Friday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on April 13, 2012 at 6:00a
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Although the first spring game of the Urban Meyer era is still a little over a week away, Ohio State students, faculty and staff members are in for an "especially neat day" at the Shoe tomorrow, courtesy of the new regime.

Provided you have a valid BuckID and you can drag yourself to the stadium Saturday morning by 10:45am (this should eliminate 20% of the student body), you'll have the opportunity to watch the team practice and then you'll be able to mingle on the field with players and staff before a giant group photo is taken from C deck.

But wait, there's more:

  • Take a tour through the team locker room
  • Visit the press box
  • Sit in AA deck

Now, that is a sweet deal.

Fan outreach is something Meyer learned from Earle Bruce and he's employed some variation of this at every stop of his coaching career. When he took over in Gainesville, he did the rounds with fraternities and student groups, selling his brand of football. His job at Ohio State is a little easier, since he's now a more proven commodity and, oh yeah, he doesn't have to clean up after a brawl between a Ron Zook team and a fraternity like he had to at Florida.

So yeah, if you're a student (or faculty/staff), take advantage of this. And then come back and tell us all about it.

The rest of us will just have to be content with this sweet, sweet video Mark Kunz captured at Wednesday's practice. El Guapo sighting at 10:35.

R.I.P, TIPPY. The Buckeye family lost a great one yesterday with the passing of former multi-sport star Tippy Dye at 97.

Quite simply, Dye was Bo Jackson 30 years before there was a Bo Jackson. As a starter at quarterback in 1934, 1935 and 1936, Dye became the first and only Ohio State quarterback to win three consecutive games over Michigan until Troy Smith repeated the feat 70 years later.

The Harrisonville, Ohio native also lettered in baseball (1935 and 1936) and was a three year letterwinner (1935, 1936 and 1937) as a guard on the school's basketball team, finishing as a team captain with two all-conference nods under his belt.

After a brief one year stint with Cincinnati in the American Football League, Dye entered the coaching ranks and soon found his way back to Ohio State as an assistant coach for the basketball and football teams. He would go on to take over as head coach of the basketball Buckeyes before moving on to Washington, where he led the Huskies to the 1953 Final Four.

In 1962, Dye was hired as the athletic director at the University of Nebraska, serving until 1967. His tenure at Nebraska is notable for his hiring of Wyoming coach Bob Devaney to run the football program. Devaney promptly went 101-20-2 in 10 seasons, turning a middling program into a national power.

THE OBC IN MIDSEASON FORM. Much like Punxsutawney Phil emerging on a cloudy day, Steve Spurrier dropping bombs in a press conference means good things, like football and sunshine, are approaching.

Yesterday's target? The Georgia Bulldogs. When asked what he thought about the Georgia-South Carolina game moving from the second week of the season to the sixth week this year, Spurrier had this to say:

"I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended."

Don't ever change, OBC.

TODAY ON AS THE PETRINO SQUIRMS. Arkansas, digging out from what's surely an avalanche of FOIA requests, dumped a batch of Petrino text messages on the world yesterday. Although they rank about a two on the juicy scale (and thankfully are bereft of dong shots), they do portray a man rightfully worried about his job.

In the days after the coach was placed on administrative leave, Petrino sent messages to athletic director Jeff Long, associate athletic director Chris Wyrick and compliance director Jon Fagg.

On the morning of Friday, April 6, one day after Petrino was placed on administrative leave by Long, Petrino texted Long to say, "Jeff I appreciate how you handled last night. Let me know if we need to get together again. I'm at your disposal and will do whatever it takes to keep you in my camp and remain your coach. Feeling a little better today."

Long responded 35 minutes later, saying, "Thanks Bobby, I am working through the process Jeff".

Petrino texted Long again on April 7, "Hey Jeff I'm just sitting around wondering what I should be doing?? I just want you to (know) how sorry I am that this all happened!!"

While that was the last of the text message log between Petrino and Long, other messages were listed through the FOIA release.

Petrino must have had a hunch that he'd be house-hunting soon:

In a response to how the day went on April 6, Wyrick texted Petrino, "From my stand point, calls and text are 10 to 1 positive. Trustees and politicos are leaving Jeff alone and that is a good thing. Those that have your back are 100 percent behind you".

