Wednesday Skull Session

By Sarah on April 11, 2012 at 6:00a

Pip pip, good people. Perhaps you're enjoying a bowl of your cereal of choice while reading this. Or, if your breakfast preferences are like mine, oatmeal. Or maybe you're eating lunch1. I don't know your schedule. 

I mean, some readers could still be up from the night before, watching the Justified season finale on a loop, paying particular attention to the super-entertaining climax of the episode. Though I will not spoil it for anyone, as far as I'm concerned, that scene is a highlight of the 2012 TV season. 

Moving on to sports, if you want to depress yourself, just head on over to this site that reminds us all that we still have over four months until the start of college football season.  

On the other hand, we're only ten days away from the Spring Game, which allows us to take a hit of that seductive gridiron drug.

Yesterday, coaches and players from each B1G team in the Legends Division spoke to the media. Because many people still can't keep track of who belongs where, I consulted an online mnemonic generator that came up with an easy-to-remember phrase for this group, which consists of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern: Invisible Mighty Museums Make New Nights.

Today, the Leaders side, also known as Inexperienced Innocent Ones Purge Poor Windows, follows suit. Joining Urban Meyer on the teleconference will be John Simon's future co-captain, Zach Boren. I'm sure the reporters' questions will all be about the new high-definition scoreboard and sound system for the Horseshoe. 

 227 DAYS2.  In their teleconference, Michigan's Brady Hoke and Jordan Kovacs were asked to address Urban Meyer and what his hiring could mean for The Game. Kovacs believes that "it's going to be great for the rivalry...Two of the best coaches in the nation are coaching these two programs, and obviously they're recruiting better than anybody in the nation right now."

He's at least correct on that last part, with each program landing a four-star recruit last night. Ohio State welcomed tight end Marcus Baugh to its 2013 class, and Michigan added linebacker Ben Gedeon

Kovacs also admitted that he was not permitted to say "Ohio State", though he did not reveal how he would be disciplined if he were to commit such a sin. I would think that attending U of M, wearing Maize and Blue, and having to look at Brady Hoke every day is punishment enough. 

Speaking of the man who totally understands the rivalry because he refuses to utter the entirety of the other school's name, Hoke discussed it as well:

"As far as I know, it's never been about the coaches. It's always been about those two schools and that rivalry and the intensity of that whole week when you get ready to play each other. What a great game and a fun game it is to play in and coach in."

I hope he has fun getting haunted by the ghosts of Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler. 

However, the Buckeyes are not the only opponents on their mind. The Wolverines open the season against reigning national champions Alabama, who is currently a two-touchdown favorite. Kovacs thinks that game will "be a true test for where we're at in Week 1", but it's not an immediate concern for Hoke, who is focused on improving his offensive and defensive lines.

BUMP IT. When Michigan faces Bama and Ohio State, they will be taking on the top two coaches in college football, at least according to Athlon Sports. Even though these type of lists matter only to fans who need something, anything to debate during the offseason, it can be interesting to find out how different publications rate the guys in charge. 

While Meyer is the lone Big Ten coach residing in the top 10, Hoke (12th), Mark Dantonio (13th), Pat Fitzgerald (18th), and Bret Bielema (24th) are in the top 25. For what it's worth, Dantonio is 8-4 versus those other three. 

After Wisconsin's practice, Bielema responded to that The Sporting News article mentioned in yesterday's Skull Session, which accused Meyer and his staff of untoward recruiting tactics such as "bumpings". The newlywed3, who has previously launched complaints against Meyer, revealed that it was closer to the truth than anything else recorded on the topic.

Still, Bielema provided what was surely his most profound thought ever, saying, "Not to slight [the media] but a lot of time what's being written isn't exactly what's reality." 

Maybe Johnson and Haynes are like the tape in The RIng and to rid itself of their coaching hex, Ohio State had to pass them along to another program. Cursed like the Hope Diamond

LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT. Athlon will need to update that list, which included Bobby Petrino at #8 because as of last night, he has been fired. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long held a press conference in which he maintained that Petrino "abused his authority."4

Overlooking how he helped turn Arkansas back into a winning program, Long was more concerned with the former coach's lies and asserted, "I have responsibility to put that aside and do what's best for the university." Petrino misled the administration about his relationship with Jessica Dorrell, a 25-year-old he was having an affair with and then hired as a student-athlete development coordinator, a position applied for by 159 people. He also gave her $20K in cash.

