29 Facts About Woody Hayes


Wayne Woodrow Hayes was an American football player and coach.


Woody Hayes was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983.


Woody Hayes played center at Newcomerstown High School in Newcomerstown, Ohio.


Woody Hayes enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1941, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during World War II.


Woody Hayes commanded PC 1251 in the Palau Islands invasion and the destroyer-escort USS Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations.


Rogers declined, but recommended that his former team captain, Woody Hayes, should be named the next head coach.


Woody Hayes was a three-time winner of The College Football Coach of the Year Award, now known as the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, and was "the subject of more varied and colorful anecdotal material than any other coach past or present, including fabled Knute Rockne", according to biographer Jerry Brondfield.


In spite of this apparent willingness to avoid change, Woody Hayes became one of the first major college head coaches to recruit African-American players, including Jim Parker, who played both offensive and defensive tackle on Woody Hayes' first national championship team in 1954.


Altogether, Woody Hayes had 58 players earn All-America honors under his tutelage.


Woody Hayes often used illustrations from historical events to make a point in his coaching and teaching.


Woody Hayes taught mandatory English and vocabulary classes to his freshman football players.


Woody Hayes often ate lunch or dinner at the university's faculty club, interacting with faculty and administrators.


Woody Hayes was memorable in that he could often be seen walking across campus, taking the time to visit with students.


When talking to young people, Woody Hayes treated all with respect, without regard to race or socio-economic class.


Woody Hayes took the time to communicate with student leaders.


Woody Hayes believed in Nixon, and he believed in the Establishment, but he wasn't afraid to talk to the students.


In 1977, a late fumble at Michigan caused him to charge at ABC cameraman Mike Freedman, who recorded his frustration; Woody Hayes was ejected, put on probation by the Big Ten Conference, and fined $2,000.


Woody Hayes then threw the penalty flag into the crowd, began destroying the yard markers, and threw the first-down marker into the ground like a javelin before being restrained by Buckeyes team officials; Woody Hayes was then assessed an additional 15-yard penalty and ejected.


On third and 5 at the Clemson 24-yard line with 2:30 left and the clock running, Woody Hayes called a pass rather than a run, because Schlichter was having a great game up to that point.


Woody Hayes stormed onto the field and was abusive towards the referee.


Woody Hayes said that he intended to tell school president Harold Enarson about what happened, and strongly implied that Hayes had coached his last game at Ohio State.


Schembechler pointed out that Woody Hayes had maintained that all he was trying to do was grab the ball away.


On March 11,1987, Woody Hayes was clearly in failing health when he had someone drive him in his pickup truck to Dayton to introduce Bo Schembechler, who was speaking at a banquet.


Organizers had tried to discourage Woody Hayes from attending, but Woody Hayes insisted.


Woody Hayes gave a lengthy introduction to Schembechler and then stayed to hear him speak before being driven back home.


Woody Hayes is interred at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.


Woody Hayes was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.


Coincidentally, the younger Woody Hayes was assigned to the 2003 trial of former Ohio State standout Maurice Clarett.


Judge Woody Hayes died in May 2022, at 76; his death was announced May 30.