Jody Victor: The Woody Hayes Athletic Center was dedicated in November of 1987 in memory of the late Woody Hayes, Ohio State's legendary football coach. This facility is one of the best indoor facilities of its kind in college athletics. The facility contains an indoor field which is 400 feet long, 220 feet wide and 65 feet high and is covered by All-Pro Turf. The field is used by football, baseball, softball, and the lacrosse and soccer teams.
The facility has an 8,000-square-foot weight room with the very latest in free weights and Nautilus equipment and a spacious training room that is available for Ohio State sport teams.
Football facilities include coaches' offices with individual position meeting rooms, an auditorium for team meetings, and a player lounge.
The northern corridor and atrium are adorned with Ohio State history, including Big Ten and national championship team displays, Heisman Trophies and photos of All-Americans and Academic All-Americans.
Jody Victor: Quarterback Troy Smith, flanker Ted Ginn Jr.and tailback Antonio Pittman have been named to the 60-man preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award which is presented annually by that organization to the College Football Player of the Year. The announcement was made by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski, who also unveiled the 60-man watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year Award. Buckeye defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock is on the latter list.
Each list will be cut to 12 names in October and then further reduced to three in early November. The winners are announced in December at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, which is televised by ESPN. The actual trophies are presented in March at a dinner in Philadelphia. Names are added and subtracted to both lists during the season based upon individual performance.
Jody Victor: The Ohio State University Spring Commencement 2006 took place yesterday, Sunday June 11th in Ohio Stadium. A total of 7,643 degrees and certificates were presented. U.S. Senator John S. McCain gave the commencement address – here is an excerpt –
“I want to join in the chorus of congratulations to the Class of 2006. This is a day to bask in praise. You've earned it! You have succeeded in a demanding course of instruction. Life seems full of promise, as is always the case, when a passage in life is marked by significant accomplishment…Humanity is impatient for your service. Take good care of that responsibility. Everything depends upon it.”
Jody Victor: If you've ever been to an Ohio State football game or watched one on TV, I'm sure you noticed small round stickers on the players helmets. The stickers are about the size of a quarter and have the palmate leaf of the buckeye tree on them. The tradition of placing Buckeye Leaves on the Ohio State helmets started in 1968 when Woody Hayes and longtime trainer Ernie Biggs changed the look of the Ohio State uniforms. The new look included players' names on the back of the jerseys and a wide “Buckeye stripe” on the sleeves. The stripe on the sleeves of the jersey is believed to be the first of its kind in the sport of football. The Buckeye Leaves are presented to players for big plays and consistency on the field.