Hoke offers tickets to boy who named cancer 'Michigan'

BY foxsports • July 22, 2013

For someone who won't even say the phrase "Ohio State" in public, Brady Hoke was perfectly happy to see a Buckeyes victory over his beloved Michigan this month.

In this case, "Michigan" doesn't refer to the Wolverines football team, any other of the school's athletes or even the campus in Ann Arbor. It was simply the nickname given to a brain tumor by a young Ohio State fan.

When Grant Reed was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, the young man decided to name it after the team he and his family loved to hate, giving "Beat Michigan" a brand-new meaning.

Grant, now 12, did just that. His final chemotherapy session was earlier this month, and he's about to start therapy to overcome the lingering effects of the brain surgery needed to get "Michigan" out of his skull.

Hoke talked about his admiration for Grant when the story first came out, but Hoke's now gone beyond that. He called Reed and his family on Monday to offer them four tickets to November's Michigan-Ohio State game at the Big House.

Grant's father, Troy, said that his son was more than happy to accept.

"He gave a very clear yes -- he's very excited." Troy Reed told WCMH-TV in Columbus.

Reed and his wife, Denise, were both members of the Ohio State marching band, so the family rivalry with the Wolverines goes back a long way.

Hoke's actions, along with the support Grant has gotten from Michigan fans, have softened things a bit.

"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us," Troy Reed said. "But it won't be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes in November."