Taver Johnson is the interim head coach right now, but other names have been brought up as potential replacements, including Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn, UAB's Garrick McGee, Butch Davis, and Skip Holtz.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Johnson tackled the Ohio State connections to this scandal. Angels of Coaching Death Johnson and new Razorback DC Paul Haynes were assistants under Tressel and then dealt with the fallout of his departure last year with the Buckeyes before jumping to Petrino's staff in the offseason. And just as Dick Tressel remained on the OSU sideline until Meyer was hired, Bobby's brother Paul is still the offensive coordinator for Arkansas. 

I guess that 2011 Sugar Bowl that only exists in our memories and the occasional airing on BTN brought a pox on both teams. 

BROTHER CHRISTIAN OH THE TIME HAS COME. The Dispatch's Tim May wrote a piece about safety Christian Bryant and how he's adjusted to the regime change:

"I bought into it as soon as they got here," Bryant said. "I feel like things have changed in a good way. It's real positive around here. The new coaching staff and new strength staff, they came in here real positive and just wanting us to work hard, and that’s what we’re doing."

Since Meyer wants his two-deep set after spring practices are over, Bryant is trying to use this time to keep his starting spot. If he can stay healthy, the junior-to-be will see the field plenty because as his position coach Everett Withers put it, Bryant possess "a lot of playmaking ability, a lot of instinctive ability. What you see is a guy who is physical, who likes being around the ball."

Last season, he was third on the team in tackles, with fellow safety C.J. Barnett leading the way. However, Bryant has yet to snag an interception or force a fumble in his OSU career, and from what we've heard of the new staff, they'll demand that he starts collecting turnovers. 

AROUND THE ROUND BALL. Although Jordan Sibert may or may not be transferring to Dayton but will most likely be leaving the Ohio State basketball team, we know for sure that Deshaun Thomas will be returning. The Buckeyes are also in the hunt for Rodney Hood, who is looking for a new school after completing his freshman season at Mississippi State. The 6'8" guard averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Now that Trey Burke is returning to Michigan and Cody Zeller and Christian Watford announced that they're staying at Indiana, next year's Big Ten hoops forecast is slightly less murky. The conference should once again be tough, but as Doug Lesmerises points out, Thomas, Burke, Zeller, and Penn State's Tim Frazier are the only four players coming back who were named to the first or second All-Big Ten teams. 

It's possible Thad Matta will only have 10 guys on scholarship next season, though Lesemerises acknowledges that probably won't be a problem because "fewer players means fewer issues with guys unhappy with a lack of playing time."

BTN's Brent Yarina went as far as to predict the 2012-13 B1G standings. Like most, he projects Indiana and their 14-member roster as the team to beat, with Michigan at #2 and Ohio State as #3.

CLICK-FIL-A. Current and former Buckeye wrestlers will compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials... Minnesota pays tribute to Gary Tinsley... At least he wasn't chanting "SEC!"... Howard Schnellenberger, presidential photographer... Alabama Shakes' debut album is out, so get on that already... Regional words to add to your lexicon... The Simpsons location revealed... Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout must live here

  • 1 If you are eating while reading this, just remember that keyboards and phones have a lot of germs and you should clean them regularly. 
  • 2 227, the show that earned Jackée an Emmy. Keep in mind, no one from the cast of Mad Men has won an Emmy, though I think Elisabeth Moss should for this alone. 
  • 3 Ew.
  • 4 A man in the public eye cheats on his wife with a younger woman and it's about power? Whaaaaa? 


Mike Sanders's picture

My preferred non-OSU division mnemonic: "I Might Meet Many Nebbish Northerners."

Northbrook's picture

Nice work old bean. Toodle-loo

Denny's picture

I see your Pip Pip and raise you a Pop Pop!

Also, just buy the Shakes album already, you guys.


BrewstersMillions's picture

You know, this whole Jordan Kovacs thing has run its course with me. Michigan fans really embrace a guy like this but of all the things I am looking forward to in regards to Urban Meyer, the eventual evisceration of the great white hope might top the list. If there is one thing UFM does better than any other in creating an offensive game plan, it is locating the guys on the defense he can exploit and Kovacs will certainly fit the mold. He can not cover a lick and will spend most of his time against OSU with his back to the QB. Where the old regime appeared to be afraid to exploit defensive weaknesses, this offense will go out of their way to do it.

I may change my name to Bart Scott.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

RC's picture

Arkansas wouldn't seriously consider Butch Davis would they?  I mean, he would fit in perfectly in the $EC but...come on!

Ethos's picture

It's not hard to remember Sarah:



"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

sir rickithda3rd's picture

bart scott= hands down greatest speech after a game ever!

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

aboynamedtracy's picture

Alabama Shakes is certainly a good call. But if I could only recommend 1 album from 2012, it would be "A Church That Fits Our Needs" by Lost in the Trees.