Later that night, Wyrick texted Petrino asking if Long had "EVERYTHING" from Petrino's standpoint, to which Petrino responded, "Yes I believe he does".

After Wyrick offered to help Petrino "any way I can", Petrino responded, "Thank you!!! Is the mood to fire me or to keep me???"

Clearly the real tragedy of the 18 months of scandal that have rocked the college football world is finding out how these larger than life men communicate over email and text message. None of us will soon forget the double exclamation points Jim Tressel sprinkled throughout his emails, but Petrino has raised him one.

JALEN ROSE IS ADORABLE WHEN HE POUTS. Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman says she has no plans to rehang the school's scandal-stained 1992 and 93 Final Four banners so Jalen Rose is looking to take his ball and go home.

Yes, Jalen. Please make a bigger ass of yourself by yanking your scholarship, so innocent students can pay for the sins of you and your teammates.

ETC: The OHSAA adds a seventh division for football... Does Auburn have a spice problem? One of Bernie Fine's accusers recants everything, saying it was all a game... Cool O-H-I-O poster in honor of 10,000 submissions... South Park content unavailable messages: Australia, Canada, UK, France and New Zealand... I'm a sucker for historical lulz... Not the best start for a marriage... A massive list of Simpson's film homages... This young man was just reminded that Urban Meyer is the head football coach at Ohio State.

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Denny's picture

The kid's favorite movie? Finding Nemo. [via THE BUBBLES!]

Taquitos.

BrewstersMillions's picture

The shot of TY Williams going up over a corner in the back of the endzone has me like "Whoa" if they can reign that in come September. "Match Up Problem" is a bit of an understatement.

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

Denny's picture

Make it rein, son.

Taquitos.

Maestro's picture

Come on Denny, it's nothin but a "g" thing. wink

Is there a way that the staff can change the spell check symbol to a picture of Denny's teddy bear?

vacuuming sucks

Denny's picture

squiggly orange bears underneath everything all the time and everywhere

Taquitos.

Maestro's picture

trippy dude

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't know about you, but I want T.Y. to reign over cornerbacks.

Denny's picture

He could be king of the Frog Capital of the World.

Taquitos.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Or, he could be a former Montreal Expos star who many believe deserves to be inducted into the H.o.F.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Wow. One letter and a comment kicsk off this many responses. Thanks Jerks! I was going to fix it but you know what? I'm not going to. And I'm taking my ball and going home.

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

Maestro's picture

Wouldn't tease if I didn't know you could take it.

vacuuming sucks

BrewstersMillions's picture

Eye know.

 

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

William's picture

All I can think of at the moment is this.

Maestro's picture

wel played

vacuuming sucks

rkylet83's picture

If TY can become more consistent he is going to cleanup this fall.  He could be the redzone weapon we've been missing for sometime.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

That's what I love about the rain - it's refreshing and clean.

pcon258's picture

i will be doing my best to shake the hangover tomorrow morning and walk the 200 yards to the shoe (I live in morrill). I'm looking forward to it for a number of reasons, but it should be an AWESOME day. 

William's picture

I'm in Morrill too, what floor?

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh memory lane. I haven't seen the on campus housing since I left Morrill after my sophmore year but is it still the best set up on campus? I don't know if they've had to expand the suite size since 2003, but when I was there we only had 8 guys to a suite even though the rooms are set up for 4 guys per.

12th and 13th floor, how I miss you.

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

William's picture

10 per suite now. 1 quad and the other 3 rooms are still at 2 per room. West Campus generally blows with the exception of being close to the Stadium, Schott, RPAC and the Lincoln Tower fields. If you want to get a decent bite to eat, you have to take a little walk, which is nice except for when it's freezing out. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Yeah, once football season ends you really are on an island out there. The walk from Larkin back to the towers always reminded me of Las Vegas in the sense that it looked close. Then you actually made the walk and it never ended. The dining hall in Morrill was ok. I ordered out more times than I cared to remember. Sounds like not much has changed.

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

Muss_15's picture

Pad pizza wasn't bad either...but I enjoyed my view of the field from window during fall, winter and spring. I don't think I could have traded it to be closer to anything else

William's picture

They moved PAD to Lane Avenue.

