Jody Victor®: Woody Hayes Among The 50 Greatest Coaches

Jody Victor: Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes, the heart and soul of Ohio State football for 28 years, Wednesday was named to The Sporting News' list of the Top 50 Greatest Coaches of All-Time, as selected by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts. Hayes came in at No. 27, joining three other Big Ten football coaching legends, Penn State's Joe Paterno (No. 13), Michigan's Bo Schembechler (No. 36) and Chicago's Amos Alonzo Stagg (No. 40). The 14-page feature is part of the new Sporting News Magazine, which hits newsstands this week.

Former Ohio State and NFL head coach Paul Brown came in at No. 12. Brown spent 1932 to 1940 posting an 80-8-2 record as coach to his hometown Massillon, Ohio, Washington High Tigers. He then coached the Buckeyes from 1941-43, going 18-8-1, before coaching the Cleveland Browns (1946-1962) and Cincinnati Bengals (1968-1975) in the NFL.

The Hayes OSU Record:

Won five national titles (1970, 1968, 1961, 1957 and 1954)

Won 13 Big Ten championships

Won 205 overall and 152 conference games

Led Ohio State to 11 bowl games (eight Rose Bowls)

Took Ohio State to four consecutive Rose Bowls (1972-75)

Produced 56 first team All-Americans

Coached three Heisman Trophy and three Outland Trophy winners

Coached two Lombardi Award winners

Among those who filled out ballots for SN: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany; current league coaches Kirk Ferentz, Rich Rodriguez and Jim Tressel; and Former coaches Barry Alvarez, John Cooper and Bump Elliott. Other Big-name coaches on SN's panel: Bobby Bowden, Larry Brown, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Marv Levy, Tom Osborne, Don Shula, Steve, Spurrier, Bob Stoops, Pat Summitt, Barry Switzer, Lenny Wilkens and Roy Williams, among others.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor