Ohio Stadium's New Tunnel Looks Phenomenal

By DJ Byrnes on September 4, 2014 at 4:54p
92 Comments

Due to the addition of 2,500 seats in the Horseshoe, Ohio State players will now enter from Ohio Stadium's southeast corner through a "true tunnel," as Urban Meyer described it today in his call-in show.

Thanks to the industrious Twitter user @One_Tyed_Jack, we have our first look at the tunnel.

Complete with an enlarged buckeye leaf sticker and an emblazoned "OUR HONOR DEFEND," this tunnel will certainly get the players' minds right before they storm the field.

Only about 51 hours remain until Ohio State kicks off their home opener against Virginia Tech.

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Ajake15's picture

We will fight 'til the end for O HI O!!!!

Buster Tillman was underrated

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ManOfSky's picture

Here's a view of the Block O, looking from the field. Will be illuminated at night.

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DBell8's picture

Looks Great! Can't wait for Saturday night!

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JollyFatMan's picture

I'm so glad I JUST got tickets. This is going to be a hell of s show. 

How firm thy friendship..

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Burnsy's picture

I want to down vote out of jealousy, but since I'm a classy fella, I'll let it slide this time. Enjoy the game man!

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JollyFatMan's picture

It's ok Burnsy. +1 for being a good guy. I'll do be sure to do an extra loud cheer for all my 11W brothers and sisters not in attendance.  

How firm thy friendship..

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BrutusBuckey3's picture

Please do. I am so disappointed I can't go. Please yell a little louder for us. 

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SLVRBLLTS's picture

Make sure you stand and yell as much as possible. And if anybody complains, text "BRUTUS" to 69050 to report the complainers as a disturbance.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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Ethan_Buck's picture

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

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beamga's picture

Looks like they nailed this new tunnel. Hopefully this provides for a more dramatic team entrance before kickoff.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

I was doing some work, saw this article pop up, and had to read it. My reaction was similar to this:

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

I have a Boston Terrier and have seen that "look" many times, lolol.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”

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CGroverL's picture

My ex-wife used to look JUST LIKE THAT. Fortunately for me, there was a close sports bar to hang out at until those looks got out of her system...I didn't know what those looks meant exactly and didn't want to know.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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CALPOPPY's picture

Thank God they don't have the dexterity to use a keyboard. Because 11W can't handle too many people animals like me, with that look in their eye, checking 11W every few minutes. 

"Did something change? Something changed...I think. I bet it did. I better check. What's new? I bet something changed. Is there a new story? Who commented? I'm going to run over there and back and check again. Now who commented? Did I get some stickers? I like helmet stickers. I'm going to post something. Now do I have some stickers? What's new here?"

Damn internet, it's ruining ruined my productivity.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

@CalPoppy - You & I were obviously seperated at birth.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

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CGroverL's picture

It takes cocaine to get my eyes that open...not that I would know or anything, though. "Cough, cough". I have cats though...36 of them right now. I'm an animal lover....You know...my girlfriend and myself right now are "fostering" 3 Queen cats with their litters for the humane society, are members of the ASPCA and the SPCA of Central Florida (which costs us $50 per month plus what we give in food and litter donations) and we take strays, nurse them to health and help them out with spaying/neutering/shots, etc.

We do have 5 cats of our own, but the rest I just abuse on Saturdays when something goes wrong in the football game. I'm a dog lover, but my girlfriend rules me and she is the old cat hoarder that you see on TV now and then (except she isn't old, is still a hottie, but rules my goofy ass with an iron fist). Pray for me.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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CGroverL's picture

"Then take a valium like a normal person".

Sorry, I have to throw in movie quotes whenever I can...even if the movie is starring Madonna and from 1985.

At least you know how to use a computer. I've had a computer for 9 years and still don't know what I'm doing. I check my H.S. often, but only to see how many H.S. I have lost over the night, and I normally just read write-ups and write comments (which take me 20 minutes each, minimum) once daily or once every 2 days. Does that put my goofy ass in the category you explained in your comment?

No? I know....I have my own category. Good luck. Great comment. Go Buckeyes and trash the Hokies, whatever a Hokie is.....I think I'd be a good Boston Terrier, though.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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buckeyedude's picture

Yay! A Boston Terrier! Best dogs EVER!!!! If you have kids, this is the best family dog in the world! If I could give you 50 UVs Dubjay, I would! These dogs are funny as shit and will have you laughing for hours.

 

 

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brband64's picture

At first glance I thought it said...

