Monday, May 12, 2008

Building of Hayes Statue Is Stalled

Woody Hayes is an Ohio State legend, having won three national championships and 13 Big Ten titles in 28 seasons as coach. Although the university dedicated the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in his memory, a movement by students to build a statue of the coach is stalled.

Over a year ago, a ballot measure to build the statue — estimated at more than $30,000 — was approved by students, but completion of the project seems unlikely because of the expense.

"Just because a proposal is passed does not mean it is going to be a top priority for the [student] administration in charge," said Pete Steele, former Undergraduate Student Government vice president.

USG Sen. Patrick Sprinkle said: "We have not been able to get additional support from various campus groups. In future years, I would like to see USG, the Alumni Association, the Department of Athletics and the Class Gift Committee collaborate to see this statue idea get off the ground."

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