1968: The Year That Saved Ohio State Football

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1968: The Year That Saved Ohio State Football

  • 320 pages
  • 7 x 10
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 978-1933197-609
  • Copyright 2008

By David Hyde

1968 begins in the mens' room of an exclusive Columbus restaurant and ends two years later in The Rose Bowl, an unwitting but flawless metaphor for Ohio State University's rise to the pinnacle of college football. Against a backdrop of national turmoil and international crises, Coach Wayne Woodrow Hayes uncharacteristically brings into his lagging program new young coaches and an impressive bunch of extraordinary kids, including the first significant number of African-Americans. And just as Woody predicted, by the season's end the Buckeyes found themselves a large, inextricably bound family, tied forever by the commonalities of blood—literally theirs—sweat, tears, laughter, and, of course, their near-miraculous season.

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