Skull Session: C.J. Stroud is Ready For His Turn, Chris Olave's Return Surprised Todd McShay, and Michigan Gets Dumped in Women's Basketball

By Kevin Harrish on January 22, 2021 at 5:03 am
There are leafs in today's skull session.

Happy Friday. Eat at Arby's.

Word of the Day: Agate.

 “MY TURN.” Word around Columbus is that there's going to be a quarterback competition this offseason. Maybe someone forgot to tell that to C.J. Stroud, who's out here acting like he's the rightful heir to the throne.


A post shared by CJ Stroud (@cj7stroud)

Tweeting "My Turn" ahead of a quarterback competition between a dude who's been committed to Ohio State for over two-and-a-half years and Ohio State's highest-rated quarterback prospect since Braxton Miller – absolute swagger.

To be fair though, nothing about this is shocking. I'd be more concerned if he wasn't this confident and was out there posting captions like "We'll see!" or "I'm going to try my best!"

What is far more interesting to me than his own caption is that like, half the team is in the comments gassing him up, calling him "QB1" and stuff like that, which is... fascinating to see ahead of an open quarterback competition.

They haven't even had a practice without Justin Fields yet and it's already pretty clear who has the locker room...

 SURPRISE SURPRISE. There was enough smoke beforehand that we even prewrote the article and even I was almost completely caught off guard when Chris Olave actually decided to return to Ohio State for another season instead of become a millionaire.

So I'll forgive Todd McShay for not seeing it coming either.

"I was a little bit surprised that Olave decided to return. I know he didn't have his best game in the national championship game, but he had a great season and he's been a really consistent, good player. Plus, you know you're losing your quarterback and I know they've got the next one up at Oho State, they always do, but to see Olave not on that list was surprising to me.

"I thought worst case, he was going somewhere in the second round in what shapes up as a pretty deep wide receiver class."

Todd basically just sums up everything I thought, as well. But thinking about it, now he just gets to headline a pretty weak receivers class. So as somebody who owns his rights in a dynasty fantasy league, I ain't mad!

 HAIL TO THE VICTORS. The bad news is, the Ohio State women's hoops team allowed Michigan guard Naz Hillmon to score a program-record 50 points last night. The good news is the Wolverines somehow still lost as the Buckeyes slapped them with their first loss of the season.

After a year devoid of a chance to dump Michigan on the football field, you can bet your ass I'm going to enjoy every little conquest we get until the Buckeyes resume their regularly scheduled dominance next November.

 LET'S MAKE A DEAL. As an avid watcher of Game Show Network, which airs the best form of daytime television outside of crime dramas like Castle or Bones, I'll always appreciate a quality guest appearance.

And on this week's episode of "Let's Make a Deal," hosted by Millennial television legend Wayne Brady, Nick Mangold is that quality guest.

Even a host can have off-days when it comes to introducing guests.

That's exactly what happens in TV Insider's exclusive sneak peek of the January 22 episode of Let's Make a Deal. Wayne Brady begins to announce Nick Mangold, only to hit a snag.

"Please welcome offensive lineman for the New York Jets, seven-time pro bowler, and NFL Legends community member, Nick Mangold," he eventually says before Mangold joins remotely.

"That was a decent effort for introducing me," Mangold teases Brady.


The former New York Jets offensive lineman appears on the game show ahead of the NFL Conference Championship airing on CBS.

We do not need much convincing to watch a gameshow in the Harrish household, so odds are this will be on the television on Sunday afternoon.

 THANK YOU. Hey, you! Yes, you! By simply reading these online words, you helped keep me fully employed during a global pandemic that caused many other media outlets to furlough workers, cut jobs, and sometimes even outright close.

And we didn't just survive, we put Dabo in the ground at the end of it and saw some absolutely massive traffic numbers.

I don't want to come off overly Grammy acceptance speechy here, but the honest truth is that I don't have a job without any of you. So I appreciate every last one of you.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra.

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