Jack Nicklaus May Be Rooting Against Ohio State

by Jeff Skinner

Ohio State’s most famous alum looks like he could be rooting against the Buckeyes if they make it to the BCS National Championship game.COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28:  Golf legend Jack Nicklaus waves to the crowd as he is introduced to dot the i in Ohio formed by the marching band during the half-time show at Ohio Stadium on October 28, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Jack Nicklaus has very deep roots in Columbus, Ohio.  He was born and bred there and graduated from OSU on his way to becoming the greatest golfer of all time.  Ohio State and Jack and his dad go back a very long way.  Nicklaus still spends plenty of time in Columbus and hosts the Memorial their each spring.  The Jack Nicklaus Museum is located on the campus and he is one of the selected few that were honored with the “Dotting of the I” during half time of an Ohio State game.  He hosted the Presidents Cup there this year and is the de facto ambassador for all things Ohio, Columbus and Ohio State.

But as the saying goes, blood is thicker than water.  Jack’s grandson, Nick O’Leary plays tight end for Florida State and Grandpa is his number one fan.

Florida State and Ohio State are listed as one, two in the BCS standings and the prospect of the two meeting in the Championship Game is very likely.  Florida State needs a win over the surprising but over matched Duke squad in the ACC Championship and Ohio State needs to beat Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship.  Both teams are heavy favorites so a Seminole vs. Buckeye matchup looks like a solid bet.

Jack isn’t shy about his allegiance and says he’ll take the Noles over his Buckeyes, “I’m an Ohio State guy, but blood is thicker than anything else.”


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