Woody Hayes might be the most popular Hayes in modern Buckeye history, but Ohio State’s oldest remaining campus building, Hayes Hall, was named after Rutherford B. Hayes, not the legendary coach.
At the same time Ohio University and Miami University—the state’s two oldest colleges—were jockeying for the land from the federal 1862 Morrill Act, which provided states with 30,000 acres to found or fund institutions of higher education, Ohio governor at the time, Rutherford B. Hayes, fiercely advocated for a new institution, one nearer to Ohio’s legislature. As the fight heated up, Hayes pushed aside opponents and established the new Columbus institution in 1870. While Hayes would go on to set the foundation for social and civil service reform as the 19th President of the United States, he counted the creation of what would become THE Ohio State University as one of his greatest achievements.
In 1983, former OSU Marching Band member John Tatgenhorst was mixing instrumental tracks at Universal Studios in Chicago with Gene Warman when he realized that the cheer being used at Buckeye games was difficult to follow and never really took hold. Inspired, Tatgenhorst composed and arranged “Let’s Go Bucks!” and gave it to TBDBITL at no cost.
While written primarily for football games, the cheer is commonly played at other Ohio State sporting events, including baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. There are no lyrics to the song, but there are noticeable pauses for the crowd to yell, “Let's Go Bucks!”
Ohio State’s fight song “Across the Field” was written in 1915 by student William A. Dougherty, Jr., 12 years after school song “Carmen Ohio.”
While “Carmen Ohio” perfectly expresses the revere all Buckeyes have for their alma mater, Dougherty Jr. felt it didn’t embody the necessary notes to amp up the Scarlet and Gray before stomping the gridiron, thus he took it upon himself to write and add the now-classic “Across the Field” to the catalogue. It’s proven so popular it’s been co-opted in differing forms by a range of schools. But despite its widespread riffs, the song remains a Buckeye original.
The embodiment of Ohio State since a 1965 recommendation for an official mascot by students Ray Bourhis and Sally Huber, Brutus leads the Buckeye charge. He’s come a long way from his papier-mâché beginnings and later fiberglass days, now having starred in credit card commercials and guesting on late-night talk show skits. But fear not, his roots are firmly planted on the field of the ‘Shoe in fall and he specializes in firing up Value City Arena every winter. Pay homage to more than 50 years of Ohio State’s pride and joy.
After every Buckeye touchdown, Block O rises with the rest of the stands and Ohio Stadium thunders with the familiar refrain of the Ohio State fight song. Along with “Hang On Sloopy,” a Saturday in fall just doesn’t feel right without TBDBITL and your eleven warriors charging across the gridiron. Rep the Buckeye tradition right with this super-soft crewneck, perfect for the season-long haul to the playoffs. Gear up for number nine. O-H!
It ain’t Oregon State, and it ain’t Oklahoma State. It’s THE Ohio State University.
With school President Edward Orton believing the institution’s original name “Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College” an inadequate reflection of the vast reach and scope of the school’s programs, he got the board of trustees together to rename it to “The Ohio State University” in 1878. By adding that definite article, the school sought to not only define itself as the state’s preeminent university, but also throw shade at intra-state schools, especially Ohio University. More than 100 years later, in 1986 the university, which had been using the OSU logo, reemphasized the all-important THE to re-establish the “national stature of the institution.” Pay homage.