Sept. 5, 2005
Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State will pay tribute to legendary football head coach Woody Hayes Saturday in a ceremony at halftime of the Buckeyes' game against Texas, athletics director Gene Smith announced Monday. Hayes' name will be placed in "The Horseshoe" and appear on the east stadium facade below "C" deck. Hayes' grandchildren, Laura and Phillip, will join Smith on the field for the presentation.
Woody Hayes took over the OSU football program in 1951 and quickly became one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen. By the time he left the coaching ranks in 1978, the Buckeyes had won five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles. At Ohio State, Hayes amassed 205 wins, including 152 conference victories.
While under the Hayes' leadership, the Buckeyes played in 11 bowl games, including eight Rose Bowls. Ohio State made the trip to Pasadena four consecutive times from 1972-1975, serving as the only Big Ten team to appear in four straight Rose Bowl games. In his 28 years in Columbus, Hayes and the Buckeyes went undefeated four times and lost one game in five seasons.
Between 1968 and 1970, Ohio State went 27-2 and captured two national championships and three Big Ten titles. Hayes and the Buckeyes dominated the Big Ten from 1972 to 1977, winning six consecutive Big Ten championships.
Hayes, an icon of college football, recorded a lifetime record of 238-72-10. He was selected as National Coach of the Year twice while with Ohio State.
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Clifton, Ohio. He grew up in Newcomerstown, Ohio and graduated from Denison University in 1935. His entire coaching career was spent in Ohio, serving as head coach at his alma mater for three years and also at Miami (Ohio) for two seasons.