COLUMBUS, Ohio — Albeit for different reasons, Ohio State players and coaches alike had hesitations about the Buckeyes starting their 2012-13 season playing in tonight’s Carrier Classic.
OSU head coach Thad Matta was worried about the distractions that playing their season opener outdoors and on an aircraft carrier could cause for his team. Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas was just worried about staying aboard the boat.
“I’m going to try to stay away from the edge,” Thomas joked. “I’ve never played on water before. That’s kind of scary.”
It wasn’t until a moment of clarity for the Buckeyes that they lost their apprehensions about playing in tonight’s season opener. That’s when Matta and his players thought about the veterans and members of the armed forces that will be attending the game in Charleston, S.C., with proceeds from the event benefitting charitable organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Fund.