Chip Kelly’s First Play Call in Ohio State’s Spring Game Was a Cool Tribute to a Buckeyes Legend

Throughout his illustrious career—and particularly during his stint as Oregon’s coach from 2009-12, during which he transformed the Ducks into one of college football’s glamor programs—new Ohio State offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has been known for his high-flying offenses.

Naturally, then, the first play he called in the Buckeyes’ spring game Saturday was… out of the T formation?

Lest fans think Kelly has gone conservative, he explained after the scrimmage that the play was a tribute to legendary former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes.

“Mr. Hayes, he’s a looming figure around this whole program. We go to work every day in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center,” Kelly said. “It’s a small part of the offense. We will not be in the T 21 times in one game.”

Hayes, who led the Buckeyes from 1951-78 and remains one of Ohio’s most beloved sports figures nearly four decades after his death, oversaw an offense widely associated with the phrase “three yards and a cloud of dust.”

“Only three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad,” Hayes once said.

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