Skull Session: Buckeyes recruited Tanner Holden to play football, Ohio State sells a bunch of tickets and Teradja Mitchell gets misidentified

My friends, I am officially a resident of Columbus.

My only request is that God please turn up the heat and the sun outside. I am no longer in Georgia.

Word of the day: stay.

STAR OF BOTH SPORTS. The Ohio State Hoops added some reinforcements this week with Wright State guard/wing Tanner Holden announcing his intention to join the team. Turns out this is actually his *second* chance to become a Buckeye; his first was on the football field.

While at Wheelersburg High School in southeast Ohio, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime in the 2017 Division V state title game, was named co-offensive player of the year in state in Division V and was a finalist — already as a junior — for Ohio’s Mr. Football.

Urban Meyer, then-OSU coach, even sat him down before the Buckeyes game with UNLV and asked him to consider playing for Scarlet and Gray.

“Oh, I looked at it,” Holden recalled Thursday night after scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds to lead Wright State to a 75-62 victory over Cleveland State at the Nutter Center.

As for being courted by Ohio State, Holden said, “It was just a huge opportunity that you can’t overlook. Few people are so lucky.

“But I looked at his longevity and I felt that if I played basketball somewhere, I could impact my freshman year. And at Ohio State or some other big school, I would have to take a few years off. and waste time.

“I didn’t want to regret my decision and walk away from basketball just to chase a big name or try to get verification on Instagram or Twitter.”

After averaging over 20 points on the season and losing 37 in an NCAA Tournament game, I’m confident enough to say he made the right career choice.

I think it’s also safe to say that Ohio State did very well at catcher without him. So no harm, no fault all around.

FULL HOUSE. Hey, looks like people are excited to see Buckeye football in the ‘Shoe’ again.

Season ticket sales for Ohio State football games have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to figures provided to The Dispatch on Friday.

The school has sold 53,606 general public, faculty and staff season tickets for the upcoming 2022 season, associate athletic director for ticketing and premium seating Brett Scarbrough said in an email.

This is the first time Ohio State has sold more than 50,000 non-student memberships since COVID-19 began impacting attendance two years ago and is the biggest-selling since the sale of 53,926 in 2017.

I’m sure it helps that there are five home games this season against opponents who could realistically be ranked in the top 25, including Notre Dame and Michigan. I’m not sure you can possibly whip up a better, more marketable homemade slate outside of a video game.

But whatever the reason, it will be nice to see that concrete cathedral rock this season.

THE OTHER TERADJA. You’d think a returning team captain who was once a top-50 rookie and is now returning for his super senior season with the team would be pretty easy for fans to identify, all things considered.

It turns out that you would be completely wrong!

I feel your pain, Teradja. People confuse me with Jacob Elordi all the time. It’s so exhausting to have to correct them.

AND THE WINNER IS… Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Duke got dumped and Coach K ended his career with a Final Four loss to his biggest rival. You couldn’t have scripted it better. However, the victory in North Carolina sets up an extremely disappointing end to the 11W Bracket Challenge.

Since none of the 1,092 entries picked North Carolina to win the national title and our first and second place finishers both picked Kansas to win, we ended the competition even before the game for the tonight’s title never ends.

Boring as hell, but here are our top 10 for tonight:

Top 10

We’ll wait until it’s officially official, but congratulations to Jimijmac and TheJarzenski for having the two worst slices of our entire pool. Expect an email from me in the next few days.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Perfect” by One Direction.

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