Ohio State Band Skull Sessions before the Maryland game

The Ohio State football team are returning home after a 52-13 victory over Rutgers last week to face Maryland on Saturday.

Call it a homecoming. The state of Ohio is.

Saturday’s 12:05 p.m. clash with the Terps serves as the 2021 Buckeyes’ return home game. The showdown is an interesting one for Ohio State.

Prior to last week, Maryland was 4-0 and gaining momentum. But then Iowa, now ranked No.3 in the country, crushed Maryland. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s early season struggles seemed to pass over the past two weeks with wins 59-7 and 52-13.

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All of this means that Ohio State certainly needs to take the Terps seriously this week, which was one of the themes of the Homecoming Skull Session.

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Why are we called “Skull Session”?

The name “Skull Session” is taken from a slang expression developed in the early 20th century to describe an athletic team practice. In an interview with Columbus Dispatch in 2004, the group’s director at the time, Jon Woods, said that the origin of the phrase came from the metonymy of the word “skull” with the meaning “head, brain or sense”. A skull session is where team members have to work at figuring out games, or “use their heads,” as Woods put it. The first use of the phrase in The Columbus Dispatch – based on a text search in the archives – was in 1919 to describe a practice of the Ohio Wesleyan baseball team.

Why doesn’t the Skull Session start at the same time every Saturday when Ohio State has a home game?

Well, actually, in a way. The Skull Session begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. With TV networks often determining when the game starts based on the network schedule, that start time then affects when Skull Session begins.

When did the Skull Session start?

The first Skull Session was held in 1932. Then, band director Eugene Weigel wanted the band to improve their field walking formations, and he figured having a same day rehearsal of the show’s music in mid -time would give band members more confidence with the musical performance and free their minds during halftime to focus on walking.

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