Monday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on April 15, 2012 at 1:13a
54 Comments

As far as public relations go, Urban Meyer's psychology degree is paying off.

More than 3,000 Ohio State students, faculty and staff turned out to watch practice for Meyer's inaugural Saturday at the Shoe event over the weekend (student reports one and two). The rain may have forced things inside to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, but the consolation was entry into one of the holiest of Buckeye sites, a place that only a chosen few ever get to enter.

The masses were treated to a scrimmage that featured the blossoming connection that is Braxton Miller to Devin Smith -- the two combined for a 45-yard touchdown strike and several other completions that moved the chains -- and some nice running out of Bri'onte Dunn, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde.

Defensively, it was more of the same from the front seven with John Simon destroying the offensive line to the point where the staff had to sideline him for a few plays to allow the offense to get on track.

Delivering on his promise to give the students ownership and access, Meyer and his staff invited fans to get loud, and then move in and encircle kicker Drew Basil. Reminiscent of the time Meyer challenged walk-on Florida kicker Joey Ijjas with a 52-yarder in practice to earn a scholarship, he was ratcheting up the pressure on Basil.

Though Basil's payoff didn't match Ijjas', he was good on four of six kicks (with one Hankins block) and Ohio State's athletic department came away with spring football's best photo.

Swag, Meyer has it.Photo via Ohio State

How's that for ownership and access?

LULZ YOUR SPRING GAME IS THE SUXORZ. While the Buckeyes were practicing in front of 3,000 students, faculty and staff, the Pitt Panthers were kicking off their spring game in front of a crowd that was only slightly larger at 4,607. The university was worried that North Hills High School's Martorelli Stadium wouldn't be large enough, but you tell me.

Buckman was nice enough to compile an attendance list for Saturday's spring games and the good news is that Alabama, always a threat to top Ohio State's national record of 95,722 in attendance for a single spring game, had just 78,526 show up to whatever they call the event in which Nick Saban first begins to think about who will get hurt that season. Other numbers:

LSU - 33,000
Clemson - 28,000
UNC - 17,000
Boise St - 17,123
Missouri - 18,614
Michigan - 25,000
South Carolina - 34,513
Auburn - 43,000
Georgia - 44,000
Texas - 46,000
Oklahoma - 20,000
Florida State - 40,631
USC - 15,515
Stanford - 5,000
Louisville - 15,000

Adorable. Every last one of you.

ETC: Surprise, Bobby Petrino broke protocol when hiring Jessica Dorrell... R.I.P. Dwayne Schintzius... The first billion dollar app... Anyone else surprised to find out that eight states allow you to drink as a passenger in a moving vehicle (or that some Mississippi counties allow you to drive with an open container if < .08... Xzibit approves... Meanwhile in Japan... This cat will be helping OSU DBs with their footwork.

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Denny's picture

There are cities in TN that ban open containers in moving vehicles, and the police in said cities do all they can do pull everyone over. This, according to a co-worker of mine.

Taquitos.

RecruitBuck's picture

Hard to believe Bri'onte's 70 yard run wasn't included with the Miller to Smith stat.

Baroclinicity's picture

I was in graduate school at Texas Tech when the rule changed there about drinking in cars (late 90s).  It's just as well... a drive from Lubbock to San Antonio became about twice as long when there were 4 people needing to pee every 25 minutes.

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

RBuck's picture

I was visiting a friend in Texas in the '80's. On our way to a golf course one morning he pulled into a drive-thru and I thought he was going to order coffee. Nope...2 Bloody Marys for the road. Unfriggin believable.

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

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

^thats awesome

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

Ethos's picture

stop bragging RBuck :(

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

ArTbkward's picture

You can still go through a drive-thru in Louisiana and get a daiquiri.

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

Ethos's picture

Wow, Now Arkansas is not only going to get into NCAA touble, they are going to get sued big.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

pcon258's picture

ugh, this weekend cannot come soon enough

M Man's picture

Wow that is a great still and some very cool video.  Did Meyer ever do anything like that at Florida?

Kudos to your football program on some very innovative fan involvement and marketing!

