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.
Some articles are no-brainers and most of the time they definitely write themselves. What more can be said about The Buckeye Bullet that hasn’t already been written? For sure my opinion, but everything else has been covered here JesseOwens.com. This is the first in a two part series (or maybe more because of cohorts responses?) that we will discuss the Best Buckeyes and Worst Buckeyes ever
Originally I was just going to say my piece about Jesse and let the article stand for itself. However, many other blogs and writers have covered his story and told their stance of the man that stood tall against Adolf Hitler. This article is also about what my comrades think when it comes to who pops into their minds of who the best buckeye ever was and their thoughts put the cherry on top at the end, stay tuned.
Jesse was born James Cleveland Owens in Oakville, Alabama in 1913 and I am positive that Henry and Emma Owens had no idea at the time what their special new baby was going to do with his life. Let’s revisit the times for just a brief moment and remember that African-Americans had no rights at the time and the world we live in was treating them terribly. Just a mere 24 years later, Jesse would change the face of the world with his feats at the Olympics.
The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 and one of Jesse’s school teachers was actually responsible for his name. His older brother’s and sisters had always called him JC, and one of his teachers wrote Jesse down in a roll call and it became his name. Over the next several years, Jesse would set new records everywhere he went and that would culminate with the 1936 Olympics in front of one of the most evil people to ever live.
What Jesse did while at Ohio State and in the Olympics can be appreciated today for sure. When he passed away in 1980, President Jimmy Carter had this to say, Read More
Well, the first holiday weekend of the summer is soon upon us. Memorial Day reminds us of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and also that there are still people who savor their Constitutional right to be wrong. Words matter, people. At any rate, today’s tune is just a little something appropriately mournful and full of the promise that fills the coming months.
Updated post: In case you’d forgotten, today is the birthday of Wayne Woodrow Hayes. He would have been 101 years old.
Born in Clifton Ohio, Woody followed a stint in the US Navy by coaching at Denison (his alma mater) and Miami University before transforming Ohio State football as we currently know it.
Woody led the Buckeyes to 5 national titles and 13 Big Ten titles; his teams’ matchups against former assistant Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines during the Ten Year War also defined The Game for generations of midwestern sports fans. In fact, Woody’s decision to go for two because three was out of the question may have even been the impetus for current UM coach Brady Hoke’s inability to remember the full name of his school’s rival. Read More
Well, well, the Buckeyes get to head south for their bowl game rather than west. Oh well, it wasn’t our first preference, but let’s go Orange Bowling. The bowl game that we know as the Orange Bowl was inaugurated in 1933 as the Palm Festival. The bowl game was renamed the Orange Bowl and under the new name, the first game was played on January 1st, 1935 between Bucknell and Miami, won by Bucknell 26-0. From 1935 through 1988, this contest was known as the Orange Bowl. From 1989 – 2010, buttressed by corporate sponsorship, it was renamed the FedEx Orange Bowl. Moving from logistics to financial services, the game was renamed again in 2010 as the Discover (Financial) Orange Bowl.
The protagonists this January are the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Big Ten Conference (12-1, 8-1) and the Clemson Tigers, Atlantic Coast Conference (10-2, 7-1). Both teams have a brief history in playing in the Orange Bowl, and have played one another. The Buckeyes enter this game averaging 46 points on offense, while giving up 21 points. The Tigers average 40 points on offense and 21 on defense. The early line is Ohio State -2.5 with an over/under of 67, so Vegas is anticipating both teams scoring in the mid-30′s. They are probably right. Look for a high scoring game. Without much further ado, let’s get into the preview.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 8, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Penn State on September 20th, 1975, 17- 9.
This game in Columbus, was the 1st between Woody Hayes and Joe Paterno. As you’d imagine, this was a defense-dominant game. The Buckeye took an early 7-0 lead, then alternated FG’s with Penn State closing the gap 7-6 at the half. The Nittany Lions’ kicker was Chris Bahr (of The Kicking Bahr’s), so you know there’d be FG’s aplenty.. This also marked OSU’s first victory over PSU in more than a couple tries, four to be exact.
