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Wednesday Blog: Spring Game Tickets & Former Buckeye Hoops Star Wants Help

Are you ready for some football? In Columbus, the answer is probably yes. Ohio State will be starting spring football in just three weeks with a host of interesting story lines. Among the headliners, the quarterback battle between Georgia transfer Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, Ryan Day's first spring as head coach, and a coaching staff with four new defensive assistants and one on offense.

The 15 practices under coach Day will culminate with the annual Spring Game on April 13 with kickoff set for 12 noon. Ohio State has announced that tickets for the game will go on sale at 10 a.m Friday (Feb. 22).

As usual, general admission tickets will go for $5 and a limited number of $15 reserved club seats are also available. If you're interested, tickets can be purchased on line at Tickets can also be purchased in person at the OSU Athletics Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS.

A couple other notes: Ohio State suggests getting tickets early because there is construction on the north end of C-Deck that will reduce the seating capacity. Also, if you have little ones, kids under 6, in general admission areas, get in free.

Scoonie Penn Wants Your Help

Over the last two summers, alumni of the Ohio State basketball program have played in The Basketball Tournament (aka, TBT) using the name "Scarlet and Gray." Apparently, Ohio State is putting an end to that.

Former Buckeye hoops star Scoonie Penn, the Director of Player Development for the Buckeye Basketball program, has served as head coach. On Twitter Tuesday, Scoonie asked OSU fans for help.

Like last year, Columbus will host a regional of the TBT. The games will be at Capital University July 19-21. The yet to be renamed Ohio State alumni team has done well in the TBT the last two years, advancing to the Final Four in 2017, and making the Elite Eight last year. They have yet to achieve their ultimate goal--the $2 million grand prize for winning the tournament. The team has consisted mostly of Thad Matta era Buckeyes like Jared Sullinger, David Lightly, William Buford, Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale.

Trevor Lawrence Mixes It Up

Last month Trevor Lawrence quarterbacked Clemson to a national championship. This week he's making headlines for basketball--and probably not the kind of headlines Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney likes.

At an intramural basketball game, Lawrence was caught on video shoving a player on the opposing team twice, causing a brief scuffle. It happened because the player set a screen on Lawrence to allow his teammate to bring the ball up the floor. You can check it out below.

Lawrence, as a freshman, threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in the national title game against Alabama. Two years from now, many believe he will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. It might be time for him to retire as an intramural basketball player. Seems like there's not much upside.

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