April 11, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State athletics department will celebrate Big Ten championships won this past year by the football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s gymnastics teams at the 2006 Spring Football Game April 22 in Ohio Stadium. Fans will have the opportunity to view and pose for pictures with a total of six championship trophies near Gate 8 on the east side of the stadium. All four championship squads will be recognized at halftime of the game.

The “Celebration of Champions” display will include the 2005 Big Ten Co-Championship and Fiesta Bowl trophies won by the football team, the men’s and women’s basketball regular season Big Ten trophies and the women’s Big Ten tournament trophy. The men’s gymnastics team garnered the most recent Big Ten championship in March. Its league trophy rounds out the six on display.

The Buckeye basketball teams each clinched their league titles with home victories over Purdue. In doing so, the two squads helped Ohio State become the first Big Ten program to win or claim a share of conference championships in football and men’s basketball and women’s basketball in the same academic year.

The women’s basketball team (29-3, 15-1 Big Ten) earned its first outright conference championship since the 1985-86 season and claimed its initial Big Ten tournament title in school history. The men’s basketball team (26-6, 12-4 Big Ten) won its first outright league championship since the 1992 season. Last month, the men’s gymnastics team (16-1, 13-0 Big Ten) scored its second-consecutive Big Ten crown and the 11th in program history.

Several of Ohio State’s seniors from the 2005 football squad will be on hand for the celebration. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 4 in the final national polls, polished off a 10-2 season with a 25-21 victory at Michigan and a 34-20 triumph over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

Tickets for the Spring Game currently are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office at The Jerome Schottenstein Center at $5.00 each. Tickets also are available online at Stadium gates open at 11 a.m. and the game is slated for a 1:05 p.m. kickoff. The trophies will be on display starting at 11 a.m.

One dollar from each ticket sold will go towards offsetting the cost of the National Youth Sports Program which the Department of Athletics sponsors each summer. The NYSP benefits inner-city youth who through the program have an opportunity to avail themselves of the Department’s facilities and staff.