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The varsity program is respected as one of the most comprehensive in all of college athletics and is 36 sports strong – 16 for men, 17 for women and three coed. The department operates on a budget in excess of $109 million. Each year, Ohio State teams claim numerous Big Ten championships, compete in NCAA tournaments and vie for national titles while producing countless individual conference and national champions, All-America performers and scholar-athletes. Ohio State’s Department of Athletics is under the direction of Eugene Smith. Just the eighth athletics director in Ohio State history, Smith has developed a vision that will keep the Buckeyes among the nation’s elite in the 21st century. Ohio State is recognized across the country as a leader in collegiate athletics. More than 900 student-athletes participated in 2007-08. With rich tradition as a foundation and with state-of-the-art facilities, such as Bill Davis Stadium, Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Younkin Success Center and Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes’ outlook for the future appears even brighter than their glorious past.

WHAT IS A BUCKEYE?
A small, shiny, dark brown nut with a light tan patch that comes from the official state tree of Ohio, the buckeye tree. According to folklore, the Buckeye resembles the eye of a deer and carrying one brings good luck. “Buckeyes” has been the official Ohio State nickname since 1950, but it had been in common use for many years before. The first recorded use of the term Buckeye to refer to a resident of the area was in 1788, some 15 years before Ohio became a state. Col. Ebenezer Sproat, a 6-foot-4-inch man of large girth and swashbuckling mannerisms, led the legal delegation at the first court session of the Northwest Territory in Marietta. The Indians in attendance greeted him with shouts of “Hetuck, Hetuck” (the Indian word for buckeye), it is said because they were impressed by his stature and manner. He proudly carried the Buckeye nickname for the rest of his life and it gradually spread to his companions and other local settlers. By the 1830s, writers were commonly referring to locals as “Buckeyes.”

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eddie george stephanie hightower

[football]

recent stars
Raj Bhavsar (men’s gymnastics), Greg Bice (men’s lacrosse), Mike Conley Jr. (men’s basketball), Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Kristy Dascoli (women’s tennis), Jessica Davenport (women’s basketball) Laura Davis (women’s volleyball), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Stacey Gordon (women’s volleyball), Lisa Grubb (women’s soccer), Allison Hanna (women’s golf), A.J. Hawk (football), 30 Jamee Juarez (softball), Anthony Kelly (men’s lacrosse), Ryan Kesler (men’s hockey), Lindsay Knowlton (women’s golf), Emma Laaksonen (women’s ice hockey), Marisa Main (women’s volleyball)

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jack nicklaus

ohio state legends

[track & field]

[golf]

O H I O S TAT E B U C K E Y E S

MEN‘S SPORTS (16)
Baseball Basketball Cross Country Diving Football Golf Gymnastics Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Tennis Indoor Track and Field Outdoor Track and Field Volleyball Wrestling

O H I O STATE HAS WON

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NATIONA L C H A M P I O NS H I P S A ND

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C O NFE R E N C E C H A M P I O N S H I P S

WOMEN‘S SPORTS (17)
Basketball Cross Country Diving Field Hockey Golf Gymnastics Hockey Lacrosse Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming Synchronized Swimming Tennis Indoor Track and Field Outdoor Track and Field Volleyball

COED SPORTS (3)
Fencing Rifle Pistol

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jesse owens katie smith

nick swisher

[track & field]

[basketball]

[baseball]

Daniel Matthews (men’s volleyball), Colin McMillan (men’s volleyball), Chip Mardis (pistol), Megan Mirick (women’s lacrosse), Carolina Moraes (synchronized swimming), Isabela Moraes (synchronized swimming), Saskia Mueller (field hockey), Greg Oden (men’s basketball), Regina Oliver (women’s lacrosse), Peter Olree (men’s volleyball), Michael Redd (men’s basketball) Mitch Richeson (men’s diving), Tommy Rowlands (wrestling), Troy Smith (football), Nick Swisher (baseball), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Jennifer Trickett (pistol), R.J. Umberger (men’s hockey) 31

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