DMcDougal24's picture

Always classy M Man. That video was awesome. Very nice job by the Buckeyes' suits on improvising and finding unique ways to welcome fan involvement. I'm wondering what they would have done had the practice been outdoors.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, M Man is classy. Also, I think you (and others) are on to something: the need to improv in this case, move the practice indoors, was perhaps a fortunate accident. Many great traditions probably originated partly as a result of design, partly as a result of accident. Not sure that the Buckeye staff could have planned an event that was as a cool as the imrov version.   

Colin's picture

I agree, if we were in the Shoe I don't think we would have been able to do anything that personal. But I don't know if they would be able to replicate this in the future...it was hard enough to see with just 3000 people there, more people will just make it more cramped and I'm sure a lot more people will want to go after seeing what they missed the first time.

Squirrel Master's picture

I think it should become a weekly tradition for field goal practice! Basil and future kickers should get some pressurized practice so they are more prepared for gametime situations.

Sounds like Basil wasn't fazed much even with so many eyes watching him so close.

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

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Love that soon to be iconic photo. It looks like the red sea is being parted, and Moses is there in the white windbreaker...........

M Man's picture

It is an iconic photo; all the more so when you examine it closely.  First, there is the angle of the photograph.  It is taken by somebody high up in one of the towers used to video practices.  Hard to say if the picture we see is video-capture, or if it is a still digital photograph.  I lean towards the latter; but somebody will know.

There is the image and placement of Meyer, standing out in white, back to the camera so that he appears as just a figure, and not so much a face.  And the crowd surrounding in scarlet and gray.  Fans and players are together; how many sports photos of any kind ever have the athletes and fans so thorooughly mixed?  Action photos, that is, not celebration photos.

There is the action; the photo catches Basil at the exact moment of truth for a kicker, fully leaning into the kick at an angle that doesn't look possible without the pure dynamism of action.  And the edge player on defense (who IS that edge-rusher?  Shazier?  Corey Brown?) in full lean to get a block.

This is great photography, on a historic scale.  I don't think it is saying too much that it will become part of Ohio State football history.  The WHAC is a great facility; is there any single photo that defines it anywhere near to what this photo does?  Is this moment, and this image, the functional equivalent of Jim Tressel's basketball-game appearance in 2001?

 

Jdadams01's picture

It's Shazier. Defense is in white jerseys and that's the white number 10. But love the break down M Man, spot on.

M Man's picture

Or is it Doran Grant #12?

BucksfanXC's picture

Shazier is the guy standing in the crowd in the lower corner. So it must be Grant

“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

M Man's picture

That's right.  And Corey Brown is lower-left in the front row.  On a larger-screen view of the picture, the player in question is #12.

Aren't there going to be about 1000 fans, all looking for themselves in the photo?  A helluva Buckeye souvenir, if you're in it.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

ah, but WHICH corey brown? (i have lulz)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

buckz4evr's picture

oops!  double post

buckz4evr's picture

  M Man, you make some great observations.  Are you sure you do not want to come over to the "Dark Side"  I would love to have you as a OSU fan.  Maybe we should have Meyer have a long talk with you and poosibly flip you!   

M Man's picture

Brady Hoke said that you guys can have me, no problem, as long as nobody talks to Dymonte.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't know. As loyal as you are to Michigan's HC's, Hoke might need you after DRob graduates.

Ethos's picture

no deal!

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Squirrel Master's picture

Sure, and you will probably end up being a spy and what did we do, let you guys keep a talented player! HA

Not going to happen. It's on like Donkey Kong!

Actually it is good to get some insight from a blue blood. Just be careful or we may have to cut chu men!

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

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Beautifully stated M Man. So as I mentioned about the red (scarlet) sea being parted in the picture, if Tress was "the Senator", than maybe Meyer is Moses leading his people to the promised land.....

Powers's picture

There is no player im more excited to see play this year than John Simon....kid is going to be an animal all year

Squirrel Master's picture

I am calling it here, this Saturday could possibly break the attendance record! I am so stoked that I am going. Does anyone have any idea how early should be there to get a decent seat? I am traveling from Louisville and it should take 4.5-5 hours (give or take my 2 nephews desire to stop and pee. May have to bust out the beer bottle bathroom on them).

Never been for the spring game!

