Originally written on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Woody Hayes served as the Ohio State Buckeyes coach from 1951-1978, winning five national championships during his tenure. It is not surprising that his impact upon the Buckeyes football program lasted far beyond his coaching tenure and had a profound effect on all Ohio State coaches who followed him. One such example of how Hayes remained an integral figure in Columbus was relayed by current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer during a recent Ohio coaches convention. Meyer served as an assistant on the Buckeyes coaching staff in the 1980s when Earl Bruce was at the helm. During a one-hour presentation at the coaches convention, Meyer regaled those in attendance with a story about Hayes that is so ridiculously absurd it has to be true. Meyer said that Bruce brought in Hayes to inspire the coaching staff and teach them about toughness. And to demonstrate what real toughness was, Hayes utilized a turtle in his presentation in a manner that surely caught everyone’s attention…and subsequ...
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