Oh & umm, cheerio... or something...

Doc's picture

I have to respectfully disagree.  IF you are going to buy one album this year you HAVE TO buy Van Halen's "A Different Kind Of Truth".  The first album with Diamond David Lee Roth on the mic since "1984".  It rocks like VH should.  Check it out you will not be disappointed.  itunes has the album for $6.99 until midnight tonight.

You can thank me later,


I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

hodge's picture

Jack White's solo album drops on April Twenty-Fourth.

All other arguments are invalid.

Doc's picture

Eddie Van Halen

Alex Van Halen

David Lee Roth

Just one of those guys trumps Jack White.  BOOM Van Halened!

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

hodge's picture

Haha, I'll agree to disagree, good sir.  The White Stripes' Elephant changed my life.

I'll give it to you, though, Van Halen's an incredibly talented band--not a huge fan of the 80's hair metal, but always liked Van Halen.  

NC_Buckeye's picture

Doc, I think we are the same generation (tOSU class of '88). But I have to say I'm with Hodge on this. The White Stripes (as well as the The Black Keys) make me think that I'm not so old afterall. This shite is good.

* But then I listened to punk rock in the 80's. Wasn't much into stadium rockers.

hodge's picture

The Black Keys are excellent, as well.  I have to say, though, that I prefer their earlier catalogue to their more recent output.  That being said, they're still awesome.  

The White Stripes still reign supreme for me, though.

William's picture

The Black Keys are great, but I'd have to say that in this era of music, Portugal. The Man is the best band in my mind. 

Doc's picture

NC, before VH I loved the Clash, still do.  They were the only punk band I got into, but I thought they were the best.  "Train In Vain" is still one of my favorite songs.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

Doc's picture

Yeah I guess we will.  I'll be 42 in May, but to me the music put out today is noise and not very clever.  Enjoy it, but leave me with my VH \m/!

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

hodge's picture

I'm twenty one years your junior, and up until about two years ago I almost completely shared the same sentiment.  Since my youth I was steeped in classic rock (I can seriously reel off every album Rush has ever recorded, in chronological order), I mean Exile on Main Street is one of the regular albums in my car rotation and I put London Calling as the second-best album ever put to wax (behind Miles Davis' Kind of Blue).

The thing that I had to figure out was that in the '70s and '80s, good music (at least generally) got a lot of airtime--and because of that there's a lot of airplay nowadays for those tunes.  Good music today is tougher to find, but it's there, believe you me.  Only the alternative stations really have a good rotation modern music (in my opinion, at least), and as music is an ever-cyclical thing, it seems that a lot of new "alternative" rock is going in the direction of the '80s--slick production, heavy electronics, and a bit less dark than new wave.  Hell, Fun's "We are Young" would have been just as at home if it was written in 1984!

William's picture

I'd have to agree with Hodge. I pretty much share the same sentiments. My top 3 would probably be Led Zeppelin, The Who and Cream, but there is still great music out there and I find it rather annoying when people of older generations proclaim that the music in this era is noise. I find that to be an insult to bands that still put out quality music like The Black Keys, Portugal. The Man, Arctic Monkeys, Fleet Foxes, Beirut, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, etc. That being said, no one will ever put out music like Led Zeppelin.

FortMeyer's picture

@Hodge If you still have a penchant for classic style rock I've found a fairly new band that is awesome. You may have heard of them, Black Country Communion. Joe Bonamassa, legendary guitar god, Glenn Hughes on vocals and bass, Jason Bonham on drums, and Derek Sherinian on old style rock keyboard. These guys have been around and are all legends but they came together to make two albums and a third is supposed to come this summer. I love this style rock and they are all great musicians. Just in case it interests you. Just one of many great tunes.

Squirrel Master's picture

I agree with you. I still like some music today but its hard to find anything like this:

Not my favorite song but the guitar solo at the beginning is legendary. Most musicians today couldn't even begin to imagine how to play that way. Eddie is a Moosicle Denius maen! A Moosicle Denius!


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

faux_maestro's picture

 The White Stripes' Elephant changed my life.


HA I'm not alone! Then I heard their earlier stuff and I was hooked. I like Van Halen too but I gotta go with Jack White on this one.


P.S. This "Alabama Shakes" stuff is pretty good too.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

BucksfanXC's picture

Very germaine to this convo: Lolla line-up came out today, Alabama Shakes is going to be there. So are The Black Keys, fun., Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Jack White, RHCP, etc.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

William's picture

Their lineup looks to be about 10x better than Bonnaroo's.

aboynamedtracy's picture

I recommend Osheaga as the summer festival of choice.


