Ryan Day

Skull Session: Ohio State and Notre Dame Drew Eyeballs, Harry Miller to Deliver Keynote at Mental Health Fundraiser and Arkansas State Fun Fact

“Do what?” I answered.

“Writing for Eleven Warriors and running back for the University of Illinois football team?” they said.

I told them it was not an easy life, but it was my life.

I laugh.

But I actually share a name with an Illinois running back named Chase Brown. He’s pretty good at football, and he won the Doak Walker National Running Back of the Week award on Wednesday. Now, every time you hear his name, you’ll think of me, the man who organizes your Skull Sessions. You’re welcome.

Let’s have a good Thursday, okay?

MUST-SEE TV. Ohio State and Notre Dame were the most-watched college football game last weekend with 10.5 million viewers, overtaking second-place Florida State and LSU – which drew 7.55 million viewers – by nearly of 3 million.

ESPN also announced that the Buckeyes’ battle with the Fighting Irish was the most-watched regular season game on their network family in five years.

This attention should not be out of the ordinary for the state of Ohio. However, the Buckeyes drew an average viewership of around 5 million viewers for their regular season contests in 2021. The outlier was the Michigan game, which drew 15 million viewers and broke records for the most game watched since 2019.

Still, many Americans got the top-five game between two of college football’s storied programs on date viewing last weekend. Ohio State and Notre Dame delivered an entertaining game. It wasn’t what everyone expected, with the Buckeyes’ defense the main storyline in a hard-fought 21-10 victory in the Horseshoe, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

Ohio State likely won’t return to that ballpark of viewership for a few weeks, with the next big game for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin on Sept. 24. Penn State. The Buckeyes’ rematch against Michigan is sure to draw massive odds, of course, with the potential for even bigger numbers if the Buckeyes advance to the Big Ten Championship Game and the College Football Playoffs.

MILLER AT CENTER STAGE. Former Buckeye offensive lineman Harry Miller will be the keynote speaker at the Faces of Resilience fundraiser at Northwest Lodge Club at Ohio Stadium on September 20. The event will support the Ohio State Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, which Miller credits with saving his life.

In an interview with Columbus Monthly, Miller said the event would give him a chance to give back to the people who got him through the toughest time of his life.

“I want to help the people I see on campus every day,” Miller said. “It would be such a great opportunity, and I’m delighted.”

Miller told Columbus Monthly he was healthy today. He works for a company called Iridium, run by Ohio State grad Matthew Desch, and works with clients like SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, and Garmin.

“They’re working with a lot of big names, and I think a lot of great opportunities could come out of that,” says Miller, who would like to work with space vehicles one day.

But its ambitions go beyond the exploration of the cosmos. He talks about becoming a Rhodes Scholar, a dream he’s had since high school, and he’d like to publish a collection of short stories. One of his therapists, Williams, encouraged Miller to explore his feelings on the page, but instead of writing something directly autobiographical, Miller – an admirer of literary giants like Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck – discovered that the fiction was a better vehicle. “I think it’s easier to communicate feelings, emotions and experiences,” he says.

The Burford, GA native also plans to be a mental health advocate for the rest of his life, making it his lifelong mission regardless of his career path. This type of advocacy has no shortage of heroes – Miller led among them – as mental health issues continue to rise around the world. However, Miller claims he is no hero. He only spoke his truth.

“I don’t know if it’s bravery, but that’s what I felt,” he said. “It’s like being as honest as possible. It was a cold, broken hallelujah, and that was exactly what had to happen. Someone had to say something, and I happened to be someone.

Bravo, once again, to Miller for his efforts. He continues to be a blessing to those in need and deserves praise for his good work.

BUCKEYE’S BLOOD AT ASU. Arkansas State defensive coordinator Rob Harley has a family history with Ohio State, which you might be able to guess from his last name.

Harley is the great-great-grandnephew of Charles Wesley “Chic” Harley, who played for the Buckeyes from 1916-19. Chic is widely considered one of Ohio State’s greatest football players and was the first player in program history to win three All-American awards. His No. 47 is retired and hangs over the north end zone of Ohio Stadium.

Rob also played for Ohio State from 2001-2005 and was a member of the 2002 championship team. In his final three seasons at Columbus, the Buckeyes went 29-8, winning that national title and the Fiesta Bowl 2005.

His accomplishments and lineage aside, I’m sure Ohio State fans will feel similar to how they welcomed Marcus Freeman, James Laurinaitis and Al Washington to the shoe last weekend, and that is Root for Harley at all (or most) times unless his team is playing the Buckeyes.

TIME TO VISIT THE LIBRARY? The Thompson Ohio State Library will host a free exhibit titled “A Walk in Our Shoe: 100 Years of the Ohio Stadium” to celebrate a century of the horseshoe with the history, traditions, milestones, pageantry and some lesser-known facts about the landmark.

Located at 1858 Neil Ave., the library and its exhibit include Marlene Owens’ homecoming trophy, a display case with the accomplishments of John Wilce, Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel, and a glimpse of the student dormitories that once existed in the Southeast Tower. of the stadium. .

The Horseshoe student dormitories are of particular interest to me. The exhibit explains that the university opened barracks-style housing in the stadium before the Great Depression. However, the economic downturn caused many people to drop out of school. In 1932, an Ohio State Dean invited male students to live at the stadium in co-op housing in exchange for working in the dorms.

I’m pretty sure Ohio State will never open dorms at Ohio Stadium again. But the athletic department has also reached an agreement to call the turf Safelite Field, so anything can happen.

Can you imagine the absolute flex for the students living there if given the chance? I lived in Siebert Hall for my freshman year, which was great, but it wouldn’t be as good as a chance to live in the Mecca of college football.

If you had the opportunity (or could have, I don’t know the age of Skull Session readers) to live in Ohio Stadium, would you? Let me know in the comments.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Hotel California” by Eagles.

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