It's merely an annoying, overly-smug and somewhat confusing term that masks the reality of what they're trying to do.  He's using "equity" as meaning "fair."  But what he's really saying is that "We don't want USC to play Indiana, Purdue, and Northwestern, and we don't want Ohio State playing Colorado, Oregon State or Wazzou.  We want to match teams up based on similar 'quality.'"  

And frankly, I think that's bullsh*t because it's not like you can have Ohio State playing USC and Oregon every single year, and no one will give a damn about Northwestern-Utah anyway.  So, what the hell is he talking about?  What does "competitive equity" really mean?  When Ohio State played Washington in 2007, it was scheduled based on perceived "equity" that turned out to be bogus.

Bucksfan's picture

By the way, I am really jacked about this strengthened alliance.  But I don't like the bogus intro-to-MBA terminology Delany uses to describe what amounts to games that are supposed to be fun.

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

They should just go old school, and draw team names from a hat...ESPN could even do a special on it like they do on everything else.

"If you root for Michigan, the terrorists win."