Skull Session: Cardale Jones to Launch at Pro Day, Harry Miller’s Mom Shares Her Story and Jim Knowles Teach Not Compete

It’s Ohio State Pro Day today – the most electric job interview in the world.

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Word of the day: Bodacious.

THE RETURN OF DOLO. Today is Ohio State Pro Day, which is fun, cool, and exciting in its own right. But there’s a little more juice for this one as Buckeye royalty will be returning to the facilities to help drop some bombs.

So if you ever wanted to know what Cardale and his cannon would have looked like throwing to two of the best receivers in program history, now is your chance.

CJ Stroud will also pitch, which will be a nice little preview of what’s to come next year for the NFL team reps in attendance. I’m pretty sure there will be teams that wish they could call his name in the first round this year, but patience is a virtue.

MOM, SUPPORTER, BIGGEST FAN, ETC. We’ve talked a lot about Harry Miller’s struggles, his bravery, and how anyone who feels this way isn’t alone – all for good reason.

But there is also another side to this: the loved ones of someone struggling with their mental health and the best way to support, love and help them.

Harry’s mother, Kristina Miller, told him part of the story.

Things seemed to be going well – until they weren’t. In December, we felt Harry drifting away, being unresponsive, even angry. Our concern was at a whole new high. During the Christmas holidays, we agreed not to discuss school, football or even his health, because that’s what he wanted. We spent a week relaxing at the beach and just being together. It was really perfect.

But we had not discussed any of the issues that concerned us. My husband and I told Harry we were coming to Ohio in January to visit and talk. To be honest, I was a little angry. I wanted to know why he was walking away. Was it because he was about to turn 21? Did we do something to anger him? Was he still depressed? We didn’t know, but we were going to find out.

We weren’t prepared for what we found in Ohio: a bloody cutter and a son who was telling everyone (doctors, coaches, parents, friends) what he thought they wanted to hear. The pain in his eyes was evident. We talked, cried and decided together that it was time to get away from football. Truth be told, I’m pretty sure he had already made that decision, but he was so afraid of disappointing us and everyone else that he was willing to sacrifice himself. I have no doubt that continuing in this way would have resulted in a very different result.

Although this is not the trip we expected for our son, it may be an even bigger mission than we could have imagined. Admittedly, I spent some time being angry that our son was in so much pain and my plan for him seemed to be falling apart. What I’m learning is that this new plan is so much more impactful and important, and as long as Harry is willing to be a voice and face of sanity for others, we will support him in any way we can. .

In the letter, she recalls leaving Harry at school or talking to him on the phone and having very real worries and doubts that she would ever see her son again, which must be an absolutely unimaginable feeling.

She also shares advice for everyone that can help support the mental health of athletes – although it can be as simple as not being an online jerk.

Compulsory reading.

TEACH, NOT COMPETE. I just can’t get enough of Jim Knowles’ approach to teaching football.

Yesterday, Ryan Day shared a little insight into what training looks like with Knowles in the lead: a lot less direct competition on every exercise, and a lot more teaching and learning.

“What I’ve noticed with Jim is that it’s not a competition every day as to who can win the drill, it’s a matter of teaching because he has his eyes on what first game in September. There will be a time when we want to go there against each other, move the ball and compete, but I think it’s the veteran coach in him, he understands the big picture. He there’s a method to the way he sets up, the way he teaches. We had a practice before we left for spring break where he ran the same defense the whole practice. It’s amazing teaching for me it’s not about winning the drill it’s about getting better at defense and learning and developing at a high level I thought that was really impressive. Im impressed with the way the guys played, their energy and attention to detail.”

I don’t think I could be more sold on an assistant trainer, and I haven’t even seen a preview of the actual product on the pitch.

NOT JUST FOOTBALL PLAYERS. It’s a bit of an oxymoron, but I think the best coaches, at the end of the day, really don’t care about your athletic performance.

Ryan Day, by all accounts, is one of those coaches.

I’m not at the stage yet of having to consider these things, even remotely, but this is absolutely the type of coach I would want my son or daughter to play for.

My son happens to be eight pounds, purrs, and covered in soft white plush, so I don’t see him getting any scholarship offers any time soon.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Anyone” by Justin Bieber.

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