Tuesday Skull Session

By Danny on April 17, 2012 at 6:00a

Good morning Buckeye faithful and welcome to your Tuesday Skull Session.

Spring time is in full effect, and with that comes the annual spring game which always creeps up out of nowhere. One second the Buckeyes are in the heart of basketball season, and in the blink of an eye football is back.

Seeing Urban Meyer running the show as well as how much all the young talent from last season has developed will get everyone back into football spirit months before the games mean something.

The spring game certainly has some great headlines leading up to it and I expect to see a great showing from fans to kick off the Urban Meyer era.

While the spring game is what's on everyone's mind, I would like to take a second to say congratulations to Samantha Prahalis who was drafted sixth overall in the WNBA draft yesterday.

Prahalis will be joining WNBA legend Diana Taurasi with the Phoenix Mercury for her first WNBA season. It's always great to see great Ohio State talent get their shot at the next level, and while I'm still not a fan of the WNBA singular team names (e.g. The Storm, Lynx, Shock, Liberty, Mercury), I only wish Prahalis the best of luck in the next phase of her career with the Mercury.

AGENT SMITH. Last year was a disappointing season for Ohio State wide receivers. Devin Smith and Corey Brown lead the team with 14 receptions each, while tight end Jake Stoneburner also pulled in 14 catches. Joe Bauserman's anti-spiral throws and Braxton Miller's inexperience certainly didn't help, but Smith isn't thinking about last season because he has his focus set on a breakout 2012-2013 campaign.

CantonRep.com's Todd Porter writes that Smith is setting a goal this year to haul in 60 receptions. Porter writes that Meyer sees a lot of potential in the former Massilon product as he begins implementing his new offensive scheme for the Buckeyes. While Meyer certainly sees potential in Smith, he's also not afraid to point out his faults.

“With him being an ex-receivers coach, he’s tougher on us,” Smith said. “He wants us to be good. Receivers are a big part of this offense. He’s pushing us to be the best.”

I fully believe that Smith will be a much better receiver in this offense. As Porter points out, Smith even played in the spread offense at Massilon and was known for using his speed as his go to weapon on the field.

But even if Smith is improved, more experienced, and in an offense which suits him, it's going to come down to how improved Braxton Miller's accuracy and decision-making skills are in Meyers' first year on OSU's sidelines. However, in Smith's opinion, he believes big things are on the horizon.

“I just want to turn on the jets and go,” Smith said. “I think we’re going to put up a lot of points. His (Meyer’s) goal is to score 100 points in a game. We want to blow teams out.”

WEATHERSPOON JOINS SIBERT. Jordan Sibert turned some heads not long ago by announcing he would not be returning for his junior season, electing to attend Dayton for his final two years of school.

Yesterday, J.D. Weatherspoon joined Sibert, deciding it was in his best interest to transfer elsewhere. Weatherspoon has not announced where he intends to transfer but has started looking.

The seldom used walk-on forward played two seasons at Ohio State on team that went deep into the NCAA tournament in both of his years here. Weatherspoon hasn't announced why he wanted to leave, but the lack of playing time he's received at OSU is something that can't be overlooked.

Wherever he ends up, the team will be getting a decently sized shooting guard with a nice shooting touch. It's disappointing losing Weatherspoon because you get the impression that maybe he could've found a role and contributed at some point. Knowing Thad Matta's creativity, he'll find someone worthy to fill that spot.

The Buckeyes' men's basketball roster currently sits at 10 players now with only one recruit committed so far.

Will catches like this be on repeat for Smith next season?

ROONEY RETIRES. When you think of great coaches at The Ohio State University, you may have overlooked the name Tom Rooney.

Rooney, Ohio State's rugby coach, has spent 20 years on the sidelines as head coach and officially called it a coaching career yesterday.

Rooney originally started out at Ohio as a wrestler but picked up the sport in 1978 and was an incredibly talented player until his career was sidelined by injuries. He soon started coaching and helped educate 21 rugby All Americans and guided the Buckeyes to six trips to the national round of 16.

Ron Bower, a former rugby All American for Ohio State, will take over the program. While he may not be Woody Hayes, Rooney certainly did a lot of good for Ohio State rugby and he will be missed.

SPRING GAME HYPE. According to Ohiostatebuckeyes.com, more than 40,000 tickets have been sold thus far for Ohio State's spring game which will take place this Saturday.

