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Why do people hate the Ohio State Buckeyes ?

Updated on January 22, 2018

The Fans

THE FANS of the Ohio State Buckeyes are among the most dedicated and faithful in the United States. However, they can be extremely annoying and confrontational as well. I was born and raised here in Columbus, not far at all from the campus. So, I'm as familiar with THE FANS as anyone. They will stand by their players no matter what, they will confront anyone who would dare to speak poorly of the Buckeyes, and they will travel all over the country to support their team. The alumi will buy up all the tickets to the bowl games, preventing die hard fans from seeing their own teams in bowls since the majority of fans will be wearing Scarlet and Gray.


The Hype

Ohio State is one of those teams that always starts the season ranked higher than they probably deserve to be. One of ESPN's most beloved correspondents, Kirk Herbstreit, actually moved away from his home near Columbus because he made some disparaging comments about the Buckeyes on television. He was getting so much pressure from the area fans that he felt like he had to get away. If you don't think the team is #1, then you better keep it to yourself when you are near the "bucknuts".

Bucknut -- a term used to describe the intensity of an Ohio State fan. Rather than being a Buckeye Nut, you are referred to as a "bucknut".

Example of a "Bucknut"


The Alumni

Art Schlichter - The former star quarterback has battled personal demons his entire life, most of which are caused by his addiction to gambling. "Bucknuts" themselves often blame Schlichter for some of the negative feelings towards OSU.

Maurice Clarett - The star of the 2002 national championship team, Clarett was in prison a few years later for armed robbery and illegal gun possession. After his release in 2010, he is now trying to become an Olympian in rugby. However, his past will always haunt him and be an easy target for the haters.

Terrelle Pryor - Allegations surrounded him throughout his entire collegiate career, along with a ton of hype each year with ESPN calling him a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Archie Griffin - The two-time winner of the Heisman trophy still has his name brought up every week on televised games, making the younger generation tired of hearing about his glory days. However, he is still a legend in the minds of many fans.

Jim Tressel - The former coach who always took pride in his honesty and squeaky-clean program, was found to be negligent in reporting his team's misconducts and let down the millions of fans who stood behind him. He did, however, lead the team to a National Championship.

John Cooper - Another former coach, Cooper drew a lot of criticism for pulling his team off the field during a lighting storm against USC, essentially giving up. In fairness, they trailed by two touchdowns with a few minutes remaining. He also made headlines when his team was in the 1990 Liberty Bowl facing the Air Force Falcons. Cooper felt like they deserved a New Year's Day bowl and said his team "didn't deserve to play Air Force". He later proved that to be true by losing to the Falcons 23-11.

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Jealousy ?

The Ohio State University has been a very successful program for decades. Many fans of other schools will hate the Buckeyes simply out of JEALOUSY. They envy the fact that another team is always in the news and playing on national television several times each season. In fact, many people will root for whoever is playing the Scarlet and Gray !


The Band

Known throughout the media as "The Best Damn Band in the Land", it's probably a safe assumption that other universities feel that their own bands are just as good. However, the media loves the musicians of OSU the best.


Off the field troubles

I think many people are sick of hearing about all of the Buckeyes who get into trouble off of the field. The best example is Ezekiel Elliott. He has recently been issued a suspension of 6 games for domestic violence, which has caused huge debates on social media. It appears that he plans to appeal, so only time will tell how this plays out

Final Words

The reality behind the hatred of the Buckeyes is probably a combination of all of the reasons above. A lot of the local fans here have a bitter hatred of the Michigan Wolverines that can get very emotional and ugly at times as well. There's a cliché that you can attach to the negavity directed at the university -- "Even bad press is better than no press at all". Popularity isn't always just for the good guys. The Buckeyes are hated but they are also very loved. But, when you are hated, you are still on everyone's mind.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great read.

      You gave a number of good reasons why people don't like the Buckeyes, but to me, the main reason is the same one any team is disliked by many, historically they're good.

    • Jon Bowman profile image

      Jon Bowman 

      6 years ago from Long Beach, California

      They hate us because we made them all look stupid in 2002. They also hate us because Jim Tressel wasn't "sexy"

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      7 years ago

      lol, so true. I'm not originally from Ohio so when I moved here I thought you were all nuts! I still might just a little.... :)

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image


      7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Tressel thanks to attending where he coached before he was at Ohio State.

      I think Ohio State is no different from Duke (for basketball at least), USC, Notre Dame, etc. They'll be fans, they'll be haters.

      As someone once said "There's no such thing as bad publicity"


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