Yesterday, Denard Robinson, Marvin Robinson, Courtney Avery plus two unnamed Michigan players participated as counselors at the All-American Youth Football Camp, run by Lexington High School head coach B.J. Payne and his staff. Lexington is Avery's alma mater.
Giving up those 12 victories does not mean each victim adds a notch to the win column. Even if it did, Robinson does not want to beat the Buckeyes and end a seven-game - check that, six-game - losing streak in the storied series that way. It would be a huge mistake to even suggest it.
"C'mon man," said Robinson, grimacing as if someone had told him to tie his shoes. "Who really wants to take a win like that?"
"You want to play a team when they're at the top, not the bottom," Robinson said. "These (OSU) guys (at the youth camp) say they're going to be at their best. They're working hard, so that's a good thing."
"You can't control what can happen," Avery said, advising OSU players not to let the slow-turning wheels of NCAA justice serve as a distraction. "If you can't control it, you can't worry about it. Whatever happens is going to happen anyway."
"You don't really want to start looking at what's happening in other places; you have to worry about where you want to be as a player," Avery said. "We've got to concentrate on what we can control (at Michigan), and right now what we can control is getting better in the offseason."
"We wish the best for those guys," Marvin Robinson said. "They've got great talent on their team. I enjoy playing them; it's a great rivalry. We just hope to keep it how it used to be - a great rivalry, a great game."
Five OSU players including quarterback Kenny Guiton, running backs Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry, and defensive lineman Dalton Britt were also in attendance but were not permitted to speak to the media.