I'm gonna be real with you guys, today's Skull Session might be a little brief.
I had a pretty rattling family emergency yesterday that's still occupying most of my energy and mental capacity, but posting online feels oddly therapeutic right now, so congrats, y'all are getting a Skully anyway.
And on time, too!
Here, have a video of Justin Fields throwing a football.
Word of the Day: Abstruse.
OHIO STATE IS ANONYMOUSLY GOOD. I'm sure y'all know my general stance on anonymous sources by now, but I must admit that I never get tired of Athlon's annual piece that gives Big Ten coaches a platform to dish anonymous #takes.
I especially enjoy their candidness as they describe the murder machine that is Ohio State football.
"They’re scary. They’re scary in every phase, they’re scary situationally, they’re scary in warmups. I don’t think anyone is close to their level of talent and execution in this league, and that’s because they’re really competing with themselves at this point, at least in terms of the conference. They’re competing against Clemson and Alabama and developing NFL guys, it’s just a different culture than the more popular approaches in this league. They’re so much bigger than the region."
"Defensively they learned a hard lesson against Bama, but that’s the level of opponent it takes to break their system. The secondary was bad in the title game because the front could set that tone. That’s their weakness, I guess. The problem is there are only three or four teams in the country that can expose it and none of them play in this league.”
Side note: the Michigan section included a sentence that called them "a successful program pretty much everywhere but on the field," and that's probably the most Michigan thing I've ever read in my life.
DON'T DO IT! When news started to trickle out that Oklahoma and Texas were leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, I would have set the odds of Kevin Warren doing something asinine in response at like -500.
... and anybody who chose to pay the juice would be looking some sweet winnings if this rumor is true.
Let me clarify: I am HEARING this is more possible than it was just 24 hours ago. I think there may be some truth to this message board rumor and am working to find out more.— Mike Vernon (@M_Vernon) August 3, 2021
I must clarify that this is just a rumor for now, but I don't think there's anybody on the planet that would be surprised if this actually happened.
I mean, when you get the chance to incinerate tens of millions of dollars adding a school with a football program that hasn't won more than three games in a season in over a decade, you just have to do it.
But hey, at least Rutgers would have a worthy rival!
BRIAN HARTLINE > GEE SCOTT JR. Sometimes, a master just has to assert his dominance over his pupils.
Next, do Ryan Day vs. C.J. Stroud. Let the New Hampshire Touchdown Dancer put him in his place.
HINDSIGHT IS 20-20. It ain't often you see the family member of a Michigan football alum openly admit that he should have gone to Ohio State instead, but that's exactly what we've got from Donovan Peoples-Jones' uncle.
No he wasn't as well as he should have been.. First year didn't even have a wr coach, second year wr coach was good, and that coach left to be a headcoach again, third year played hurt and lost explosiveness and didn't have same targets.— John Peoples (@peoples2people) August 3, 2021
Facts . But hometown kid, number one player in state of Mich. just made choice to stay home and go to school known for academics . Probably be 1st , 2nd rounder at OSU but its water under bridge now because he gets to learn and develop under studs and good coaching.— John Peoples (@peoples2people) August 3, 2021
He straight-up concedes that he was a first or second-round talent, but Michigan somehow turned him into a sixth rounder.
Granted, that was obvious to anybody with eyes, but it's amazing to hear a family member say it openly.
SONG OF THE DAY. "Into The Thick Of It" by The Backyardigans.
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