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Brutus Buckeye
Brutus in Austin, TX before a football game against the Texas Longhorns
Brutus in Austin, TX before a football game against the Texas Longhorns
University The Ohio State University
Conference Big Ten
Description Anthropomorphic buckeye nut
Origin of name Winning entry in competition
First seen 1965
Hall of Fame 2007

Brutus Buckeye is the athletics mascot of The Ohio State University. Brutus is a student dressed in Buckeye colors with a headpiece resembling an Ohio Buckeye nut. Brutus has appeared since 1965, with periodic updates to design and wardrobe. As a member of the cheerleading team Brutus Buckeye travels to many athletic and non-athletic events around The Ohio State University and makes appearances around Columbus.



Ohio State students Ray Bourhis and Sally Huber decided Ohio State needed a mascot in 1965 and convinced the athletic council to study the matter. At the time, mascots were generally animals brought into the stadium or arena. A buck deer was contemplated but rejected as impossible.[1] Instead, the buckeye nut was selected, as the buckeye is the official state tree of Ohio. A simple paper-mache nut was constructed by students, worn over the head and torso, with legs sticking out. It made its appearance at the Minnesota vs. Ohio State homecoming football game on October 30, 1965. The heavy paper-mache nut did not last and it was soon replaced by a fiberglass shell. On November 18, 1965, judges picked Brutus Buckeye to be the new mascot's name after a campus-wide contest. The winning name was the idea of then student Kerry Reed. "Block O" agreed to care for Brutus in December.[2] In the early 2000s, the Brutus costume was stolen before a game. The mascot was forced to wear the old costume.

Brutus has been updated several times to the present buckeye head and block O hat, scarlet and grey shirt emblazoned "Brutus" and "00", red pants with an Ohio State towel hanging over the front, and high white socks with black shoes. Male and female students both serve as Brutus Buckeye; generally two to five per year.


  • Brutus Buckeye appears in ESPN This Is Sportscenter ads eating lunch and performing aerobics with Richard Simmons.
  • Brutus appears in Home Depot commercials advertising Glidden paint strapped to the back of a truck.
  • Brutus appears in the NCAA Football Series and NCAA March Madness series of video games as a mascot and has his own mascot team.
  • During the 2002-2003 NCAA football season, Brutus was 1 of 12 contestants competing to be the Capital One National Mascot of the Year. Brutus appeared in approximately 4 commercials depicting the faux competition between the 12 mascots.


  1. ^ Brutus Buckeye, Ohio State University Libraries, November 12, 2002. Retrieved on June 27, 2006.
  2. ^ Brutus Buckeye Chronology, The Ohio State University Cheerleading. Retrieved on June 27, 2006.



  • Dean, Meredith; Marshall, Michelle; & Cleverley, James. The Spirit of a Buckeye: Brutus Buckeye's Lessons for Life. Cleverley Created, Ltd., Columbus, Ohio. ISBN 0-9675664-0-1.


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