Skull Session: Curtis Samuel ‘Looks Different,’ Doctor Mutiny at Wexner Center, and Fred Taylor Gets a Statue

By D.J. Byrnes on May 8, 2017 at 4:59 am
Mike Weber eyes the May 8th 2017 Skull Session

It's Monday, the weekly ceremonial bell that begins another week of coin collecting on the cosmic rock. May your Buckeye faith be as strong as 12th Warrior mockjocks when he hazed intern Brady Quinn:

Brady Quinn had an "internship" at my job here in cbus while he was at Notre Dame (Chairman and former CEO was major ND alumn). Once I saw the onboarding access request making the email rounds in IT, I made sure our help desk gave him the welcome he deserved. User Name, "bquinn"; Password, "gobucks". He was annoyed, of course - but he's gotta learn. Every day is game day in corporate america, so take this L and keep it moving lol.

The idea of Quinn throwing his bangs out of his eyes before dejectedly typing "gobucks" will sustain me through today's labor.


Word of the Day: Dissipation.

 BET ON THE BROOKLYNITE. Curtis Samuel signed a $6.4 million contract last week and apparently showed up for work the next day. (If somebody is ever stupid enough to let me sign one of those, I'll never post again.)

It's a long way to go until the bright lights of Sunday nights, but Samuel impressed during the rookie minicamp this weekend.


Panthers coach Ron Rivera laughed when a reporter mentioned that McCaffrey stands out among the 57 players at minicamp.

"Yes, he does. He and (second-round receiver Curtis) Samuel both look different," Rivera said. "They've got a tremendous amount of ability and that's an exciting for what we want to do on offense. ... We're just scratching the surface."

Alright, I'm going to need "the media" to shut it down on Samuel for the preseason so he falls a couple round my computer football draft.

 TRIAL SET FOR TOKES' ALLEGED KILLER. Brian Golsby, whom Columbus prosecutors accuse of abducting, raping, and murdering Ohio State psychology student Reagan Tokes, will go to trial in seven months time.


A judge has scheduled the trial of the man accused of killing an Ohio State student earlier this year.

Brian Golsby's trial in the murder of Reagan Tokes will begin February 23, 2018.

Investigators say on February 8, Brian Golsby kidnapped 21-year-old Reagan Tokes as she left work at Bodega in the Short North.

Golsby will be on trial for his life, as prosecutors seek the death penalty.

 DOCTOR MUTINY ON DECK. Despite going to college for seven years I became the first person in my family not to be a doctor. This, however, seems like bad publicity for the Wexner Medical Center.


A group of 25 physicians and professors in the Ohio State University College of Medicine have signed a “no confidence” letter asserting that Dr. Sheldon Retchin, CEO of the OSU Wexner Medical Center, and his top executives are undermining the college’s academic mission and hurting faculty morale.

The seven-page letter, dated Monday, went to OSU President Michael V. Drake, Provost Bruce McPheron and the chairmen of the boards of trustees for the medical center and the university.

The professors assert that Retchin disrespects the hospital’s and college’s academic mission, in part by setting “unrealistic clinical effort and research funding expectations that are incompatible with academic medicine.” They also say Retchin’s leadership style is creating division between the Medical Center and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is directed by Dr. Michael Caligiuri.

The boss is never the most popular in the offense. But it seems to me if employees are that united against them, it might be time for a change at the top. Just some human resources tips for the multi-billion dollar institution from my couch in Piqua, Ohio.

 LEGEND GETS STATUE. Fred Taylor, the only Ohio State basketball coach to win a national title, will get a statue in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio later this month.

Local metalcaster Alan Cottrill, who designed the Woody Hayes Statue outside the football facility that bears his name (and hopefully the one in his hometown of Newcomerstown), also crafted this one.

Screencap from WHIZ TV in Zanesville


“I’ve loved Zanesville and Muskingum County history my whole life,” said Cottrill. “So it was a big deal to be able to sculpt Fred Taylor, who is now one of my heroes.”

Taylor was born in Zanesville in 1924 and grew up in the Y-City. He went to Zanesville (then called Lash) High School but was cut three years in a row by the basketball coach. Taylor then served in the military in World War II before going to play baseball and basketball at Ohio State.

After briefly playing Major League Baseball, Taylor got the job as his alma mater’s head basketball coach in 1958. By the 1959-’60 season he had taken the Buckeyes to their only national championship in school history. Taylor would guide OSU for 18 years and would take the Buckeyes to 7 Big Ten titles. Among the players he coached included hall of famers Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, and Bobby Knight.

Maybe if Thad Matta gets Ohio State back to the NCAA Tournament, they'll build one of him in Columbus. 

 ALL HAIL THE KING. I'm not naive enough to think LeBron James would've gone to Ohio State if the NBA's stupid one-and-done rule forced him into committing war crimes against fellow #teens.

It doesn't stop me from taking pride in the best basketball player in history (that's right! Move over, Magic Johnson!) came from the same state I did, which is the best state in the union.

Here's 16-year-old LeBron. Come for him wearing a net as a necklace, stay for the Ohio State talk at the end:

P.S. I wrote this before Game 4 of the Raptors-Cavaliers series. That's how deep this bandwagon Cavs fanship rides. I can't wait to redeem myself in the streets of Cleveland when they repeat.

 THOSE WMDs. Going camping is insane... Student arrested for crawling into a duct to steal an exam... Freelancers' roundtable... How Mound Street got its name... Where oil rigs go to die.

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