Ohio State to Erect Statue of Jim Tressel at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center

By 11W Staff on April 1, 2013 at 1:00p
Ohio State will erect a statue of former coach Jim Tressel at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center

Six weeks after installing a statue of Woody Hayes, Ohio State has announced plans to erect a statue of another former coach, Jim Tressel, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The statue, featuring Tressel celebrating victory with Lloyd Carr in a headlock, is expected to be completed by June 1 and will cost the university $45,000. Clintonville sculptor Buzz Allen has been tasked with creating the statue, which will stand next to the Hayes statue when completed.

"We're excited to be able to recognize Jim's mastery of the Wolverines. He was a flawed man, but he certainly owned Michigan," said athletic director Gene Smith in a statement.

[Graphic by Grant Edgell]


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Maestro's picture

Ha !! (viva 2 exclamations)

vacuuming sucks

Baroclinicity's picture

And the space in between...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Some day....some day..
and it's going to be well deserved. 

acBuckeye's picture

You almost got me..... funny, but slightly wrong too b/c I had momentarily gotten my hopes up. I think the man genuinely deserves a statue, or something of the sort.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

There is a Jim Tressel wall in the WHAC, but I agree, he deserves a statue as well.

gwalther's picture

Agree. I fully support a JT statute.

Class of 2008

dubjayfootball90's picture

Gray Box worthy!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

bigbadbuck's picture

Love that movie btw..............

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

jthiel09's picture

This sounds like a perfectly acceptable statue idea whether it is proposed on April 1st or not.


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

If this was real life (and not fantasy, caught in a landslide no escape from reality), the haters and trolls would come out of the woodwork.  And it would be hilarious.  But I'm sorry, 11W...you fooled me once but not twice today! 

Class of 2010.

cronimi's picture

@ShowThem, you're such a Bohemian....


May be the best April Fools day joke ever! Would love to see this statue, if only it was legit!

Pay It Forward!

AndyVance's picture

Bonus points for the $45,000 reference...

Earle's picture

Actually, they are just going to put a sweater vest on the Woody statue and call it a day.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

AndyVance's picture

Sounds about right...

Maestro's picture

Golden Parachute like

vacuuming sucks

Hovenaut's picture

That statute screams special grudge match at Wrestlemania XIX........

Tress will layeth the smacketh down (again) on LLLLLLLoyd.

avail31678's picture

This is awesome.  I don't care if that statue blatantly rips on Carr and scUM.  I'm going to actually see if I can donate to the University for this specific project.  Can't wait until it's complete!!

avail31678's picture

I didn't really believe the story - April Fool's!  And the Messers become the Messees!!

d1145fresh's picture

If/When Tressel gets his statue he may be made of bronze but he will be wearing gold pants

Notor's picture

Har Har it must be April Fool's

M Man's picture

The Jon Gruden statue is going to look great next to the Jim Tressel statue:

741's picture

I would have chosen to sculpt the moment in time when Lloyd Carr denied our blessed JT a postgame handshake and Tress swatted him on the ass (a literal spanking) as he walked by. And I would make the scupture 40' high at least.

Leanenaud's picture

This would be better if Lloyd Carr's mouth dispensed raffle tickets and JT was inking a buckeye leaf on Lloyd's face.

Bucksfan's picture

Nice sweatshirt, Lloyd! (getaloadofthisguy!)

QBYBuckeye's picture

Too obvious to be believable, but a real nice dig at TSUN.

New York Buckeye

Torpedo Vegas's picture

I'd donate to a Kickstarter page dedicated to making this Tressel statue a reality.

TatumRuled's picture

As great as it is, it would be greater if Tress was giving carr a noogie!

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Love it!! Jim Tressel is a great man and coach.  I hope to see him return to the coaching ranks in a few years.  The NCAA was just looking for a fall guys with everything that went down.  In the big scheme of things it was small potatoes when you look at programs like Miami, USC or even the team up north with the Fab Five.  The whole Ed Martin story is a crazy one. 
Jim Tressel did a lot of good for Ohio State, the players, fans and the community in general.  I'd love to see him get more positive recognition for all that he did.  He'll always have a spot in the heart of all Buckeye fans!

81Alum's picture

I realize its April fools, but that statue of Tressell with Carr is priceless and should be installed pronto.

FitzBuck's picture

Ill chip in to make this happen

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

4thandinches's picture

Only if they blur out that horrible word on Lloyds sweater. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Idaho Helga's picture

Sent this out to many relatives, very, very good!!! Thanks!
p.s. You should write for Gene Smith.  Most intelligent comment from him in like, 3 years.

buckeyedude's picture

I like the idea. But I'm calling BS. April Fools.



dtanmango's picture

lol no flippin way :P woulda been awesome tho