The Ohio State Buckeyes will have a king on its sideline Saturday night.
An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed to BuckeyeSports.com that four-time NBA MVP and Ohio native LeBron “King” James will be on the sideline supporting the No. 3 Buckeyes before the team’s biggest test of the season, a primetime showdown with conference foe No. 23 Wisconsin. Though he won’t give a pregame speech to the team as was originally reported.
UPDATE: Urban Meyer tells ESPN that LeBron James is expected to attend Saturday's Ohio State game, but won't give a pregame speech to team.
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James, a native of Akron, has been a longtime Ohio State fan and was an All-State wide receiver during his high school days at St. Vincent-St. Mary. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who coached wide receivers at Notre Dame from 1996-2000, recruited James to play football in South Bend.
Meyer remembered his failed effort to recruit the future No. 1 overall NBA draft pick at 2012 Big Ten media days.
James cordially responded to Meyer’s scholarship offer, “Thank you very much, I’ll consider it,” while James’ coach started laughing.