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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - This Saturday's Big 10 Championship game between Ohio State and Michigan State is laced with Valley ties.

There will be three local players on the Buckeyes' side of the field: Corey Linsley, a senior from Boardman High School, is the starting center; George Makridis, a senior from Warren Harding is the starting long snapper; and junior J.T. Moore from Boardman is a backup tight end and special teams player. Moore's sister, Darryce, is a senior on the OSU women's basketball team.

The Spartans will feature three coaches and one player with links to the Valley. Head Coach Mark Dantonio was on Jim Tressel's YSU staff from 1986-90. Pat Narduzzi, MSU defensive coordinator, is from Youngstown. He is the son of former Penguin coach Bill Narduzzi and played one year at YSU (1985). The final coach is assistant Mike Tressel, the nephew of Jim Tressel. On the field, Kurtis Drummond, a starting safety, is from Hubbard High School.

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