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LeBron to be sideline guest of OSU for Badgers game

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For a game in late September, the stakes couldn’t be much higher for Ohio State and Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes are riding a nation’s best 16-game winning streak and positioning itself for a return to the BCS title game stage; the Badgers, aside from one controversial loss, is taking on the look of a team poised for a third consecutive trip to the Big Ten championship game.

Add in a primetime kickoff and 100 thousand-plus fans in the Horseshoe in Columbus, it should make for an electric college football atmosphere.

The Buckeyes, though, decided to add to that big-game atmosphere by inviting the best basketball player on the planet as its guest.

LeBron James, born in Akron and a dyed-in-the-wool Ohio State fan, will be on the OSU sidelines Saturday night at the request of head coach Urban Meyer.  While he won’t give a pregame speech as previously reported, Meyer is still ecstatic that a player he tried to recruit while on the coaching staff at Notre Dame — James was an all-state wide receiver in high school — will be at the Columbus stadium for what’s easily his team’s biggest game of the season thus far.

“Give me all kinds of LeBrons,” Meyer said. “You just see the way he articulates, his look, the way he treats people, the focus. We use him in those leadership meetings we use, those videos, his face is plastered all over them. First of all, our guys all admire him. And the head coach really admires him.”

James’ connection to Ohio State runs deep.  If he had not decided to go straight from high school as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft, he likely would’ve played basketball for the Buckeyes.  Earlier this year, James was given a locker in OSU’s hoops locker room.

(Photo credit: Ohio State athletics)

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19 Responses to “LeBron to be sideline guest of OSU for Badgers game”
  1. stoicpaisano says: Sep 27, 2013 2:26 PM

    Columbus Stadium?

    Who are you, Christopher Columbo?

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 27, 2013 2:29 PM

    That was supposed to be “at the Columbus stadium.” Apparently, I picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue.

  3. stoicpaisano says: Sep 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    I hear you JT.

    All told, LeBron and Meyer/Pantoni recognize the value of brand marketing at a high level.

  4. dkhhuey says: Sep 27, 2013 2:43 PM

    Fantastic news!!! Urban has a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits coming in for that game as well! It will be electric in that stadium with an 8pm prime kickoff, 110,000 screaming fans, and the Badgers (sadly Burt isn’t coaching anymore) in town… throw in meeting Lebron James donning OSU gear – that is going to be impressive!

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 27, 2013 2:51 PM

    Has Ohio officially forgiven him yet….?

  6. charles130 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    What a shame…he would’ve gotten paid more at Ohio State…

  7. whitdog23 says: Sep 27, 2013 3:24 PM

    dkhhuey….recruits are on sideline for every game including last weeks 70 point blowout. they don’t just pick the best game to go see….it has to fit their high school team’s schedule as well. some high school’s play saturday night

  8. dkhhuey says: Sep 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    white – uff! Seriously, I really don’t need an education on how the general process works throughout the country! I made the statement because there is a defined list of of big time recruit targets that were specifically invited to be at this particular game because 1) It is a huge B1G game, 2) It is a nationally broadcasted game in prime time game, 3) the energy will be intense and electric with 110,000 screaming fans. 4) it is a massive recruiting tool which is why Urban requested more night games specifically for recruiting purposes not only for those kids on the sideline but watching coast to coast!

    LeBron James presence on the sidelines is absolutely not an accident because he was invited to be on the sidelines to help Urban wow these 4 and 5 star recruits!

  9. cincyfredo says: Sep 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    Buckeyes copying LSU from last week. They had Shaq on the sidelines. Pretty funny seeing players jumping up to high-5 him.
    Now Urb copies SEC again.
    What’s next Bucknuts, a Trojan Horse or a Bulldog on the sidelines ?

    Go Badgers …

  10. dkhhuey says: Sep 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    fredo – yes, because Urban has never built a successful program before… thanks for playing idiot!

  11. hatesycophants says: Sep 27, 2013 6:12 PM

    Urban Meyer is scum, but did he really refer to himself in the… fourth person?

    Go Badgers!

  12. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:09 PM

    lmao dye in the wool ohio state fan huh? is that why he attended plenty of miami hurricane basketball games last season? i didnt know die hard ohio state fans were also miami hurricane fans, but lebron also bandwagons the dallas cowboys and new york yankees so he really has no true loyalty to any team.

  13. hehateme1 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:30 PM

    Why? He never even went to college. What a joke. What a role model huh? Does this make him a poser since he never went there?

  14. 11inthebox says: Sep 27, 2013 8:35 PM

    @ thermanmerman99 who says:

    lmao dye in the wool ohio state fan huh? is that why he attended plenty of miami hurricane basketball games last season? i didnt know die hard ohio state fans were also miami hurricane fans, but lebron also bandwagons the dallas cowboys and new york yankees so he really has no true loyalty to any team.
    Yeah, because if you’re loyal to one team, that means you’re not allowed to go to any other games, period.

    In fact it’s required that you hate all other schools, teams and people.

    Is that how it works?

  15. stoicpaisano says: Sep 27, 2013 8:42 PM

    Derek Jeter reps UM though he never went there.

    Hell, ARod built a stadium for the Canes while never spending a day in college.

    Lil Wayne and Drake? Oh they jock sniffing band wagoners.

  16. be4bama says: Sep 27, 2013 10:00 PM

    I thought everyone in ohio hated LeBron.

  17. rcali says: Sep 28, 2013 3:40 AM

    Oh no, now everybody will be transferring to the Hurricanes. Urban, what are you thinking?

  18. markirakaufman says: Sep 28, 2013 11:11 AM


    He gave Cleveland basketball fans the finger.

    He gave the OWNER of the Cavs the finger.

    Moreover, NO Clevelander should forget that James dissed everyone who assailed him for HOW he left the Cavs (NOT because he left!) by calling them racist!

    With all the AUTHENTIC racism in this country, this jerk played the race card because he didn’t like the scolding he so richly deserved.

    And now he’s just a Buckeye kiss-ass looking for some Ohio love that he doesn’t have to purchase.

    And he does his “Hey, It’s ME!” routine on a recruiting weekend?

    What a guy!

    If he ever mans up and explicitly apologizes for this, I’ll change my mind.

    But until then, the man will remain a tall athletic bag of garbage wrapped in skin.

    If the Buckeyes lose to the Badgers, I’ll blame LeBron “Look at me!” James!

    On the other hand, he dresses real pretty!

  19. dkhhuey says: Sep 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    @mark – grow the f@#$ up and get over yourself! The Cavs did nothing to upgrade the talent around him to give them a remote chance to compete so he went to a place that would! Unless you’ve had the same job your entire life, you’ve done the same thing.
    The Cavs have always been and probably always will be a joke and you should be thankful he actually played there as long as he did.

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