Skull Session: Joey Bosa's Great-Grandfather Guarded Al Capone, C.J. Jackson Set to Make It Official, and Noah Spence's New Self-Awareness

By D.J. Byrnes on April 19, 2016 at 4:59 am
Billy Price is rubbing the April 19th 2016 Skull Session in Notre Dame's face.
Billy Price

PSA: I will continue to bludgeon the rotting horse corpse that is "Tom Herman founded MENSA, the organization for geniuses" once people stop using blocks of text to claim Tom Herman didn't found MENSA.

There are two types of people in this world. Those that know Tom Herman founded MENSA, the organization for geniuses, and those that don't belong to MENSA, the organization for geniuses.

Which one are you?

 A MORE INTIMIDATING JOE B? Joey Bosa earned a reputation as a man-eater in the three years he spent in Columbus, but his evisceration of offensive linemen pales in comparison to his great-grandfather, "Joey Batters," a man that allegedly became a key cog in Al Capone's crime family.


Bosa's great-grandfather was Tony Accardo, who climbed the ranks in Al Capone's Chicago Outfit to become head of the crime syndicate. Accardo died in 1992, and his standing in the underworld was a question teams had when vetting [Bosa's uncle Eric] Kumerow for the draft.

"It's so silly," Cheryl Bosa said. "When my brother was drafted, that was a big thing. The teams would interview Eric and they wanted to know if (Accardo) was going to have any impact on changing the game."


The Chicago Tribune published an article in 1984 about Accardo's reign as the kingpin of the Windy City. According to the article, his retaliation against the professional thieves who broke into his home was quite gory:

"Each was found with his throat cut; one was castrated and disemboweled, his face removed with a blow torch, a punishment imposed, presumably, because he was Italian and should have known better."

For all these allegations, Accardo never served a day in prison, unlike Capone, who saw syphilis rip away his sanity before dying in federal prison.

Bosa, however, isn't perturbed by the speculation his great-grandfather might've maybe perhaps played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. 

"I've only heard amazing things about (Accardo). Wish I could have spent some time with him before he passed."

Nothing like the NFL draft process, where ol' pa Accardo can go from kindly family patriarch to an alleged murdering mobster.

But it is good to see match-fixing allegations don't follow Bosa like his uncle despite the fact Bosa almost killed a former teammate on national television in Ann Arbor back in November.

 C.J. JACKSON NEEDS NO COLUMBUS VISIT. JUCO PG C.J. Jackson committed to Thad Matta's men's basketball team last week. It's not yet officially official as Jackson, who played last year at Eastern Florida State College, has yet to even visit Columbus.

Though a scheduled trip didn't go down this weekend, Jackson plans to sign his papers tomorrow during a ceremony at his school.


C.J. Jackson will officially sign to play for Ohio State on Wednesday during an event at his junior college, coach Jeremy Schulman told The Dispatch today.


The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Jackson was scheduled to visit Ohio State this past weekend. but that visit has been moved to this upcoming weekend, when his family will accompany him.

Jackson should find Columbus agreeable, regardless. It's a city out of which most normal people can draw a few years of contentment. Let's just hope he's eye-to-eye with Matta on minute allotment. 

 NOAH SPENCE LEARNS LIFE LESSON. Noah Spence remains a wild card in the NFL draft, but given the lack of pass-rushing depth, it's likely some team rolls the dice with him in the first-round.

That will mean millions of dollars, which will mean an abundance of willing sycophants. Hopefully his character-reading skills stay sharp.


Spence's plan
Noah Spence's goals. Check the time stamp.

When it was over in Columbus and Spence was banned from Big Ten football in the fall of 2014 for multiple failed drug tests, he tells NFL teams, so many people he thought were friends never texted, never checked to see how he was doing. Being “cool with everybody” had left him with almost nobody once his mistakes came into the open. Without football, he was nothing to those “fake friends” anymore. So now Spence is slow to trust anyone, which is probably a good sign if you want to trust that he has learned from his mistakes, made a real turn in his life, and not simply run out the clock before he can cash an NFL paycheck.

“I’m always thinking now,” Spence said later over dinner. “I always think about what I’m doing before I do it. I always think about who I’m around. I just think a lot more and stay focused and keep my goals in my mind at all times. It’s just a better way of living.

“You can’t just float through life, running into walls, not thinking about anything.”

Again, easier to do in a bubble like Richmond, Kentucky (population: 32,550) as a student-athlete with no real capital than as a multi-millionaire in place like Miami or Los Angeles.

If he can stick to his goals, then honestly getting popped for ecstasy in college might've been the best thing to happen to him. (For an example of what lack of an accountability can to do a man, we turn to the artist formerly known as Johnny Football.)

Spence also got the benefit of a life lesson earlier than most: Popularity is overrated.

 MAN WHO FELL OUT OF WINDOW WANTS PANTHER. Some NFL teams are reportedly concerned with off-the-field antics from former Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.

I can't say which NFL owner I talk to, but I will say I instructed him to take Nkemdiche off our board after reading this from

ROBERT NKEMDICHE WANTS a pet panther. That's how he plans to treat himself when he signs his rookie contract. He wants to take care of his family, and he wants to buy a panther. 


He stares at shots of people playing with panthers, wrestling with them as if they were dogs, nudging faces, fearless when they open their mouths. "It's sick."

It's insane.

"No, it's not. They're like cats."

If Nkemdiche wants a panther, then he should adopt a feral kitten and raise it as his child. It's the same damn thing, except a feral kitten won't eventually gore you to death for scratching him for .0000001 seconds too long.

Does Nkemdiche plan on buying a natural reserve for this majestic beast to roam? I didn't read anything about that.

I swear it's easy to tell which athletes don't have real advisors in their corner.

 ESPN JETTISONS JOE SCHAD. Joe Schad, a venerable and longtime CFP reporter at ESPN, is the latest victim of the budget cuts underway at the sports conglomerate.


SI has learned that national college football reporter Joe Schad will not be part of the network’s coverage this fall. Schad joined ESPN in 2005 and worked on a number of ESPN platforms including College GameDay, College Football Live, SportsCenter and He also did sideline reporting for ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio, including national championship games.

Cold, cold world.

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