We hope you enjoyed a very inspirational Jesse Owens Best Buckeye Ever” href=”http://www.thebuckeyebattlecry.com/2014/06/tbbc-legends-the-best-buckeye/” target=”_blank”>Best Buckeye Ever last weekend in Jesse Owens. And as unanimous as a choice as he was from our staff, and I was honestly surprised by the many choices for Worst Buckeye Ever.
In my lifetime, it has hands down been one person simply for the fact he became the biggest disappointment because he was someone I idolized and wanted to be. You will see at the end how many different choices the staff members chose and their reasons. For me, there can be only one that’s the absolute worst.
Art Schlichter made a name for himself on and off the field while in high school at Miami Trace in the mid seventies and rose to fame as Woody Hayes recruited him to come to Ohio State and start at quarterback right away, which he did all four years he was there.
Even though there were lots of suspicions among the athletic staff and local police that he was connected heavily with gambling in and around the Columbus area, they didn’t believe they had enough evidence to go to the NCAA, thus protecting Schlichter.
I believe to this day that Woody believed he was helping him with his problem and simply became an unknowing enabler of Shlichter’s gambling problems. In the end, Art may have contributed to the frustration that Woody felt the day he punched Charlie Bauman, ending Woody’s career and setting Schlichter on a path of destruction.
I am not suggesting that the act during the bowl game caused his troubles, I am saying that he no longer had someone that could be in touch with him and possibly help him get over his addiction.
Everybody knows the story of his demise and the things that happened after Woody was fired. I was very into Ohio State football at the time and there was only one person I followed with a passion and that was Art Schlichter. I played quarterback as a kid in pee-wee up through junior high. I was very excited for his pro-career and could not wait to see how his time with the Colts would play out. Word came early into that first season that there was trouble in paradise for him and that he had a debt already approaching a million dollars.
What happened over the next years of his life has erased anything that he did while at Ohio State. With all of the things that have happened to other people over the years with their problems in the sports world, I am honestly surprised that he is still in the record books at Ohio State.
I personally gave up on any hope for him years ago and really do not want to see his name in there anymore.
He has been the worst story that has ever happened to Ohio State athletics and should be removed from the schools history.
Art will always be one of the biggest disappointments in my life because of how much of my childhood I spent pretending to be him.
Hands down the Worst Buckeye Ever.
As you will now see, the staff had some different takes on this and for obvious reasons!
Ken - For worst Buckeye, I’ll nominate Art Schlichter; he’s just an incorrigible stain. A close 2nd goes to Mo Clarett (riding around town all “armed up” isn’t cool). Gene Smith brings home the bronze, only because he hasn’t been convicted…. yet.
Scott - My worst has to be Justin Zwick. Has a QB ever come into Ohio Stadium with so much fanfare and not live up to it? Normally you have to pay a lot of money to get a person to suck like he did.
Charles - Worst Buckeye is a lot harder as there are a number of ways one could go based on what criteria one wanted to use. I’ll take what will probably be a unique route and say Gene Smith. I hate to consider him a Buckeye but he is involved in OSU athletics. He wins this ‘honor’ in my mind due to his lack of understanding of what makes OSU athletics, and college athletics in general, special and instead is only focused on how he can monetize every aspect of the gameday experience, sacred traditions and everything else be damned
Gary - My worst is Jim Tressel. It may be because it’s kind of personal but I felt let down tremendously let down on his handling of Tatoo Gate. Of all the men in the University he should have known better. I understand he won a championship but the black eye on the university hurt bad.
Joe - Jim O’Brien , I don’t think I need to explain why…O’Brien just rubs me wrong for the way he handled things. Not only did he sue Boston College, but he goes and sues OSU too. Maybe he was in the right, but…
Patrick - John Cooper. Anyone — any FOOTBALL COACH at OSU, who refers to The Game as “just another game” is a moron. Had he just won The Game 2-3 more times, there may be a few more years up in the Shoe for national championships.
Doty Sr. - Art Schlichter