Super Bowl XLVIII is going to be the first since 2007 without a participant from Ohio State, but the Buckeye State has a few ties to the big game.
For the Seahawks, head coach Pete Carroll is a California native who remade his reputation as head coach of USC, but he spent a year as an assistant for Earle Bruce at Ohio State in 1979.
Tailback Spencer Ware, who is on Injured Reserve, was a quarterback and baseball player at Cincinnati Princeton before going to LSU. Ohio University wide receiver Phil Bates is on the practice squad and defensive end Greg Scruggs, a Cincinnati St. Xavier product who played collegiately at Louisville, is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
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