We are taking you back to 1986 as Columbus Monthly explores the changing opinions of Buckeye football coach Woody Hayes.

Have you ever started organizing a closet or basement and ended up spending the entire day exploring forgotten treasures that lay hidden in that dusty box in the back corner? If you are a history buff like me, you may even stash away old magazines or newspapers and rejoice in nostalgia when they are uncovered years later.

The redesign of the Columbus Monthly website has provided the opportunity for a similar digital treasure hunt. We posted a bunch of covers (link) last week, and more are on the way. Today we are revealing a treat for all of those Buckeye football fans (which should be everyone reading this). In May 1986, Columbus Monthly reporter Jack Tory wrote about the changing opinions on Woody Hayes, nearly a decade after the infamous Buckeye football coach was dismissed for hitting a Clemson player. An incident that now seems all but forgotten in football lore was then beginning to fade in the minds of Buckeye fans as they began long applause for the legend.

Columbus Monthly, May 1986: Woody Hayes The Man, The Legend