Buckeye Captains Guarantee Victory

While the Ohio State men's basketball team was in the process of throttling visiting Eastern Michigan, the halftime crowd at Value City Arena recognized the football team's 2009 Big Ten title. Addressing the fans, captains Kurt Coleman, Doug Worthington and Austin Spitler are predicting a Rose Bowl victory for the Buckeyes.

The frustration that comes with having lost three consecutive BCS bowl games has led the 2009 Ohio State captains to decide they have had enough.

While being honored during the school's men's basketball game against Eastern Michigan for the team's outright Big Ten title, OSU athletic director Gene Smith presented the trophy first to senior safety and captain Kurt Coleman.

After cradling it for a second, he handed it to a teammate, grabbed the microphone and offered a prediction that drew applause from the crowd at Value City Arena.

"We're excited and we're preparing hard for Oregon, and when we go out to Pasadena we're going to come back with a victory this time," he said.

Following Coleman's declaration, fellow captains Doug Worthington and Austin Spitler followed suit.

"Like Kurt said, we're going to go get that 'W,' " Worthington said.

The trophy was presented to head coach Jim Tressel, who said he accepted it on behalf of the team's 19 seniors in addition to Buckeye fans everywhere.

Coleman drew a comparison between the Ducks and Michigan, OSU's final opponent of the season.

"It's similar to Michigan," Coleman said. "It's an explosive offense. It's all run through the quarterback, so we've got to be able to stop Masoli and get a W."

Scouting of the Ducks has already begun. Coleman said the team's upperclassmen hosted the younger players Thursday night to see Oregon hold off Oregon State for the right to play in the Rose Bowl.

In addition, Worthington pointed out that it was Tressel's birthday. Led by the band, the arena sang happy birthday to the coach. Tressel is 57.

Asked if he received anything for his birthday, Tressel said, "We got to practice."


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