Thursday Skull Session

By Chris Lauderback on April 12, 2012 at 6:00a
49 Comments

Good morning and welcome to your first OMG The Offense Did Something skull session. 

On the ninth of 15 planned spring practices, the Buckeyes looked sharp enough today for Coach Meyer to gush:

That was AIA. That's our best practice of the spring, one of the best practices I've seen. The intensity level was an A. Competitiveness was an A. Coaching was an A by our assistant coaches...If you want to see a ball practice, that was a ball practice.

Doug Lesmerises has your comprehensive recap of the day with the key takeaways being:

  • The offense reportedly converted 70-80% of continuous 3rd and 5 simulations, finally showing a consistent ability to beat the Bullets before the D finally stiffened. 
  • Braxton hit Hyde for a 75 yard TD strike after scrambling to find space and Meyer gave both love when summarizing the day. 
  • Johnny Simon continues to dominate the line of scrimmage though Doug notes he was also dropping into coverage at times but such a move only weakens the defense. 
  • Hall and Stoneburner continue to get props in the playmaker department and T.Y. Williams continued a resurgent spring hauling in a fade for a TD. With his length, Buckeye fans should pray to the god of lanky dudes that Williams can transfer his spring success to the fall after channeling his inner Taurian Dropington a season ago. 

SAY IT AIN'T I-SO. Don't think I'm any different than you in that I can't wait to see an evolved Ohio State offense under the direction of the progressive minded Urban Meyer but I also have to admit that while it's most likely due to my middle-age, I'm going to miss the days of having a legit feature back and punching teams in the mouth, if that is truly a thing of the past in Columbus. 

The venerable Rob Oller opines that the with the NFL evolving in a passing league in part because bigger and stronger defenders have hampered the effectiveness and staying power of running backs and high schools employing more spread to exploit basic talent mismatches in space, colleges have less feature backs to choose from during the recruiting process. 

The result is the transformation of a position from that of a predominantly rushing focused player to that of a multi-dimensional athlete that keeps the defense increasingly honest. 

I won't argue the logic though some anomalies still exist but I also wouldn't rue the day Ohio State picked up fleet bulldozer in the mold of an Eddie or Beanie (minus all the nicks) and methodically broke the spirit of opposing defenses. 

 

A NEVER ENDING THIRST FOR POWER. It pains me to link to a man I saw proudly sporting a Tommy Bahama shirt with extensive palm tree embroidery last summer at the B1G media days but Dennis Dodd has a nice summary of how the NCAA could be on the cusp of seizing absolute power in approving sponsorship partners for all bowls. 

Currently, a bowl subcommittee comprised various members representing the 11 FBS conferences deals with such decisions with thoughts from the NCAA but if a task force recommendation comes to fruition, the subcommittee would be dissolved. 

I guess it only makes sense that while the NCAA is busy exploiting amateur athletes it should be highly protective of who the bowls attach themselves to for the sake of maximizing profits generated by the players. I mean, what upstanding group would want to jeopardize the brand by having a Marlboro, Bud Light or Cialis logo anywhere near those innocent kids?

All we do is win, win, win

CHAMPION. LEGEND. CHAIR TOSSING CRAZY PERSON. AUTHOR. During a recent interview with the South Bend Tribune, everyone's favorite grumpy grandpa, the legendary Bobby Knight, disclosed that he's writing a book called The Power of Negative Thinking. 

Clearly an expert on the topic, Knight explains where he's coming from:

I've always thought the things that we look upon negatively are extremely important. Like the word 'no.' I think the word 'no' is the most important word in the English language. I think people learning to say no keep themselves out of a lot more trouble than those that don't.

I buy that logic. But then he lost me a little when slamming "worn-out positive clichés people use instead of working out something":

'Well, we'll be a lot fresher after a night's sleep.' Well, you might be dumber after a night's sleep too. And then there's, 'Susie, come here and let Mommy kiss that scratch.' Well, she better have iodine on her tongue if it's going to do any good. So we try to take things like that and show so many times we put our faith in some cliché that has nothing to do with our discovering the origin of the problem or what's necessary to overcome the problem or correct the problem.

How do you not love that crazed bundle of philosophical awesomeness? Long live the General. 

BATTLE OF THE TEXT-ES. What a day for the text message. First, Baylor was placed on three years probation for various violations within their mens and womens basketball teams including 738 impermissible texts to recruits. 

