Notes from the Fickell presser, and other happenings around the world of college football, including updated NCAA investigation information (it’s not just us) and the latest on conference expansion.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- Nathan Williams is still out, and Adam Homan had surgery this week. Andrew Sweat is banged up, but expected to play, but there’s no official word on Philly Brown at this time.
  • Fickell Speaks- If you’re a fan of discussing time outs and so forth, you’d have loved today’s press conference. The long and short of it- He wished he would have called a time out prior to Miami doing so late in the fourth, but was also thinking that the offense would need at least two if they were going to make a comeback from being down two scores.
  • Captain, My Captain- This week’s representatives: John “Sandman” Simon and Zach “Kill Everything That Moves” Boren
  • Just For Giggles- Fickell, on Joe Bauserman being shown laughing on the sidelines late in the game,

I know Joe hurts every bit as bad as I do. Just like me up here, I smile and I show that I’m happy and everything’s going great when my stomach down inside is sometimes in a knot.

No, that’s not something you want to see. Whether he was disguising or masking how his gut felt, I have confidence that Joe hurts every bit as much as I hurt. We try and tell those guys, nothing goes unnoticed whether it’s on the sidelines of a game, whether it’s in a classroom, wherever you are having something to eat. Just make sure you understand that.

But I haven’t noticed anything that would tell me that Joe isn’t 100% with us

  • Vaunted Athlete “OR” To Start Against Buffs- This week’s depth chart indicated that Bauserman OR Miller would start for the second straight week. When asked about it at Tuesday’s media event, Fickell said that they were letting them compete during the week and would make that decision closer to gameday.  Later, Michael Brewster said that he didn’t notice any significant change in the prep time at practice. FWIW.
  • Playing Time- As part of his remarks, Coach Fickell said that he thought young players learn more by playing rather than by watching. Later, he commented that his hopes were to get a better rotation of folks in the defensive secondary in order to counter the Colorado passing attack and to give people the experience needed.
  • Whoopsie- John Simon said that, during film, the Buckeyes missed 27 tackles against Miami.  Under normal circumstances, that figure is in single digits.
  • They’re Probably Saying “Boooooraxton”- Coach Fickell, responding to questions about the boos during the Toledo game and whether or not he anticipated more against Colorado,

Really that’s probably one thing I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to. I mean, hey, they’re passionate about what they do. I understand everybody’s got a job to do. They pay their money to get in. They love Ohio State, Ohio State football. If they don’t like something, they let you know.

That’s not what we’re going to focus on. Hopefully that doesn’t affect us mentally in any way.

  • In Other Words- This

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