It should be one of the better spring games seen in some time, as there are many headlines already heading into the game. So if you're going to the game, you just like to party, or both, make sure to look into 11W's Spring Banger. It'll be a great time and benefits go towards The Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Drinking? Philanthropy? Everyone wins.

LOS LINKS. Pulitzer prize for Penn State scandal article... Two Western Kentucky players shot... Buckeye baseball, anyone?... Mbakwe to return to Minnesota next year... Perspective on OSU's wide receivers.



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Northbrook's picture

I'd like for anybody who wants to criticize Bauserman to remember he would have benefited greatly from some decent coaching.

SPreston2001's picture

Bauserman couldve had Tom Brady coaching him and he STILL would have been a BUM! Lets face it the dude just didnt have it! Great guy, but terrible QB.....

gobucks1226's picture

What? Braxton was coached by the same staff and was a much better player after he finally got some games under his belt. The coaching staff was more than willing to give Bauserman a shot, but his he was simply not skilled enough.

FLBuckeye's picture

^ Exactly. Bauserman just had very little talent and throwing ability.

BrewstersMillions's picture

“I think we’re going to put up a lot of points. His (Meyer’s) goal is to score 100 points in a game. We want to blow teams out.”

There would be so much nationwide butt hurt over a century mark....please let this be a thing.

BED's picture

This, this, a million times this.

I've been saying my goal for the season is to go undefeated, blowing out Michigan and Wisconsin by like 50, then have the AP crown us national champs when a 1 loss team wins the MNC Game.

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ziplock007's picture

“He wants us to be good. Receivers are a big part of this offense. He’s pushing us to be the best.”

Wow... only a receiver who spent a year under Bollman would say that... How many other receivers with new coaches all of a sudden realize that their position will, all of a sudden, be key to the offense?

Seriously, name one other school where receivers aren't a key part of the offense.  (Ok, maybe triple option Navy)

BritishBuckeye's picture

Bauserman was at OSU for 500 years, he had plenty of coaching...was still below average at best.

Baroclinicity's picture

I've mentioned this in the past, but one good thing he can be remembered for is engineering that final drive to keep us from getting shut out at the 'Shoe last year against MSU.  I'm sure Sparty was gunning for that shutout on the road... would have carried some clout no matter how down we were. 

Credit where credit is due.

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

ziplock007's picture

you're right...  then they were down by two scores with limited time, it was no pressure because the game was over.  When they played Akron, a team with no defense/offense/talent, he was A+.

He's the relief pitcher you put in when you're up or down 17-3 in the eighth inning, and that's all he was.  (Ahem! Toledo, Miami, Nebraska)

But this is BIG TIME football, we only applaud for excellence...  I'm sure Joe is a nice guy, I hope he, and all others, live a good life... But everyone agrees he was not CFB material.

Baroclinicity's picture

So you think it was a mop-up score and MSU didn't have any interest in a shutout?  It's not like playing for a win, but it's certainly not 49-10 type playing time either.  I agree that Bauserman was not a good QB, but like I said, credit where credit is due.

Can't say I agree with the "we only applaud for excellence" comment.  We applauded the efforts of the largely walk on type hoops teams of the mid 90s after Ayers lost control of the bunch and everyone was gone.  They won single digit numbers of games for a couple years... not excellent by any means, but still got deserved love.  They were Buckeyes.  We applaud for Buckeyes that represent the school as best they can on and off the playing field/court, regardless of records/stats.

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William's picture

MSU was a running an extremely soft prevent defense at that point. It's a testament to how bad our offense/offensive play calling was at that point, that it took us that long to score in that game. MSU wasn't gunning for the shutout at that point, they were playing not to lose by that time in the game. 

FortMeyer's picture

British keep in mind his QB coach/video tech.

Jdadams01's picture

Tressel personally coached the QBs until he left. Joe had tons of coaching, just not the talent. Dude was like 27 and had been there forever.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'd rather keep the respect in football, but that's just me. If I can kick the snot out of someone smaller, weaker, and less talented it's sad that I took advantage of that. If my 2's and 3's do it? Okay. But please keep the jackasses in places like Wisconsin.

Baroclinicity's picture

Agreed. 83 points against Indiana is not cool.

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

Jdadams01's picture

Throwing up a hundred against scUM, Wisconsin, Sparty, or Penn St would be fine by me.

jedkat's picture

would you be singing that same tune if it was our 2's or 3's that put up 21-28 points in an 83 point win at IU?

