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April 19, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets for Saturday’s Scarlet & Gray football game in Ohio Stadium remain on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Jerome Schottentstein Center and can be purchased in person in the southeast ticket lobby of the JSC or by going on-line at Athletics Ticket Office.

The ticket office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 each with one dollar from each ticket sold going to the National Youth Sports Program, which is sponsored each summer by the Ohio State Department of Athletics. The latter program benefits inner-city youths and allows them to use OSU facilities and learn from OSU coaches and staff members.

Ohio State ticket director Bill Jones reports more than 20,000 tickets have been sold to date for the spring game.

In anticipation of a large walk-up crowd on Saturday, Jones said the ticket office will sell tickets in the southeast and southwest lobbies of St. John Arena, as well as the usual locations in the north-end rotunda and surrounding gates in Ohio Stadium. All day-of-game locations open at 11 a.m. Jones also noted all will-call will be in St. John Arena and not in the Schottenstein Center as in past years.

As part of this year’s “Celebration of Champions” theme, the Big Ten championship trophies from this past year’s football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s gymnastics teams will be on display near Gate 8 inside Ohio Stadium. The Fiesta Bowl trophy and the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament trophy also will be on display at that location. Fans are invited to view the trophies, take pictures and have their pictures taken next to the championship hardware.

All four championship teams will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game, including many of the seniors from the 2005 football team. Ohio State made history this past year by becoming the first Big Ten school to win league titles in football and men’s and women’s basketball in the same academic year.

Kickoff Saturday is set for 1:05 p.m. The Buckeyes return eight starters on offense and two on defense from last year’s 10-2 team, which closed out the season with a seven-game winning streak. The list of returnees includes All-America candidates Troy Smith at quarterback, Ted Ginn Jr. at flanker, Antonio Pittman at tailback, Kirk Barton at tackle and Quinn Pitcock at defensive tackle.

The spring game roster also includes newcomers Beanie Wells at tailback, Larry Grant at linebacker, Ross Homan at linebacker and Kurt Coleman at defensive back. Grant is a junior college transfer. The other three are true freshmen.