Basketball megastar LeBron James described his time with the Miami Heat as his “college experience.” Now that “The King” is “coming home” to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Ohio State University would like to expand on his so-called college experience this fall by making James a permanent fixture on the football team’s sidelines.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked about James’ return to Ohio during the Big Ten’s media days. Meyer made sure to point out he has an open door policy with James.
Meyer said LeBron has a sideline pass for Ohio State games. Said he already texted him and told him to be at every game.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 29, 2014
James is one of the world’s most famous athletes, and the reason to have him around is obvious. James is a living and breathing recruiting tool, and coaches love to use every tool at their disposal.
Urban said having LeBron around the football program is huge for recruiting. — Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 29, 2014
Unfortunately, NBA training camps open at the start of October, and James will likely miss the bulk of Ohio State’s conference games, unless he has an off day or two from practice and games.
If Meyer really wanted James around more, he could have done exactly what the basketball program did and bequeath a permanent locker to James somewhere in the football facilities.
After all, there appears to be more than enough room in the team’s new extravagant new locker room to grant “The King” a throne…
— Luke Fickell (@CoachFick) July 29, 2014