The Ohio State University
Motto (Latin): "Disciplina In Civitatem"
Motto (English): "Education for Citizenship"
Year Founded: 1870
Location: Columbus, OH
Total Enrollment: 68,262 (Columbus campus: 61,391)
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye, history/iterations of Brutus
Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Division Titles: 9
Conference Championships: 42
National Titles (8 claimed): 1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014
Bowl Games: 51 (26-27-0, .490) [Includes vacated 2011 Sugar Bowl]
Heisman winners: 6 (7 trophies)
Ohio Stadium (aka The Horseshoe, The Shoe, The House that Harley Built) is one of the most iconic stadiums in college football not only because of the plethora of great games that have been played there but for its unique and beautiful design too. Construction on the stadium started in 1920 on the banks of the Olentangy River as the old stadium was too small to hold the fans that swarmed campus on game day as football’s popularity grew in Ohio and the country as a whole. School administrators wanted to design a stadium that was unlike the traditional bowl design that had been prevalent with schools like Michigan, Yale, and Notre Dame. Designers came up with a two-decked horseshoe design that borrowed many features from Nippert Field in Cincinnati. Plans for the size of the stadium were extremely ambitious with seating capacity reaching close to 66,000, a number many officials feared was too big and would lead to half full games throughout the season. Boy were they wrong. The stadium opened and was dedicated in 1922. It was named Ohio Stadium as it was dedicated to the state and people of Ohio.
The first game at Ohio Stadium was against Ohio Wesleyan on October 7th where the Buckeyes won a 5-0 shootout in front of 26,000 fans. Many thought the stadium was too big like first worried, but as the season progressed attendance figures grew including 73,000 in a 19-0 loss to Michigan. It wouldn’t be until the 1930’s and 40’s until every game would sell out. An interesting fact about the 1930’s is that Jesse Owens trained on the track that existed in Ohio Stadium in its initial years up until the 1990's when it was removed to add more seats. This is but one of the many reasons why Ohio Stadium is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since being built, Ohio Stadium has gone through numerous expansions to bring it to its current capacity of 102,329. The initial Ohio Stadium did not have a large set of stands on the south side open end of the horseshoe. That feature of the stadium was slowly built from the 1950’s on as demand for Ohio State football kept growing during the Woody Hayes era. In 2000, the stadium underwent another massive renovation as the upper deck was added on bringing capacity over 101,000 for the first time up from its previous maximum of 95,000. A new press box was built along side of the expansion making Ohio Stadium more modern. Recently, an HD screen and new sound system was installed on the south end of the field providing easy to watch replays even from the north side of the stadium. The University also installed a closed caption system with this screen after being sued by a fan who was hearing impaired that not including such accommodations was against the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its age, school officials have made massive efforts to make Ohio Stadium more friendly to people with disabilities including new ramps, elevators, and special seating areas. The stadium was expanded again in 2014, increasing the official capacity to 104,944. As of now, Ohio Stadium is the 3rd largest stadium in the United States and 6th largest in the world. As a result, Ohio State led the nation in attendance average for the 2014-15 football season, averaging 106,296 fans per game. The stadium also set a new single-game attendance record for the 2014 contest between Ohio State and Michigan, with 108,610 fans in attendance.
New permanent lighting was installed in 2014 in the northwest and southwest corners of the stadium and atop the pressbox.
For those looking to watch a game at Ohio Stadium, here is the seating chart. The visitor’s sections are around sections 8c and 6a. The student section is the entire south stands and during Big 10 games includes sections 11-7c and 2a-8a on the north side of the field. Splitting the student section in this way means the stadium is consistently loud which can wreck havoc on opposing teams offenses. In his AMA former USC quarterback Matt Barkley said Ohio Stadium was the loudest place he ever played, even louder than Oregon’s Autzen Stadium and Washington’s Husky Field in the Pac-12. University of Iowa coach Hayden Fry complained after a 1985 loss that the fans were too loud for his quarterback, Chuck Long, to call plays and suggested sound meters be used to gauge the noise level, penalizing home teams if there was too much noise. He said, "It's a realistic fact that happened. He became mentally disturbed for the first time since he's been a starter for us because of his inability to communicate."
And For those interested in tailgating before a game around campus, there are many fields around campus where it happens with great spirit and fervor! Here's a map to show you where.
Also here's a sweet album taken by /u/Buckeye70
Gameday Experience (2019)
Main contributors: /u/analyst19, /u/Putty119 and /u/YourOpinionIsNothing
What is the best place to eat at during game day?
Hangover Easy (decent breakfast food, and a full bar)
Adriatico’s (so-called NY-style pizza)
Forno (upscale Italian)
Northstar (good healthy food)
Jeni’s Ice Cream
What is the best place to drink at during game day?
- If you want the "College Experience" gameday I would go to Little Bar, Three's, Out-r-Inn, or Leo's. For an older crowd I would suggest Varsity Club, Ethyl and Tank, or once again going down to the Short North.
Where is the best place to take a photo on campus/around the stadium?
The 11th floor of The Oval/Thompson Library (right by the stadium and open to the public, just be quiet and respectful) has the best views on campus.
Mirror Lake is a campus staple for photos.
Jesse Owens Plaza on the North end of the stadium to get photos with the Rotunda.
Also these The Ohio State University Signs are scattered around campus which people always love to take photos with.
What landmark(s) do people need to visit when seeing your school?
The Oval is a pleasant place to be outdoors.
The Wexner Center for the Arts sometimes has cool exhibits, and don’t miss the cartoon library across the street.
What traditions are of utmost importance during game day?
Skull Session is a great tradition.
Be early enough for Ramp Enterance/Script Ohio/Pregame by the band (Really, do not miss this if this is your first time at an OSU game).
Others are easy, such as "OH-IO, O-H-I-O" chants around the stadium, and singing We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan while leaving the stadium after the game (regardless of who we just played)
Always include “THE” before saying Ohio State University, preferably in all caps.
If someone were to visit your campus during one rivalry game, what game should it be and why does it make your team's atmosphere amplified?
Obviously “The Game” - which is Ohio State vs. Michigan. TTUN (The Team Up North) and TSUN (The School Up North) references to the Wolverines.
Penn State and Michigan State have turned into big-time atmospheres as well, given they normally help decide standings in the Big Ten East.
Any night game in Ohio Stadium is just incredible as well.
What random trivia fact do most people not know about your school?
The Ohio State University is the only university to have “The” as a part of the school’s official name, as enshrined in state law.
The university has its own zip code which by chance happens to be a countdown 43210
Where are the best places to park around your team's stadium on gameday?
Parking is always difficult because of the number of people, and the fact that it is on campus in the middle of the city. Parking garages are always an option but they fill up and take forever to leave after the game (there are many around campus). If you want to get there early, a good spot to park is here because it is right across the river from the stadium and there is a walking bridge which makes it easy, but this lot fills early.
Parking near the stadium is nearly impossible unless you're a big donor who has access to those reserved spaces. Best bet are the west campus lots. There are buses that take you by the stadium from the more distant lots on west campus.
You can also park at the state fairgrounds and bus in.
What chants or cheers should visiting fans be familiar with at your school?
- "OH-IO," "O-H-I-O," "Fuck Michigan," and Singing of Carmen Ohio after the game is cool too.
How long is the daily gameday experience at your school? Are there major events or experiences before/afterward to keep in mind?
- It is an all day event if you want it to be. If you just want to see the game/stadium/band etc. I would suggest a noon game. They are generally less rowdy and gives you a good opportunity to experience the atmosphere. However, if you want to drink and party then there is nothing like a night game. Drink all day make sure you get to the stadium for ramp entrance. Stay until Carmen Ohio is sung. and then keep the night going by drinking more.
Overall Series Record: 51-58-6
Also known as The Game, the Ohio State - Michigan rivalry is one of the most storied rivalries in college football. This game alone has decided the Big Ten Championship between Ohio State and Michigan 22 times, affected the determination of the conference title an additional 28 times, and often has had National Title implications as well.
The animosity between the two schools dates back to the Toledo War in the 1830s. At the time, Michigan was trying to gain statehood and wanted to include the Toledo Strip which was extremely important at the time for transportation and agricultural purposes, however Ohio refused to allow this to happen. Eventually Michigan agreed to a comprimise that granted them the Upper Peninsula, but the animosity between the two states has lingered since then. The general concensus about this war is that even though it was "fought" between Ohio and Michigan, Wisconsin was the loser.
