April 13, 2012

William H. “Tippy” Dye, an eight-time Ohio State letterman who quarterbacked the Buckeyes to three wins over Michigan and coached the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 1947-50, died Wednesday. He was 97.

Dye led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title in 1950 with an overall record of 22-4, 11-1 in the Big Ten. His Ohio State career coaching record was 53-34, 27-21 in league play.

After leaving Ohio State following the 1950 season, he coached at the University of Washington and later became the athletics director at Nebraska. He coached the Huskies to the NCAA Final Four (1953) during his tenure. He was 156-91 at Washington over nine seasons.

As a student-athlete, Dye was the captain of the 1937 Ohio State men’s basketball team and was an All-Big Ten guard in both 1936 and 1937. He was a starter and letterwinner from 1935-37.

In the sport of football, Dye was quarterback for Francis Schmidt’s first three victories over Michigan, all by shutout (34-0 in 1934; 38-0 in 1935 and 21-0 in 1936). A three-year letterman in football, Dye wore No. 50 on the playing field. He was later an assistant coach on the 1042 Ohio State National Championship football squad coached by Paul Brown (9-1).  

Dye also lettered in baseball (1935-36) for the Buckeyes.