Full disclosure, I am an unapologetic music snob who will travel to the ends of the earth to see a great concert.

Denny's picture

The Shakes are better live than on their record. They play pretty tight tot he record, but it's got more crunch live. That's a hell of a lineup for the Loller.


Squirrel Master's picture

I put in "Michigan Sucks" and got this:

Middle incomes color hairy in-transit generals after narcissistic shoelaces undulate clean kind schedules


Translation: Middle income hairy fanatics of narcissistic untied shoed QB when they have an easy schedule!



I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

Taver and I need to have a talk about the dismal history for Buckeyes living in fayetteville.  Rumor is that there will be some dandy bargains of talented players ready to transfer. 

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

thatlillefty's picture

Love the Simpsons link... thanks for sharing.

Maestro's picture

meal replacement bar thank you very much

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture


Bama will put a hurting on Michigan, it won't even be close.  I just wanted to say that first. 

Petrino is a scumbag, they knew it when they hired him and it bit them on the ass.  I wouldn't be shocked if they hired Jones at all.

Hope the Bucks get Hood.  If Muhammad announces UCLA tonight, I think we'll miss out on Tony Parker.  Maybe that will make it easier to land Oriahki for a year.  Matta and his half court game would certainly showcase Oriahki's ability for the NBA more so than a team that gets out and runs alot.  We'll see.

Indiana is going to be very good next year.  I know he's a D-bag and has a bad haircut, but it really didnt' take Crean long to bring them back. 

Squirrel Master's picture

If hood transfers that would be the best because he is talented and would sit a year while the current players get PT and learn more. Oriakhi would be nice, I just hope he comes off the bench with Ravenel behind Williams. I think it will piss off Amir if he is behind Oriakhi. Although, if OSU doesn't get Parker and Oriakhi does come, could have a lineup of Craft, Smith, Thomas, Oriakhi and Williams. That would be a huge, shot blocking lineup.

I still think the current possible lineup of Craft, Smith, Thompson/Ross, Thomas and Williams should be plenty fine. Whoever comes on either better be a hell of a player or ready to be in a supporting role.

IDK, do you think if Muhammad goes to Kentucky instead, Parker comes to OSU?

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

btalbert25's picture

I've just read some stuff saying he likes the idea of playing with Muhammad at UCLA.  I have a feeling Muhammad is going to UCLA and have some diehard UK fans that seem to be less hopeful today than they were Monday about Shabaz.  Shabaz made some comment about the Fab Five, like he wanted to be part of a huge class and with the PG it sounds like UCLA has landed or is about to land, Shabaz, and Parker, that would be a pretty good class.  Of course at Kentucky it would be pretty good if they got Noel and Muhammad, so who knows.  I know he's screwing around with all 3 schools right now, but I have a feeling he lands at UCLA.

I don't know if it helps Ohio State's chances if Muhammad goes to UK instead or not, but my guess is with Plumlee back, Duke may not be in the running as much as they were.  Just a feeling though.  I have a bad feeling it may be UCLA.

Squirrel Master's picture

I would be glad if Duke is out! Parker I don't think fits there as well as OSU or UCLA. UCLA would play to the strengths of Parker with their scheme. Although I do feel OSU is the best fit with need and style.

I think you might be right. Whether Shabazz goes to OCLA or not, Parker could very well go there. That would be fine with me. I think this team OSU has is still strong and there are some gems deep on the bench.


I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RedStorm45's picture

5 years is a long time in college basketball.

hodge's picture

Agreed on 'Bama/Michigan, but +14 seems to be a nice pick...

Also, contrary to our conversations last week, the Reds resigned Brandon Phillips!  

BucksfanXC's picture

I was shocke they signed BP. But happy. Love DatDude

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

btalbert25's picture

Yeah I was surprised they did for such a long deal, but that's what it took to keep him home.  The Reds certainly are not acting like a small market club anymore.  They've been saving up revenue sharing money and they are projecting a huge TV deal, so they have money to burn. 

Doc's picture

The 'Bama defense has got to be licking their chops watching Detard throw his jump balls.  If they don't win that game by four TD's I'll be surprised.  Saban is an ex-MSU head coach.  He wants to beat the Skunk Bears badly.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

btalbert25's picture

I don't think old Shoelace is going to be fast enough to get through that defense.  Their linebackers are as fast as he is.