Muss_15's picture

Well that is really unfortunate for you Morrill Tower people now! 

dubjayfootball90's picture

That gif of the little kid playing with bubbles made my friday.... Well done, Sir

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

FortMeyer's picture

Pantoni tweeted "5 star Friday".  What does it mean??

bassplayer7770's picture

It means he tweets that every Friday.  ;-)

FortMeyer's picture

Oh, thats simple enough. I was looking for some deep hidden meaning, thanks.

bassplayer7770's picture

I believe the first time I saw that tweet was either on LOI signing day or the day of Diggs' announcement.  I read too much into it.  *facepalm*

Buckeyejason's picture

Team looks explosive from the little I've seen in a few practice vids. Doesn't mean much right now though obviously.

BUCKEYES BABY!

FortMeyer's picture

I remember seeing it just could not recall if it meant a big time recruit was being pursued that day. (Since Bosa was near) Easy to read too much into this stuff but it's fun at the same time....I guess.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I despised the Fab Five during their playing days and have no sympathy for their legacy now. That said, I'm not sure I agree with you, Jason, regarding Jalen Rose's response to Mary Sue Coleman.

That's how it's supposed to work, Jason: executives like M.S. Coleman get paid lots of money to make tough decisions, knowing there will be consequences whatever they decide. It's their jobs to make the better decision - maximize the positives, minimize the negatives. Some of the negative "feedback" they get will be irrational, silly, or even petulant (like Jason Rose's response), but it's (mostly) healthy nonetheless.

In the market, negative feedback leads to greater efficiencies, improved products and business models, etc.

In an institutional setting, like UM, negative feedback, even bratty feedback, reminds the leadership that they're not entitled to never-ending alumni donations, private industry contributions, etc. I very much support giving to such institutions, but I'm also not sure that it ultimately helps them or anyone else when we facilitate a culture that says, "it's my civic/alumni duty to give to them no matter how much I disagree with a decision they've made . . ."

RBuck's picture

I thought the NCAA ordered those banners removed as in the case off O'Briens final four team. Would they even be allowed to put them back up without penalty?

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

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good point. In this case, M.S. Coleman might not really have made a decision because her hands might have been tied. Still, in spirit, I was 90-percent willing to make fun of Jalen Rose's petulance, but 10-percent ready to tell M.S. Coleman that money doesn't grow on trees.  

Squirrel Master's picture

Jalen Rose is running amuck! That dude needs someone to sit him down and teach him how to act like an adult. I like to listen to podcasts in the afternoon while I walk the dog. I sometimes listen to "ESPN First Take" and Rose's ridiculous rant at Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless about how commentators are not supposed to name call athletes. I believe athletes are usually the first to call each other names via twitter (i.e. sapp calling out shockey). Get over it!

Now this crap about a banner and threatening to remove your endowment for students! Another example of a player who has money and lords it over everyone! I guess I should give him some credit, at least he kept his money and didn't blow it like many do.

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

RBuck's picture

Thanks for the video. Nice to see the QB's hitting the receivers in stride.

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

Maestro's picture

Chris Carter making a tackle at nosetackle on Brionte Dunn and Michael Thomas making a catch.  Cool to see.

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm definitely rooting for Chris Carter - you know, the underdog angle, and redemption thing, etc. But when Urbz says he made no progress at OL, I'm a bit skeptical.

Coop once said, "if a dog'll bite, he'll bite as a pup." Well, if a dog won't bite as an OG, why would we expect him to bite as a DT? 

Squirrel Master's picture

sometimes players are placed into a position because a coach thinks they belong there, not because the player wants to be there. Perhaps Carter is more motivated at DT than he was at guard. either way he will be coming off the bench but if he shows improvement and can play at a high level at that position, I can imagine Carter and Hankins lining up next to each other during field goals and extra points or on 4th and 1 and they are going for it. That is alot of manmeat. I love the idea of 2 lines this year, speed rushers with Spence, Simon, Nasty Nate and Washington and then a power line of Simon, Hankins, Carter and Nasty Nate.

BTW, Is Nate Williams still recovering? Haven't heard anything about him.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

rdubs's picture

The one nice thing about DT is that half of your job is just to take up space, he is pretty good at that without even coming out of his stance.  Also I think because technique is so different on that side it is probably a bit easier to be productive if he embraces the challenge.  He's a big dude and we haven't had too many great true inside dudes since Ryan Pickett.

