Skull Session: Buckeyes Have Top-Five Facilities, D'Angelo Russell is On Fire, and Caleb Williams Considers Wisconsin

By Kevin Harrish on January 26, 2022 at 5:30 am
The 'shoe looks beautiful in today's skull session.

Offseason? Never heard of her.

Word of the Day: Abut.

 COME TO THE WHAC. The 'croots have spoken – Ohio State has some of the best facilities in the land, checking in at No. 5 in an anonymous poll conducted by 247Sports at this year's All-American bowl.

247 surveyed 88 prospects anonymously about which facilities were the best, and used the data to put together a top-10 list.

Theeee Ohio State is at No. 5 with the Buckeyes receiving six total votes. 

The Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which houses the Buckeyes' championship wall in the lobby, features state-of-the-art locker rooms and a strength training area. Its $7.8 million upgrade — the third extensive renovation since it opened in 1987 — was completed recently. There's an improved 42,000-square-foot players lounge, a kitchen and nutrition area, a barber shop, a basketball court, a golf simulator, an arcade, a cryotherapy chamber, sleep pods and an illuminated waterfall in a locker room filled with lots of steel and lots of scarlet. Ohio State opened its renovated dining facility inside the WHAC in 2019, highlighted by pool tables, Pop-A-Shot basketball games and film rooms where position groups break down footage from games or practices.

I've seen the WHAC in its entirety multiple times, and I can vouch that I could spend the rest of my days within its walls probably and have a better quality of life than most other people on the planet.

To absolutely nobody's surprise, though, Oregon tops the list with 12 votes. Behind them are Georgia (whose facilities just got a massive facelift), Notre Dame (who had massive renovations in 2017), and Alabama (who is Alabama).

 ICE IN HIS VEINS. Yesterday, we talked about Duane Washington Jr.'s absurd game, but he ain't the only Buckeye who activated Fire Mode recently.

D'Angleo Russell has been cooking for about the last two weeks.

Between Washington setting a new rookie record, Keita Bates-Diop making Spurs history, Jae'Sean Tate being generally awesome, and Mike Conley doing his regular quitely great thing, the Buckeyes suddenly have quite the footprint in the NBA.

I ain't mad about it.

 CALEB WILLIAMS TO... WISCONSIN? I think most people have pretty reasonably assumed that Caleb Williams was going to end up in USC with Lincoln Riley after entering the NCAA Transfer portal last month.

But apparently, that's not a done deal and he could still end up at a far more random destination.

Wisconsin has emerged as a serious contender to sign former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams from the transfer portal, according to On3’s Gerry Hamilton. USC and LSU also remain in the running for On3’s No. 1 ranked prospect in the Transfer Portal Rankings.

A previous report from OKC-KWTV Sports Director Dean Blevins named USC and LSU the final two schools in Caleb Williams’ second recruitment but Paul Chryst and Wisconsin have not backed off their interest.

Wisconsin finished 9-4 in 2021, including a 6-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Badgers used preseason Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list quarterback Graham Mertz, a sophomore, throughout the season.

Despite one highly rated quarterback on campus, Wisconsin wants to add the favorite to land No. 1 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft to its roster. Williams also came into college as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Are... are you sure?

Outside of that one year Russell Wilson signed on as a one-year mercenary (and promptly lost to freshman Braxton Miller, by the way), I cannot remember a time when Wisconsin has had a quarterback I'd even consider pretty good.

As my uncle Ramzy pointed out to us, I have watched the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Big Ten title game for 2014 too many times to count and even with a gun to my head I could not tell you who the Badgers' starting quarterback was (I would have said Alex Hornibrook, and I would have been dead).

I mean, when you simply Google "Best Wisconsin Quarterbacks of All Time" you get a top-10 that is basically a guy in another school's uniform at the top followed nine guys who look like they belong in a YMCA league.

But hey, if he wants to go to Wisconsin, I'm all for it. Let's give that Sept. 24 meeting some juice!

 BIG THANOS. Behold, one of the crispiest custom Ohio State jersey's ever made (behind my custom Chic Harley jersey my mom helped me make, of course).

I would fully support Dawand going full Ochocinco and legally changing his last name to "Big Thanos" for this upcoming season. I'd absolutely buy that jersey without much hesitation.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit.

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