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07:33 AM ET 02.12 | Where is Marcus?, the Texas crowd chanted late in what turned out to be a decisive win over Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Travis Ford wasn't in a mood to talk about missing Marcus Smart, who was back in Stillwater serving the first game of a three-game suspension for shoving a fan Saturday at Texas Tech. OSU clearly could have used Smart, its leading scorer and point guard, in the 87-68 loss. But Ford found little positives in wishing and wanting. "To be honest with you, this has nothing to do with Marcus Smart," Ford said. "He wasn't here [Tuesday night]. We've got to play with what we've got. We can't get caught up in any of that. I don't really even want to talk about it. It doesn't do us any good. This team has to form its own identity and get out there and play."

The Oklahoman

Marcus Smart, US Presswire Marcus Smart, US Presswire
February 12, 2014  07:56 AM ET

That's Marcus Not-So-Smart.

February 12, 2014  07:58 AM ET

Hey this headline says "OSU". Let's hijack.

Harley did you read or hear about this? (off of bucknutz)


Via Bucknuts...

*Days Of Our Buckeyes . We had been waiting until after signing day to tell you this story for two reasons: One, our source asked us to hold the information until the 2014 recruiting class was all signed up. And two, even if he didn't make that request, we wouldn't have wanted to rock the OSU recruiting boat so close to signing day.
Well, leave it to a Bucknuts subscriber to spill the beans. Front Row message board member "tOSUHook" posted yesterday that there was a serious altercation between Mike Vrabel and Urban Meyer. Some fans questioned the validity of the post. You shouldn't. It happened and we're about to tell you all about it.
The incident occurred in early December -- the week before the contest against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game. Ohio State had just given up 603 yards and 41 points to a porous Michigan offense and barely escaped with a one-point victory.
Well, strength coach Mickey Marotti - who is absolutely Meyer's right-hand man, was ribbing Luke Fickell about "not getting his guys juiced up enough" before games. No, he wasn't making a Jose Canseco reference. Marotti was suggesting that Fickell didn't get his guys fired up enough.
Then Meyer walked in and joined in on the banter. And while we're told Marotti's criticism of Fickell was somewhat light-hearted, Meyer was a bit more serious. He told Fickell that he needs to do a better job of getting the defensive players emotionally ready to go before kickoff.
Well, just then Mike Vrabel walks in and hears this conversation. According to an impeccable source, Vrabel went off. He felt that Marotti and Meyer were going after Fickell unfairly and Vrabel screamed at both of them. The shouting match escalated and it got to the point where Vrabel actually put his hands on Meyer. Didn't punch him, but did put his hands on him. (We've heard varying stories from two different sources: One says Vrabel put his hand around Meyer's neck and pinned him up against a wall; the other source says Vrabel grabbed the shirt collar and it wasn't quite as violent as the other source is making it seem.)
We're told it didn't happen right away since OSU was still undefeated at the time and very much in the national championship race, but eventually Vrabel was told he needed to find a new job. They decided they were going to try and keep everything in-house and make it look like an amicable split.
One major difference in what we've been told by sources regarding the incident and the post from "tOSUHook" is that the altercation between Meyer and Vrabel did not happen just days before Vrabel left for the Houston Texans. In fact, it happened over a month before Vrabel joined Bill O'Brien's staff. Like we said, the incident happened the week between the Michigan and Michigan State games. Vrabel didn't leave for the Texans' gig until Jan. 9.
So, there you go. We would apologize to you for not telling you about this earlier, but we can't burn sources. Especially really good ones. We were asked to hold the information until after signing day and that's what we did.

February 12, 2014  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey this headline says "OSU". Let's hijack.Harley did you read or hear about this? (off of bucknutz)Via Bucknuts... *Days Of Our Buckeyes . We had been waiting until after signing day to tell you this story for two reasons: One, our source asked us to hold the information until the 2014 recruiting class was all signed up. And two, even if he didn't make that request, we wouldn't have wanted to rock the OSU recruiting boat so close to signing day.Well, leave it to a Bucknuts subscriber to spill the beans. Front Row message board member "tOSUHook" posted yesterday that there was a serious altercation between Mike Vrabel and Urban Meyer. Some fans questioned the validity of the post. You shouldn't. It happened and we're about to tell you all about it.The incident occurred in early December -- the week before the contest against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game. Ohio State had just given up 603 yards and 41 points to a porous Michigan offense and barely escaped with a one-point victory.Well, strength coach Mickey Marotti - who is absolutely Meyer's right-hand man, was ribbing Luke Fickell about "not getting his guys juiced up enough" before games. No, he wasn't making a Jose Canseco reference. Marotti was suggesting that Fickell didn't get his guys fired up enough.Then Meyer walked in and joined in on the banter. And while we're told Marotti's criticism of Fickell was somewhat light-hearted, Meyer was a bit more serious. He told Fickell that he needs to do a better job of getting the defensive players emotionally ready to go before kickoff.Well, just then Mike Vrabel walks in and hears this conversation. According to an impeccable source, Vrabel went off. He felt that Marotti and Meyer were going after Fickell unfairly and Vrabel screamed at both of them. The shouting match escalated and it got to the point where Vrabel actually put his hands on Meyer. Didn't punch him, but did put his hands on him...

WOW. JUST...WOW.

This seems to explain a lot of things in the last chaotic weeks of the '13 season for the Bucks. I've no reason to doubt the story, BB, as it's common knowledge that Vrabel and Fickell are close pals from 'way back at tOSU. Marotti is UFM's right-hand man; it appears the goading approach was a bad psychological strategy on their parts. Who knows what forms of psych-war goes on behind closed doors at the WHAC?

I suspect Luke Fickell, as much as he loves Ohio State, will be seeking a job elsewhere in the near future. UFM will then have the last vestige of the Vest era purged, and another whipping boy will have to be found.

February 12, 2014  08:43 AM ET

Ford needs a "I'm a man" lesson from Gundy on how to handle the press.

February 12, 2014  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ford needs a "I'm a man" lesson from Gundy on how to handle the press.

That would require him to grow a sack first!

February 12, 2014  01:20 PM ET

Texas fans should show more class than that. The 'Pokes played defense like matadors and the 'Horns shot lights out which doesn't happen every game. That's no reason to taunt the other team.

It's Austin, not Philadelphia, so show a little class.

February 12, 2014  02:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That would require him to grow a sack first!

+1

 
February 12, 2014  02:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That would require him to grow a sack first!

+2

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