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The Ohio State University (OSU), commonly referred to as Ohio State, is a large public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College (Mech). The college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor (later, President) Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University". It has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.
The university has an extensive student life program, with over 1,000 student organizations; intercollegiate, club and recreational sports programs; student media organizations and publications, fraternities and sororities; and three student governments. Ohio State athletic teams compete in Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision for football) of the NCAA and are known as the Ohio State Buckeyes. Athletes from Ohio State have won 100 Olympic medals (46 gold, 35 silver, and 23 bronze). The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference for the majority of sports. The Ohio State men's ice hockey program competes in the Big Ten Conference, while its women's hockey program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In addition, the OSU men's volleyball team is a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). OSU is one of only 15 universities that plays Division I FBS football and Division I ice hockey.
University, Hayes and Orton Halls are three historic buildings on the Oval at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. On July 16, 1970, they were added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The original University Hall was constructed in 1873, and contained a majority of the university functions, including both student and faculty housing. After being closed in 1968 for safety reasons, the building was completely torn down in 1971. At this time the old hall was removed from the National Register of Historic Places. The current University Hall was reconstructed in its place, taking an almost exact outward copy of the original building, but updating the inner workings. It was completed in 1976.
Hayes Hall is named after President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was also the governor of Ohio and advocated for a newly established land-grant university in Ohio. The construction date for Hayes Hall is 1893, making it the oldest remaining building on the Ohio State University campus.
Orton Hall, one of the oldest remaining buildings on Ohio State University campus, opened in 1893 and is named after Dr Edward Orton, Sr. who served as OSU's first president, Professor of Geology from 1873 to 1899, and Ohio's State Geologist from 1882 until his death in 1899.
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"People do not come to Ohio State to be ordinary."
— Logan Stieber, four-time Ohio State NCAA Wrestling National Champion
Urban Frank Meyer III
Meyer during the 2017 season.
(born July 10, 1964) is a former college football
player and coach. Meyer served as the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons
from 2001 to 2002, the Utah Utes
from 2003 to 2004, the Florida Gators
from 2005 to 2010. Meyer became the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes
from 2011 until his retirement after the 2019 Rose Bowl
. As of 2019, he is serving as the assistant athletic director of Ohio State.
Meyer was born in Toledo, Ohio
, grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio
, and attended the University of Cincinnati
, where he played football as a defensive back. During his time at the University of Florida
, he coached the Gators to two BCS National Championship Game
victories, during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Meyer's winning percentage through the conclusion of the 2009 season (.842) was the highest among all active coaches with a minimum of five full seasons at a Football Bowl Subdivision
(FBS) program. Following his temporary retirement in 2011, he worked as a college football analyst for the television sports network ESPN
before succeeding Jim Tressel
as Ohio State's 23rd head football coach. In 2014, he led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Conference
title under his tenure as well as the program's eighth national championship
. Meyer is one of three coaches (the others being Pop Warner
and Nick Saban
) to win a major college football national championship at two different universities. Read more...
Jesse Owens when he won four Olympic gold medals in 1936
(September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field
athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games
Owens specialized in the sprints
and the long jump
, and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". He set three world records and tied another, all in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan
—a feat that has never been equaled and has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport". He achieved international fame at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
by winning four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's
myth of Aryan supremacy", although he "wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either". Read more...
Wayne Woodrow Hayes
(February 14, 1913 – March 12, 1987) was an American football
player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University
(1946–1948), Miami University
in Oxford, Ohio
(1949–1950), and Ohio State University
(1951–1978), compiling a career college football
record of 238 wins, 72 losses, and 10 ties.
During his 28 seasons as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football
program, Hayes' teams won five national championships
(1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970), captured 13 Big Ten Conference
titles, and amassed a record of 205–61–10. Over the last decade of his coaching tenure at Ohio State, Hayes's Buckeye squads faced off in a fierce rivalry against the Michigan Wolverines
coached by Bo Schembechler
, a former player under and assistant coach to Hayes. During that stretch in the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry
, dubbed "The Ten Year War
", Hayes and Schembechler's teams won or shared the Big Ten Conference crown every season and usually each placed in the national rankings. Read more...
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