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February 14th

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by WoodyWorshiper, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    Happy Birthday, Coach!
  2. Sport

    Sport They fear the NUT!

    Happy Birthday Coach Hayes!!!

    May he have many more with so many remembering!!!
  3. Happy Birthday...

    Woody! I know your :) on us from above!
  4. spraguezilla

    spraguezilla Rookie

    Happy Birthday Woody!!!

    Thats pretty funny, Thump.

  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

  6. JCOSU86

    JCOSU86 Go Bucks! Staff Member

    He spoke at my graduation. It was the first time I heard the famous "pay ahead" line of his.

    bkochmc likes this.
  7. buckalum01

    buckalum01 They Call Me Assassin

    Happy Birthday Woody!

    Obviously, words cannot and do not convey what you have meant to so many people who bleed Scarlet & Grey. You are truely a legend of the game.

    Thanks for your passion for tOSU.
  8. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    I am not sure if I agree with this statement or not. The wife said not to buy her nothing this year but I still plunked down the $40.00 for the card and roses. Probably another $70.00 for dinner.

    It is definately cheapertobesingle day.

    Although I was only about nine when Woody last coached I still remember my Dad taking me to the games. My uncle played for Woody and he will still tell you that Woody Hayes had the single biggest impact on his life and is a much better man for knowing him. I'll bet there are many more people who feel the same way. Happy birthday Wayne Woodrow Hayes. We all know God has a much better understanding of the game of football with you by his side.
  9. NightmaresDad

    NightmaresDad Woody Rules!

    Thanks WW for the reminder and your words which many of us share.

    JCOSU, I happened to notice one thing in your picture of Coach hayes that struck me for some reason. In today's world where it's all about "Me" and most coaches would have a personalized shirt, his shirt just says "Ohio State". Which is appropriate since for many of us Coach Hayes was and is Ohio State and all that is great about it.

    Happy B'day, Coach
  10. Article on Woody...

    Hayes got start at Denison University

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    Woody Hayes coached at Denison University before heading to Miami University.


    GRANVILLE -- The thought of whether he chose the best place to play football or not surely entered Bill Fleitz's mind the afternoon a young coach named Woody Hayes was in his apartment packing up all his clothes.

    Fleitz was a unanimous All-Ohio player from Newark High School and had more than 40 scholarship offers from schools that wanted his football services. He ended up choosing Denison, not realizing that in his sophomore year his room would be invaded by someone in just his second year of coaching college football.

    "I was coming back from class and he's in my room packing my bags," Fleitz said. "I said, 'What the heck are you doing?' But he finished packing everything up and he said he was taking me to his house to live. He said I had to check in at 8 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on the weekends. He said I'd better be there on time because he'd be answering the door."

    It was the trademark personality that thousands of Ohio State fans would become accustomed to in ensuing years. Hayes left Denison the following year to take a job at Miami (Ohio) University. He was there for one year before he became coach at OSU, and most know the story from there.

    Hayes spent 28 season with the Buckeyes, going 205-61-10 with five national championships. His Buckeye teams went to the Rose Bowl eight times, and to say he left a legacy might be the understatement of the year.

    Before he accomplished all that, however, Hayes honed his craft at the small liberal arts school in Granville. He played there from 1932-35, graduating as a three-year letterman. A decade later, he coached the Big Red to two of their best seasons ever, winning his final 18 games in the process. His last two seasons, the teams went 9-0 and 8-0, respectively, and he still has the best winning percentage (19-6, .760) in school history.

    "He was so determined to build a program," Fleitz said. "He was such an unbelievable person. He was a super man. He's just something else."

    How Hayes turned around the program might warrant a story or two as well. Denison discontinued football during World War II -- Hayes was a destroyer escort commander in the Navy -- and it showed in the first year Hayes coached.

    The team went 2-6 and players, many of whom had just returned from the war, clashed with the fiery Hayes. Bob Shannon, also a Newark graduate, witnessed the difficulties in the first year.

    "We had a lot of 18 year-olds, but we also had a lot of WWII veterans. He wanted to be followed and respected, but those veterans had a different perspective coming back from war," Shannon said. "This was supposed to be fun for them. There was a lot of conflict. Some had the same position and rank as him, and they didn't see eye-to-eye.

    "We had talent, but it took us a while to get in the right frame of mind. But he got two or three strong leaders from the fraternity house and explained some things. Everyone started to listen to each other and there was a drastic change in the quality of the team."

    The team beat Wittenberg in the final game of 1946, setting the groundwork for two memorable years. With many of the same players still there, the team outscored its opponents 274-54 the following year. Only two opponents reached double figures.

    "We really believed in him. We played some tough opponents, but we had some really good athletes," Shannon said. "It was a fine, fine team. It was a team."

    It continued through Hayes' final season in 1948, as Denison outscored its opponents by an average of 35-6. Hayes ran the same plays that he would use a few years later at Ohio State and the same fiery personality was on display, too.

    "He was certainly enthusiastic," Shannon said. "He was a hard worker and we'd run plays until we were blue in the face. If you didn't do what you were supposed to do, you were prepared to face the consequences."

    Fleitz knows that well. During one game, he came out and sat at the wrong end of the bench. When Hayes yelled for him to go back in, Fleitz, a fullback, slowly walked towards Hayes. This irritated the coach and he grabbed Fleitz by the jersey and lifted him off the ground.

    "He said, 'Get your (butt) in there. I'll take care of you later,'" Fleitz said with a laugh.

    Hayes was also an intense player at Denison, but was well-respected with his teammates. Bob Amos, 92, played on the offensive and defensive line with him and wasn't at all surprised when Hayes went into coaching.

    He wasn't a standout player on a Big Red squad that went 10-11-2 in his three years, including a 6-1-1 mark in the 1935, but he was smart and he was driven. Amos noticed that during classes in which Hayes, a history major, retained information at a high level. "He was a hard worker and he had a bright mind," said Amos, who also roomed with Hayes for two years. "He could always go over things at the last minute and remember them. I always had to study a lot. Woody could always wait. But he was always very well-liked. He was a great leader, very bright and very strong-willed. I knew he would do well." Originally published Sunday, February 6, 2005

  11. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Bump. Happy Birthday. Woody.

    Here's a quote from his valentine:

    "I have to fight 85 to 100 football players for attention, but that is better than 1 skinny blonde." - Anne Hayes
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  12. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Happy Birthday Woody!

    :oh: :io:
  13. WoodyWorshiper

    WoodyWorshiper THINK, Before You Speak Former College Pick'Em Champ

    Thanks for the bump bb73. Happy Birthday Coach!
  14. GrizzlyBuck

    GrizzlyBuck Junior

    Happy birthday Woody.

    My mom always hoped that I could take a history class taught by Woody, she loved Woody and I loved history. He stopped teaching before I got to tOSU.

    You can learn a lot about someone by how they are remembered, Woody is well remembered by former players and opponents alike.
  15. JXC

    JXC 17-3 since 2001

    Thanks Woody.

    Ohio State football would just be "another football program" if it weren't for you.

    We are the best now, because you were the best then.

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