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Ginn's preference: Ted Ginn Jr. said he's noticed the Buckeyes' offensive line is a "different breed." "You got two guys with mohawks, one guy with short hair and one with long," he said. That doesn't bother the All-Big Ten receiver. "Whatever makes them comfortable and to get out there and work as one, I don't care what they do. They can all go mohawks or they can all go long."
Easy in, easy out: The playing surface at University of Phoenix Stadium is on rollers and can be slid out of the stadium when there are no games. In fact, the field sits in the natural Arizona elements for more than 300 days a year. The process of sliding the field in and out of the stadium takes about 90 minutes. The natural grass surface was covered with a new layer of sod after the Fiesta Bowl last Monday.
Stupidist question of the day: During Ohio State's portion of media day, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel was asked this highly insightful question: "How many vests do you have?" Tressel looked puzzled for a moment -- as did virtually every other newsperson in attendance, and answered, "Gosh, I don't know." Then, as if to prove the first question wasn't the only dumb question, there was a follow-up: "100?" "I really don't know," repeated Tressel. "Whatever is in my locker. They put them in and I put them on."
Father figure: Florida coach Urban Meyer was asked about his relationship with former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce. Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1986-87 for Bruce and later coached receivers in 1990-91 at Colorado State for Bruce. "Other than my father, he is the guy that I call most often for advice," said Meyer. "I have always admired Coach Bruce because he, first and foremost, did it the right way. He cared about the players. On his list of priorities was the player, family and staff."
Rob Todor

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