The NCAA decided mens coach Scott Drew failed to monitor the Bears program, earning him a two conference game suspension in addition to recruiting restrictions while Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey faces her own recruiting restrictions as punishment for impermissible contact with Britney Griner in advance of her arrival in Waco. 

Later in the evening, Bobby Petrino's cell phone records were released showing more than 4,300 texts and 300 phone calls over a seven month span to his biker babe and staffer, 25 year old mistress Jessica Dorrell. Somewhere, Kelvin Sampson is impressed. 

The records also indicate the two exchanged video files. This is the point where you pause and pray any released video is something received by Petrino as opposed to sent. None of us need to see Petrino follow in the footstep of Leg Oden, Sean Salibury, Brett Favre et al. 

KIBBLES AND BITS. Twelve CFB games to avoid this fall... The real Ohio is selling their Sweet 16 chairs... 2012 Spring Football Game TV & Online Schedule... Baseball Bucks beat OU in first meeting in 18 years... Man, "CHiPs" was my show back in the day... Falcons to honor gravel that shredded Petrino's face.  

 

49 Comments

Comments

Baroclinicity's picture

What I still want to know is what was Jessica Dorrell thinking?  In the end, with getting the job and the money... it's glorified prostitution.

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

Ethos's picture

Well, I would say she was thinking "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!" or do you mean before the motorcyle crash?

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

BED's picture

+1000000000

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

btalbert25's picture

There's nothing glorified about it, she's a prostitute. One of the sports radio shows were trying to come up with clever hashtags for the topic on Twitter last night.  I came up with some doosies as I was driving in the car.  He's going to be getting beat up for being a scumbag but what about her?  She was engaged to some other dude and banging old balls at the same time while taking 20K and a new job.

BucksfanXC's picture

Nobody ever said there was banging involved. Here's a hypothetical: Petrino is a vouyer and just likes to watch. So the blonde strips for the dude occasionally, he pays her $20k and gets her a job, which is cheaper than what he'd spend at a decent strip club in a week. Her and the fiance get a nice down payment for the wedding and their house to start their dream life. Petrino, still is a perv, but Dorrell isn't a hooker, just a stripper.

“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

Ha.  You should write for Penthouse Forum or something XC.  I am going with, he porked her Russ.

vacuuming sucks

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

You say that like it is a bad thing. Another way of looking at it is that she simply leveraged possibly her only asset into a major profit given that her window of opportunity was both narrow and unlikely to re-occur.  It only remains to be seen how big a profit she is able to swing when she sells her story rights to some screenwriter.

Or as my grandpa used to say, "If was born a girl, there'd be a whore in our family."

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

FortMeyer's picture

^^^^^^^^^^^^HaHaHaHa^^^^^^^^^^^

 

Squirrel Master's picture

Still think she was way too hot to go there. Its not like she was desperate. She was engaged, she must have had some business skill or the AD would have figured this out way before this happened when she applied. Not like she could apply for the job with a GED and no experience. So outside of pure whorish behavior and greed, what did she really gain from this? The book rights might sell a couple hundred grand worth. I wouldn't buy it!

Chapter 1. I slept with Bobby Petrino and he paid me money!

Chapter 2. He gave me a job and then we got in a motorcycle accident

Chapter 3. I'm a whore and he got fired!

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

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

 This is the second football coach in 5 years that got into trouble by having a relationship with a younger woman.  To date, neither relationship has been confirmed to be of a sexual nature.

FWIW, you have no idea how dull Fayetteville, Arkansas is.  We have lakes, rivers, mountains, woods, and all manner of outdoor leisure activities.  But if that's not your thing, and you are away from home 18 hours a day, the boredom can be smothering. The entertainment highlight of this weekend is "An Evening with Cake" at the Arkansas Music Pavilion (tent).  Not an excuse , but maybe an explanation.  

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Squirrel Master's picture

You must be talking from her point of view. I guess screwing the head football coach of the local university is quite the thrill there. Since Clinton is no longer available, Petrino would probably be the next best thing!

Petrino did a dumb thing in hiring her! I don't fault him for hooking up with her, she is hot! For her part though, she probably could have done alot better. She is attractive enough I am sure she could have hooked a much wealthier guy who might have looked better. Although I do question her morals because she is engaged as well.

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

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

"Screwing " still hasn't been confirmed but as a betting man, I'd agree.  There are still many more layers of this story to be revealed, and yeah, I would love to hear the fiance's story. I undertand he has already resigned, left town and has another job. Maybe its the college football version of "Indecent Proposal". 

 

She can get more than A couple hundred thousand $? I know of three LSU alums who are prepared to chip in.  I imagine all she will have to do is show up in Baton Rouge next fall.

