When it comes to being a Buckeye, one of the most important rules is to never say the word “Michigan.” This, of course, is in reference to Ohio State’s rival Michigan, as the two schools hold one of the most famous rivalries in all of sports.
Instead, Ohio State players and fans refer to the Michigan Wolverines as “That team up north.” However, former Ohio State center Billy Price said that the players are sometimes allowed to say “Michigan.”
When Price sat down with NFL draft analyst Jordan Reid of Climbingthepocket.com to discuss game film, Price said that Ohio State players are allowed to say “Michigan” when they are referring to the state, but not the university.
Here is the full exchange between Price and Reid.
Price: “So right here we have Mike Jordan, our left guard, who actually is a Michigan native as well.”
Reid: “Let me go back there. So you’re allowed to say ‘Michigan’ in a sentence, but you just can’t say ‘Michigan’ as a team.”
Price: “We can refer to the state, but we can’t refer to the university.”
Reid: “So he didn’t grow up in the state of ‘That team up north.’ He grew up in the state of Michigan.”
Price: “Yep, he grew up in Michigan.”
While Ohio State fans also refer to Michigan as “That state up north,” Price has changed the narrative on that front. However, the question is whether Ohio State fans will listen to Price and call the state of Michigan by its name.
After this exchange, Price and Reid went on to discuss the game tape. Reid shared the video on Twitter, saying that Price was “extremely intelligent.”
Watch the video here:
Ohio State C/G Billy Price has become one of my favorite prospects in this entire draft class. Here's a snippet of a sit down film session with him.
Price is extremely intelligent. pic.twitter.com/glE8hgBQQQ
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 17, 2018