George Chaump, Former Assistant Under Woody Hayes, Has Died At Age 83

By Chris Lauderback on May 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm
Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern and offensive assistant coach George Chaump.
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George Chaump, an assistant football coach at Ohio State from 1968-1978, has passed away at the age of 83

Born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Chaump coached under Woody Hayes and has often been credited with revolutionizing Ohio State's archaic offense, dubbed the Robust T, to a more versatile attack that wasn't quite as afraid to throw the football. 

As the story goes, Chaump was nearly fired for his efforts in trying to convince Hayes the Buckeyes needed to diversify the offense but ultimately he was able to have a large portion of his scheme, the Slot-I, installed and Ohio State's offense reached another level on the way to the 1968 national championship. 

Before Chaump's arrival in Columbus, the Buckeyes hadn't won the Big Ten in seven seasons and had gone just 10-8 the previous two seasons. 

Ohio State averaged 32 points per game during the magical 1968 season, capping the sprint to the national title with a 50-14 throttling of Michigan and a 27-16 victory over Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl, beating the Trojans with nearly the same offense John McKay deployed against opponents.  

Following his tenure with the Buckeyes, Chaump was an assistant for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers before taking college head coaching gigs at IUP, Marshall and Navy.

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