Skull Session: Ohio State's Wild Quarterback Timeline, Outrage Over Dwayne Haskins' Number, and a Potential Injury Report List

By Kevin Harrish on May 2, 2019 at 4:59 am
Damon Arnette is going full Zeke in today's skull session.

Would you look at that, it's another Bruin-dumping day.

Jackets fans tonight:

The cut at the end of that video should win the editing Oscar.


Word of the Day: Pugnacious.

 QUARTERBACK CRAZINESS. Ryan Day has been at Ohio State for just two full seasons and there isn't a single quarterback remaining on the team that was on the roster or committed when he arrived.

To say it's been a wild ride is uh... an understatement.

From my good pal Tony Gerdeman of The Ozone: 

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has seen a flurry of quarterback activity in his nearly two-and-a-half years at Ohio State.

In fact, there have been 15 quarterbacks in that span who have either played for OSU, committed to the Buckeyes, or decommitted since Day’s arrival.

And yet, despite all of that action, one week ago Ohio State was down to just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster — both of whom were transfers.

Day has salvaged the present-day situation while also building a strong future. It hasn’t been easy and it has rarely been quiet.

Tony put together a handy-dandy timeline of all the absurdity that's gone on with the quarterback position the past few years, and it's honestly wilder than I even remembered. And the funny part is, if that list went back a few more years, that timeline would look even wilder.

The moral of the story is probably that nothing ever works out exactly as planned. And the good news is, Day has been navigating the hell out of that fact with his own position group – as evidenced by that timeline – for as long as he's been at Ohio State.

Shepherding the wildest, most fluid position group on the team for 2.5 years is probably solid practice for head coaching.

 “THE NUMBERS SHOULD BE RETIRED!” Yesterday, Dwayne Haskins received Joe Theismann's blessing to wear No. 7 – a number which is, by the way, not retired. Most saw it as a nice, respectful gesture by both parties, but not Tony from Long Island.

See, Tony from Long Island seems to have taken his new franchise quarterback's jersey number choice as a malicious personal attack.

I don't think I've cared about anything in my life as much as that man cares about jersey numbers.

Also, it takes a special kind of delusion to compare a guy who might not even crack the top 50 quarterbacks of the Super Bowl era with one of the best baseball players of all-time.

"Because he's Joe Theismann!" just doesn't have the same ring.

 INJURY REPORT COMING? Currently, teams have absolutely no obligation to report injuries publicly, which could be problematic for the newly-legal sports gambling industry, given that coaches are typically less-than forthcoming with this info.

The problem isn't really that nobody has this information, it's that technically, some people do, and that could be the source of some corruption.

From Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports:

The NCAA Gambling Working Group will propose the first-ever standardized national player availability report for college sports, two sources told CBS Sports.

Later this month, the working group will propose a pilot program that would have coaches list players as "available," "possible" or "unavailable" for that week's game without mentioning a specific body part or injury.


All of this is essentially intended to provide the most accurate information for bettors to keep the games from being corrupted. With the new gambling laws, college sources are already worried about injury information leaking out. That information could be used to get an unfair betting advantage and defraud the system.

"They've got to do something. They leave themselves open to corruption," said Tom McMillen of college sports. McMillen is the president of Lead1 Association, which represents FBS athletic directors.

This is all fine and good until Nick Saban hands in a list with 85 players listed as "possible."

 LOCAL LEGEND. Dallas Gant went back to his roots on Wednesday evening and got to throw the first pitch at a Toledo Mud Hens game.

I wish I could report that it was a strike. Alas, I cannot.

Ohio State might prepare its players for the next stages of their lives better than any other program in the country, but I'm feeling like we need to have a seminar teaching these guys how to throw a small white sphere straight for 60 feet. This is happening too much.

 RECEIVERS TO WATCH. Ohio State sent three senior receivers to the NFL this year, and it's looking like we'll have a repeat performance at this time next year.

While I acknowledge and appreciate the K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor love, Austin Mack was absolutely snubbed by this list. He might be the most complete and versatile receiver of the bunch. I mean, there's a reason he started over Victor at the X all of last year.

Anyway, what says offseason like getting worked up about an arbitrary list in no particular order ahead of a full season of football, am I right?

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