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Squirrel Master's picture

It may not have been confirmed but as a guy, If I am giving a hot 25 year old $20,000, there better be some sex involved or a dear relative that will pay it back! lol

True. This could end up being very lucrative for her. That is the ultimate rub, would you be willing to accept your personal life to be scrutinized like this for money. Most would probably say yes.

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

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

I'd kind of be embarrassed if I gave a non-relative woman $20,000 and there WASN'T sex involved.  But then I'd rather be seen a randy old coot than a chump.

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

btalbert25's picture

If you can live with yourself being immoral who cares what the hell the rest of the world thinks. She's already traded morals for money and a job.  Why wouldn't she really cash in on it now?

Squirrel Master's picture

true. I was actually referring to would anyone do any of this. Now what happened is done, might as well make some money.

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

Run_Fido_Run's picture

You might be under-selling the commercial appeal of such a product. These days, readers have very short attention spans. So, a three chapter "book" with a couple hundred one- and two-syllable words and then about 175 action photos might be a big seller.

Consider, for example, ESPN The Magazine, which is basically a sports periodical in the form of a children's comic book, which they sell to teenagers, twentysomethings, and other people who learned to read by playing video games.

Squirrel Master's picture

If Madonna could do it, why not anyone else!

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

Catch 5's picture

I read the Oller article yesterday, and while he makes some good points, I think the feature running back is not quite dead yet.  I think as college football re-focuses its efforts on better defenses (as OSU is currently doing) the spread will begin to fade - as you say, the purpose of the spread is to expose talent mis-matches.  As Alabama and LSU showed last year, the game can still be controlled with a strong running game.  The NFL is a different story.  I agree with the article in that as the NFL continues to hinder defenses, the elite talent of that league will push them more and more to the pass and away from every-down backs like Peterson and Foster. 

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Kurt's picture

Maybe it's really just a semantic issue.  How do you define, for example, LaMichael James at Oregon?  Would he not be labeled as a 'feature back?'

Also I disagree with you about the spread fading as defenses adjust and the offenses will need to go back to power ground game.  Urban's spread at Florida (as is Oregon's) was centered on a power ground game.  Alabama and LSU just do it in a more traditional manner. 

Catch 5's picture

I guess you could say that Florida's offense was centered on power running, as long as he had Tebow.  As effective as Harvin was, he wasn't a power guy.  Once he lost Tebow (and Harvin), his running game went nowhere.  I'm interested in how OSU does under his system.  What I mean is that I think defenses are going to see an increase in talent being brought in to counter the spread.  You already see it at Alabama, with Nick Saban using some of his better talent at cornerback - a position that used to be where you stuck receivers who couldn't catch, now has become somewhat of a featured position at Bama.  I think that will be the key to defeating the spread in the long run - and when that happens the door will be opened for a different style of offense - not necessarily power running, but something we may not be expecting.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Kurt's picture

Interesting points.  But still, what defines a 'feature back?'  I would imagine it's the guy that has the most carries at the end of the game/season.  I feel Oller is trying to say a feature back is a certain style player within a certain type of offense.  To me that seems off the mark.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I kinda agree, except Bama and LSU are exceptional examples: when Ross here at 11W does his excellent Xs and Os breakdowns, explaining - for example - that the goal of a well-executed "constraint" play is to force the defense to play "more honestly," in which case the base offense figures to have numerical advantages in space, or at the point of attack, all that goes out the window when we're talking about supremely talented defenses like 2011 Bama and 2011 LSU. Such NFL-loaded defenses often can be in the wrong alignment against a particular play and still blow it up.

Conversely, how many times these days do we see a Trent Richardson-caliber RB running behind a top-5 in the nation OL (both of whom benefited from talented receivers, an efficient passing QB, and consistently good field position)?

Maybe a better indicator is to look at how non-elite programs are able to succeed of late - Baylor, TCU, WVU, Houston, S. Miss, Clemson, Cincy, Mizz. In such cases, the "feature back is dead in the era of spread offense" narrative does reflect actual trends.

That said, I do agree that this theme is overblown/oversimplified. As Ross has suggested, the spread variations were designed to beat 4-3 defenses, and then later updated in response to defensive adjustments (hybrid 4-3/3-4). Most of the defensive adjustments have led to slightly smaller, quicker defensive front 7s, though, not bigger front 7s. And Wisky 2010 and Bama 2011 proved that, if you can find one of the few marque power RBs in this era of spread-oriented H.S. football programs, power football is actually more effective now than it was five years ago - it's just difficult to find elite personnel well-suited to that approach.

