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David, As Diane already mentioned we both enjoyed what we read in your book 1968. The memories that came flooding back even I had forgotten. Bravo on all of your tireless work. --John Brockington

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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David Hyde has been a Sun-Sentinel columnist since 1990. Prior to joining the Sun-Sentinel, Hyde worked as a sportswriter for the Miami Herald from 1985-90. He attended Miami (Ohio) University.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orange Frazer Pr (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933197609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933197609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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The 1966 season was a rough one for the Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Woody Hayes; a 4-5 record had fans clamoring for a coaching change and some in influential spots wondering about the future of the program.

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....
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Great book. David Hyde did his homework and wrote an excellent book that takes you back in time and you feel like you were part of this great team back in 1968. I am a huge college football fan and I write a blog about it at collegefootballcrazy.com and even though I am not necessarily a Buckeye fan I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the game.

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.
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It was a terrific book. I was at OSU when Woody was the coach. And I graduated in l966, and still remember the plane trailing a "Goodbye Woody" sign because things were so bad. But 1968 did turn everything around.

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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Excellent insight into a football program which reinvented its dynamic. Today Woody commitment to Scholastic achievements for his players is rare and admirable. The game was oriented to students and student athletics. Today I College Football is totally driven by network money. A Tuesday night game. I am app
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For any and all Buckeye fans this is a must read. The author reveals many detailed stories about both the players, their families, and what they are doing now. Most entertaining is how he provides insight into the numerous sides of dear old Woody. If you think that you know the real Woody, well think again. His stories will emit the full range of emotions and leave you with a better understanding of what makes this controversial coach so well, controversial!
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fantastic piece of nonfiction. very informative about the leadup to the 1968 season and all that was at stake. found out quite a bit that noone ever talks about, like the 2 point coversion versus michigan and how exactly osu was able to handle OJ simpson. makes me wish that they would come out with a book for every year that woody coached, or perhaps a huge 20+ volume set...
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This is a well written, fascinating account of the recruiting and performance of the '68 Buckeyes as they fought their way to to the Rose Bowl and a National Championship. This team infused with the "Super Sophs" was arguably the best Buckeye team ever. The reader learns about the great players like Jim Otis, Jack Tatum and Rex Kern and the great coaching staff including Lou Holtz, Earle Bruce and Bill Mallory. The story is interspersed with vignettes of the players back then and today. It pulls no punches, though, portraying legendary coach Woody Hayes blemishes and all. A must read for a Buckeye fan, but any sports fan would enjoy it. It is a true glimpse into a world that has passed away.
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