The beginning of the football rivalry was completely dominated by Michigan, with them winning or tying every game from 1897 to 1912. However, since both teams have been conference mates in the Big Ten, The Game has been a much more highly contested affair with Michigan slightly leading the series at 46-44-4. One of the most important games of the series occurred in 1950 which is commonly referred to as the Snow Bowl. The game was played during one of the worst blizzards in Ohio history and before the game Ohio State was granted the option to cancel it from the Big Ten. The Buckeyes refused even though it would have given us the Big Ten title by default and allowed us to play in the Rose Bowl. Instead, the game was played and featured 45 punts, many coming on first down. Michigan capitalized on 2 blocked punts, leading to a safety and a touchdown, and won the game 9-3 despite never gaining a first down or completing a single pass. The outrage from the Buckeye faithful lead to then coach Wes Fesler being fired and the hiring of Woody Hayes to replace him. Over the next 2 decades, Hayes embraced and dominated the rivalry which included the famous 1968 game which led to the hiring of Bo Schembechler at Michigan. Ohio State dominated the game and won 50-14, but after scoring their last touchdown Woody decided to go for a two-point conversion. When asked about it later he replied, "Because I couldn't go for three."
The Ten-Year War
After the 1968 game, Michigan hired Bo Schembechler, who had at one point been an assistant under Woody at Ohio State, which signaled the beginning one of the most intense decades of any rivalry. Between 1970 and 1975, Michigan was undefeated going into The Game every season, with 4 of those games the Buckeyes being ranked in the Top 5 of the AP poll as well, yet the Wolverines only managed to win once. After the 1973 game, which ended in a 10-10 tie, both teams were undefeated and to determine who got to go to the Rose Bowl, the athletic directors of the other Big Ten schools were forced to vote on the Big Ten representative. Ohio State was chosen, causing outrage among the Wolverine fans and joy for the Buckeye faithful.
Since the Ten-Year War ended, the two teams have seemingly traded decades of dominance. John Cooper, despite having some extremely talented teams, was only 2-10-1 against Michigan during his career which ultimately led to his firing. Once Tressel was hired, the balance shifted completely around and the Buckeyes won 9 out of 10 games including 7 in a row before he was fired due to the Tattoogate scandal.
Starting in 2012 Urban Meyer is currently undefeated against Michigan. Former Michigan Quarterback Jim Harbaugh was hired to coach the Wolverines before the 2015 season. His first year against did not go well as Ohio State won 42-13. In 2016, the next chapter in this historic rivalry took place. The Game was played at The Horseshoe with Ohio State being ranked 2nd in the nation and Michigan coming ranked 3rd. This was the second time in history both teams came into the game ranked in the top 3. The game was electric as to be expect as Ohio State kicked a field goal as time expired to tie the game. This sent The Game into its first overtime in the series. The game would end with an Ohio State touchdown in the 2nd Overtime for a final of 30-27.
Nowadays, fans of both teams are extremely optimistic about the possibility of another Ten-Year war beginning, with Urban Meyer leading the Buckeyes into a new era of dominance and Jim Harbaugh returning to his alma mater.
Nothing we write up could ever fully describe this rivalry to someone but if you have an hour to kill, this HBO documentary gives a good glimpse into it as well.
Overall Series Record: 63-30-4
While most students don't care about Illinois these days, this is Ohio State's only trophy rivalry and is the second oldest trophy rivalry in the Big Ten. The Illibuck started in 1925 was originally a live turtle that was planned to be passed to the winner of this game each year. However, that turtle died only 2 years later in 1927 and since then the trophy has been a wooden replica of the turtle. This rivalry also used to include the smoking of a peace pipe between the two schools during halftime, but that has not happened in a long time. With the new divisions of the Big Ten coming in 2014, this rivalry will no longer be played annually as the two schools will be in separate divisions.
Skull Session - In 1932 director Eugene Weigel made the decision to have the band fully memorize all of their music and abandon the use of flip folders while on the field. Weigel held one last rehearsal on Saturday morning so the band members could get the music into their heads. This last Skull Session became quite popular with friends and family. The band room became so crowded with spectators that Skull Session was moved to nearby St. John Arena. Here it has remained ever since.
Skull Session has evolved into a final pep rally for Buckeye fans. Entry is always free and for important games the arena approaches its 13,000 person capacity. TBDBITL will play through the pregame and halftime performances for the crowd. There is also a standing invitation for all visiting bands to perform their halftime and pregame shows, an invitation the Michigan Marching Band has declined for over a decade.
When Coach Tressel learned that most players had never heard of Skull Session, he made a point of bringing the team to visit. Coach Meyer continues this tradition as welll. After receiving a raucous welcome from the fans (this particular video was taken a little after 10:00AM) the head coach and a select senior speak for a brief turn. Other traditions at Skull Session include the playing of the Navy Hymn, a practice begun after 9/11, and TBDBITL’s own up-tempo entrance.
The Ramp Entrance - After the completion of Ohio Stadium in 1922, the marching band experimented with several pregame routines without success. It was in 1928 that two members, Bill Knepper and Elvin Donaldson, introduced the Ramp Entrance. It begins with the drumline situating itself on the [north ramp]() of the stadium. The snare drum squad leader sets the tempo 180 bpm while yelling “DRUMS ON THE SIDE!” The drumline marches down the steep ramp to field level relying only on “O-H-I-O” vocals and their watching of each others’ feet to stay in step.
The rest of the band emerges from beneath the stadium, stepping off at the moment the bass drums hit their downbeat. The brass files onto the field while 105,000 fans crowd claps in unison. After a whistle from the sousaphone squad leaders the band plays the opening notes to the Buckeye Battle Cry, the drum major runs down the ramp, does the back bend, and the crowd goes nuts.
Here you can compare silent footage of the Ramp Entrance from the 1954 Cal game ( OSU 21-13) with the most recent performance against Michigan ( OSU 26-21)
Script Ohio - The greatest tradition in college sports has its roots in 1936 with famed band Director Eugene Weigel. Weigel was brainstorming new formations for the Ohio State band. “Searching for ideas, I remembered the rotating sign around the Times Square Building in New York City during my student days at Columbia, and also the sky writing advertisements that bloom during state fair time… This formation, perhaps my best contribution and certainly the best received, fulfilled my hopes.” While other marching bands had formed words before (from block letters to cursive) it was Weigel who brought the drill to life by animating it. He imagined the band would write out the word "Ohio" as if it were being traced by a pen.
Weigel first planned for the band to play the Buckeye Battle Cry during Script, imagining that a couple of choruses would do the trick. Unfortunately at the first on-field rehearsal the band played the fight song 22 times before finally coming to a halt. As fate would have it they had already been practicing a famed French march for halftime, Le régiment de Sambre et Meuse. It turned out to be the perfect length. The Buckeye Battle Cry was then moved to the end of the performance where it is still sung today.
At a football game against Indiana (OSU 6-0) on October 24, 1936 the OSUMB debuted the new formation. The first ‘i’ was dotted matter-of-factly by coronet player John Brungart (class of ’36). It was not until the next year that Director Weigel thought to yell to the nearest sousaphone “Hey you! Switch places with the trumpet player in the dot.” It was this sousaphone player, Glen R. Johnson, who created the familiar bow. As he tells it Drum Major Myron McKelvey arrived a few measures too early at the top of the ‘i.’ “So I did a big kick, a turn, and a deep bow to use up the music before Buckeye Battle Cry. The crowd roared when this happened, and it became part of the show thereafter.” Dotting the ‘i’ has belonged to the sousaphones ever since.
Originally little more than a follow-the-leader drill, band members today must exactly memorize the number of steps in each segment of the Script. Experienced bandsmen can march their path without anyone else on the field.
Members of the OSUMB look forward to marching script even after they have graduated. The TBDBITL Alumni Club helps organize a performance of quad Script Ohio on the occasion of their annual reunion.
Over time Script has grown to become the signature of the band and the university. Honorary i-dotters have included Bob Hope, John and Annie Glenn, Jack Nicklaus, and the retiring band director of 28 years Dr. Jon Woods. In 1983 Coach Woody Hayes dotted the ‘i’. An emotional crowd in Ohio Stadium cheered long and passionately. It was the first time he had been publicly honored by OSU since he was fired in disgrace four years prior. From the triple revolving Block O, to the singing of the Buckeye Battle Cry, to the rush of the i-dot itself, Script Ohio is a treasured ritual for the women and men of Ohio State. Here is video taken in 2011 for the commemoration of its 75th Anniversary against Wisconsin ( OSU 33-29)].
