The angry tomato strikes again! This time, ol’ Brutus marches across the front of this super-soft hoodie—the perfect way to rep 50 years of your most cherished mascot while Buckeye basketball heats up winter's chilly weather. Here’s to another banner season down at the Schott! Go Bucks!
Saturdays before heading into “The ‘Shoe,” it’s Skull Session time. One of Ohio State’s oldest and richest tradition, the Skull Session—aka the pre-game practice of “The Best Damn Band in the Land”—was implemented in 1932 by director Eugene J. Weigel, who wanted to ensure his band had mastered the week’s music so when they got to the field they could focus on marching patterns. After opening up the practice to the public, the tradition grew so popular tickets were needed.
In 1957, the Skull Session moved from the band’s rehearsal hall to the new St. John Arena, and, with the move, the event became first-come-first-serve for St. John’s 10,000+ seats. Director Paul Droste was responsible for transforming the session feel into the hyped-up atmosphere it now has, and in 2001 Jim Tressel added to the tradition by having the football team attend and help rally the crowd.
The last time the Buckeyes had a nine-game regular season in football they made history.
After going undefeated through the 1970 regular season, including a close 10-7 win over Purdue and beatdown of That Team Up North, Ohio State sealed the Big Ten Conference and booked a trip to the Rose Bowl against the Stanford Indians. Oh, and before they even took the field for the Rose Bowl, they were already named National Champions by the National Football Foundation—the sixth national title in the school’s history and fifth and final under legendary coach Woody Hayes. The system quirk of naming national champions before bowl games at the time dramatically benefited the Buckeyes, as the team suffered a 17-27 upset at the hands of major underdog Stanford in the Rose Bowl.