Skull Session: Buckeye rookies thrive, Penn State not Ohio State rival, Buckeyes brings TV ratings


Your team might not have won the World Series last night, but we’re all winners after Fox gave us this gorgeous comeback photo of Urban Meyer.

Word of the day: Ancilla.

NFL ASSEMBLY LINE. You won’t believe it, but the Buckeyes once again sent a crop of players to the next level who immediately succeeded.

If you had told me six months ago that two Buckeyes would be among the league’s top three defensive rookies, I would have believed you no questions asked. But I can’t say I would have ever ranked Jordan Fuller as one of them.

NOT A RIVALERY. It’s no secret that Penn State has been the only Big Ten team to keep things even moderately competitive with the Buckeyes with any consistency over the past decade. Meanwhile, the state of Ohio has been cramming Michigan into a wood chipper every season for nearly two decades.

Honestly, it makes sense for an outsider to wonder who Ohio State’s real rival really is, and it makes even more sense for Penn State to genuinely believe it’s them. But that doesn’t make it true.

Colombian Antonio Shelton knows what’s going on.

You’re right, you’re not Michigan, Antonio. And the easiest way to find out is the fact that your four games against Ohio State have actually been competitive.

BUCKS PROVIDES THE RATINGS. It’s hard to quantify how desperate the world was for Buckeye’s football, but I’d say record odds on a blazing midday start to the season do a pretty solid job of telling this story.

I think it’s safe to say college football missed the Buckeyes. And believe me, these feelings are mutual.

GOODBYE, GOOD DAKICH. After three years with the Buckeyes, one of our favorite setbacks is moving on.

After two seasons as a member of the Ohio State coaching staff under the direction of Chris Holtmann, Dakich is taking a position as director of basketball operations at Elon University, The Dispatch. An official announcement is expected on Tuesday, pending final approval from Elon’s human resources.

The move will reunite Dakich with one of his former coaches. He will work at Elon for Mike Schrage, a longtime member of Holtmann’s coaching staff who was an assistant at Ohio State for two seasons before taking on the role of head coach of the Phoenix for the 2019-20 season. Prior to accepting Elon’s job, Schrage was an assistant for Holtmann at Butler from 2016 to 2017, then with the Buckeyes from 2017 to 19.

“We’re really happy for Dak,” Holtmann told The Dispatch in a statement. “This is the next step in Andrew’s coaching career. He has a very bright future in our company. Andrew has a really good feel for the game and how teams work, as we’ve all seen during his playing season as Buckeye.

“He works for a great coach and person in Mike Schrage. Looking forward to following their success in Elon. “

It’s still amazing to me that he played meaningful minutes for an Ohio State team that finished third in the Big Ten, but I’m eternally grateful because if he didn’t. , Chris Holtmann’s real plan was to sign kids from a local summer rec. league.

Godspeed, Dakich.

SONG OF THE DAY. John Williams’ Duel of Fates.

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