COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The battle between the Buckeyes and That Team Up North is one of the oldest rivalries in college football.
So is the small golden prize awarded to the team after a victory—a little golden pair of pants.
Hope Boren knows a thing or two about the rivalry between the Buckeyes and that team up north.
She and husband mike were student athletes at Michigan.
But, their sons Jacoby, Zach, and Justin ditched the maize and blue for scarlet and gray.
“It works well,” she said. “We respect both programs a lot. We love the game of football. So we kind of just put our minds into the fact that it’s a great rivalry. It’s the Big Ten.
“I actually have seven pair of them,” she said. “I only wear them on Game Day. Justin’s wife has a pair. And Jacoby’s finance has a pair. And ultimately, they’ll have them all.”
It was 81 years ago when Coach Francis Schmidt said Michigan players “put their pants on one leg at a time same as everybody.”
Those comments gave birth to the Gold Pants Club, which has issued 41 pair since 1934.
Jim Lachey, a former Buckeye All-American, currently leads the club today.
“Some businessmen heard about beating them and putting your pants on one leg at a time,” he said. “So they decided to come up with a pair of gold pants that kind of celebrate or commemorate that victory.”
He says players have always been encouraged to give the pants to their moms.
“Give your first pair to your mother. If you’re lucky enough to win a second pair give them to your sister or somebody you really care about.”
The pants have been made by the Carioti family here in Columbus since 1982.
Last season more than 200 pair were awarded to coaches, players and supporting staff.
Chris Carioti, Carioti jewelers, “It’s a time-consuming job,” said Chris Carioti. “But you know what, it’s fun. I’m the guy that actually puts all the initials and numbers on it.”
Of course, the Buckeyes have to get the win before Carioti can do his job.
It’s a game that will be the hope Boren’s last as a Buckeye parent…a ride she will never forget.
“The things that Coach Meyer has brought to the program for the families and the way he supports them…amazing.”