Moreover, I wonder if systems guys like Art Briles, Larry Fedora, Chad Morris, Gus Malzahn, R Rod, et al are approaching - I don't know - 85 percent of what their ideas can achieve within their systems, whereas defensive schemes designed to stop updated spread variations are only 60 or 65 percent developed at this point.

In the long run, flexible offensive minds, utilizing elite talent - like on the staffs at Bama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, etc. - will rise to the top consistently over time, running whatever balance between power/spread it takes to attack elite defenses.                  

LadyBuck's picture

Are the Falcons serious? I'm not sure if that's sarcasm or real anomosity. If it's the latter, I'm more than a bit worried for their pschyological health. Hating the guy is one thing, but going that far is a bit too much for me.

I have to say, I'm absolutely pumped for the practice on Saturday. I can't wait to see our offense actually doing something for a change. I mean, completing a forward pass will be amazing after last season. Cannot wait. :)

blazers34's picture

lol, cmon, its the sports pickle

LadyBuck's picture

Yeah, well, all-nighters do that to you. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I think Blank is going a bit overboard but when I read it sold tickets, why not! I think reveling in the pain of the man that jilted you is below the belt and petty but the guy is a jackass and kind of deserves it! You should hear how happy Louisville fans are about this whole thing, the way he treated them. Now they have not gone that far.

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

JakeBuckeye's picture

@Squirrel LOL, dude, I can't tell if you're being sarcastic.

The article is satire.

M Man's picture

All I want, is the unedited audio-book version of whatever Coach Knight publishes.

Ethos's picture

AND only if Knight is the one doing the audio

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

That's called reverse engineering. To "write" the book in the first place, they probably just equipped Knight with recording device on his lapel, and told him to simply walk around and go on profanity-laced rants on sports, mommas boys, and the true meaning of life. Then, they had a team of writers and editors convert those 233 hours of pure rage into a family-friendly coffee table book. 

Rather than having Knight narate the book - which would probably really piss him off - we could just steal the "basment tapes" they used to write the book.  

Bucksfan's picture

We'll have to see if Meyer completely abandons the Beanie Wells-type rusher.  Urban himself said his style of football is simply a modified power running game.  A rusher like Beanie, who doesn't go down, who has the moves and the stiff-arm to get 3-4 extra yards, plus the ability to take it to the house on any play...Urban wouldn't turn his nose down at such a world class talent because he's not 5'9 195 pounds.

Bucksfan's picture

Also, it's fun to hear the coach excited!

Tressel: "Yeah, the guys did some things.  Some of it was good.  Some of it was very good, and so forth.  I think we're progressing.  Are we where we want to be?  I don't know."

Urban: "OMG, that was the best practice EVER!  AIA, RAWRRRRRR POINTS!!!!!"

BED's picture

Am I the only one who doesn't know what AIA means?

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

hodge's picture

I know it's a particularly pretty oceanside highway in Florida...

Maybe by A1A he meant the practice was beautiful?

In other words, I'm just as clueless as you are.

FortMeyer's picture

Think he meant the I to be a 1 as in A1A. Meaning top shelf, best of the best of the best.

Maestro's picture

A1A Beachfront Avenue

vacuuming sucks

Nappy's picture

I was waiting for someone to say this.  Thanks for not letting me down, Maestro.

Fan of bacon since 1981

BED's picture

Can always count on Maestro and Flip for a good lol.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Maestro's picture

If I get one chuckle for the day than the day has not been wasted.

vacuuming sucks

DefendOhio's picture

She isn't even that hot for Arkansas standards.

dmurder's picture

In the great words of Ron White "“If you only f*** your wife, you cant get caught.” ...
 

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Maestro's picture

Very excited to hear that the offense was impressive yesterday.  Build, build, build fellas.

vacuuming sucks

Maestro's picture

Now news of Petrino texting "Miss Motorcycle Mania" over 200 times in 2 months.  Including 7 picture messages from her to Petrino.

vacuuming sucks

Squirrel Master's picture

Yuck, sexting pictures from Petrino would not be a good thing! That is the opposite of what is good!

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

DarthSweaterVest's picture

What is the over/under on how long before Petrino's "lady" is either in some skin mag, on a reality show, or doing porn?

Denny's picture

A lifetime.

Taquitos.

Maestro's picture

How about she challenges "Miss Motorcycle Mania" to a bikini showdown.

vacuuming sucks