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Baroclinicity's picture

Probably not, if it was clear we had taken our foot off the accelerator, or if you're clearly trying to get the younger guys some experience.  There's a line in there; I'm not sure where you draw it exactly, but it's there somewhere.

I remember Coop pissed off Rice back in the mid 90s when we put 70+ on them.  We had the younger guys in, but we were throwing 50 yard passes in the 4th quarter.  You knew that wasn't going to end well, and I remember the Rice coach saying he always voted for us, and won't get another one from him because of that.  Getting the guys experience is good.  Throwing bombs when you're up 60, no matter who is playing, is probably not the best thing to do.

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

Dean's picture

I could be wrong, but I think that the Rice thing was overblown.  We weren't throwing bombs, but Michael Wiley broke 3 runs of 49 yards or more.  Also, I guess it was Cooper's fault that our backup QB, Germaine, was way better than our starter.

I couldn't find a box score, but I was at the game and I don't remember bombs being thrown late, I mostly remember runs, but they couldn't stop Wiley.


Baroclinicity's picture

Dean-  I was there too.  I'm wondering if that Boston TD was a long pass.  Can't fully remember to tell you the truth, but I thought we launched a couple near the end.  I could easily be wrong, though. 

And I agree about Germaine, as I think most do!

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GABuckeye's picture

I personally don't like this argument.  What do you want the kids to do??  Take a knee??  If I was the opponent, that would be more embarrassing.  Wisconsin just ran it down their throats every play - it's up to the defense to stop it.  If you can't stop it, then don't bitch and complain that they put up 83 on you.  Get a defense.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Exactly - I can't remember what game it was but Urban and Tebow were throwing for the endzone with a couple of minutes left and they were up by a bunch.  After the game Urban was asked about it and his response was perfect - he basically stated that it wasn't his job to stop the offense and if the other team can't, then they should work harder at it!!!

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awwwwwwop's picture

My only concern with that is when they were beating Kentucky by 30 and he had Tebow in still. And he got leveled by a blindside rusher and ending up vomiting in the ambulance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPWqa2cqWM0&feature=related

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BED's picture

That was a strong side rush, just FYI.  Tebow is a south paw.  He should have seen/felt that coming.  It's because he's not a good QB.  Also that was only 3rd quarter.

But yeah, don't need star QB in a game late which you've dominated the whole game.

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RedStorm45's picture

31-7=24 and at that point it was still the 3rd quarter.  I would have imagined that 38-7 would mean he would have been done by that point.

awwwwwwop's picture

I can do math. I wrote the comment before I posted the video. hence, why i got the score and the side wrong. Relax guys.

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cronimi's picture

True, but UfM hanging a hundred on Bret Butthurt Bielema would be a glorious event. Coach Meyer, make it so.

Baroclinicity's picture

Now, given various recent comments, I wouldn't mind hanging 100 on Purdue...

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

SPreston2001's picture

While not in favor of keeping the 1's out there with a 4 TD lead in the fourth if the 2's and 3's do it then oh well Go Bucks!!! Besides, it is the other teams job to stop us from scoring....

RBuck's picture

I wouldn't mind playing Pitt and throw a hundo on them...just for Mark May (who wears womens underwear).

Long live the southend.

FortMeyer's picture

Are you saying "Mark May wears womens underwear"? I did not know that "Mark May wears womens underwear", but I do now understand that "Mark May wears womens underwear".

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Oh God..it's back haha

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OldColumbusTown's picture

I'm a bit confused by the piece on the basketball transfers...

Weatherspoon was a walk-on?  And a shooting guard with a nice shooting touch?  Was there another Weatherspoon on the team that I didn't know about, because I've never heard of that guy.

One other thing, did Tony Parker announce and nobody said anything?  Who is the "one recruit committed so far?"

gobucks1226's picture

I think just a couple oversights on Danny's part. Weatherspoon was on scholarship, we currently do not have any commitments for 2012, and now only have nine remaining scholarship players on the roster (Craft, Smith, Thompson, Thomas, Williams, Ravenel, Scott, Ross, and McDonald).

OldColumbusTown's picture

I know, those were mostly rhetorical questions.  I don't usually want/like to be "that guy," but when there are quite a few oversights in one place, I just can't take it.

Statutoryglory's picture

Seriously.  This isn't the cleveland.com Ohio State page.  This is for hardcore fans.  I read we have a recruit and I instantly go scouring to see if I possibly missed something in the past 8 hours I was sleeping.  Nope just totally wrong.

