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Well fans, I thought I saw a cloud here today, but it turned out to be a plane passing overhead. OK, that's my shot for today. We've just returned from Ohio State's practice and everyone seems to be in a good mood. Coach Jim Tressel didn't express much surprise that Nick Saban signed a $40 million deal with the University of Alabama. Of course, Tressel stands to pull down close to $3 million this season, and if the Buckeyes win the national championship game Monday night, a clause in a contract he signed just last May will force Ohio State to renegotiate.

Today, we talked to members of the Ohio State offense and Florida's defense. Tomorrow, we'll meet with the Buckeyes' defense and Florida's offense. Friday is Media Day, when all the players and coaches are available, plus we hope to track down some folks from the Valley (or who have Valley connections) who are in town for the big game.

So stay tuned and let me know how you think the game will turn out.

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