2015: Year of FIVE National Championships
CELEBR8TION WITH BEST FANS
45,000 of the Best Fans in the Land celebrated the eighth national title in Ohio State football history
Jackets Star Loses the BLUE!
Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Ryan Johansen shed the team’s customary Union Blue in favor of a Scarlet & Gray football jersey during the NHL Skills Competition.
All The Right MOVES!
Members of the football team brought the house down performing with Brutus and the Ohio State dance team during halftime at the men’s basketball game vs Wisconsin.
Men’s tennis saw its unprecedented 200-match home-win streak come to an end at the hands of top-ranked Oklahoma.
Matta on Top
Men’s basketball coach Thad Matta stood alone as the winningest coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history after the Buckeyes defeated Minnesota, 79-73, in the second round of the 2015 Big Ten tournament. Now 307 wins and counting.
Golden Bear Honored
Men’s golf alum Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal and joined Buckeye Jesse Owens as two of seven athletes to earn the highest civilian honor presented by Congress.
Fabulous Freshman of the Year
Women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell was named 2015 USBWA National Freshman of the Year. She is the first freshman in NCAA WBB history to lead the nation in scoring (24.9 PPG)!
The Heisman of Wrestling
Four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber became the first Buckeye to win the prestigious Hodge Trophy!
99,391 … UNBELIEVABLE!
The Best Fans in the Land PACKED a sun-splashed Ohio Stadium setting a national spring game attendance record!
AAU Sullivan Award Goes to Zeke
Ezekiel Elliott was named the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States, winning the 85th AAU James E. Sullivan Award.
The White House welcomed the 2014 National Champion Ohio State football team to Washington, D.C.
Buckeyes Traveled Abroad
Concerts Return to #TheShoe
Rock legends The Rolling Stones played before a crowd of nearly 60,000 people inside Ohio Stadium
A photo posted by Brutus Buckeye (@brutus_buckeye) on May 31, 2015 at 6:29pm PDT
One Direction shook The ‘Shoe as they performed some of their hit songs.
Buckeye Country Superfest brought some of the best country stars to Ohio Stadium.
A total of 14 Buckeyes, 12 student-athletes and two coaches, were inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
Champion of the World
Kyle Snyder became the youngest USA Wrestling World champion in history.
Ohio State and the National Football Foundation honored head coach Jim Tressel as a 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
2 Million Followers x2
Ohio State Buckeye Facebook page hit the 2 million mark for the second time, thanks to The Best “Friends” in the Land!
TBDBITL Hops The Pond
The Ohio State Marching Band drew international praise for London performance before Jaguars-Bills game.
Best Fans Embrace Dark Side
The Best Fans in The Land filled in every shadow of #TheShoe for the Dark Night game vs Penn State.
Brutus Buckeye celebrated 50 years at the game vs Minnesota. Special appearance by 1965 Brutus!
Francesca Di Lorenzo was crowned women’s tennis National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion!
Synchro Signs Small Star
Synchronized swimming team inks 8-year-old recruit in heart-warming story.
This is such a neat segment featuring our newest teammate, Verena, and can be seen on the @bigtennetwork ! A huge thanks to @goteamimpact @btnlivebig and @teamworksmedia for making this day so special for all of us. See the full video here: http://go.osu.edu/verena #gobucks
A video posted by OSU Synchronized Swimming (@ohiostate_synchro) on Dec 23, 2015 at 11:52am PST
Always No. 1 In Our Hearts
YOU won the USA TODAY Sports Fan Index title for the second consecutive year! Thanks for being The BEST FANS IN THE LAND!
Brutus’ BIG Year
Besides turning 50, Brutus was crowned national champion and surpassed 100k followers on Instagram and Twitter! Way to go you old nut!
Setting Into The Hall of Fame
Pete Hanson was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame.