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1968; The Year that Saved Ohio State Football Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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Mr. Hyde, I wanted you to know how much John and I enjoyed your book. A number of writer/reporters call to interview John and later share their work, but yours is by far the most literate, interesting, fair, and according to John, accurate presentation of that era that we have read. You are a gifted writer and it's nice to see that class of sophomores--and Coach Hayes--get the first class treatment they deserve. It's a project John is proud to have been a part of. We plan to buy copies for some of the more rabid Buckeyes we know. Congratulations on a job unusually well done. --Diane Brockington
I couldn't put it down. There were many things in there that I did not know about my teammates. I found it to be very well written and much more from the human interest side than the sports side. All in all I enjoyed it immensely. --Ron Maciejowski
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The head coach since 1951, Hayes last won a Big Ten Conference and national (National Football Writers of America poll) crowns in 1961, as the club finished 8-0-1 overall, but did not play in the Rose Bowl due to the faculty council voting to decline the invitation. It seemed as if that controversy between academics and athletics was a drag on Hayes and the team....and college players aren't the ones who get fired.
A 6-3 record in 1967 was not the type of improvement that was going to buy Hayes many more years to get things turned around. And then came the magic of 1968.
Author David Hyde does a spectacular job with his research, which included interviews with players and coaches to piece together this remarkable era. Hayes retooled his offensive strategy, formed what was arguably one of the best assistant coaching staffs ever in the major college game and looked in earnest outside the Buckeye State for top recruits in the lead-up to '68.
Hyde writes on the hiring of George Chaump, who was brought in to help revamp the offense for 1968: "(He was) hired that winter out of John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Pa., where he had been undefeated the previous three years running a wide-open offense. Dennis Green, who went on to NFL coaching fame, had played for him. So did Jan White. Hayes had visited Harrisburg to recruit Chaump's latest quarterback, Jim Jones, and ended up taking the coach to lunch. It turned into a job interview. Hayes knew, like it or not, he had to upgrade the offense some....Read more ›
Woody Hayes was a great coach, but went through a dry spell in the mid 1960s and Buckeye fans had grown restless and were ready to be rid of him. There were even planes flying over the stadium dragging banners with the not so nice words of 'fire Woody' or 'Bye Woody'. He changed all of that with the special recruiting class of 1967 which won a national title in 1968 and came close again in 1969 and 1970. This also led to the beginning of the famous '10 years war' against the hated Michigan Wolverines.
I am a lucky fella in that I like both Ohio State and Michigan so I can enjoy the rivalry much better than haters. This really is a special book and Buckeye fans and others would love it.
This book gives a first hand look at how the turn around occurred. Everyone knew that Woody was tough and could be mean. But what really came out was all the good things he did to help so many people . . . the things you never hear about.
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See above. This book is exactly what most OSU football fans will find they are unable to put down until they have finished reading it.Published 6 months ago by Joe C. Andrick
Great review of the year. I saw the Purdue game, then went to basic training 3 days later as Army draftee. Missed the whole 1969 season in Vietnam - wasted year. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Douglas S. Jauert
Buckeye fans, get this book. If you were lucky enough to see this team in 1968, as I was, you will love this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brian
As a Buckeye fan the first Buckeye game I went to was in Sept 1968. It was the super soph's first game against SMU who had an All american Qb and an all american flanker. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Orlbuckeye
This was a great book to read about of the football team from 1968. I know one of the co-captions of this team.Published on November 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A great trip down memory lane for any Buckeye fan, but especially for those who remember or grew up watching this bunch!Published on July 8, 2013 by A. Amrein
Reveals Woody as he really was rather than the hero he wasn't. Always thought he was quite aberrant in his behavior and a real egomaniac.Published on March 31, 2013 by Gordon B. Snider