Ohio State is Looking for the Next Brutus

By DJ Byrnes on February 18, 2014 at 4:43p

Today is a big day for those looking to become affiliated with the Ohio State football program. After posting a hiring notice for a recruiting assistant, the Buckeyes are in search of the next Brutus:

You are trying out to be apart of the Bru Crew. We call it the Bru Crew because saying that anyone is Brutus takes away the mystique and curiosity that comes with creating a character.

You should understand that being apart of the Bru Crew is an amazing experience but that secrecy within the program is held at a premium, because no one should know that you play Brutus. If selected, Brutus must be your top priority only 2nd to your academics at Ohio State. To tryout you must be a student currently enrolled at The Ohio State University Main Campus & must be at least freshman status during the semester of your tryout. You must be in good academic standing, which means that by the NCAA/Big Ten Standard cumulative GPA must be a 2.0 or higher. Upon selection as mascot, a mascot may not make below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to stay as mascot. All Bru Crew members must make themselves available during the summer unless the coaching staff has excused you. The same goes for the regular school year. The students who served as mascots the previous year are eligible to serve as mascot the following year, with a maximum of up to four years of service. You may petition for a 5th year so long as the same commitment or more may be given to the program throughout the eligible year. Becoming Brutus is no easy task. The tryout process is very structured and is designed to develop the best fit as a member of the Bru Crew. To tryout, you must attend an Orientation session and a three-day Brutus Clinic. In addition, you may attend a Skit Workshop, but this is optional.

Who knew becoming Brutus was tantamount to joining a secret cult? 

Details on the full process (which include orientation, a skit workshop and Bru Crew clinic) can be found HERE.

Hopefully whatever freshman specimen that makes it through these rigorous tryouts will represent better than whoever let Rufus the Bobcat get the drop on them a few years back:


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SilverState's picture

Sabino all like ...wtf???

+2 HS
Hockey Buck's picture

People forget that Rufus tried to drop Brutus when he came out with the team and Brutus ran through him like Carlos Hyde did the entire collegiate world's defense in 2013.  It was only after he ended up in the endzone, just like Hyde that Rufus jumped on his back like a little b and after much wrangling, finally got him to the ground. Brutus did what OSU does to most insects.

I think Sabino was taking notes.

+3 HS
thatlillefty's picture

Damn right man. The talking heads had fun with that because let's be honest, what's not funny about two mascots fighting each other. But that was a punk move by Rufus.

Deadly Nuts's picture

This picture is better:

Rufus gets owned



+4 HS
SeattleBuckeye20614's picture
Made me think of this...


+3 HS
CSAR Buckeye's picture

Gotta love the opportunity for a Freaks and Geeks reference.  Well played good sir!

+1 HS
Art Harrell's picture

I was at the ball game. I'm a O.U. alumni. But I'm 150 % Buckeye. I about shit when Rufus jumped on Brutus,

the rest is history Brutus 1-Rufus 0------------->Go Bucks

+1 HS
Brutus's picture

WTF, I'm being replaced?!  This is like finding out that you've been dumped only after your girlfriend changes her relationship status on Facebook to single.

+2 HS
thatlillefty's picture

It's a cold world, my brutus.

GoBucks713's picture

Bring back Kevin Pindoley. Best. Brutus. Ever.

-The Aristocrats!

GoBucks713's picture

That's my boy.

-The Aristocrats!

GoBucks713's picture

I wish I still had the voice mail he left me the day after he took that hit. Cheers Kevin. Too bad you got screwed out of being Brutus again.

-The Aristocrats!

4thandinches's picture

I was friends with one of the Brutus's (sp). He said there was 4-5 of them. He wasn't very secret about it though. He didn't go out and tell people he was Brutus but he had pictures of Brutus on FB that you just can't get anywhere else. Really cool laid back dude. He said they would split football games; one guy takes the first half and then a second guy takes the second half. That costume is just too much to wear for an entire game. You do have to be pretty athletic, having done gymnastics is a big plus. And yes, they are very busy. As you can imagine, a lot of people want Brutus at their functions. 

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

osu78's picture

Do you know who is Brutus in the Bw photo? I knew Brutus in the late 70's and he looks like him.  I cannot remember his name but he was in Alpha Rho Chi as I recall.

Whoa Nellie's picture

It's really not much of a secret who's under there.


“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

+1 HS
buckskin's picture

That old school Brutus uniform needs to be brought out for at least one game this year.  Just one, big ass buckeye.

buckeye_heart's picture

I tried out for Brutus my freshman year. Great experience getting to wear the whole get up and interact with some kids (the cheerleaders have their tryout at the same time so some family was there). Didn't make it freshman year then never tried out again because I was trying to go on a study abroad my soph and junior year, then by senior year it was to late. Really wish I would have tried out again because the first time you don't really know what they want until you go through the process. They actually do have multiple Brutus's during the game, which someone above mentioned, but they have three during game day. One for the skull session and one for each half of the game.