CHICAGO - When Grant Reed beat cancer and was released from a Columbus, Ohio hospital earlier this month, he gained a little notoriety when it became known that the 12-year-old Reed was an Ohio State fan who had named his tumor "Michigan."
His story even reached Michigan football coach Brady Hoke, who earlier this week called Reed and offered his family tickets to this November's Ohio State-Michigan game.
"Him beating Michigan, in this context, we were all for," Hoke said Wednesday at Big Ten Media Days.
Hoke said he was made aware of Reed's story and talked with some Michigan administrators about what they could do to show their support. He said he had a good conversation with Reed and Reed's parents and his thoughts will continue to be with them.
"We were glad (he beat it)," Hoke said. "We were excited for that young man. Being a father, children are so important and you try put yourself in their shoes and realize what that family has gone through."