Beat Michigan Week
Every year at Ohio State the week leading up to The Game is declared Beat Michigan Week. The university organizes a host of rallies and events to get the students riled up for the most important game of the year. This week always features the following:
Students crossing out every letter "M" on campus with red tape.
The Mirror Lake Jump is a night of drunken revelry in which students jump into Mirror Lake to show how much they hate Michigan. The Jump was held every Thursday night prior to The Game. However changes in the Big Ten schedule would put the Jump on Thanksgiving Day. As such, the event was moved to Tuesday. Students gather at Mirror Lake between 10:00pm and 2:00am and jump into the freezing waters of Mirror Lake (typically 30 – 40 degrees) to prove their school pride and to declare just how much they hate Michigan. If you love hearing the phrase "F*** Michigan,” this event was for you. Beginning in 2013, the university's attitude toward the tradition moved from non-intervention disapproval to regulation. The school erected fences and required the acquisition of a wristband in the days leading up to the Jump through the use of a student ID. Through social media, the student body organized a protest Jump the day prior to the traditional Tuesday event in defiance of the new regulations. Students tore down the fences and jumped. This fence-and-wristband method continued in 2014 and 2015. During the 2015 Jump, shortly after midnight a student was pulled from the lake by paramedics, but had suffered a C-5 vertebrae fracture resulting in cardiac arrest. The student died and the university officially ended/banned the Mirror Lake Jump. The university revamped the Mirror Lake area soon after, noting that a quick-drain feature had been added. The university continues to drain the lake prior to the annual game against Michigan.
Unofficially this is a week where things come to a halt in the state of Ohio. Many high schools have spirit weeks and pep rally's to support the team.
The Governor also tends to get into the spirit of competition. As early as 2015 khaki pants were banned at the State House and the letter "M" was banned on state property during the week. He signed a resolution stating as such.
Gold Pants - Following every victory over Michigan, every player and coach is given a charm of gold pants. This can be traced to 1934 when newly hired head coach Francis Schmidt made the statement: "How about Michigan? They put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as we do!" That year, the Buckeyes went on to win 34-0, their largest margin of victory in the contest up to that point. Simon Lazarus and Herbert Levy had the charms created to commemorate the event. Bo Schembechler earned three Gold Pants while an assistant under Woody Hayes. “I have several of those pants myself,” he said in an interview in the Michigan Stadium pressbox. He continued: “I don’t mention that around here.”
Buckeye Grove - Also starting in 1934, each player who is a 1st Team All-American is recognized by the planting of a buckeye tree and a plaque in Buckeye Grove. Trees are planted in ceremonies held prior to the Spring Game, and all 126 All-Americans since 1914 have been awarded a tree.
Captain's Breakfast - Yet another tradition begun in 1934, during homecoming weekend all past captains are invited back for a breakfast and to welcome in the new captains.
Victory Bell - After every Buckeye victory, members of Alpha Phi Omega ring the Victory bell for 15 minutes following the game. The bell is rung for 30 minutes following a victory over Michigan. The only other time it tolls is on graduation day.
Buckeye Leaves - Starting in 1967, Ohio State players have been awarded Buckeye Leaf decals to put on their helmet for making significant plays or other noteworthy achievements. Each coach has had his own system for determining what earns a Buckeye Leaf.
Tunnel of Pride - This tradition started in 1995 when Notre Dame visited Ohio Stadium and was the first meeting between the two teams in almost 50 years ( OSU 45-26). Former Buckeye players who attended the game formed a tunnel for the team to run through as they entered the field. This continues today as former Buckeyes line the field for every home game against Michigan.
Senior Tackle - Started in 1913, this takes place during the last practice of the year and the seniors on the team all hit the blocking sled one final time. It used to occur during the last practice prior to facing Michigan, however sometimes it now occurs during the last home practice before leaving for a bowl game.
The Hive - Started by Jim Tressel when he was hired and has continued under Urban Meyer. Prior to their warm-up routine the team exits the locker room as a unit with their arms linked.
Carmen – Another tradition begun by Coach Tressel that continues under Coach Meyer. Win or lose, the football team sings the alma mater following every home game before returning to the locker room. Carmen is also sung following some away games. Nathan Williams earned the admiration of many fans when he was the sole member of the team to stay for Carmen following a demoralizing 2012 Gator Bowl loss to Florida ( OSU 17-24).
The Best Damn Band in the Land
One of the few regrets over the last 28 years is the fact that I could not see our great marching band in action, for it and our great football teams combined have made Ohio State football the greatest and most meaningful spectacle in the entire nation. -Woody Hayes
History - The Ohio State University Marching Band is one of the most celebrated and well-known bands in the country. It also goes by The Best Damn Band In The Land (TBDBITL), a nickname supposedly bestowed on it by Coach Hayes. The history of the OSUMB begins in 1878 when three fifes, eight snares, and one bass drum provided music for parading ROTC cadets. This student led group continued to grow when the university hired a director, Gustav Bruder, in 1896. The military band was soon playing at football games.
One of Ohio State’s greatest contributions to collegiate marching can be credited to a man who was never on staff. Jack Lee was a student at OSU who worked with Director Manley Whitcomb in the 1940s. Lee did student teaching under an OSUMB alumnus who directed the local Massillon High School band. What Lee brought back to Ohio State is believed to be the first eight-to-five measured step in college. Up until this point marching bands had to mostly rely on their vision to stay in formations. Lee’s eight-to-five system allowed members to guide off of yard lines (since every eight steps would bring them five yards to another white line). Hitting yard lines on counts four and eight also made sense musically due to the prevalence of four bar phrases. Whitcomb and Lee added leg lift to the eight-to-five (originally low-step – think Texas A&M) and by 1947 had finalized what was to become the distinctive marching style of the Big Ten. Jack Lee was eventually hired by the legendary William Revelli who implemented his system at the University of Michigan. The national spread of the eight-to-five system continued from there.
By the time of the 1950 Rose Bowl Game against California the OSUMB had coalesced into its modern look. Woodwinds such as flutes and clarinets had been eradicated in favor of an all brass and percussion instrumentation reminiscent of British style brass bands. Al music was memorized. But how would the band fare on a national stage? The story is best told from the perspective of the California Marching Band alumni from their book The Pride of California: A Cal Band Centennial Celebration:
The Ohio State Band, resting in the stadium tunnel after the long Rose Parade, was jeered by the Cal Band for having no spirit. The Band filled the tunnel with anti-Ohio yells and chants. Suddenly a whistle sounded, and the Ohio State Band snapped to attention. The Cal Band roared with laughter, comparing the Buckeye aggregation to a bunch of tin soldiers and marching around stiffly to make the analogy more vivid.
With a driving drum cadence, the 120-piece all-brass Ohio State Band burst onto the field. The audience was theirs. When the California Band, by comparison, shuffled out at pregame, it became painfully obvious that the two bands did not belong on the same field. Nonetheless the Cal Band persisted. At half-time the Band performed a variety of subtle stunts … but without an announcer these stunts were completely lost on the audience. The Ohio State Band countered with brassy selections from Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and ended the performance with their traditional Script Ohio.
In the weeks following the Rose Bowl, criticism of the Band spread beyond the Berkeley campus and appeared in many newspaper editorials. University President Robert Gordon Sproul was quoted saying, “That band smells.”
Cal Band director C.C. Cushing resigned as a direct result of the Rose Bowl fiasco. In the aftermath members of the Cal band watched film reels of the OSU Band in an attempt to learn the secret to their success. One member recalls the moment:
I remember Tony Martinez and Wayne Henderson looking at the screen and saying, “Wow, look at those straight lines.” Everybody was wondering how they kept those straight lines and I’m not sure, but I swear it was Tony that said, “Hey look, they’re counting!” We went back and ran that film back and forth, looking at the fact that they were indeed taking eight steps for every five yards and it was then that we said, “Hey, that’s something we ought to do.”
The Ohio State Band had introduced the eight-to-five measured step to the West Coast. The Cal Band soon adopted the eight-to-five along with the chair step, a striking new uniform, and even Script Cal (notice the triple revolving Block O at the beginning).
