When Ohio State football takes the field for its Scarlet and Gray spring game, the Buckeyes will have a couple of legends on the sidelines.
Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and Nike chairman emeritus Phil Knight will serve as guest coaches for the spring game. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Ohio Stadium.
Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz and Nike founder will be guest coaches at Ohio State's Spring Game on April 15 pic.twitter.com/R1lhP1vfOh
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Like the release points out, Holtz and Knight are close friends of Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.
“I am very close to each of these individuals and I have enjoyed their friendship over many years,” Meyer said via press release, “but even more I respect the impact they have had on Ohio State and college football. I am looking forward to having Coach Holtz and Phil Knight on our campus as guest coaches, and I am very appreciative they want to take part in and support our spring game.”
Holtz coached 41 years in college football and won 249 games, including the 1988 national championship at Notre Dame. He hired Meyer at Notre Dame in 1996 as a wide receivers coach and served as a coach with the Buckeyes under Woody Hayes for the 1968 season.
Knight is a co-founder of Nike and was the company’s president for 26 years. The Buckeyes and Nike have been partners for years and in 2016 agreed on a sponsorship that’ll run through 2033.
Knight attended the Ohio State-Michigan game in November.