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

hodge's picture

Game starts at 1:30 (lacrosse vs. Air Force at 11), so I'd try getting in by noon.  If you want the choicest of seats, try getting in by 10:30.  Can't imagine a lot of people will turn up for the lacrosse game.

Colin's picture

If you are hoping to take a little tour first and/or get good seats my suggestion is to get there before or near the start of the lacrosse game which takes place before the Spring Game (not sure of that exact time yet).

They are forecasting less than perfect weather so my optimism for breaking the attendance record is falling.

Also note: my definition of "good seats" may be of higher standards than others, so time could be adjusted for that.

Squirrel Master's picture

Well that is why I made sure to say decent because I know coming in from out of town I may not get down near eye level.

No tour necessary, been there before. Just not sure about this general admission crap. Much rather have assigned seating but for $7 I would like to get as close as possible. Too bad I am an old man (30's) or I would come up the night before and camp out in my car or something. The ol back ain't what it used to be.

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

Jason Priestas's picture

Apologies for the world's shortest Skull Session. My home internet went out halfway through it and it's still not up.

/goes to work for internet

Squirrel Master's picture

Hey, you could have posted just that picture and it would have stirred enough convo with us!

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

RedStorm45's picture

I wasn't going to say anything, but after the jump I scrolled back up thinking I missed something haha.  No big deal, plenty to talk about with the spring game coming up this weekend.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, Alex had to bail me out and publish it after removing all of my notes from the end of it. The Spielman book and Terron Sanders Buckshots were supposed to be in this Skully.

Squirrel Master's picture

Much props for Trent Richardson taking that girl to her prom. I may not be a fan of Bama, mostly due to Snakben, but that is very cool!

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

Ethos's picture

where is that article?

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Squirrel Master's picture

just saw it on CNN and thought it was a nice story since there was a short Skully today.

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

tennbuckeye19's picture

Agreed. That was a classy move on T-Rich's part. Now for Browns fans, hopefully we will see him soon enough drafted 4th overall.

Squirrel Master's picture

I think that would be an excellent pick for Cleveland. Tannehill would be a horrible pick. If you think about it, Trich at #4, Weeden/Cousins for the 2nd first round pick and then a very decent top end WR early in the second (I have heard Reuben Randle alot). That would be a nice haul for the Browns IMO.

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

Baroclinicity's picture

Goldhammer on WKNR was all about Tannehill at #4.  Wish he would just go back to Denver.

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

chitown buckeye's picture

I love this new "tradition" of allowing the students to visit and watch a practice! I am so jealous they didnt have this when I was a student! (98-02) I saw two coaching staffs at that time and this seems like such a simple idea that will gain huge momentum with every year. The guys above are right in saying they wont be able to replicate what took place in the Woody again due to more people showing up next year. This truley was a once in a lifetime experiance! Jealous! I hope all our current students of elevenwarriors take advantage of this as much as they can because it is something special.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Maestro's picture

"We feel the flexibility is needed".  Classic line from Jeff Long's request to have Jessica Dorrell interviewed at Arkansas.

vacuuming sucks

Mr. Slick's picture

On actually hiring her...

 

Despite being the only candidate with no experience in football, Dorrell's "interview feedback" notes identify her as having "the most overall experience of building relationships that the football program is looking for."

 

I see what you're saying there, Petrino.
 

Ethos's picture

haha oh man.  That is so wrong.

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Buckman's picture

Uh Oh! I got myself a shoutout.  I'm moving up in the world.  Made my day :)

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

TatumRuled's picture

I never consider this side of the whole Dorrell fiasco until I read this:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/04/16/harder.editorial/index.html?sct=cf_t11_a2

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

chitown buckeye's picture

Very interesting article. Thanks for the share. These types of situations paint a black eye on both the man invoved and the women.

"I'm having a heart attack!"

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Yes, Virginia may be one of those states, but you will get arrested if there is an open bottle within your reach.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

LadyBuck's picture

I think my favorite part was the "adorable, ever last one of you." If we have good weather, I can concievably see us out doing our previous record. 

The field goal kicking was an awesome moment. I think I found myself. 

Edit: did anyone catch that it's shaped like a football?

buckeyedude's picture

SEC fans claim that "college football down South is like a religion."

Really?

What does that make it in Ohio?

 

 

LadyBuck's picture

A cult, obviously.