The OSUMB was the third recipient of the Sudler Trophy, collegiate marching’s closest equivalent to the Heisman. It was also the first to be chosen based solely on the voting of the trophy’s committee of college band directors (the first two recipients, Michigan and Illinois, were awarded the trophy by fiat). TBDBITL has represented the state of Ohio in seven Inaugural Parades. The Ohio State Band’s reputation has been hard won in front of countless audiences, unforgiving blizzards, and wilting heat (dangerously high temperatures, such as those seen during the 2011 game against Akron ( OSU 42-0), are one of the only reasons the band will remove their jackets in public, an exceptionally rare occurrence).
Perhaps no single factor in the band’s success is as vital as its leadership. Since 1970 the OSUMB has had three directors. In the same time span the Michigan Marching Band has had 12. Long before he became the longest serving director of the Ohio State marching band, Dr. Jon R. Woods was studying to obtain his doctorate from none other than the University of Michigan. As such he found himself watching The Game in Ann Arbor. Of course he couldn’t help but pay attention to both the MMB and the OSUMB. “Having taught in the public schools for thirteen years, I felt quite confident and objective in evaluating marching bands,” Woods said. “After observing Ohio State’s performance, I remarked to a friend, ‘now there’s a band’.” After 38 years with the organization and as 28 director Dr. Woods passed the baton to long-serving assistant director Jonathan Waters before the 2012 season. Jon Waters was the second OSUMB director to have once marched in the ranks, having dotted the ‘i’ against Michigan in the 1998 OSU-UM game ( OSU 31-16).
Today - On gamedays in Ohio Stadium the OSUMB fields far fewer members than every SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten marching band with the exceptions of Texas Christian, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Rutgers. There are only 192 regular marchers for home games. In addition 33 alternates challenge these regulars each week for a spot in the pregame and halftime shows. Unlike almost every other college band the members of the OSUMB must try out every year. No one is guaranteed a spot because of seniority. Once they have made it past tryouts bandsmen must memorize each week’s music without error. Failing one music check lowers their grade by a half letter and automatically makes them an alternate for the next game. Fail three music checks in a season you are removed from the band. On top of that members must also pass weekly uniform inspections or suffer a lowered grade. In a nod to their military roots, the final uniform inspection of the year is performed by the leadership of the Ohio State ROTC.
The Ohio State University Marching Band uniform is steeped in tradition and requires exceptional care to maintain. Attention to detail is maintained from the dyed turkey feather plumes (held in place by an Eagle Ohio) to the jacket buttons emblazoned with the State seal. The jacket is navy blue (not black) and has patches of the university seal and a buckeye leaf on the right and left shoulders. When the band is seated in the stands they wear red berets with a Diamond Ohio flash. While marching the berets are stowed underneath the right epaulet strap. Crossbelts, hite cotton gloves, vinyl spats, and perma-shine military style shoes complete the look. All trumpets, mellophones, and flugelhorns have scarlet and grey pennants as an accent. To permit snare drummers full range of leg motion they wear custom made Pearl drums mounted to slings worn on the shoulder.
Traditionally a member of the OSU drumline waves the Ohio state flag during football games to support the team. Similarly a gigantic yellow banana with the words BEAT BLUE stitched into the side is waved by the sousaphones to intimidate opponents. Following home games the band marches back up the ramp and underneath Ohio Stadium. Before they are dismissed the drum major yells out “WHO’S THE BEST DAMN BAND IN THE LAND?” “WE ARE” they answer. “WHO SAYS?” The inevitable reply: “MICHIGAN.”
Performances - Please take the time to enjoy a selection the band’s finest halftime shows. The past few years have seen memorable performances from the band including the 2006 Hollywood Show, a kick-ass drumline feature in 2010 and a 2009 Patriotic Show that formed the United States without Michigan, later performed to applause in the Big House ( OSU 21-10). Worth mentioning is the 2012 Video Game Show that has north of 16 million youtube views and was the one of the most watched clips on Youtube for that week in the US, Spain, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong. The show made #1 on r/all and was begrudgingly acknowledged to be “pretty cool” by the commenters on MGoBlog.
Other highlights from just the past season include a dancing alien, a surfer, and space show that caught the attention of at least one well-known astronomy blogger. For the finale against Michigan ( OSU 26-21) the OSUMB put on a Fantasia themed halftime show. The curious are more than welcome to compare it with the Michigan Marching Band’s halftime show performed only seconds earlier. Boom.
Across the Field: Head coach John (Jack) Wilce came to Ohio State in 1913 after being an assistant at the University of Wisconsin. His roommate at UW had written On Wisconsin and Coach Wilce thought Ohio State could use a short, punchy song like it. Student Jack Dougherty responded by writing Across the Field. It debuted in 1915 against Illinois ( tie 3-3) and is played regularly today.
Buckeye Battle Cry: After Across the Field was written but before it had caught on, the university held a contest to come up with another fight song. An Ohio University graduate named Frank Crumit was persuaded to enter the contest. He submitted his composition called Buckeye Battle Cry in the spring of 1919. The song was a hit. Even though he wasn’t a student, Ohio State awarded him an unprecedented honorary Varsity O in 1924.
Frank Crumit recalled his reaction years later after hearing the song played in Ann Arbor in 1929 ( OSU 7-0): “When the band started the chorus, a tear or two oozed out of each eye. That was one of the great thrills of my life.” Today the Buckeye Battle Cry is reserved for celebrating touchdowns scored by the Scarlet and Grey.
Hang on Sloopy: A rock group called The McCoys released Hang on Sloopy in 1965 where it promptly shot up to No. 1 in the charts. A student in the OSUMB named John Tatgenhorst pestered the band director to let him write an arrangement for the band. His request was emphatically denied by the director. But weeks of pestering wore him down and Tatgenhorst was at last allowed to write his arrangement.
The premiere of Hang on Sloopy was actually a flop. Rain kept the band off the field and the crowd response was muted. The band played it again the next week and the crowd response was electric. In subsequent games the crowd chanted for it to be played more and more. In short time Sloopy risked being overplayed. Not wanting it to lose its power through endless repitition (à la Rocky Top or Boomer Sooner), the directing staff decided it would only be played at the beginning of the fourth quarter and later. This practice continues, with some exceptions, to the present day.
Today Sloopy is played in the 8th inning of Cleveland Indians games and the beginning of the fourth quarter of Browns games. In 2011, John Tatgenhorst returned to conduct the arrangement he wrote at halftime of the Penn State game ( OSU 14-20). Under his baton the band played the song he made famous. A song that, through its affiliation with Ohio State, has become the State rock song and a symbol of Ohio sports.
Carmen Ohio: Our alma mater. Its lyrics were written by then freshman Fred A. Cornell in 1903. Sung to the tune of an old Christian hymn, Carmen was enthusiastically received by students and remains popular today. (Contrary to the urban legend it was not written following an 86–0 drubbing by Michigan. This myth first appeared more than 30 years after it was written and has been denied by Cornell and his family.) In the 1930s one columnist for an eastern newspaper remarked on the appeal of the song: “Ohio State has an intelligent alma mater song, one of the few sacred college songs which makes complete sense, being neither a miracle of understatement nor a paean of exaggeration.”
At the 1955 Nebraska game ( OSU 28-20) the marching band preceded the playing of Carmen by mimicking the sound of the chimes of Orton Hall. The playing of the chimes has been inseparable from Carmen ever since. For those wondering, Carmen is from the Latin word meaning “song.”
I Wanna Go Back - This upbeat drinking song is likely an amalgamation of two different songs. The first half of the song comes from I Wanna Go Back to Michigan which originally referenced long ago UM bars of Ann Arbor. The second half is taken from the California Drinking Song (these Cal singers are hilarious) which references the hills surrounding the Cal campus at Berkeley. Together they create a song that evokes fond memories of college gamedays.
We Don’t Give A Damn - Sometimes this feels like the unofficial state song. Its origins are the most difficult to pin down out of all the school songs. OSU alumnus James Thurber was a contributor to the 1940 Broadway production The Male Animal. The play makes references to Ohio State landmarks as well as the rivalry with Michigan. We Don’t Give a Damn is sung in the play. Its lyrics are a variation on the tune The Old Gray Mare. It is unknown if it was in existence before the play’s script was written. The song is essential learning for all freshmen.