Squirrel Master's picture

There hasn't been a beefeater between Pickett and Hankins that I can remember! Heyward and simon are considered DT but they are more power and technique than just big space eaters! I think this is first time in a few years that we will see a couple of really good space eaters and really fast guys on the outside on the same defense! Opposing RB are now faced with either trying to run up the middle against a massive interior line or try to go outside against probably the fastest OLB/DE in the conference! I don't think the safeties will lead the defense in tackles this year because opponents may not get to them before getting taken down!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Squirrel and RDubs: good points, but are you implying/assuming that Carter will be a fixture in the defensive interior?

I did a poor job of making my point: absolutely, some 320+ lb guys are better suited to play DT than OG. Still, you'd expect a true competitor to make progress even if he's playing out of his best "natural" position. Hypothetically, if they moved Hankins to OL (bad idea, of course), he might not be a dominant OG, but he'd get better at it every day.

I do hope you two are right, though - having two dominant space eaters would be awesome. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Well of course we are being hopeful. Who knows if Carter will pan out at all but I like that the coaches are trying to give him opportunities.

I have heard of some players who were best fits for position but never really excelled and then moved to another position and became a much better player. Usually its something like O tackle moved inside to guard because he was not fast enough but skilled enough to be dominant at guard. I can't really think of any that moved to the other side but I am sure there have been cases. Hopefully Carter will be a positive example and find his niche at DT.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Maestro's picture

Nate Williams had microfracture surgery so he is still months away from risking full contact.  Everything I have read (which is very little) says that he is participating in some drills and doing his rehab.  Hopeful that he can be ready in August, but it's pretty unlikely that he will ever be the same.

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Squirrel Master's picture

That would be a shame. If anything, he would make a great mentor to the future nasties coming in this year. If Spence, Pittman and Washington don't already know some moves, he has some that will work real well!

Hopefully he doesn't do anything to hinder his recovery because if he continues to heal, it would be nice to see him get drafted and hopefully get back to his former self in the pros. Wouldn't mind having him as an OLB for my KC Chiefs!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

OSUNeedles's picture

Anybody know if staff/faculty get access to the stadium tour tomorrow? Looking online it looks like faculty, staff, & students get access to practice, but only students get to do the locker room, press box-ish things. Is that correct?

BuckeyeUro's picture

Yes, students only will be allowed on the field and tour the locker rooms and take pictures with the players, despite that and the rainy forecast for tomorrow I will be there with my camera :)

Squirrel Master's picture

I think it would be a good idea, if they are not already thinking about it, creating a post that will be specifically for you guys to add pictures so we can all see.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Jason Priestas's picture

I think it would be a good idea, if they are not already thinking about it, creating a post that will be specifically for you guys to add pictures so we can all see.

Forum, user blog post. There are options.

OSUNeedles's picture

But I wanted to go in the locker room!!! (Falls on floor & kicks feet). Maybe they would take my 2001 BuckID since I still work here... Oh well... I guess I still have my eligibility if I really want to see the locker room. Any need for a 6'3" 182# gangly white guy who runs about a 6 second 40?

Squirrel Master's picture

Quick, sign up for a class!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Thanks guys for video of practice.  I saw the press conference but I love the way they put it all together.  Cool stuff!  Gets me excited to see the Spring Game next Saturday;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

FLBuckeye's picture

Jalen Rose was a thug and still is. I can't believe he's allowed to be on ESPN, his comments and "analyzing" wreak of ignorance. 

M Man's picture

Jalen Rose is many things; "thug" is not one of them.

FWIW, I think that there is very strong support -- both grassroots and institutional -- to keep the old NCAA-Finals banners in storage.  So Jalen is wrong about that, and he's in the decided minority.  And the notion that Jalen would pull a scholarship donation (it isn't a serious notion because it would have some real tax consequences) has been met with general offense on the part of most Michigan alums, etc.

This was yet another in the long and growing line of Dumb Things Published Via Twitter.  It is endemic to every big university athletic department, but I'll just confine myself to Michigan for these purposes... Jalen Rose and Braylon Edwards would do well, to turn their Twitter accounts over to professional PR people.

