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The Ohio State University

Today I will attend an exhibition men’s college basketball game between UNC Pembroke and The Ohio State University. The game will be played in Columbus Ohio at 7:00 p.m.

This game is a result of the relationship between the two universities thru their past and former basketball coaches. Eldon Miller was Ohio State’s Head Basketball Coach from 1976-1986. Eldon’s son Ben Miller is UNC Pembroke Head Coach.

This week Rodd Baxley from Fayetteville Observer wrote a great story on Eldon’s return to Ohio State

Eldon Miller will be honored tonight before, during, and after the game.

(l-r) Ben Miller, Ben’s son Charlie, and Eldon Miller -2018 Final Four

Eldon and Ben.jpg

The game is special to me on a lot of fronts. Eldon and his wife Dee are just two of the finest people you would want to ever meet. We got to spend time with them in Michigan a few years ago and they were so gracious.

Photo below is from a summer trip to a Michigan winery.

(l-r) Dee Miller, Eldon Miller, me, and wife Mira.

2011 Dee and Eldon Miller

I have a large collection of friends that have a very strong affinity to Ohio State University. Those friends have caused me to have increased awareness to a random shouts of O H immediately being followed by I O.

They also break out in song when the opening notes of the 1960’s hit “Hang on Sloopy” by the McCoys starts to play. Ohio State fanaticism runs strong in my social circle.

For the record The Ohio State University Marching Band played “Hang on Sloopy” on Oct. 9, 1965 – one week after The McCoys’ version hit No. 1 on the pop charts. For my friends here is the video. O H

The history of all colleges is interesting. That holds true for Ohio State.

In 1870, the Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The new college was made possible through the provisions of the Land-Grant Act, signed by President Lincoln on July 2, 1862.

Sometimes a fine line is all that stands between excellence and mediocrity. Looking at a pivotal vote many decades ago by the now OSU Board of Trustees reveals that.

The college’s curriculum was a matter of bitter dispute among politicians, the public, and educators. One faction, the “narrow gauge” group, held that the college should devote itself solely to the teaching of agriculture and mechanical arts.

The “broad gauge” faction wanted a wider program that featured English and ancient and foreign languages as well.

Joseph Sullivant, a member of the first Board of Trustees, pushed the “broad gauge” idea through the Board of Trustees, where it passed by a margin of 8-7. I can only speculate what OSU would be today if the narrow gauge mindset had prevailed.

On September 4, 2018 I lost a great friend Steven Bourquin who was the chair of Math Department at UNC Pembroke for fifteen years.

(l-r) Steven, his wife Stephanie, and me the night he was promoted to full professor at UNC Pembroke.

2014 Steven Full Professor

There was no bigger fan of all things OSU than Steve. Steve was married and lived at Myrtle Beach which meant during the week he lived in an apartment close to UNCP campus. For a period of time this summer he roomed with Ben Miller the UNCP Head Basketball Coach.

Tonight not only will Eldon getting honored by Ohio State but so will Steve Bourquin. Ben Miller is keeping one seat on the UNCP bench empty in his honor. If he was still with us I know he would be loving ever second of tonight’s game.

(l-r) Steven Bourquin, wife Stephanie, and Ben Miller

Ben and Steven (2).jpg

 

One comment

  1. Thank you, Dan!

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