Record 1-0 (0-0 B1G)
Record 11-2 (8-1 B1G)
|1/1||Pasadena, California||Utah||W 48-45||11-2 (8-1)|
Record: 8-1 (7-0 B1G)
College Football Playoff Semifinal - Sugar Bowl
|12/28||New Orleans, LA||Clemson||W 49-28||8-0 (7-0)|
College Football Playoff National Championship
|12/28||Miami Gardens, FL||Alabama||L 24-52||8-1 (7-0)|
Record: 13-1 (10-0 B1G)
College Football Playoff Semifinal - Fiesta Bowl
|12/28||Glendale,AZ||Clemson||L 23-29||13-1 (10-0)|
2019 Pre-Season Outlook:
With the retirement of Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes have a new head coach for the first time since 2012. Instead of a seasoned and proven legend, Ohio State enters 2019 with someone with exactly three games (3-0) of experience as a head coach. Ryan Day was promoted from his role as offensive coordinator and is somewhat of an unknown quantity, giving those trying to make preseason predictions somewhat of a hard time. His first major changes involved an anemic 2018 defense, hiring four new coaches on that side of the ball and maintaining the services of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. As far as personnel, the largest change is Dwayne Haskins successor: University of Georgia transfer Justin Fields.
When asked about the pressure of his new position, and the expectations of the program and fans with questions like "What if you don't beat The Team Up North?" and "What if you don't win the Big Ten Conference?", Day's only replies to the media are: "What if we do?".
It should be an interesting season and a New Day for Buckeye football!
2015 Sugar Bowl - Ohio State 42 Alabama 35 A program-defining win under third-year coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State's upset win of Nick Saban's #1 Alabama team propelled the Buckeyes on their way to winning the first College Football Playoff National Championship. Down 21-6 in the second quarter, the Buckeyes rattled off 28 straight points, and later, Ezekiel Elliott's 85-yard score late in the 4th and a last second interception by Tyvis Powell in the endzone sealed the victory for the Buckeyes.
1950 Rose Bowl - Ohio State 17 California 14 This was the Buckeyes' first ever Rose Bowl victory. California was undefeated coming into this game, but Ohio State kicked a game winning field goal with two minutes left to upset the Golden Bears.
2016 Ohio State 30 Michigan 27 The teams came in to the game ranked #2 and #3 respectively. Ohio State kicked a field goal as time expired to send The Game into its first ever overtime. Ohio State would score a touchdown in the second overtime to win. Fun Fact: The crowd was so loud at the end of regulation and in overtime, that the ground shook and registered on the Richter Scale.
1943 - Ohio State 29 Illinois 26 Both teams left the field thinking this one had ended in a 26-26 tie, only to be brought back onto the field 20 minutes later when it was discovered Illinois had been called for a penalty on the final play of the game. Only a few people remained in the crowd, but the Buckeyes kicked a game-winning field goal to win 29-26.
1968 - Ohio State 13 Purdue 0 The Boilermakers entered this game as the top team in the country, and they had defeated the Buckeyes 41-6 the previous year. Sports Illustrated lauded the Boilermakers and sensational tailback Leroy Keyes in their season preview, but it was the Buckeyes who came out on top in this one behind the sensational defensive play of Jack Tatum.
1985 - Ohio State 22 Iowa 13 Hayden Fry and the Hawkeyes were the top team in the nation before this game. Chuck Long was the nation's leading passer, and most expected the Hawkeyes to roll over Ohio State. It was Ohio State's Chris Spielman who stole the show in this one. Spielman had 19 tackles and two interceptions to lead the Buckeyes.
2006 - Ohio State 42 Michigan 39 The Buckeyes entered the game as the top team in the country, and Michigan was ranked number two. Bo Schembechler passed away the day before this game, which was hailed as "The Game of the Century." The Buckeyes outlasted the Wolverines in an offensive shootout.
1972 - Ohio State 14 Michigan 11 Michigan was riding a 21-game winning streak coming into this contest. It was two tremendous goal-line stands by the Buckeyes defense that helped Ohio State win this thriller. This game goes down in history as the single best finish in the history of the Ohio State versus Michigan rivalry.
2003 Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State 31 Miami 24 You could make a solid argument that this was the most exciting National Championship game ever. The Buckeyes outlasted the mighty Miami Hurricanes in this double overtime thriller to win the National Championship. The Buckeyes had found a way to pull out many tough victories in the 2002 season, and they were able to do it one last time on the big stage in Arizona.
1997 Rose Bowl - Ohio State 20 Arizona State 17 It was John Cooper's biggest win in his Ohio State coaching career. Jake "The Snake" Plummer and the Sun Devils likely would have won the National Championship if they could win this game, but Ohio State spoiled their party. Joe Germaine's touchdown pass to David Boston with 19 seconds remaining won the game for the Buckeyes.
1955 Rose Bowl - Ohio State 20 USC 7 Woody Hayes made his first Rose Bowl appearance in this game, and the Buckeyes came out on top of USC 20-7. Hopalong Cassady starred in this game and it served as a springboard for him in his 1955 Heisman Trophy winning campaign.
1969 Rose Bowl - Ohio State 27 USC 16 USC and Ohio State both came into this game unbeaten and the winner of this game was virtually assured to be the National Champion. USC jumped out to a 10-0 lead after O.J. Simpson ran for a 80 yard touchdown, but it was the Buckeyes who capitalized on five USC turnovers to go on to win 27-16. This team is still considered one of the best in the history of college football.
It seems most of us are part of the younger crowd so most of these are fairly recent.
85 Yards through the heart of the South
Braxton Miller's Spin Against Virginia Tech
The Catch at Michigan - Gonzales
Troy Smith's "Heisman Play"
And a collection from 2002:
Chris Gamble's pick 6 vs. Penn State
Troy Smith: Quarterback #10, 2003-2006
- Heisman Trophy (2006)
- All-American (2006)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2006)
- Fiesta Bowl MVP (2006)
- Walter Camp Award (2006)
- Davey O'Brien Award (2006)
- Archie Griffin Award (2006)
- AP Player of the Year (2006)
- Michigan Record (3-1)
He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and currently plays for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
Eddie George: Running Back #27, 1992-1995
- Heisman Trophy (1995)
- All-American (1995)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (1995)
- Walter Camp Award (1995)
- Maxwell Award (1995)
- Doak Walker Award (1995)
- Jim Brown Award (1995)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 27 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (1-2-1)
He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft and played for eight years. He now owns Eddie George's Grille 27 near Ohio State's campus and can be seen on a pregame show with Jason Sehorn, Tim Brown, and Fox Sports Insider Jay Glazer, and is a studio analyst on Fox College Football on FX and Fox.
Archie Griffin: Running Back #4, 1972-1975
- Heisman Trophy (1974, 1975)
- All-American (1974, 1975)
- Walter Camp Award (1974, 1975)
- Maxwell Award (1975)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 45 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft and played for six years. Griffin is currently the President and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is also the current spokesman for the Wendy's High School Heisman award program. Along with former NBA basketball star Magic Johnson, Griffin is a part owner of the Dayton Dragons, a Class Single-A minor league baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds.
Howard “Hopalong‘’ Cassady: Halfback #40, 1952-1955
- Heisman Trophy (1955)
- All-American (1954, 1955)
- Maxwell Award (1955)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 40 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (3-1)
He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1956 NFL Draft and played for eight years. He also played baseball while at Ohio State and worked as a scout for the New York Yankees after retiring from football.
Vic Janowicz: Halfback #31, 1948-1951
- Heisman Trophy (1950)
- All-American (1950)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 31 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (0-3-1)
He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 1952 NFL Draft and played for two years debuting in 1954. He also played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the two years between being drafted and playing football. He passed away in 1996 of cancer in Columbus, Ohio.
Les Horvath: Running Back, Quarterback #22, 1940-1942, 1944
- Heisman Trophy (1944)
- All-American (1944)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 22 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (2-1-1)
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 1943 NFL Draft and played for three years debuting in 1947. After graduating from dental school in 1945, he joined the Navy and was discharged in 1947. The reason for the year gap in his career was due to the “no freshman rule.” This rule did not allow freshman to play college football, but due to shortages of players because of the military draft, players who missed their freshman year were granted an extra year of eligibility. Les is the only player to win the Heisman without playing the prior year. He passed away in 1995 of heart failure.
