Skull Session: Urban Meyer Tells Us How to Recruit, TreVeyon Henderson's Social Distanced Visits, and Watching the 2002 Fiesta Bowl for the First Time

By Kevin Harrish on March 31, 2020 at 4:59 am
Spring is here.

Days of the week don't feel like they matter anymore. Eat at Arby's.

Song of the Day: "You Make My Dreams" by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Word of the Day: Droning.

 HOW TO RECRUIT. It's very likely that the top-three picks in the NFL Draft turn out to all be players Urban Meyer recruited to Ohio State.

That would be absolutely astounding to most folks, but not to Urban. He's totally unshocked, because he's totally confident in the method of recruiting he used in Columbus, and he'll gladly teach you how to do it!

Boom – competitive maniac, tough, leader, intelligent, and adaptability. Now I'm an expert recruiter, call me Brian Hartline.

Between Chris Spielman's daily linebacker instruction videos and Urban Meyer's recruiting hints, I think my resumé is going to look pretty solid next time an Ohio State coaching position opens up. Hell, maybe I'll try to push Al Washington out of a job. I may just need to play a little more Madden before I'm ready though.

 SOCIAL DISTANCE VISITS. A lot has been made about five-star running back TreVeyon Henderson committing to Ohio State sight unseen.

It's true, he has never stepped foot on campus and never been inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. But the truth is he did take some visits – digitally.

For what it's worth, the last time Ohio State had a top out-of-state running back commit without visiting campus first, it worked out pretty damn well. I've got some good vibes about this one as well.

 DELAYING FOOTBALL? We're still four months away from the start of high school football practices, but the OHSAA is already having conversations about potentially delaying the start football season if need be.

While the start of the spring sports season remains postponed, the initial discussion revolving around the fall sports season occurred a day after the OHSAA canceled the remaining four winter sports tournaments.

"Friday in our daily meeting that we have with staff - not that we weren't thinking about it - but now we're starting to look at what if we are delayed in football?" OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass told WCPO Saturday. "What if we are delayed in our fall sports? Cross country (is) one of the earliest starts."

Aug. 1 is the official start of practice for cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.

Maybe this is naive blind optimism, but I don't believe the football season is in jeopardy just yet. Granted, I didn't think the NCAA Tournament was in serious jeopardy until about 12 hours before they canceled the entire thing, so who the hell really knows? A day feels like a week with this thing, so anything could happen by August.

 IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME. We're not going to have some fresh football – or sports, for that matter – to watch anytime soon.

But my good pal Bill Landis gave us a very fun opportunity to live vicariously through him as he watches Ohio State play Miami in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl for the very first time.

I’ve made it a point to become familiar with important moments from Ohio State’s past since I started covering the team in 2014. However, I didn’t grow up in Ohio, didn’t root for the Buckeyes as a kid. So there are admittedly holes in my past OSU knowledge, including up until about 24 hours ago, I had never watched the Ohio State versus Miami Fiesta Bowl from Jan. 3, 2003.

I have a vague recollection of listening to part of the game on the radio in Philadelphia. I know, of course, that Ohio State won its first national title since 1968 on that night. Know that nobody gave OSU much of a shot to win it. Know it came with a touch of controversy. Know that Miami’s Willis McGahee suffered a brutal injury in the game. And well, that’s about it. Everything else I know about the game, I just learned from watching the TV broadcast for the first time. I kept a running diary of my viewing experience.

If you're a subscriber to The Athletic, this is absolutely worth the read. It's the ultimate vicarious experience. You can legitimately feel your stomach tying into knots all over again even though you aren't even watching the game and you know how it turns out anyway.

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