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Ohio state of mind
Coaches from five of the BCS' top 10 teams hail from the Buckeye State

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 29, 2007 at 11:44 am •  Published: November 29, 2007

"You go to games, it's packed. All of 'em got a great following.”

This is nothing new, by the way. Notre Dame legend Ara Parseghian is from Akron, which is just south of Cleveland. Michigan legend Bo Schembechler was from Barberton, just south of Akron. Cleveland Browns legend Paul Brown is from Massillon, just south of Barberton. Ohio State legend Woody Hayes is from Newcomerstown, just south of Massillon. Lou Holtz is from East Liverpool, which is just south of Youngstown, halfway between Massillon and Pittsburgh.

The lesson is clear. Get your football players wherever you want. California, Texas, Florida. But get your coaches from Ohio.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, right, and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel are both from Ohio. Stoops is from Youngstown, while Pinkel is from Akron. by STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN


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