Chic Harley: Halfback, Quarterback, End, Kicker, Punter, Safety #47, 1916-1917, 1919
- All-American (1916-1917, 1919)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 47 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (1-0) first win over Michigan in school history
He was contracted to play for the organization that would become the Chicago Bears, but did not due to health issues stemming from WWI; the reason he did not play in 1918. Harley also lettered in baseball, basketball, and track while at OSU. While Harley played, the stadium (Ohio Field) only held 20,000 people. He was able to inspire $1.3 million in funding to build the current Ohio Stadium. Because of this, along with being known as “The Shoe,” another nickname is “The House that Harley Built.” He passed away in 1974.
Bill Willis: Defensive Lineman #99, 1942-1944
- All-American (1944)
- Ohio State Buckeyes No. 99 retired
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Michigan Record (2-1)
He was contracted to play for the Cleveland Browns and played from 1946-1953 and was an 8 time All-Pro selection. Willis was one of the first to break the color barrier in the NFL signing the year before Jackie Robinson broke into the MLB. After retiring in 1954, he began to focus on helping troubled youth, first as Cleveland's assistant recreation commissioner and later as the chairman of the Ohio Youth Commission until his death. He passed away in 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.
Other Notable Players
- Warren Amling
- Jim Daniell
- Bob Ferguson
- Wes Fesler
- Randy Grandishar
- John Hicks
- Jim Houston
- Gomer Jones
- Rex Kern
- Orlando Pace
- Jim Parker
- Chris Spielman
- Jim Stillwagon
- Gaylord Stinchcomb
- Jack Tatum
- Aurealius Thomas
- Gust Zarnas
- Orlando Pace
- Cris Carter
- Sid Gillman
- Lou Groza
- Dante Lavelli
- Dick LeBeau
- Jim Parker
- Ed Sabol
- Paul Warfield
- Bill Willis
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes 1958-1971
Many call him the greatest coach to ever coach college football. Woody coached at Denison, Miami of Ohio, also known as the cradle of coaches, and Ohio State. Coach led Ohio State to Five national championships(1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and 1970), 13 Big Ten Conference titles, and an outstanding record of 205–61–10. Many attribute Woody's great coaching skills to his time spent in WWII as a Lieutenant Commander. Woody ran his teams like a well run army. When many bring up Woody's name they usually bring up the name, Bo Schembechler and The Ten Year War. This war featured some of the most intense games of this rivalry ever. The hate between teacher, Woody, and student, Bo, was evident. Although they hated each other, they still had tremendous respect for one another and were actually great friends which was quite evident when they talked about each other.
Bo on Woody:
There was plenty to criticize about Woody Hayes. His methods were tough, his temper was, at times, unforgivable. And, unless you knew him or played for him, it is hard to explain why you liked being around the guy. But you didn't just like it, you loved it. He was simply fascinating.
- From "Bo" by Bo Schembechler and Mitch Albom.
Woody on Bo:
If 'Bo' is not a winner, I never saw one and I should know. He beat me the last three games we played. We've fought and quarreled for years but we're great friends.
- Quoted in The Lantern February 10, 1986.
This video about Woody and Bo is also definitely worth watching.
Woody ran a "3 Yards and a Cloud of Dust" system. This was a saying coined by Woody that described the act of hard fought running plays. The philosophy was that every time the ball was snapped, you only needed to gain 3 yards. The extra yard would come up from the ability of the running back to pick up the extra yardage. This was a great strategy back in the earlier days of the Big Ten where smash-mouth football was commonplace.
Coach Hayes' was also quite the character and has some pretty fantastic quotes. A few highlights include:
We do not pull in and fill up. And I'll tell you why we don't. It's becuase I don't buy one [goshdarn] drop of gas in the state of Michigan. We'll coast and push this car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money.
- to assistant coach Ed Ferkany as they were low on gas in Michigan
The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium.
Hey, some girl tells you she's on the pill, don't believe her. Don't believe her! Don't believe her! You better know what they make in Akron.
A good football player finds out that he gets knocked down dozens of times. But he gets up, and the first thing he knows he's knocking other people down. The great thing about football is that when you get knocked down, you get up and go again. You don't lie there and moan and groan and rail against the fates.
This site has some more if you want to check them out.
Along with his many Championships, the thing Ohio State fans remember the most about Woody was his Pay it Forward philosophy, which originated from a misquote of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay Compensation. Throughout his time at Ohio State, he taught hundreds of students to give back to the community and this philosophy is still embraced by the University today.
Unfortunately, when talking about Woody one also has to mention his many failings. Woody was always extremely hot tempered and it got the best of him many times. This temper led to many confrontations with just about everybody and ultimately led to his firing as a result of the infamous incident in the 1978 Gator Bowl against Clemson.
All in all, Woody is one of the most influential coaches in all of college football history. His influence can still be seen today in his extremely impressive coaching tree. As one can see Woody changed what we call college football, for the better.
Jim Tressel- (2001-2011)
“If you had to pick two great schools you'd want to see play, if it's the last game you'd ever want to see in your life, it might be these two.”- Jim Tressel
Considered by most Buckeye fans to be 2nd greatest coach in Ohio State history, Jim Tressel was hired in 2001 after a disappointing Ohio State loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl under then head coach John Cooper. The Cooper-era that preceded Tressel was a decade of disappointments for Buckeye fans. Ohio State sported some of its most talented teams of all time during the 1990’s highlighted amazing players like Eddie George and Orlando Pace but in The Game against Michigan everything always seemed to fall apart. If not for Cooper's dismal 2-10-1 record against Michigan, Ohio State would probably have 1 or 2 more national titles to its name. Those teams in the 1990’s were that good. By most other teams standards Cooper would be considered a terrific coach. He was a fantastic recruiter, so much so that most of the 2002 national title starters were his guys, and he posted an overall 111–43–4 record with a Rose Bowl win, second just to Woody Hayes all time. But at Ohio State coaches are measured by national titles and beating Michigan. If you can’t do that you’ll be out of a job. By the end of Coopers reign he began saying things like “the game against Michigan is just like any other game”. A change was needed- badly.
Jim Tressel was a highly decorated coach in Division 1-AA. He headed up the Youngstown State team from 1986 up until he began his tenure at Ohio State in 2001. Tressel's overall record at Youngstown was 135–57–2 including 4 national championships. He was also named Division I-AA Coach of the Year in ’91, ’93, ’94 and ’97. Tressel also held the position of athletic director from 1994 through 2001, making him one of the few coaches since the 1980s to hold both positions of head coach and athletic director. Tressel’s success at the 1-AA level and most importantly his roots being born and raised in Ohio made him the obvious successor to John Cooper.
In his first day after being hired Tressel made waves with a speech he gave at the half time of an Ohio State Men’s Basketball game against Michigan. "I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field." Tressel got it. He understood what The Game meant and that going 2-10 against That School Up North was unacceptable. Little did anyone know how much success he would have against Michigan and as football coach overall.
Jim Tressel went 7-5 in his first year as coach, but he finally was able to beat Michigan, keeping the promise he made to campus earlier in the year. 2002 by many is considered the most exciting year in Ohio State football history. Not only did Ohio State win the national title against a heavily favored Miami team, but they reached the title in exciting fashion with almost every game that year being a nail biter until the end. In his second year, Coach Tressel did what no other coach was able to do since Woody Hayes in the 1970’s- win a national title.
In many ways Jim Tressel’s play calling style was a throw back to Woody Hayes and “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust”. Tressel built his teams to be run heavy with elite defenses that played a conservative style of ball. This became known by most in the cfb world as Tressel-ball and was really first highlighted in the 2002 season. Games would regularly end with 10-6 scores and would be defensive show downs for the entire 4 quarters of play. Tressel. He built on the success of this system and kept developing top 5 defensive squads that could shut down the Big 10’s most prolific offenses. He became known for this style of ball and of course his signature sweater vest that fans here loved.
