Skull Session: Expect More Commitments, Mickey Marotti is Sticking With Ryan Day, and Parris Campbell Teaches About Michigan

By Kevin Harrish on June 24, 2019 at 4:59 am
Ryan Day drops the mic in today's skull session.

The Bucks got better this weekend, but they ain't done yet.


Word of the Day: Furphy

 THEY'RE STILL COMING. Recruiting knowers set the weekend commitment over/under at around 5.5. Well, the weekend has officially come and gone, and we got only two. That has some folks a little worked up.

Don't be.

It's a tough world when you walk away disappointed with two top-100 commitments in one weekend, but I get it. Just know that just because things aren't official doesn't mean they aren't official, if you catch my drift.

You'll get your fireworks. Don't you worry.

 KEEPING COACH MICK. Ryan Day's biggest coaching personnel move this offseason wasn't hiring Jeff Hafley, Mike Yurcich, Greg Mattison or any of the other assistants. It was retaining Mickey Marotti.

Now, the one slight concern is that Marotti has been Urban Meyer's right hand man and close friend for well over a decade, and the last time he worked for someone who wasn't Meyer, it didn't go too well.

But things are already different with Day than they were with Will Muschamp.

From Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch:

As he diverges from Meyer for a second time, Marotti expresses more optimism in his present setup in Columbus.


Day and Marotti have known each other for more than a decade, meeting at Florida in 2005 when Marotti was the new strength coach under Meyer and Day a new graduate assistant.

After his promotion, Day said he never considered not retaining Marotti, citing his knowledge of modern sports science methods as much as his old-school toughness. Day ensured he was well compensated, too. Under a new contract, Marotti will make at least $735,000 next fall, believed to be the second-highest paid strength and conditioning coach in the nation.

Marotti trusted that Day would maintain the program’s current culture.

“He believes what I believe,” Marotti said. “I want to be around people who believe what I believe. When that happens, you keep rolling.”

Marotti ain't going to be there forever, but he's the perfect holdover from the staff that won 90 percent of its games the past seven years.

Mark Pantoni sure ain't bad either, as evidenced by the two commits this weekend and the half dozen that are going to commit sooner than later.

 LET 'EM KNOW, PARRIS. Parris Campbell isn't about to leave the greatest rivalry in all of sport in the hands of a few neophytes without imparting some knowledge on the next generation.

That knowledge, of course, is that Michigan calls Ohio State daddy, and it's going to stay that way.

The Buckeyes may have owned this rivalry the past decade and a half, but that doesn't mean it's time to take the boot off their throat. Good on Parris to make sure they know where the focus is.

 WORLD DOMINATION. I don't care what it is, if they're handing titles, the Buckeyes are going to win them. And when they do, I'm going to be unreasonable about it online. It's just the way of life.

That said, get dumped then, NHL 19 players of Earth.

Ohio State student Matt Gutkowski secured world domination this weekend, claiming the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship title in Las Vegas this week, and taking home a cool $50,000 in prize money.

Kyle Snyder, Matt Gutkowski – I'll gladly claim them both. I don't discriminate between Buckeyes who are literally the best in the world at what they do.

 CAN'T MISS TALENT. If Chris Holtmann is serious about locking down the in-state talent, he needs to see this.

We're at the stage of humanity where I have genuinely no idea what is satire and what is totally serious these days. And I'm thinking this is uh, far more serious than I initially thought, given that he has a damn mixtape.

I wanted to hate this, but then I saw that flex around the 0:46 mark and now I think he needs an instant offer.

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