Doc's picture

I might have to DVR this game just to capture the butthurt on video.  It will be nice for AACC's season to be bookmarked by ass kickings.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

otrain2416's picture

Easiest way to remember Legands division any team that begins with the Letter N, M, and Iowa

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

CoachGrasso's picture

RE: Scoreboard and soundsystem - Interested to hear fellow 11dubber's thoughts on this:

I am hoping they put it to use by pumping loud rock/hip-hop/hype music before kickoffs and at crucial, momentum swinging segments of the game a la "Jump Around" at Camp Randall or "Sandstorm" at whatever South Carolina's stadium is called (Of course I love "Hell's Bells" on 3rd down). I think it amps the crowd and the young men on the field feed off it.

Of course my $72 annual Alumni Association gift gets my wife and me one pair of tickets to a game I don't get to choose, probably behind a pole in B-deck. So I am surely outnumbered by (read: give less money than) the blue hairs behind me who will sit on their hands and yell at me to sit down so they can see the band play, so my thoughts will probably not be considered. (Also: not intended to slight TBDBITL which I love during Skully's, pre-game, half-time etc, just a personal preference to hype the crowd/team during the game).

Anyone in agreement here?


Ethos's picture

I hope they pick a different song then what everyone is using if they do that is all.  Copy-catting football traditions is lame.  Maybe The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Doc's picture

I hope they throw some speakers C Decks way.  My seats are in 24C and we usually can't hear shite.  I'm looking forward to the new video board.  Hopefully they will play more replays and be a little more relevant.

Gotta keep Hells Bells on third/fourth downs.  Got to!

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

Bucksfan's picture

The newlywed3, who has previously launched complaints against Meyer, revealed that it was closer to the truth than anything else recorded on the topic.

Here's some truth.

Here's some more.

Last one: suck it, Bielema.

Doc's picture

That TD throw from Miller gets the ol' blood bumping.  I was at that game and it seemed like an eternity before that ball was caught.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

hodge's picture

I remember screaming at Braxton "YOU HAVE THE FIRST DOWN, RUN IT" and the sinking feeling I had in the pit of my stomach when he put that up.  I figured he'd launched up a prayer that would be easily picked, but then I looked downfield and saw Devin sitting there in the end zone, seemingly waiting an eternity for that ball to drop into his waiting arms.

I was on crutches for that game, I'd had foot surgery and had limped to the stadium from South Campus.  My girlfriend literally had to restrain my 200 pound frame from attempting to rush the field.  

Muss_15's picture

I remember seeing Smith wide open in the end zone and wondering if that ball was ever going to come down. It seemed like it was in slow motion

millertime2011's picture

that highlight never gets old. my favorite part is bret trying to claim offensive pass interference simply because he doesn't know what else to do. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I will thoroughly enjoy watching AACC get thrashed by Alabama!!! What a great way to start off the season.  Flounder Hoke and company are going to start the season with a large beating and they are going to end the season with an even larger one!!!

It's 7:39 Phoenix time and AACC still SUCKS ASS!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

btalbert25's picture

Hoke getting his ass beat is alawys going to be a LARGE ass beating.

hail2victors9's picture

Funny thing is, if we get "thrashed" by 'Bama, and lose to ND, and get beat in Columbus, we still go to the B1G Championship and have a shot at the Rose Bowl.  Sickening, right?

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Ethos's picture

as long as you lose in Columbus I don't think anyone here will really care about you going to the Rose.  

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Why would we get sickened by Michigan backing into the B1G CG? And, no, we won't feel sickened when Michigan is invited to the Champs Sports Bowl. If 8-4 or 9-3 Michigan "wins the title" over whatever team finishes 2nd in the Leaders Division, we might even root for Michigan in the Rose Bowl, but we won't really care.   

Btw, are you assuming that Michigan will beat "little brother," or that MSU will lose 2-3 other games after beating Michigan once again?       

NC_Buckeye's picture

He also forgot to add "a shot at the Rose Bowl... where they will get thrashed by USC".

BuckeyeVet's picture

"Funny thing is, if we get "thrashed" by 'Bama, and lose to ND, and get beat in Columbus, we still go to the B1G Championship and have a shot at the Rose Bowl.  Sickening, right?"

As long as it sticks in their mind and gnaws at them that last year was an anomalie, and that OSU is back to beating them, I don't care what bowl they go to. Old school here - I want you guys to either lose EVERY single game you play in a given year, OR I want you to be unbeaten going into the 'Shoe to make your loss hurt even more.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

"The possible recipient of Oyster's ONLY down vote".

Ethos's picture

i'd like to change the song for 3rd quarter to Muse - Uprising.  :)

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

Squirrel Master's picture

I would have no problem with that although I think that song is used constantly on ESPN during basketball highlights.

Something like that mixed with some Seven Nation. Something as weird as Bjork but much more masculine! How about Rammstein, Du Hast!

Wouldn't mind some Alien Ant farm either, "you've been struck by, a smooth criminal!"

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!