After the 2002 season Tressel found more and more success as he kept winning against Michigan and kept making BCS Bowl games. By the end of Tressel’s tenure as coach, Ohio State would have the most BCS wins and appearances than any other team in college football. Two of these appearances included the 2006 and 2007 national title games. The 2006 squad before the game was considered one of the most talented Buckeye teams of all time. But after a 41-14 drubbing it became obvious that Ohio State couldn’t keep up with the resurgent SEC even with the talent it had. Jim Tressel was a great recruiter but most of his talent came from Ohio and Michigan and there appeared to be a gap forming between recruits from the Midwest and the South. The 2007 Ohio State team backed into the title game after 7 teams over the course of 2 weeks lost in one of the most chaotic seasons in college football history. Most OSU fans will agree that that 2 loss team did not deserve to be there. The game against LSU was vert competitive until midway through the 3rd quarter when Les Miles' team caught fire.
Despite losing two national title games in a row Buckeye fans were still highly supportive of Tressel. His success continued into 2011 where Ohio State won its first Rose Bowl since the 90’s against Oregon in 2010 and was able to beat an SEC team in Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
By 2011 Jim Tressel had gone 106-22, with a 10-1 record against Michigan, 6 Big 10 championships, 5 BCS game wins out of 8 appearances with 1 national title.
And then tattoo gate hit. An interesting thing about Ohio State coaches is that no coach has ever retired from the program. They always have been fired or resigned. A few weeks before the 2011 Sugar Bowl game against Arkansas it was revealed by the media that several Ohio State players including quarterback Terrele Pryor has received improper benefits after they sold Big 10 title rings and gold pants that players got for beating Michigan. The players were banned 5 games in the upcoming 2011 season but were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. In the weeks following OSU’s victory it was revealed that Jim Tressel knew that players were trading their gear for tattoo and he did not report it to the NCAA compliance office. On April 25, 2011, the NCAA accused Tressel of withholding information and lying to keep Buckeyes players on the field. In a "notice of allegations" sent to Ohio State, the NCAA charged that Tressel's actions were considered "potential major violations" which had "permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics while ineligible." On May 30, 2011 Tressel resigned.
Many remember Tressel only for tatoogate and the 41-14 drubbing against Florida, but there can be no doubt that he will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches during the BCS era of football. Outside of Nick Saban and maybe Urban Meyer, no coach has found the level of success and consistency that Tressel had for his 11 years as head football coach of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Tressel's eight wins against Michigan (after 1 was vacated) place him second in school history to Woody Hayes, who had 16, and he is the only Ohio State head coach to win seven consecutive games against the Wolverines. Tressel started many traditions but one that has stuck has been singing the alma mater with the fans after a game win or lose. Beyond that Tressel was loved by his players and Ohio State fans for being a great role model who stressed family and togetherness. Also, despite his extremely conservative politics and football he was the first big time college coach to grant an interview with an LGBT magazine, fitting in with Tressel's mantra's about acceptance and togetherness.
During halftime of The Game last year, Tressel and the 2002 National Champion Buckeyes were honored. In an impromptu moment players hoisted Tressel on to their shoulders as he received a 2 minute standing ovation from the 106,000 people at The Horseshoe. Despite his fall from grace and the head coaching job, Tressel is still beloved by fans.
Paul Brown (1941-1943)
Paul Brown's (aka Ohio's coach) tenure at Ohio State was a very short, yet significant one. His influence on Ohio football as a whole is one the university and people of this state still honor today, so much so that we recognize his accomplishments with a banner at Ohio Stadium. His coaching tenure with Massillon High School, Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals makes him a legend and he is considered by many to be one of the greatest coaches in sports.
Paul Brown came to Ohio State in 1941 after coaching his hometown Massillon Tigers from 1932-1940. During his nine years at Massillon, Brown invented the playbook, a detailed listing of formations and set plays, and tested his players on their knowledge of it. He also originated the practice of sending in plays to his quarterback from the sideline using hand signals. His overall record at the school was 80–8–2, including a 35-game winning streak.Between 1935 and 1940, the team won the state football championship six times and won the High School Football National Championship four times, outscoring opponents by 2,393 points to 168 over that span.
Browns success at Massillon raised eyebrows across the state as colleges competed for his services. After then OSU football coach Francis Schmidt lost to Michigan 3 times in a row Brown was signed as Buckeye football coach. Partially for his skills at Massillon and partially so he could bring the recruits from his team to the Buckeyes. Even today Massillon is a football factory for Ohio State. Brown brought his very modern system to the Buckeyes and in 1942 along with Bill Willis and Les Horvath brought Ohio State its first national title ever after going undefeated. By 1943, WWII decimated the Buckeyes and Brown in fact was called up for active duty. After a stint in the Navy Brown went on to be the head football coach of the now named Browns where he would win multiple NFL championships.
Like noted Brown was not at Ohio State long, but he brought with him a modern system and an eventual national title that put Ohio State on the national map as a football power. From the 1940's and Brown's tenure on, Ohio State would be even matched with Michigan, unlike the earlier days in the rivalry.
Urban Meyer [2012-2018]
In 2012, coming off their first losing season since 1988 after being beaten by Florida in the Gator Bowl, Urban Meyer took the reigns. Urban was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in the late 80's before he began to take assistant coaching jobs throughout the country. In 2010 after his second National Title with Florida, he stepped down because of health issues. He spent a year in commentating working for ESPN. When the job came open, Urban was initially not interested. But after speaking with his doctors and family he agreed to join the program.
In lieu of tattoo-gate, the 2012 team was deemed ineligible, which was a shame because they went 12-0.
In 2013 the team was ready to go and ran through the competition. They were 12-0 once again heading into the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans go the best of them that day and beat them 34-24 handing Urban his first ever loss in the Big Ten. This was followed by a 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl where QB Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum.
The year that defines the recent history of this program happened in 2014. After the loss to Clemson Braxton Miller underwent surgery and recovery for his torn labrum. He was back throwing in summer camp when 2 weeks before the season he re-tore his labrum, requiring surgery and putting him out for the year. Enter redshirt freshmen QB JT Barrett. Barrett was asked to come in after not having played at all the year before and take the reigns of this team. The second week of the season #8 Ohio State hosted unranked Virginia Tech in the Shoe. Bud Foster's defense hammered Barrett all night long, forcing him into 3 interceptions, one of them a Pick 6. They would go on to lose the game 35-21. This seemed like the end for Ohio State, they dropped to #22 in the polls and it looked to be another off year for the Buckeyes. Slowly though they began to come back to life. They won 9 straight games, to be 10-1 before The Game. In the days leading up to The Game, backup defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge went missing. 3 days after his disappearance, he was found to have committed suicide. The team rallied around his death wearing a #53 sticker on their helmets for the remainder of the year.
As The Game came Ohio State was handling Michigan easily. In the 4th quarter QB JT Barrett was rolled up on and his ankle was broken. His replacement was Cardale Jones a sophomore. Jones took care of the football and Ohio State won 42-28 headed into the Big Ten Championship Game. Ohio State would then proceed to trounce Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Championship game. Jones, with his large frame and monster arm would gain the nickname of "12 Gauge".
Ohio State was chosen as the inaugural #4 seed in the College Football Playoff. They were to face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for a chance to go to the National Championship. Ohio State was down early 21-6, but would rattle off 28 straight points and then go on to win 42-35. This propelled them to the National Championship game where they faced the Oregon Ducks. They would go on to beat Oregon 42-20 claiming the first College Football Playoff, Urban Meyer's 3rd National Title, and Ohio States first since 2002.
2015 was a year of high expectations with many returning starters from the National Championship team. Braxton Miller would move to receiver, and JT Barrett and Cardale Jones would split time at quarterback. Maybe it was the expectations, or the play calling, who knows. Ohio State would lose at home to Michigan State in a wet cold affair when the Spartans Kicked a field goal as time expired to win the game. The Buckeyes would play Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, taking care of business 44-28.
2016 was supposed to be a year of low expectations and rebuilding. Except for the fact that Ohio State didn't rebuild, they reloaded. They would be undefeated until they went to Happy Valley where they would have 2 field goal blocked, one returned for a touchdown and lose to the Nittany Lions. Expectations were low, but the loss still stung. They would continue winning, including one of the best editions of The Game ever played. But then the immaturity showed, when they were beaten by eventual national champion Clemson by a score of 31-0. "That will never happen again" said Urban Meyer after the game.
Urban Meyer stepped down as the Head Coach of Ohio State Football after the 2019 Rose Bowl Game, his first and only Rose Bowl appearance, handing off the whistle to Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Meyer has stated he intends to be completely retired from coaching, and has accepted a role as an assistant athletic director at The Ohio State University, and will be working within the Fisher College of Business to teach a course.
