Brutus' many changes
In 1965 Brutus Buckeye hit the scene when student
Ray Bourhis, along with other members of the student organization Ohio Staters
Inc., convinced the OSU athletic council of the idea of a Buckeye as Ohio
State’s mascot. At the time, other schools used animals for their mascots and
actually had the animals present at the games. Bourhis thought the only animal
fitting for Ohio was the buck deer, but bringing an actual buck to games would
have been virtually impossible. He therefore chose a buckeye to serve as the
Ohio State mascot. The buckeye was later named Brutus in an all-campus naming
contest and began his career as a large fiberglass shell that weighed 40
Brutus was the responsibility of the Block 'O'
cheering section during the early 1970s. He was then turned over to the
Athletic Department. Since then, Brutus has gone through several updates, and today is a
much more lightweight and active part of Ohio State sporting and spirit events.
Find out more about Brutus in the Origin of Brutus