Well, maybe not more respect for Ohio State, but I have gained more respect for former OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis after reading his explanation for returning for his senior year (from CBS Sportsline):
“I think I owed it to Ohio State. They gave me a chance. I was only recruited by two colleges out of high school – Ohio State and Minnesota – and I think when a team offers you a scholarship and a free chance to go to school and get an education and play football at a place like [Ohio State]…I felt that I owed them that fourth year.
“I was going to stick to that commitment. I told coach Tressel I’m going to come here for four or five years, whatever it is, whether I redshirt or not. And when I told him I was coming back, I said, ‘I told you I was coming here for at least four years, so I want to honor that.’ Free scholarship is something I think too many guys take for granted.”
Finally, a blue-chip football player who publicly appreciates the value of receiving a free higher education.
PS. Can someone please explain why it is “THE” Ohio State University? Really? You have to distinguish yourself from all the other Ohio States out there?