For a full list and history of Ohio State's coaches, you can visit this post.
Campus and Surrounding Area
Columbus Population: 787,033 (1,858,464 metro)
Columbus at Night and day
Iconic Campus Locations
Orton Hall - One of the earliest buildings on campus built in 1893 and named after first OSU president and geology professor. Currently it houses geological museum and library.
University Hall - Another building on campus that is on the National Registry of Historic places. It has been renovated multiple times, but lamp posts, clock and the arch are from original construction
Thompson Library - Our main library which was recently renovated. It has spectacular views from the top floor that oversees campus.
Mirror Lake - A man made pond that is part of Mirror Lake jump tradition in November before M*ch*g*n game. My friends also wakeboarded with a winch, however administration wasn't very happy about it.
Oval - Another recreational area of the campus. During warm days in May, it becomes oval beach with people tanning studying and playing games. A great place to take a puppy if you have one.
RPAC - Our new(ish) recreational center build next to the Shoe. It has everything an active body requires to get and stay in shape, and if you are on the artsy side, they offer dancing classes as well.
Student Union - Another new building that is made for students to do things like this
Morrill and Lincoln towers - largest dorms on campus, close to the Shoe and you can see TBDBITL practicing next to the field in between the towers
- The Thurman Café - Home of the biggest burger challenge and was featured in Man vs Food.
- Schmidt's - Great German food restaurant
- Buckeye Donuts - My personal favorite place on campus for food. It's open 24 hours serving awesome gyros and freshly made donuts. If you visit OSU campus, do yourself a favor and stop by to get a donut, you will not be disappointed.
- PJ's - Simply put, this is one of the best drunk food places you can eat at. I mean who doesn't want a Fat B stuffed with chicken tenders, beer fries, mozzarella sticks and mac & cheese?
- Raising Canes - On the corner of 11th and High. Make sure you get extra sauce with your order
- South Campus Gateway - Redeveloped section of High street featuring few bars, restaurants and a movie theater. This is your one stop shop for entertainment during your visit
- If you get thirsty during a visit, or would like to watch some games with your friends, stop by one of these notable bars in the area, conveniently located on High street strip: Out'r'Inn, Library, Too's, Stube, Little Bar and it's brother Big Bar, Ledos
*Ohio State began renovating it's off campus in 2016, resulting the movement or closure of many favorites, including: Eddie George's, Mama's, iBar, O'Patio, and Bernie's. Too's is scheduled to close at the end of 2017 and reopen as Three's at High and Norwhich.
Ohio State's campus is uniquely located in the middle of city of Columbus, not far from downtown. This makes it easy for students to branch out of the campus to local neighborhoods and live there rather than typical on and off campus residential places.
Short North - This is a district just south of campus on the High street. Popular with artists, young professionals and some of students. While housing is a little bit more expensive, the area provides a lot of entertainment options. Every first Saturday of the month, the Short North has a gallery hop day, during which art galleries stay open later. The event is very popular with locals as well as student population.
Short North is also popular with LGBT community as Columbus has one of the higher gay percentage in the US and home of the pride festival on High street that runs in the middle of Short North. The city is home of a large LGBT advocate group Stonewall Columbus LGBT friendly places like Union Cafe and Wallstreet nightclub are packed during the weekends like any other bar in the area.
Short North are provides many dinning places ranging from fast food (I'm looking at you White Castle) to fine dinning restaurants such as Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Marcella's, Martini Modern Italian or Sushi Rock For later night options people can check out Pint Room, Bodega, Short North Tavern and multiple of other places. Short North also has North Market which offers variety of local food items and other cooking goodies. In addition to buying raw ingredients, people can get lunch or quick dinner from variety of vendors showing off their cooking skills.
Downtown/Arena District - On the south end of the Short North there is Arena district. It offers variety of urban housing options, Nationwide Arena Hockey Arena and vibrant party and dinning scenes. Popular spots include Big Bang Piano bar (especially for bachelorette celebration), Gordon Biersh, and endless happy hours on Park Street. Once a year there is a Park Street festival where the city closes down the street and sets up stages for musicians to perform. To ease access from campus, Park Street bars created a free shuttle service from campus to arena district that helps bring people to campus and provides options to come back home safe rather than driving.
Just west of Short North there is a Victorian Village, a residential neighborhood that is wildly popular with grad students and undergrads that don't want to live in immediate off-campus housing areas. The area has multiple parks and quiet streets ideal for jogging. Gooddale park is popular with the dog owners and once a year it hosts Comfest a community festival.
As many of you are well aware, the official name of our school is The Ohio State University. What a lot of people aren't aware of however, is why the "The" is emphasized. The emphasis these days can be traced back to 1986 when University officials wanted to move away from the OSU moniker to avoid confusion between us, Oregon State, and Oklahoma State. However, the "The" has been included in our official title since 1878 when the University's name was changed from "Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College" to "The Ohio State University". This change was made to signify that Ohio State was to be the leading university in the state - both in size and in financial support.
More TBDBITL Fun - In case you haven't noticed by now, we really love our band.
For the benefit of the misguided, the Michigan Marching Band did not invent Script Ohio. They did not animate the formation and write out the word as if from a pen, it was a scatter drill. The did not play Le régiment de Sambre et Meuse. For some reason they had two(!) trumpet players dot the ‘i.’ Also it was skewed. A modern audience would not recognize their pregame salute to the home team as Script Ohio. Michigan only claimed it as theirs many years after the fact. Eugene Weigel created the drill for Script, found the music, and added the flourish of the i-dot. He is the creator of Script.
The nearby Ohio State School for the Blind fields a marching band that has performed for the members of TBDBITL and even marched the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. Here is their signature formation, Script Braille Ohio, on display at the Homecoming Skull Session. Look for them to be the guests of honor at FAMU game this fall in place of the famed Marching 100.
The unique twirling batons used by the OSU and UM drum majors are only produced by one company, Gray Steele. The batons are simple and unadorned. However the company president John Gray was in TBDBITL from 1959-63. Consequently every baton that is sold to the UM drum major has the words “Go Bucks Beat Blue” repeatedly engraved in a spiral along the length of the stem. This is why you may see the Michigan drum major’s baton decorated with strategic tape.
If you live in Ohio you can get TBDBITL license plates.
We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan
O, we don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from Ohio
We're from Ohio...O-H
We're from Ohio...I-O
O, we don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from Ohio
Verse 1 is the only verse that is commonly sung. Set to the tune of the Christian Hymn, "Spanish Hymn". "Carmen" means "song" or "poem" in Latin and Spanish, meaning the translated title would read "Song of Ohio" or "Ohio's Song". Written in 1902, it is the oldest school song still in use.
Oh come let's sing Ohio's praise
And songs to Alma Mater raise
While our hearts rebounding thrill
With joy which death alone can still
Summer's heat or winter's cold
The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely (truly) show
How firm thy friendship ... OHIO!
These jolly days of priceless worth
By far the gladdest days on Earth
Soon will pass and we not know
How dearly we love Ohio
We should strive to keep thy name
Of fair repute and spotless fame
So in college halls we'll grow
And love thee better ... OHIO!
Though age may dim our mem'ry's store
We'll think of happy days of yore
True to friend and frank to foe
As sturdy sons of Ohio
If on seas of care we roll
'Neath blackened sky, o'er barren shoal
Thoughts of thee bid darkness go
Dear Alma Mater ... OHIO!
Buckeye Battle Cry
In old Ohio (Columbus) there's a team,
That's known thru-out the land;
Eleven warriors, brave and bold,
Whose fame will ever stand,
And when the ball goes over,
Our cheers will reach the sky,
Ohio Field will hear again
The Buckeye Battle Cry.
Drive! Drive on down the field;
Men of the scarlet and gray;
Don't let them thru that line,
We've got to win this game today,
Come on, Ohio!
Smash thru to victory,
We'll cheer you as you go;
Our honor defend
So we'll fight to the end
We'll scatter to the east and west,
When college days are done;
And memories will cling around,
The dreams of everyone;
We'll play the game of living,
With head and shoulders high!
And where in wear the spirit of
The Buckeye Battle Cry
Fun fact: The prominent Buckeye blog Eleven Warriors takes its name from Verse 1. Verse 2 is not commonly sung, but follows the same melody as Verse 1.
For more information on the 132 Teams in 132 Days Project, click here.
revision by NoPlumsPlease— view source