Today members of the 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes football team received their treasured gold pants. For members of Buckeye Nation, it’s a day worth celebrating.
In 1934, after years of Michigan gridiron dominance over the Buckeyes, legendary Ohio State coach Francis (“Close the Gates of Mercy”) Schmidt told the Men of the Scarlet and Gray that the Wolverine players put their pants on one leg at a time, like everyone else. In short, the players on That Team Up North were human and could be beaten. Ever since, players on an Ohio State team that beats the Wolverines in The Game receive an old-fashioned “gold pants” charm. It’s one of the cooler traditions in the tradition-soaked world of Ohio State football.
If you click on the link above, you can watch a video that Ohio State football released about the distribution of the gold pants, including comments from J.T. Barrett and some other recent Buckeyes about The Game — and how many pairs of gold pants they’ve earned during their Ohio State careers.