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April 4, 2002

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has appointed Mark Staten and Sorie Kanu as interns on this year’s football team. Staten will work primarily with the offense, while Kanu (pronounced canoe) will assist on the defensive side of the ball .%^$

%^$”These are two fine young men who someday will be excellent coaches,” said Tressel. “This should be a tremendous learning experience for them. We are certainly pleased to have them working with our staff.”%^$

%^$Staten played his college football at Miami of Ohio, where he was a four-year starter at defensive tackle for the RedHawks between 1988 and 1992. He earned All-Mid American-Conference recognition his senior year. After playing two years in the NFL (Cincinnati and New England) and one year in the World Football League, he began his coaching career at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif. He spent the 1999 season there, before returning to Miami, where he spent the 2000 season as a student coach and the 2001 campaign as a graduate assistant with the offensive line. He graduated cum laude from Miami in May of 2001.%^$

%^$Kanu is 2001 graduate of Michigan State. He was a four-year letterman at safety for the Spartans, serving as team captain as a senior in 1998 and also winning MVP honors that year. Following the completion of his collegiate eligibility, he played professionally with the Detroit Lions and the Hamilton Tigercats of the Canadian Football League. He has been a student assistant at Michigan State the past two years. During that time he also worked as a recruiter for a private firm in Southfield, Mich.%^$

%^$Staten and Kanu replace last year’s graduate assistants, Brandon Blaney and Jim Bridge. Blaney has since been hired as tight ends coach at Kansas, while Bridge was named offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan University.%^$