Skull Session: Looking Back at J.T. Barrett's Leadership, The Big3 to Launch an April Tournament, and Terrelle Pryor Could Switch to Tight End

By Kevin Harrish on March 20, 2020 at 4:59 am
Justin Fields is cheering in today's skull session.

Congrats on making it to the weekend. Celebrate by staying at home. You've earned it.

Song of the Day: "Sunflower, Vol. 6" by Harry Styles.

Word of the Day: Impel.

 JOE. THOMAS. BARRETT. Ohio State's been extraordinarily good at the quarterback position since J.T. Barrett's departure, but I'm not sure the Buckeyes are ever going to find another dude who could command a team like he did.

I'm convinced the guy could lead his team into an inferno and his entire squad would follow him without even a blink. I'll never get enough of that.

I'm not new here, so I'm fully aware that before I even log on for the day there will be no fewer than 30 comments from your socially isolated asses arguing about J.T. Barrett's legacy and whether or not he should have been benched.

That's fine because that's what online is for, but also maybe you could just enjoy the video and appreciate the fellow who owned the locker room and donated his general physical wellbeing to Ohio State victories for four years.

I think I just heard Urban Meyer call quarterback power again.

 A HERO EMERGES. In a world temporarily devoid of live sports, an unlikely hero has emerged with ambitious plans to give us all something to watch (and bet on, if that's your thing).

The Big3 plans to launch a quarantined, reality show-style three-on-three tournament in April to help curb the nation’s appetite for basketball in the aftermath of the coronavirus sports hiatus, league sources told Yahoo Sports. 

The founders of the league — hip-hop icon and actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz — have been having ongoing conversations with multiple TV networks since late last week to broadcast the tournament, which is expected to also garner international interest, sources said. 

The preseason tournament will feature 16 to 22 players from The Big3 who are negative for the coronavirus, and they will be quarantined in Los Angeles, sources said. 

Former NBA standouts such as Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph and Greg Oden could participate in the tournament, but many details need to be worked out. 

If they can pull this off safely, you can go ahead and count me – the fellow who was desperate enough for sports that he tuned in to a simulation of an 11-year-old video game yesterday evening – as a regular consumer.

Obviously, I miss March Madness, the NBA and the NHL playoffs. But at the end of the day, watching Greg Oden dunking on folks and swatting shots for an hour is better than not watching that for an hour. I'll take what I can get.

 THE YEAR OF THE TIGHT END. Terrelle Pryor's been stuck in free agency for a bit, but it looks like he's about to give his career another jump start with another position change.

Well, that sounds like a matchup disaster for some poor linebacker. Imagine drawing that short stick and having to shut down a seam route from a tight end that runs a 4.38.

And wait until they motion him into the backfield and have him take a direct snap. People forget, this is a thing that happened in the NFL:

He gone

 GIVE HIM HELL, JERRY LUCAS. In the absence of sports, the worldwide leader has rolled out a tournament to find the greatest college basketball player of all time.

The bad news is, Jerry Lucas is the lone Buckeye on the list, and he's got an extremely uphill climb.

A No. 15 seed seems just a bit underrated for a national champion, two-time Final Four most outstanding player, (1960, 1961), two-time AP Player of the Year, three-time consensus first-team All-American and a two-time NCAA rebounding leader, but I guess you've just got to play the hand you're dealt.

Get dumped then, Patrick Ewing.

 WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT... Chase Young and Jeff Okudah are both about to be top-five picks, and they've got a message for the doubters they seem to think exist.

Yes, who would have thought the *checks notes* No. 7 and No. 8 player in the 2017 class would be top NFL Draft prospects after three seasons at one of the top NFL assembly lines in the country.

I'm all for the "they've doubted me since the beginning" narratives, but no honest person can pretend it works in this case. But hey, the "I've been the best there is since the beginning" is one hell of a story too.

 NOT STICKING TO SPORTS. A death row inmate who is "likely innocent" has his case delayed by the coronavirus... Dank of Oklahoma faces trademark infringement lawsuit from Bank of Oklahoma... Why a chunk of Yellowstone the size of Chicago has been pulsing... Some people can detect Earth's magnetic field... A strip club has started a meal delivery service called "Boober Eats" where dancers bring food directly to your door... Coronavirus has lead to a surge in condom and sex toy sales...

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