Tales of Woody: Legendary Newark Catholic Coach Recalls Woody Hayes Relationship With Assistants

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Tales of Woody: Legendary Newark Catholic Coach Recalls Woody Hayes Relationship With Assistants

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Tales of Woody: Legendary Newark Catholic Coach Recalls Woody Hayes Relationship With Assistants


Nicholas Gialdini of Buckeye Wire is starting a series on some of the tales of legendary coach Woody Hayes. Remember “three yards and a cloud of dust?” Here’s a story that strikes to the heart of what Woody believed.


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J.D. Graham led Newark Catholic to a 220-30-1 record and seven state championships as a high school head football coach. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the state, arguably second behind the legendary Paul Brown. He also had a short stint with Ohio State as a recruiting coordinator.

Graham has told tales of Hayes and his relationships with his assistants during his time of president of the Football Hall of Fame Club in Canton. According to Graham, Hayes one time fired assistant coach George Chaump for suggesting that Hayes draw up a pass play for the game plan.

According to Graham, Hayes went over the play dive right off the tackle for an hour, and dive left off the left tackle for a whole hour. After two hours straight of discussing the same run play, Chaump suggested Hayes run a play action pass off of the same formation.

Hayes was stunned to even be questioned about his play calling and asked Chaump if he thought his pass play was as good as Woody’s run play. Chaump said yes, and Woody yelled at him saying “George you’re fired” and threw the chalk at the board.

Chaump left the room, thinking about how he was going to tell his family he lost his job. Woody quickly followed Chaump out into the hallway and said, “Get back in that room and keep your mouth shut.”

Woody was surely something else, and so was his relationship with his assistants.

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