Skull Session: Ryan Day Stays Quiet on Quarterback Race, Tony Skinn Talks His Epic Crossover on James Harden, and Quinn Ewers Loves Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers

By Kevin Harrish on June 4, 2021 at 5:10 am
We're holding our helmet in today's skull session.

How many national titles, first-round picks, and/or Heisman Trophys are in this photograph?

I'll set the over/under at 3.5. And bet the over.

Word of the Day: Onus.

 AIN'T SPILLING THE BEANS. Ryan Day joined Jim Tressel up in Youngstown this week to speak at a charity event, and he was asked the question everyone wants answered.

But regretfully, his lips are sealed.

There’s plenty of buzz around the Buckeyes with OSU coming off a run to the national championship game last season. Day said it’s exciting to contemplate what the team is going to look like with a new quarterback this season with last year’s signal caller, Justin Fields, drafted by the Chicago Bears. C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller III and highly-touted true freshman Kyle McCord are vying to be the starter this season.

“You got me to Youngstown, but you’re not going to get me to Youngstown to spill the beans. It’s going to be an exciting year for us,” Day said.


“It’s a great situation for a young quarterback to come into,” Day said. “The hard part is it’s Ohio State. I talk to those guys all the time. Try losing a game at Ohio State. It’s not easy. You have to be ready. You have to be prepared. A big part of it is we’ll have to help him be the best version of himself.”

Personally, I think it would have been the most hilarious way imaginable to announce the starting quarterback – just casually mention it at a random charity event in Youngstown to an audience of like 300 people, none of whom are Ohio State football reporters.

And yet, somehow it would have still be better and less chaotic than the way Urban Meyer announced his starting quarterback back in 2015.

 TONY SKINN IS IMORTALIZED. I'm fairly confident in saying that Tony Skinn has the most ridiculously single highlight of any assistant coach in all of college basketball. And he certainly ain't mad about it.

Tony Skinn counts his ability to relate to young players as one of his coaching strengths.

That ability might have something to do with his relative youth, having just turned 38 in February. Some of it surely has to do with his three children, the oldest of whom is 14 and not too far removed from the age of a typical college freshman.

Some of it, though, comes from the cachet that comes with being the guy who crossed over nine-time NBA all-star James Harden during an Olympic game on global television. The play, which came during the 2012 games as Skinn played for his birth country of Nigeria, remains a presence in his life years after his playing career has come to a close.

“It’s funny: it does (help),” Skinn told The Dispatch. “That thing doesn’t seem to go away. I don’t talk about it, but somehow it’s got never-ending life. It’s going on year 10, and it comes around every few weeks, man.”


“It’s one of those things where I’ll take the free pub,” Skinn said. “I’ve done a lot more in my basketball career than that move, but if this is the outro, I’ll take it.”


“I made that move and that’s what everybody kind of remembers me by, and I’ll take it,” he said. “I know I’m getting old, but it’s one of those things where I still feel young.”

If you somehow have not seen the play in question, or simply want to see Tony Skinn put James Harden on his ass again, then behold:

I love how lowkey surprised he is that everyone still talks about it. I mean, if you cross an NBA MVP so badly that he ends up straddled on the floor as you hit a stepback three, folks are going to talk!

Honestly, he should find a way to put a gif of that play at the top of his resume, because I promise you that video is an asset in recruiting. Who doesn't want to play for a coach with handles like that?

 THE MULLET SPEAKS. Quinn Ewers has been letting his arm do the talking down at The QB Retreat this week with multiple people saying he might be the best quarterback prospect they've ever seen.

Turns out, he's a pretty polished interview, too.

I love that he says he models his game after Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes because that uh... checks out. Every highlight I've seen from this camp has been him throwing a ball with an insanely quick release and a ridiculous arm angle.

He can throw it side arm off his back foot way more accurately than anyone else at the camp can with a normal delivery.

And the mullet somehow makes everything look even better.

 TROUBLE UP NORTH. Yesterday, I made reference to the insane number of outgoing transfers Michigan has had this offseason, which is actually double the number of players the Wolverines saw selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Turns out, the roster situation is even bleaker than I let on.

That seems perfectly fine and sustainable! Keep doing that, Jim!

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Yesterday" by The Beatles.

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