Ohio State is Currently Pouring Gravel Into Mirror Lake

By DJ Byrnes on May 6, 2014 at 12:18p
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The notoriously boot-strapped Ohio State University recently drained Mirror Lake while the university studied ways to reduce the costs in maintaining the spot of one of college sports' grandest traditions.

One way to reduce the cost of maintenance would be to fill the lake and turn it into a patch of grass. Is this what Ohio State is planning? Because it sure looks like it.

I don't know about you guys, but I don't think there's enough alcohol in the world that could entice me into jumping into a "lake" filled with gravel. Somebody get me Chilliam Wallace on the horn, ASAP!!!!

UPDATE (12:26 PM):


UPDATE (1:14 PM): Our national nightmare is over. Chilliam Wallace, your services are no longer needed. Please tell your bannermen to stand down.

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703Buckeye's picture

April Fools was last month... don't mess with me like this!

 

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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tommrkr's picture

I think you meant to post this in the recruiting threads.

DJRoss926's picture

Visual representation of next year's Mirror Lake jump: 

 But, you know, with gravel.
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703Buckeye's picture

Yeah, except if you dove into gold coins like that you'd at the very least break a few bones. Nice thought though.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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703Buckeye's picture

Case in point, lol.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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Deadly Nuts's picture

So much win.

LEBRON

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Buckeye419er's picture

Here's to November! 

 

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chimes3899's picture

Thank God I got to do my final jump this year... I hope for Buckeyes everywhere this is just some sort of maintenance before putting water back in

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Yeah, unless they wanted a revolt on their hands...i'm sure it is just maintenance.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

BroJim's picture

Urban, say something!

I season my simple food with hunger

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CincyOSU's picture

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/26/osu-may-give-mi...

It's part of a planned renovation. The lake, and the tradition, will live on.

 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

CTRL+F "gravel" yields 0 results!!!!!! 

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CincyOSU's picture

Well, the article didn't give a step-by-step overview of the construction but the gravel is part of the process. You can see from the pics it's not being filled in...just smoothed over.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I was being facetious, but thankfully our national nightmare is over. We can all go home now.  

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BUCKfutter's picture

even ohio state administrators wouldn't be dumb enough to do something like that. that'd be like firing the most iconic president in university history, who brought in millions...oh wait

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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1MechEng's picture

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/26/osu-may-give-mirror-lake-vintage-look.html

I wonder if they plan to use the gravel for filtration, or as part of the nitrification cycle to support fish life ...

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spqr2008's picture

The fish wouldn't survive a jump anyways.  It'd be silly to stock that lake with any fish.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

how much is 700 tons of gravel? 

Depends on the type but probably around 500-550 cubic yards.

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Yoyoma's picture

Yeah I thought the same thing.  700 tons won't even come close to filling that lake.

Stinson's picture

It looks like by "Evening the lake" they mean that the bottom of it will be flat. So the deep end closest to Neil Avenue will now be just as shallow as the side closest to South Oval. If that's the case, there should be more jumpers in the Neil Ave. end of the lake as the South Oval end. Drunk jumpers could drown in that deep end. I *think* this is good... 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

FROMTHE18's picture

​I'm fairly sure OSU has a policy where at least 45% of the campus needs to be under construction at all times

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Only 45? Seems low, man.

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alust2013's picture

They would improve campus by twice as much by just stopping the frivolous construction.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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OSUmuFAN's picture
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Catch 5's picture

I'm not familiar with the problems they have had with the lake, but if it has been leaking they may be installing a pond liner, and are using the gravel to even out the bottom surface for this installation.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

OSUmuFAN's picture

Watch our for he secret deep spot.

 

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BierStube's picture

I am ok with them adding gravel in order to sustain some fish ... I just don't want to see any kangaroos

 

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yrro's picture

Kangaroos are stone-cold motherfuckers, man. They'll hold you under until you drown.

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Denny's picture

Chilliam Wallace is always needed.

Taquitos.

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Youngbuck85's picture

this is the real reason our recruiting has been so slow. Mirror lake used to be one of the best parts of campus for official visits

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ibuck's picture

Did they consider a woman's arm holding an sword?

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

FROMTHE18's picture

not really sure why the depth of mirror lake was ever an issue. Suppose it may be for safety concerns but other than that, no idea.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I'd be in favor of them spraying some bleach on the bottom while they're at it. Might kill some of those E. coli bacteria that have been hanging out there.

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Crimson's picture

At least they're going to make the lake look cool.

Cow-a-bung-OWWWWWWWW!

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

Darwin Award there…even if he makes it a clean entry, no chance that dudes swimming to the surface…he's going straight to the bottom.

tommrkr's picture

Maybe it will be the new Leslie Wexner Mirror Lake Memorial Parking Garage Brought to You By Huntington!

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