After OSU’s Tom Klaban and PSU’s Bahr traded field goals, the Buckeyes went into the 4th quarter with a 10-9 lead. The 4th quarter game-winning drive was sustained by Archie Griffin’s over the shoulder catch on a 3rd down wheel route. Eventually, Pete Johnson scored the game clinching TD.
Earlier, I told you that this was a defense-dominant game. Ohio State moved to 2-0 on the year, not giving up touchdown to that point, and held PSU w/o a TD for the first time in 27 games.
In this video (from Vico @ OHD, at the time) you’ll also notice what an offensive force Pete Johnson was: Read More
In today’s profile OSU College Football Hall of Famers, we’ll take a look at Earle Bruce, Hall of Fame Class of 2002. Bruce had the unenviable task of following Woody Hayes as Ohio State’s head football coach. Someone had to do it, I guess.
Bruce earned his coaching spurs at four high schools in Ohio; Mansfield, Salem, Sandusky and Massillon. In the late 60’s, Hayes hired Bruce back to Ohio State as a position coach for the offensive line, then later, the defensive backs. After five seasons under Woody, Bruce’s career took off beginning as head coach of University of Tamps, then moving on to Iowa State University.
When Woody was fired from Ohio State, Earle Bruce was offered and accepted the head coaching position. Bruce coached the Buckeyes from 1979–1987, and generally had good success leading the Buckeyes. In his first year, Ohio State was undefeated in the regular season, went to the Rose Bowl and lost the game, and probably the National Championship, by 1 point. Ouch.
The Buckeyes did fairly well under Earle Bruce, averaging over 9 wins per season, except for what would be his last season at OSU. It seemed that Bruce’s teams were good, just not quite good enough to contend for a national championship.Thus out he went; he was relieved of his coaching duties the week before The Game, but was permitted to stay on to finish the season. Collateral damage included OSU’s AD, Rick Bay, who resigned in protest over Bruce’s dismissal.
The 1987 team finished 6-4-1, which was highlighted by a dramatic come-back win over Michigan and the ensuing celebration.
Bruce took over the head coaching position at The University of Northern Iowa for one year, then finished his collegiate coaching career at Colorado State University. In his second season at CSU, he led the Rams to a winning record and a victory over Oregon in the Freedom Bowl, their first bowl appearance since 1948 and their first bowl victory ever.
1979 AFCA Coach of the Year
1979 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
2000 Iowa State University Hall of Fame
2002 Collegiate Hall of Fame
Granted, any coach who had been in the business for a while such as Earle Bruce has been mentored and did mentoring for coaches who were/are successful. Perhaps you’ve heard of a few of these. I pulled the following list from Wiki; it’s a long one..
I’ve always liked Earle Bruce as a coach and as a person. His teams were fun to watch, generally performed well, and were a credit to the Ohio State University community. I’m glad that he still remains an integral part of the community. One final comment on Bruce’s Coaching Tree; 25 years ago, or so, Earle hired a young pup named Urban Meyer as an assistant coach. Urban has since taken over the reins at Ohio State, and has hired Zack Smith as Receivers Coach. As you know, Zack in the grandson of Earle Bruce. The Buckeye nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.
This profile was a fun one for me to do. However, if you want to read a really interesting profile on Mr. Bruce, I direct your attention to this well done article. Enjoy.
As I did with Hopalong Cassady, I have struggled to come up with any more that I can say about Woody Hayes. There’s plenty on the internet to look up, but most of you may have not seen the older three part series done about him. Pretty powerful stuff.
My first experience as an Ohio State fan started with Woody at the helm. Over the years I have come to realize that there will never be another man like him. There will be coaches come and go who will defer to his style of coaching and what he learned from the man. I believe that there is a lot of Woody left in the coaching world and to an end, they all believe it was the man himself, not the coach, that made impacts on so many lives.
A good friend of mine got me on as an usher at Ohio State and I began that job back in 1998. John got his job as an usher at the home football games directly from Woody Hayes. Woody was in the hospital for a minor procedure and at the time John’s wife was in there for a tune up. She had MS and was in a bad place with it. Woody enjoyed his time with the couple so much, he made sure they never wanted for anything.
Including becoming an usher in the greatest stadium and getting that job from the greatest coach that ever lived.