ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There will be no more questions about the CCHA. For years Ohio State players were asked why they didn’t compete in the Big Ten. Now the Buckeyes have the same home as nearly every other varsity sport – 36 in all – in Columbus.
In front of a sold-out crowd at historic Yost Ice Arena, third-ranked Michigan topped Ohio State 4-3 in overtime Friday night. It was the first Big Ten Conference game for both programs after facing off 116 times. The significance is not lost on coaches and players in the league.
When the Buckeyes’ first-year coach Steve Rohlik steps foot in a recruit’s living room, he has a brand name to preach. The Big Ten is an international product that features six of the finest public institutions in America – Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.