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cronimi's picture

HODOR. HODOR?? HODOR!? HODOR!!

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Catfish Biff's picture

Anybody see them televise the team entrance at Clemson for the FSU/Clemson game last year? Pretty impressive and it gets the crowd going nuts before they run down the hill. While it is ridiculous the team has to get on a bus, it built the excitement up to televise them entering the bus and then getting escorted around the stadium.

For the new tunnel, maybe they'll have some cameras in the tunnel or before as the players stream out from the locker room and then show some hard-hitting highlights just before they run out. Fans would LOSE THEIR MINDS.

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

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Bringthejuice's picture

My wife's the stadium security supervisor for game days at Death Valley in Clemson. She's the one who leads Dabo and the players to the top of the hill during Tiger Rag. She'd probably be the first to tell you (#1) that she loves the Buckeyes and (#2) that Ohio State's got Clemson beat in nearly every facet of the football program EXCEPT the game day atmosphere and stadium entrance. Every time I watch Clemson gather behind that rock, I dream of what it would be like to see the Buckeyes enter Ohio Stadium in mind-blowing fashion. Maybe this tunnel will get us a little closer to making that dream a reality.

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Coreyobuckeye's picture

They should zip line from the top of the scoreboard of South Stands right onto the 50 yard line..

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Catfish Biff's picture

That would make for some pretty nervous riggers when the o-line descends....

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

They should zip line from the top of the scoreboard of the South Stands right onto the 40 yard line.

Whenever I see some of the increasingly ridiculous entrance spectacles I'm reminded of Rocky IV:

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

I FEEL GOOD!

Back when Flava Flave's GF Brigit looked good too.

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The Rill Dill's picture

You win the entire internet.  Best idea I've heard in years-----maybe ever.

KBonay's picture

It is pretty sweet.  I heard the Buckeyes a few years back were planning on something similar, but Shugarts kept leaving early....

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BuckeyeChris's picture

I'd fall down. No doubt in my mind. 

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GVerrilli92's picture

Thank you for this.

Still laughing.

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

swainpm's picture

Bringthejuice yes I know what she is talking about. ESPN did a nice job building up the Tigers entrance..and due to the size of the shoe there can never really be a hill type deal. This tunnel should be pretty cool though. Imagine the roar from the crowd players will hear through that cloth cover before they emerge. The painted facade is pretty cool too, reminds me of NDs play like a champion stuff. Nice emphasis on tOSU tradition by Meyer.

Does anyone know if the locker room empties into this new area directly? Or is there a march around part of the stadium?

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CGroverL's picture

Your second sentence should be outlawed or at least against 11W rules of commenting. The last time they did a good job, Chris Berman was still making up nicknames for baseball players.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

They could just run down the ramp in their underwear...

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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The Shark Fin's picture

HAHAHAHA I was hoping this suggestion was going to be made

My 21st birthday was 11/18/2006... Every day since, I've been chasing the dragon

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Squirrel Master's picture

IDK, after Skull Session the players and band members walk into the shoe through the gauntlet of fans and into the most beautiful entrance I have ever seen of any stadium. That is a pretty memorable site too, its just not right before the game and onto the field. I would rank that experience right up there with the rock entrance, its just not the same situation. I think this Tunnel will be awesome!

I do find it sad that the Skull Session and many other traditions for OSU are not documented enough by the general media. It seems like the only decent tradition is the script Ohio and dotting the I. There are so many other great traditions that we have. I guess the do show the singing of Carmen Ohio after the game, but there is so much more.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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swainpm's picture

Squirrel yes the skull session and walk from St Johns are pretty awesome. Occasionally I have seen Gameday show the walk over from StJ and Tress at the skully BUT they don't profile the tradition like they did for Clemson. It will be a very sad day when St Johns is torn down and the skull sessions end. I believe we only have a year or two left unfortunately. Does anyone know the timeline till they implode St.J?

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Catfish Biff's picture

I always Youtube the band entering skull session to watch the drumline stop and play in the foyer to get me going for gameday!

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

jeremytwoface's picture

Ask and ye shall receive.... 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

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Catfish Biff's picture

Is it cold in here? Where did these goosebumps come from?

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

seafus26's picture

If I did see the Clemson enterance, it wasn't enough to be my lasting memory of that game. I just remember them getting trounced.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Bringthejuice's picture

Hey I'd be content with just some smoke coming out the end of that tunnel

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Sort of like an orgasm

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andretolstoy's picture

oooooooooooooohhhh

Ethan_Buck's picture

better be lazerzzzzzzz

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

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bigbluebuckeye's picture

Just another reason for these recruits in town to realize Ohio State is the gold standard in college football. Love it.

Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!

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BuckeyeMike74's picture

Now that is a tunnel worthy of The Ohio State University!

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Otown Buckeye's picture

I know there is a brick wall at the end of it to run through. 

"because we couldn't go for three"

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GVerrilli92's picture

How many cheeseburgers are you gunna drive into that dirty old cheeseburger locker Brady Hoke?

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

Show me waterfalls and I'll show you a tunnel

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Go1Bucks's picture

Where 's the pic of the visitors tunnel?!  The one that says "Enter at your Peril!  Doom awaits!"

Go Bucks!

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HandsOfSweed's picture

It should say "Two men enter. One man leaves."

CGroverL's picture

What is best in life?

"To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!"

Maybe quotes from "Conan the Barbarian" are just a bit much for pre-game Buckeye battle sayings....."Two men enter. One man leaves"...that is Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, though, right? I'd go with Arnold Swarzenegger before Tina Turner myself, but Conan's statement is just a bit too much, I think. What can I say, I love movies and their cool quotes. "Our Honor Defend" is perfect in my book. Go Buckeyes!!!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

HandsOfSweed's picture

Awesome! I literally JUST finished collecting the entire Conan The Barbarian comic book series. All 275 issues from 1970-1993. And the Mad Max quote goes on the VISITORS tunnel entrance.

BassDropper's picture

This is going to look amazing lit up at night. Im so glad I'll be there to witness it.

DIRECTIONER

buckeyedude's picture

I was thinking about that. Shouldn't they put a few lights in there?

 

 

CGroverL's picture

Have an unreal time. I hope to hear you all the way HERE...in Deltona, Florida. Witness and be a factor, too. Be LOUD!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

It's soooo pretty

Without lies there would be no truth!

Donny T's picture

DJ, "Horseshoe" is misspelled on the front page headline.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Good look, Donny. I have been struggling mightily with that first S in Horseshoe, smh.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ceegeelawrence's picture

You're finally in your element, Donny.

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BroJim's picture

I dig it.

I season my simple food with hunger

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

"They say close only counts in horseshoes, but that saying doesn't fly in our horseshoe."

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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alust2013's picture

Pity it doesn't say Eleven Warriors.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

"Smash through to victory" would have been acceptable.

dmurder's picture

question? Are those lights attached to the top? If this thing is lit up with led's that would look sick

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

ManOfSky's picture

They're still working on it and I'm not sure if there are LEDs along the tunnel, but there is a huge Block O that is hung on the ceiling of the tunnel that will be illuminated at night. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow.

BeatTTUN's picture

Anyone else notice how cool The Horseshoe is looking these days? It is the absolute best College Football Stadium anyways but now they are just pimping it out.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

CGroverL's picture

"Pimp my favorite CFB team's stadium"?? You may have just made the next big hit in reality TV. I'll get used to this YOUNGER lingo one day.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Phillips.449's picture

Looks like they are finishing it just in time!  Pretty cool that even the players probably won't see it until they run through it Saturday night!  GO BUCKS!!!!!

WrightBuckeye's picture

Will "Our Honor Defend" be a permanent fixture, or does it coincide with the 125th anniversary motto? I really like it and I hope it is a permanent fixture. What would be REALLY awesome is if at the end of the tunnel they had another little sign that said We Will Fight To The End For OHIO, and all the players could touch it. I remember seeing the OSU Football semi at the Rose bowl and I LOVED what they did with the fight song. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Just another reason to love the Buckeyes - the total experience and so much more.

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CGroverL's picture

Imagine a black hat with that leaf and Buckeye on it...and then put the "Block O" on the back of the same hat....

It has been my favorite hat for 6 years. I wore it ONLY for the week of the game with TSUN. I have a different Buckeye hat for each Big Ten team except Maryland and Rutgers. Anyway, my girlfriend and I were riding in my work truck (she was driving) to go to a job and were pulled over by the police. I was asked for my ID, pulled out of the truck, frisked and then told to wait with my feet apart while keeping my hands flat on the hood of the truck while the officer ran my ID. They asked nothing of my girlfriend and then another officer pulled up behind us.

