Posted: Thursday November 16, 2006 4:06PM; Updated: Friday November 17, 2006 1:31PM
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Seated at a table behind a barricade strip like the ones used in airport security lines, Pitcock -- who describes himself as shy -- serenely answered reporters questions for the better part of an hour on Monday.
The key to stopping Mike Hart? "Get him to go sideways," Pitcock said. "Once he shoots forward, you're done."
What if these two teams are forced to play each other a second time, in the national title game? "I don't know how to take it," Pitcock said. "What do you guys think?"
Wouldn't it be unfair?
"Who knows, who cares," Pitcock said. "I got Michigan this week. Gotta beat 'em the first time."
The senior was largely unflappable, save for a brief, turbulent moment with a breathless talking head.
(Some background: Buckeye players who beat Michigan are given "Gold Pants" -- a gold charm replica of football pants, an homage to ex-Buckeyes coach Francis Schmidt, who famously observed, on the eve of a stirring victory, that Michigan players "put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else.")
"Quinn," said the TV guy, "sum up the three gold pants you've earned over your career."
What was he supposed to say? "They're very ... shiny!"
"Let me think about that," replied Pitcock, warily.
That wasn't cutting it for the TV guy. "Just give me, off the cuff, one word -- when you look at those gold pants, what will those mean to you 10 years from now?"
"Those three gold pants just mean," said Pitcock, flailing just a bit, "tradition."
The talking head looked pained, and departed.
Said Pitcock: "I can't work with that guy."
He fared better when asked about his favorite Buckeye tradition.
What will that be like, singing your final rendition of Carmen Ohio on Saturday?
"Well, hopefully," he replied, "it will be a situation where we might not be able to sing Carmen Ohio, if you catch my drift."