M tots's picture

Maybe he was mistakenly referring to Marc Loving? He's committed... But to the 2013 class.   

Denny's picture

'This is for hardcore fans.' 

No, it's for people who can access the Internet. Don't turn this into some sort of exclusionary club or something; it's a free website.

That doesn't mean Danny didn't goof, but trying to claim that this is a place for 'hardcore fans' is silly. This isn't a Minor Threat show.


Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Not sure how you define "hardcore" but 11W is a serious site. They post info multiple times a day. Have several regular contributors. They add very detailed info about recruiting and football strategy. This isn't just some dude sitting in his basement...I think.

Anyway, they were three pretty obvious mistakes. That's surprising. Sometimes you see a typo or an occasional factual error, but rarely three in one section.

That said, there is no better opportunity for these guys to play than this coming season and they're transferring. Well, OK then. Thanks for your efforts.

RedStorm45's picture

@OldColumbus - I'm glad you posted and not me haha.  But I think we can all scroll down to the next story on the front page to find everything regarding Sibert and Spoon.

Hard to tell who he's talking about.  He could have meant Sibert being a nice sized SG with good touch...though he had a nice shooting touch for about 3 games in his OSU career.  That was supposed to be his specialty out of H.S.  Spoon plays more PF because he can't shoot outside of 6 feet consistently.  And yes, he did have a scholarship, hence the "released from scholarship."

No recruits this class.  In the running for a couple guys, but it's not looking good.  One kid committed in the 2013 class.

We have 9 scholarship players as of now and a walk-on transfer (Alex Rogers).  Trey McDonald is borderline so I would say we have 8 guys that Thad would trust on the court in meaningul minutes.


Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

It's impossible to know about Trey McDonald right now.

Last year at this time, no one thought Lenzelle Smith would beat out Jordan Sibert and that he'd be a valuable contributor in a run to the Final Four.

Does McDonald make that kind of jump? Probably not. I think the guy might - might - be a contributor next year if he puts in the work. He already has a leg up by being big.

RedStorm45's picture

No one knew about Smith because he was injured to start the year.

What? Being 6'8'' (listed at that on the website) gives him an advantage? For what? 

He's basically a defensive guy with limited offensive ability (oh, hello...Amir Williams?) as of now.  His only other big-time offer was from Marquette.  I'm not knocking him, but I just don't think in year 2 he'll be ready to come off the bench when it matters.

Grayskullsession's picture

To the credit of both Bauserman and Miller they would have greatly excelled if we had a QB coach instead of a glorified secretary. Tressel was the QB coach of this team and once he left we were without anyone who could  show Bauserman how to throw inbounds and Miller how to throw a spiral. Now we can proudly say we have someone competent to show Braxton how to truly QB and I think we will see a HUGE improvement.

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SPreston2001's picture

As others have said Bauserman had coaching but at some point coaching has to be met with TALENT and Bauserman just didnt have it...

djidell's picture

Then why was he playing in games?  That is 100% coaches fault!  If he had the coaching but not the talent why was he even listed on the depth chart???

ArTbkward's picture

How quickly we all forget.  Joe Bauserman was never suppose to be anything except a backup QB, he was never suppose to start, never suppose to see significant playing time.  Pryor was the intended QB last year, giving Miller a year to get a little wet behind the ears.  Obviously Tatgate shot that plan in the foot.

Bauserman was playing because the program was in disarray and the next best choice was an unproven 18 year old true freshman.  Bauserman, not unlike Fickell, did the best with what he was given and what he was given was shit. 

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FLBuckeye's picture

Bauserman still shouldn't of saw the field last year. If UFM was the coach last year, Braxton would've started from the first snap on. But he also would've been developed more had UFM been the coach.

Northbrook's picture

When Joe Buserman decided to try pro baseball instead of joining the Buckeyes out of HS he wrote an open letter to Buckeye fans that was one of the classiest letters I have ever read. After he left baseball and joned the Buckeyes as a walk-on he redshirted his first year and then was with the team 4 more years. A total of 5 years which is quite common and not an unusually long time. During that time I never heard of him being any trouble or poorly representing his school. Worst thing I saw from him was a grimace from the sideline when he heard that 'Dave' was going to be the play on another critical short yardage situation. I doubt many of us would have been able to avoid that grimace in the same situation. He was the backup to Terelle 'ItISaTumor' Pryor for three years during which time he got minimal reps in practice. Besides the minimal reps it my belief the QB coaching during much of his time was sub-standard. I don't believe Joe's talent was fully developed and I imagine the situation he was in was dispiriting.

