Ohio State Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

June 13, 2013 at 12:45p    by Kyle Rowland    
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The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced the 14-member group that wil be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The group will be honored at halftime of the Wisconsin football game on Sept. 28. 

Included in the group is former head football coach John Cooper, basketball player Scoonie Penn and wrestler Tommy Rowlands. 

Complete list of the inductees 


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BuckeyeChief's picture

Congrats to all of the inductees! Well done.

 

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Hovenaut's picture

Distinguished class of Buckeye men and women, congratulations to all.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

hail2victors9's picture

John Cooper was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 2004.
[rimshot]
 

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Hovenaut's picture

Yep.

In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I figure Rich Rod should make our Hall within the next five years.

Hoke in 15....

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

TMac's picture

Rich Rod would be awesome!

buckeyestu's picture

the only reason meechegan won all those games was because of john cooper ineptness as a coach. he couldnt coach a high school football team.

captain obvious's picture

Cooper is a Buckeye for life

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Earle's picture

I'm surprised the Michigan HOF didn't waive the mandatory waiting period for Coop.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I so want to down vote you right now, but I won't 'cause it's true.
(I am however giving you a middle finger via my screen).

 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

(Even if it is immature).

 

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jmw's picture

Personally, I'm a little conflicted on the induction of John Cooper.  His teams had a tremendous amount of talent and they ripped through the Big Ten...but, his teams' performances against TTUN were...ummm...not good.  And, I don't think his bowl record was that great either.  I guess the frustrating thing with the games against TTUN was that OSU (IMO) more times than not were better and should have won.  
oh well.  Congrats to all inductees. 

jw

buckeyestu's picture

cooper just plain sucked in my opinion.
 

Kyle Rowland's picture

He won 111 games, three Big Ten titles, a Rose Bowl, had two teams finished No. 2 and five in the Top 10. Man, just awful. C'mon, lighten up. I understand he had his struggles against Michigan, but he's absolutely deserving of this honor. 

Hovenaut's picture

The man was inducted in The College Football Hall of Fame.....five years ago:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2008/05/01/halloffame.html

He did bring the program back to the nation's elite, rivalry and bowl win-loss records aside.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

lamplighter's picture

The only problem I have is the statement that we were "elite" - for God's sake we lost to South Carolina in a bowl game and had Bellisari as our QB.
He could recruit and had some excellent teams - he could just not over the hump that was November

TMac's picture

He could recruit and had some excellent teams - he could just not over the hump that was November

 
ABSOLUTELY (and too often January too) - which frustrated the heck out of all Buckeyes everywhere. 

Hello_Heisman's picture

Bellisari and South Carolina were in 99-00 at the end of his tenure.  From 93-98, OSU was definitely elite.  And for all the bellyaching about Coop's record against Michigan, the reality is the only two games that are really killing his resume are 95 and 96.  Both of those times, OSU was undefeated and favored coming in.  If he adds just those two more wins to his resume, he still finishes 4-8-1 vs. Michigan but the entire view of his place in OSU history changes.  I don't mean to speak for OSU fans, but I'm guessing you could live with the 97 loss to Michigan (who was undefeated and favored that year) if you had won in 95 and 96.  That would have given OSU a 3-year winning streak (94-96) against Michigan under Coop and 4 wins in 5 years from 94-98, which was essentially when OSU was at its best in the Cooper era. 

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New alum's picture

I agree with your points, though I think the context of the '93 loss to UM (better record than UM and losing 28-0) is also a pretty significant debit to his resume. Plus, '97 was a great team and could have achieved retribution for '95 and '96 by spoiling UM's quest for NC.

Hello_Heisman's picture

New Alum - I agree with you in that wins in 93 and 97 could have helped soften the blow of 95 and 96.  But if you think about it, Coop's best 3 teams were 95, 96 and 98.  In all 3 of those years, OSU probably should have run the table and didn't.  Two of those times, Michigan was the culprit.  When people think of missed opportunities for greatness in the Cooper era, it was really those 3 seasons that stick out the most. 
Had OSU cashed in with undefeated regular seasons in 2 of those years (95 and 96) and perhaps turned one of those two years into a national championship (most likely 96 where they would have played and beaten a similarly undefeated ASU team in the Rose Bowl), then Cooper's resume includes 3 teams that went either undefeated or finished with a single loss, one national championship, multiple BCS-level bowl wins, and wins against Michigan with the 3 best teams he ever fielded. 
Still some disappointing losses and "meh" seasons in the resume, but overall a much more positive experience looking back than what OSU fans currently think of when they remember Coop.  And all it would have taken to accomplish this was simply 113 wins instead of 111.  This is why being a head coach is sometimes a thankless job.
 
 

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New alum's picture

Hello Heisman-Very true. Coaching can be a thankless job, and, as you illustrate, perceptions can hinge on just a couple of games over a 12 year period. Great points as always.

New alum's picture

Oops, missed your caveat that OSU fans could live with '97 if outcome in '95 and '96 had been different. I need to read more carefully next time.

New alum's picture

As an outsider who moved to Cols in '02, it has always seemed to me that Cooper's legacy is that his teams always disappointed when he had a chance to endear himself to the fanbase. I would think the losing record his first year probably paved the way for future disappointments. Contrast with Tressel, whose first team made good on its promise to make fans proud "in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan," then further exorcised the demons of the Cooper years by beating UM again the following year with a trip to the NC game on the line. 

droessl's picture

The backcourt of Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd was a joy to watch. 

buckeyestu's picture

Well i guess he is deserving of the hof, but i was so happy when he got fired.

harleymanjax's picture

I believe "John Cooper" is the Algonquian term for coach who does the least with the most talent.

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