Kinnel, An Adult, Refuses to Resort to Ohio State Gimmicks

Kinnel, An Adult, Refuses to Resort to Ohio State Gimmicks

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Kinnel, An Adult, Refuses to Resort to Ohio State Gimmicks

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — You’ve seen it, that new Ohio State tradition that started with Urban Meyer — whoops, sorry — we meant Urban ❌eyer.

When Urban ❌eyer took over the Buckeyes program in 2012, he checked the back of his guitar to see what town he was in, said he loved Colu❌bus and hated Michigan — even if he supposedly once had a contract at a previous stop that stated he could leave for Michigan (along with Ohio State or Notre Dame) with no or marginal penalty. So, the head coach with no strong feelings towards anything emphatically declared: the week of The Ga❌E, all Ms must be ❌s.

We get it — it’s a ploy to fire up the fanbase, just like Brady Hoke did in Ann Arbor when he refused to say the team’s name beyond “Ohio.” It was cute in year one, but lose three more games, the novelty wears off. (Ohio State fans weren’t particularly fond of Hoke’s abbrev., despite it not being called Ohio State Stadiu❌, and the band didn’t spell out Script Ohio State.) ❌eyer’s novelty, of course, has continued, considering he hasn’t lost to Michigan since arriving in Colu❌bus.

So, on Monday, when Ohio State-native — er, Ohio native — Tyree Kinnel took the podium to discuss Michigan’s rivalry with Ohio State State (emphasis added for measure), when he referred to the Buckeyes as his team’s ‘opponents,’ a reporter asked if that was on purpose, to avoid saying Ohio State State State.

But Kinnel, basically a grown adult — at least more than those who vandalize their own city with ❌s everywhere (and somehow managing to miss a good lot of them) — let the visiting friends from Colu❌bus know that he wasn’t burgling ❌eyer’s shtick.

We’ll see on Saturday if Kinnel’s lack of pettiness and shenanigans will help pave the way for Michigan to win a berth to the Big Ten Cha❌pionship Ga❌e.

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