Buckeye Madness : The Glorious, Tumultuous, Behind-The-Scenes Story of Ohio State Football
by Joe Menzer


Overview - The Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the most storied college football programs in the nation, have a rich and colorful history that spans more than a century. In Buckeye Madness Ohio native Joe Menzer tells the exhilarating story of the Scarlet and Gray from the days of Woody Hayes in the late 1960s to Jim Tressel and OSU's recent national championship.

In the fall of 1968, Hayes's Buckeyes went 10-0 and won the national championship--a feat that the Buckeyes wouldn't repeat until January 2003, when an underdog OSU team upset the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes in an epic double-overtime national title game. In between those championships, scores of outstanding players took the field in Ohio Stadium, such as the legendary Archie Griffin, the last (and likely the only) player to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Ohio State fans will enjoy Menzer's descriptions of such Buckeye greats as Rex Kern, Chris Spielman, and Heisman winner Eddie George, among many others, along with his accounts of some great, and not-so-great, Ohio State teams in recent decades. Menzer explains how the game has changed in the years since Woody Hayes called the plays, and especially how the coaches themselves have had to change as concerns about off-the-field activities grew in importance. Hayes's immediate successors--Earle Bruce and John Cooper--were very different personalities from the incendiary Hayes; Tressel is a throwback to the Hayes era in many ways, yet he must deal with different issues as dictated by the changing times.

But as Buckeye Madness makes clear in some unforgettable anecdotes, one thing will never change: the Ohio State-Michigan game remains the greatest rivalry in college football, a date circled months in advance on calendars in Columbus and Ann Arbor.

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Overview
The Ohio State Buckeyes, one of the most storied college football programs in the nation, have a rich and colorful history that spans more than a century. In Buckeye Madness Ohio native Joe Menzer tells the exhilarating story of the Scarlet and Gray from the days of Woody Hayes in the late 1960s to Jim Tressel and OSU's recent national championship.

In the fall of 1968, Hayes's Buckeyes went 10-0 and won the national championship--a feat that the Buckeyes wouldn't repeat until January 2003, when an underdog OSU team upset the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes in an epic double-overtime national title game. In between those championships, scores of outstanding players took the field in Ohio Stadium, such as the legendary Archie Griffin, the last (and likely the only) player to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Ohio State fans will enjoy Menzer's descriptions of such Buckeye greats as Rex Kern, Chris Spielman, and Heisman winner Eddie George, among many others, along with his accounts of some great, and not-so-great, Ohio State teams in recent decades. Menzer explains how the game has changed in the years since Woody Hayes called the plays, and especially how the coaches themselves have had to change as concerns about off-the-field activities grew in importance. Hayes's immediate successors--Earle Bruce and John Cooper--were very different personalities from the incendiary Hayes; Tressel is a throwback to the Hayes era in many ways, yet he must deal with different issues as dictated by the changing times.

But as Buckeye Madness makes clear in some unforgettable anecdotes, one thing will never change: the Ohio State-Michigan game remains the greatest rivalry in college football, a date circled months in advance on calendars in Columbus and Ann Arbor.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780743257886
  • ISBN-10: 074325788X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: August 2005
  • Page Count: 300
  • Dimensions: 9.24 x 5.98 x 1.13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.12 pounds


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Remaindered in Ann Arbor

Here's a book that will be absolutely, positively loved in one state—and hated and reviled in an adjoining state. Then again, Joe Menzer probably wasn't counting on his book about Ohio State's football history, Buckeye Madness: The Glorious, Tumultuous, Behind-the-Scenes Story of Ohio State Football, to be a bestseller in Michigan. No matter. This nicely written book serves as a fine recap of one of college football's most successful programs.

Menzer made several good decisions in the course of writing this book. The first was to spend more than half of it reviewing Woody Hayes' time as Ohio State's head coach. Hayes took over the program in 1951, won a long list of championships and bowl games, and left in disgrace after punching an opposing player on the field in 1978. He was one of those legendary coaches who left no one he encountered without an opinion. He could punch one of his players in the stomach during practice at one point, and hours later quietly pay for the medical care of someone he didn't even know. That Hayes won a ton of games justified his methods to some, but not all, who watched.

Ohio State football has been a little less dramatic since Hayes left, but the program still has been generally successful. Its biggest moment in recent years came in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, when it stunned unbeaten Miami (Fla.) to win the national championship. In reviewing more than a half-century of play, Menzer generally sticks to remembering memorable players (Archie Griffin, Chris Spielman, Keith Byers) rather than reciting scores of games that don't matter much any more.

The exception to that last rule, of course, is when Michigan is involved. The two universities might have the most rabid, durable interstate rivalry in college football, and the big wins and tough losses are thoroughly and wisely reviewed here. A book like this is designed to satisfy the thousands who pack Ohio State's stadium every autumn or who follow the team from a longer distance. It does that, but it's done well enough so that other college football fans will like it, too. Except, of course, for those in Michigan.

Budd Bailey works in the sports department of the Buffalo News.

 
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