Ohio State Posts the Score of the Semifinal Loss to Clemson in Its Weight Room As Motivation This Offseason

By Kevin Harrish on January 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm
The buckeyes are using the loss as motivation.

Ohio State isn't going to forget the semifinal loss to Clemson this offseason.

It was clear from players' comments even immediately after the game that the Buckeyes would be using the defeat as motivation all offseason, but head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti took it to a new level.

Meeting with the media on Wednesday, Marotti told reporters there is "no doubt" that he plans to use the Fiesta Bowl loss as a motivator during offseason workouts and practices, and that he's even posted the score of the game on a sign hanging in the weight room, as a constant reminder.

This isn't the first time Ohio State's clung to a specific score as motivation during the offseason. After the Buckeyes' loss to Florida in the 2006 national championship game, the team notoriously changed the password to the lock at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to 4114, to remember the 41-14 blowout defeat.

Ohio State responded by making the national championship game once again the following season, but losing to LSU. The Buckeyes will be looking for a better result this year.

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