Woody Hayes Arrives at the WHAC

By Jason Priestas on February 13, 2013 at 3:25p
A bronze statue of Woody Hayes now living at the WHAC

An 8-foot bronze Woody Hayes statue has been delivered to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center where it will challenge generations of young men to go sleeveless in the dead of winter.



Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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Grayskullsession's picture


"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

buckeye20's picture

"You're goshed darn right I did...sure."

Riggins's picture

I still say that the statue should've been posed giving the "go for two" sign.
With a quote on the plaque "Because I couldn't go for three."

SPreston2001's picture

Umm not really a fan of this statue. It looks kinda goofy with the forward lean...

ATLBuckeye09's picture

Woody Hayes was an intense man and he lived and coached with intensity. That is what the artist wanted to have come across to those who lived during his era but more importantly to those that were not alive during his era.

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

Urbanmania's picture

What does that have to do with leaning forward?

Danify's picture

Love it, but couldn't they've put in it in front of the Horseshoe.

bodast67's picture

Thats cause he's leaning all up in your shit and telling you that you need to fight through the pain and get your ass back in that game !




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NolanFickas01's picture

There needs to be a bend in his knees, he looks like Gumby!

Buckeye Beast's picture

This is great, now all they need to do is put a statue of our Heisman trophy winners outside the Horseshoe.

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Earle's picture

Does Archie get 2 statues?

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JollyFatMan's picture

And do they leave the afro?

How firm thy friendship..

MediBuck's picture

Of course! Archie gets two of everything.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Dougger's picture

I've never seen that one before.. definitely my favorite one now, absolutely hilarious
Edit: the forward stance must be part of the intimdiation factor, but it's weird to fathom all the kids coming through here now and for the past few years weren't even alive when Woody was. 

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dr green's picture

I have seen this a few times, but just now noticed that there are 2 pictures of him behind him when he goes for the 2nd piece of cake.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't understand how I never saw that commercial. Priceless. Especially with traitor Woodson shaking his head.



Norwalk's picture

The cleats kinda look like ice skates.  Maybe they should actually be stuck in the ground like what happens in real life.

painterlad's picture

I would love to have a ripped  down marker on the ground next to it.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Something tells me this isn't scaled to size! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


William's picture

Ehh, not a big fan of that statue, I think Hayes deserved one but couldn't they have put one up of him tearing apart a yardmarker or something? 

OSUAndy07's picture

Awesome, but why'd they wait so long?

"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Im ok with it. He had that posture on the sidelines many o' times. It's better than the one in front of the Varsity Club.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

The best part is they will never have to take it down.

Idaho Helga's picture

^^ Exactly.  Every year a little, little bit of his legacy is restored (as more don't know/forget about the demise) its a shame.  Bobby Knight has been suffering the same treatment for a lesser infraction but whose stock is like Woody's sloooooowly creeping up.  If Indiana is as good as they look,  they'll be some Knight love in the press in March Madness.  Yet, Bobby likely had bigger anger mgmt problems than Woody ??? -who knows.
I like the statue. So many of the clips/photos are him leaning at whomever.  Think about it: if you want to get into somebody's face and you believe they may come back at you, it's more manly to just LEAN BACK than STEP BACK, as you are standing your ground.  He loved boxing if you remember.   What say you 11warriors group?  the same tactic?

JoeinCbus's picture

I'm all for a statue to Coach Hayes, but this one looks awkward and flat.  Very poorly executed.

lamplighter's picture

Love the idea, poor execution.  At least it has short sleeves

BuckeyeLawyer's picture

I thought Woody won national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968 and 1970 that were all "recognized" (1961 and 1970 were not consensus championships).  I would have liked to recognize those championships on the plaque.

Poison nuts's picture

I agree - at least a mention of them somehow. I always thought the school recognized Woody for 5 NCs, but I guess they just went consensus...Oh well, 3 NCs is still a damn fine career in anyone's book!

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I like the idea of doing this, but putting it in front of the athletic center sitting on pavers does it no justice.  It should be out in front of Ohio Stadium and have it's own sidewalk and bench seats around it. Maybe face it north or something.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

CALPOPPY's picture

I'd have him facing south so that his backside faces north. That'd be more fitting.

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Knarcisi's picture

From my post yesterday:
Two of Woody's themes were "Pay Forward" and "You Win With People". Would be great to incorporate. Great to see we are honoring the man that cemented a legacy for all of us. 
Glad they included this on the inscription. 

BoFuquel's picture

Three national championships? BLASPHEMY! Whoever wrote that must be some lillylivered traitor who wants to work for Disney.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

ColumbusBornAndRaised's picture

"Beceause I couldn't go for three!"

drumsontheside's picture

They spelled five wrong


MN Buckeye's picture

Where's the turtle?

texasbuckeye's picture

Damn, best me to that joke

buckeyedude's picture

Woody was an alpha male. He was the boss. That is what they do. You better listen and listen good. That is what the lean is trying to portray, IMHO.
I like it.



45has2's picture

I'm a little ambivalent. I understand what the artist is trying to get accross, I'm just not sure he got it accross. Hopefully this becomes a shrine with students and fans providing the appropriate accoutrements for coach. He needs some weasels to step on, a few yard markers to shred and most definitely a few roses.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Urbanmania's picture

Not a fan. Should have been one of him pointing and yelling at something.