Buckeye fans can buy chunks of 'title turf'

Updated: August 27, 2003, 1:31 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Ohio State Buckeyes fans might be reeling over the loss of their star running back Maurice Clarett, but perhaps they can find solace in purchasing a small piece of the Ohio Stadium turf that was in place during last year's championship run.

Earthco, the Columbus-based landscape supply company that was subcontracted to remove the top three inches of the field as part of the stadium's recent $194 million renovation, is selling 8- and 16-ounce jars containing materials from the field for $29.95 and $39.95, respectively, on its Web site, www.buckeyehometurf.com.

Each jar -- which contains a mixture of sand and soil, turf fibers and grass seeds -- comes with a certificate of authenticity signed with facsimile autographs of OSU athletics director Andy Geiger and the school's two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

"We have more than 100,000 jars available, but after talking to some people, I think I can sell every single jar," said Earthco president Doug Peabody. Peabody said he has already received calls from two Ohio-based companies that are interested in purchasing more than 1,000 jars each.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of the turf will benefit the Ohio State University athletics department.

Ohio State went 14-0 last season, beating Miami 31-24 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. It was the school's first football championship since the 1968 season.

Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at darren.rovell@espn3.com.

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