Skull Session: Mookie Cooper Wants to Play Football Again, Ohio Loves the XFL, and Greg Bellisari Operates on Seth Jones

By Kevin Harrish on February 12, 2020 at 4:59 am
The Buckeyes are singing carmen ohio in today's skull session.
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Someone alert Dawand Jones – I have found his new role on the team.

I mean, I like guaranteed first downs. Does Ryan Day?

Word of the Day: Gossamer.

 BACK AT IT. Each of Ohio State's 14 early enrollees is happy and ready to be a Buckeye, but it means a little more for wide receiver Mookie Cooper.

For one, he's happy to just rejoin a team and play football again after he was ruled ineligible for his senior season in high school. But more than that, enrolling early at Ohio State was the reason why Cooper put his eligibility at risk in the first place.

“That was the main thing I’m just happy to get back to,” he said.

Cooper did not play for his high school team in suburban St. Louis last fall, missing his senior season because he was ineligible after transferring.

After starring at Trinity Catholic, he left for Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri, which permitted him to graduate a semester early, a necessary step to join the Buckeyes for their winter strength and conditioning workouts and the spring practices that start next month.

It was a calculation he felt comfortable with. Cooper knew transferring risked his eligibility. He also thought enrolling early at Ohio State was “the best thing” for him.

A lost senior season is never easy, though.

“I was nearly depressed,” Cooper said. “I used to cry a lot, like right after school in the car, just sitting there.”

Not only is Mookie back with a team, he's back with a team that needs him as soon as possible. After all, he's the most natural slot receiver on the roster, and as you might be aware, record-breaking slot receiver KJ Hill will now be doing his thing in the NFL instead of Columbus.

 BRING THE XFL TO OHIO, COWARDS. If there's anything Ohioans love more than overreacting to slight changes in weather, it's football. And those football-knowing Ohioans came out in troves watch Cardale Jones sling it once again.

And those numbers are why it was an egregious mistake for the XFL to spurn Ohio when picking inaugural franchises. Come mid-February, football-frenzied Ohioans are like addicts itching for a fix. If you put a few Buckeyes on a local team, there would be more asses than seats and even folks watching from home.

Imagine, Dolo's first XFL start in MAPFRE Stadium...

 GREG BELLISARI, SURGEON. It's been a while since Greg Bellisari played an integral role in the success of a Columbus sports team, but now the fine folks of central Ohio are relying on him once again, though this time it's to fix a vitally important offensive weapon, instead.

Seth Jones, who leads the club in minutes, will miss 8-10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle, which he fractured in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night, the team announced Tuesday.

According to Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, the surgery to correct a hariline fracture was performed by former Ohio State linebacker Dr. Greg Bellisari and Dr. Scott Van Aman at Orthopedic One in Columbus.

Rest easy, Jackets fans. Seth Jones is in good hands. Dr. Bellisari's gonna get him right.

 LEADING THE WAY. It's no secret that Ohio State carries the Big Ten in terms of national perception, but when you put it in numbers it gets pretty striking.

The rest of the conference needs to get its shit together, because that's pitiful, and Rutgers just needs to get the hell out of there.

But hey, at least it's not ACC bad.

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