The first officer questioned me about having drugs "on my person" or "in the vehicle" (his words). This was all going on while the other officer had his gun drawn. In the end, after a search of me and my truck which lasted for almost 1 hour and 15 minutes, the officer questioned me again. He wanted to know who I thought I was that was such a bad man where a police officer wouldn't pull me over for wearing a hat with a marijuana leaf on it. I explained to him (all 5'6" of him) that the hat was an Ohio State Buckeye hat. The other officer heard that and decided to help me out as obviously cop #1 did not pay attention to college sports.

Cop #2, who I thought was my savior, ended up being an "SEC fan" and gave me a hard time for being a Buckeye fan, searched me and my truck again, before letting us leave after a 2 hour stop. They never wrote any tickets...in fact, my girl was never even asked for her ID. We were pulled over only because cop #1 thought I was wearing a marijuana hat. You talk about ridiculous....

I still have not worn that hat...it has now been almost 4 years. I'm looking at it now as it now hangs on my wall. Anyway, since that day, I have almost no respect for law enforcement and it makes me wonder how many truly innocent men and women are jailed each year because of cops like those. I'm sorry for writing about things "off the subject", but I saw that Block O, leaf, and Buckeye and it immediately made me think of the day that I almost went to jail for doing absolutely nothing wrong. I didn't even ask why we were being pulled over as I thought that would be a one way ticket to jail. Obviously though, Buckeye leaf hats are not acceptable to wear in Florida and "SEC fans", even police officers WILL abuse Buckeye fans and their rights because of their hate for Ohio State. You wonder why Ohio State drops from #5 to #8 after doubling up on an opponent? It is because the hate for Ohio State runs so deep and so FAR that the only people that do not hate Ohio State are the members of Buckeye Nation, themselves.

VaTech has a decent group of DB's. Look for Barrett to have a 300 yard passing day if Meyer will use the power run game effectively early. There is too much speed on this offense to keep quiet forever and big plays are coming, even if they come off of shovel passes or WR screens. Pryor had Ohio State's last 300 yard passing game in October of 2010 against Indiana (I think). Passing yardage is due...very due.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Knarcisi's picture

I think the drug search was warranted. 

mtrotb's picture

Wow!!! Those lucky guys.

mtrotb

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WezBuck28's picture

What are the chances these recruits walk through this tunnel to watch the game? Maybe let them all fallow the team out after listening to the pregame pep talk from Coombs...

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HandsOfSweed's picture

I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 100%, but then it may be a major NCAA violation bc who the hell really knows what's a violation and what isn't anymore?

CGroverL's picture

Every little thing counts when it comes to recruiting. I am old and I would be so nervous, I'd probably trip and fall (help, I've fallen and the Buckeyes are leaving me) if I was lucky enough to do it. A run through the tunnel might just seal the deal with some recruits. Great comment.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

I saw in another picture of the field end of the tunnel with a big ass block O on the ceiling. If that lights up tmro nite I will need a change of pants.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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stubbzzz's picture

If they put a fog machine at the end of the tunnel, that light up Block O on the ceiling would make a pretty badass scarlet spotlight for the players to gather under.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

How about a disco ball and some lasers?
 

BucksHave7's picture

No offense to Clemson, but always thought that Clemson's cute little stadium entrance 'show' is what the WWF was doing 30 years ago.   We will NEVER need fireworks and balloons to have every seat in our stadium filled up.

BucksHave7

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Fort Seneca Steve's picture

WOW!  Very nice indeed.  The only thing that tsun has is a Rose Bowl sign on the wall where they try to pick fights in the tunnel before the game, because they know winning the game is useless.  But what do you expect from a "No Class" school like Fishigan...they stink both off and on the field.

Before there was Larry Bird, there was "Hondo" John Havilcek! The Pride of Martins Ferry, Ohio!

Bucks1's picture

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

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Squirrel Master's picture

I can see it now. That is amazing! I still kind of wished they came out a bit further into the stadium, not so much back in the stands (although the fans love it at those seats).

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

russbuss31's picture

Thanks for that link. It looks AMAZING! Can't wait to see it in action Saturday night!!!

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -Woody Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

I see that little side ramp as the place that cameras, reporters and the recruits can stand and watch the team come through the tunnel. It might be quite the sight to see Lebron and Josh Sweat (among all the other recruits) standing there chatting as the team comes through. Urban running by giving them a little wink! maybe a finger point.

I predict 2 commitments after this game if its a huge win. I wish it will be Josh Sweat and Damian Harris!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BucksHave7's picture

Does Lebron James get to walk through that tunnel.......L-U-C-K-Y-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BucksHave7