As to Jalen's "thug" status.  I think he's a good basketball commentator; one of the best.  He is habitually honest and candid about what he's thinking.  I happen to think that Jalen Rose is an exceptionally smart former NBA player.  The fact that he took on Stephen Smith and Skip Bayless ought to make Jalen a hero to millions of American sports fans.  He's done an awful lot, to establish some very serious good-guy cred away from basketball.  Besides major donations to the general academic fund in Ann Arbor, and the establishment of a charitable foundation, Jalen is also the sole benefactor of one of Detroit's better charter school academies, profiled in the Wall Street Journal here.

I like Jalen; and as much as I like Jalen, his Twitter comments were stupid, and have been widely rejected by Michigan fans who remain angry at the situation between Ed Martin (who was as much of a "booster" to Michigan, as Ed Rife was a "booster" to Ohio State) and a handful of Michigan basketball players.

btalbert25's picture

I respect Jalen Rose for calling out Skip Bayless.  The guy is a tool bag and it's been talked about on here many times.  The guy makes up a bunch of BS on the air and in print to generate a reaction.  No one ever calls him out for such behavior though.  I for one, love that Rose called that clown out.  As for Steven A Smith, I didn't see their exchange, but he's clown too.  I give props to anyone who calls either of those D-bags out.

Twitter and social media in general is what it is.  People put status' out there or tweets often after they have an emotional reaction to something.  Lord knows I've put my share of things out on FB or Twitter that I later took down.  Difference is, I have about 15 Twitter followers so no one cares when I vent online. 

I can understand the frustration from his point of view though.  They continue to take his money but want to make sure that period of Michigan Basketball is removed from their history.  Granted that team brought a black eye to the school, but I don't know, they are still talking about the team today and how it revolutionized college basketball.  That team while dirty as all get out, also set the trends we've seen in college basketball for the last 20 years.  They may have cost the school, but no doubt they were a very significant team in college basketball history, and not just because of violations.

Squirrel Master's picture

I too think Skip and Stephen A are D-bags but Jalen didn't call them out. He TRIED  to call out all journalists by attacking them. What he fails to understand is that all that name calling crap starts with the athletes themselves. I am not saying journalists are not without fault for trying to sensationalize their work, but you can't point the finger at someone when you are culpable as well. I wrote First Take myself and pointed out that it was Warren Sapp that pointed at Jeremy Shockey and said "snitch". It is Charles Barkley who constantly calls NBA players names and scrubs and that they are "turrible".

I am certain, I don't have any examples, that Jalen himself has called fellow players names in the media when he was playing. He was a very angry player and wore his emotions on his sleeve alot. If Jalen or any athlete has a problem with name calling and equating it to bullying, then they need not look any further than themselves. Once athletes stop it, then the journalists will follow.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

Off topic but since you mentioned Warren Sapp, did you hear about that fool?  He filed for Bankrupcy the other day.  Owes 7 million to creditors, 1 million to the IRS, and several hundred thousand to 4 different baby mamas.  What an idiot.  It said he does have some assests namely a lion skin rug and 240 pairs of Air Jordans.   My God, you would have to work hard to spend the kind of money he has, and is still making by the way, he gets about 1/2 million a year working for the NFL Network. 

Cowherd was talking about it.  He's like how do you spend that much money, order a pizza and tell them you want it to have gold crust?

Squirrel Master's picture

That right there is where I do give Jalen some credit. The guy saved his money and he does not struggle. He can provide schollies to kids. Jalen is a good guy, he just needs to chill on the aggressive comments he makes.

I think Sapp might not be making that money for the NFL network much longer. His contract ends in August and I am not sure he will get it renewed. After his battle with Shockey, they might distance themselves from him. Sad because Sapp calls out everyone he can and then does this. He made at least 80-90 mill in the NFL. How the hell you go broke!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Denny's picture

Also: "Thug" is rarely an appropriate label for an athlete.

Taquitos.

btalbert25's picture

Mostly they have to play for John Cheney.

nickma71's picture

There was a t-shirt some 20 years ago. On the front it said

Zero Big Ten Titles

Zero NCAA Titles

And on the back it said

Get a TO BABY!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Off topic: My friend who is a Notre Dame fan said Aaaron Lynch is gone?  any word?

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.