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Woody Hayes and Richard Nixon

40 Degrees North's picture
August 8, 2014 at 4:02pm

With the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation upon us, I was looking at the former President's close relationship with Coach Woody Hayes. One interesting thing was after the 1974 Michigan game, Woody would announce the USC-UCLA game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. After the game, he went down to La Casa Pacifica, Nixon's residence in San Clemente, to visit with Nixon and his wife. 

A little over four years later, one of the first people that Woody Hayes heard from after his firing was Richard Nixon. Nixon started off his letter saying, "When you win, you hear from everyone. When you lose, you hear from your friends."

Nixon would give the eulogy at Woody's funeral in 1987. 

Two guys from very similar backgrounds. Got to the top of their crafts and had massive setbacks, but they always battled back. Interesting that they were very close friends.


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Matt Gutridge's picture

40DegreesNorth, Thank you for sharing the good read.

Woody Hayes and Richard Nixon:

Dick and Woody
The inscription reads:
To Woody Hayes for whose loyal friendship I shall always be grateful.
Richard Nixon 3-11-87 (or 3-11-81)
Braxton2Devin's picture

Both were unfairly scrutinized by the media. 

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buckskin's picture

Two men cut from the same cloth.  Nixon was smart enough to know he needed Woody's endorsement for Ohio over everybody else's during his presidential campaign.  (not a political post, just showing how important OSU football is to the whole state.)

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I remember hearing that when they got together, Nixon said that he wanted to talk football and Woody wanted to talk politics. They talked politics.
I'm sure I didn't get it exactly right, but thats the jist of it. Love that story!


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40 Degrees North's picture

Your comments sound exactly like how Nixon stated it during the eulogy at Woody's funeral.