Jdadams01's picture

The guy was certainly a class guy. He was a mature, hard working, stand up representative of our beloved school. But the guy was not an Ohio State level starting QB. That's all. People on here aren't knocking who he is or his effort, but just stating that he isn't Peyton Manning. And that's okay.

Northbrook's picture

No he was not an Ohio State level QB when called upon but I don't believe the fault lies solely with Joe. It is the responsibility of the coaches to develop our players to their full potential. I don't believe that hapened and I don't see Joe as preventing it. He was in a crap situation and did his best so I'm sick of all the barbs being thrown his way. Those are my final words on the subject.

SPreston2001's picture

Lol man you can defend Bauserman all you want but throwing bombs into the 5th row everytime your met with pressure doesnt support your arguement very well. Im sorry he didnt show any signs of life when he had the starting job last year, nor any other time when he came in for mop up duty in years past. And seriously was T.P. that bad? The guy won a ton of games for us and if Meyer would have had him for a few years a NC probably would have resulted...

willshire58's picture

Did you mean Sibert has good size and a good shooting touch for a shooting guard? It seemed like you meant J.D. who has one of the uglier shots I've ever seen and is more of a power forward.

btalbert25's picture

They'll never hang 100 on anyone.  That is just motivational speech.  I'm sure Meyer said the same thing at Florida, and they had some teams that would of been very capable of scoring 100 points.  With that being said, I wouldn't lose any sleep over hanging 100 on someone.  In today's college football ass kicking wins like that get style points for bowls.  Barely beating Navy and Ohio U don't. 

When you talk to fans from other conferences the 1 Big 10 team they all say they like or respect is Wisconsin.  They don't know anything about the team or it's idiot coach.  They just know that they beat the piss out of teams. 

Jdadams01's picture

Agree with everything you say here. As long as we don't mimick Wisconsin's recent Rose Bowl performances.

RBuck's picture

Has anyone heard what kind of format the spring game will be? Seems there's still a little shortage on the OL.

Long live the southend.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

“I just want to turn on the jets and go,” Smith said. “I think we’re going to put up a lot of points. His (Meyer’s) goal is to score 100 points in a game. We want to blow teams out.”


Music to my ears!!! I cannot wait to watch Urban and the Buckeyes just thoroughly bitch slap baby Bret by about 60 points and still throwing with 2 minutes left to go!!!  I will smile with glee when he repeats that against Flounder Hoke and AACC and during the handshake read Urban's lips when he tells Flounder - That's OHIO STATE Mother f@#$er!!!!

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timdogdad's picture

anyone know if you can park at the oh hist center and take the bus over? like a normal game.  thanks   

OSUBias's picture

Meyer won't put up 100 on anyone, nor should he. We probably all blocked it from our memory, but they probably could have easily put up 60-70 in our 2007 fiasco, but he clearly took their foot off the gas. He respects other teams dignity enough not to do that. Did we deserve to get beaten that night because we were unprepared and inferior? Absolutely. Did we deserve to be embarrassed by 70? No, i don't think we did. At some point in a beatdown like that, the losing team gives up, more or less. And at that point just get the game over with, get some younger guys experience. If they happen to score on Dave, so be it. But there's no need to be running reverses and throwing it all over the field.

The only team that deserves to have 100 dropped on them is Wisconsin, cuz Bielema is that guy and should get a taste of his own medicine. And our last opponent of the regular season, for reasons I don't think need to be stated.

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btalbert25's picture

I don't know that he really respects other teams that much but quite honestly, it's not easy to score 70 points even against a really crappy team.  So, do I think it's even possible to score 100 in a college football game these days?  Eh, I don't know.  Texas and Oklahoma were never affraid to take their foot off the gas and they never did it.  USC loved blowing people out and they didn't do it.  Florida was the same way, they didn't do it.  I mean I guess you could play starters all 4 quarters and really try to go for it, but I don't see it happening in a game.

Talk big like that get guys like Smith, Hyde, and Braxton working their tails off and we'll see some 50-70 point outputs this year.  It's all about motivation.  I don't really think we'll ever see a 100 point score.  I'd love it to come against MSU and Wisky for their whining last recruiting season, but it's not likely to happen.

dmurder's picture

These seam routes are going to benefit smith's straightline speed.


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