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Buckeyes fan names son Tressel Hayes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State fan believed the last names
of two Buckeyes football coaches would make the perfect first and
middle names for his unborn child.

"If nothing else, it assures the Buckeye tradition stays in the
family. Can you
imagine someone named Tressel Hayes going to Michigan for
college?"
-- Brent Huffines on his son's unique name

His wife wasn't so sure.

But Brent Huffines' choice won out. The couple named their
newborn son Tressel Hayes.

"Tressel Hayes Huffines -- sounds as sweet as an OSU victory
over Michigan," Brent Huffines, 27, said Sunday while cradling the
3-day-old boy in the neonatal intensive care unit at Ohio State
University Medical Center.

Wanting to honor Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel, Huffines suggested
the name to his wife, Kattie, before they learned she was having a
boy.

"I laughed. I thought he was joking," said Kattie Huffines,
21. "I was shocked to learn he was serious."

At least six Ohio parents have named a child Tressel since 2003,
birth records show.

Tressel Hayes Huffines was born a month premature, weighing 5
pounds, 14 ounces. He will remain in the hospital for at least a
few days and possibly a few weeks.

"If nothing else, it assures the Buckeye tradition stays in the
family," the boy's father said of his son's name. "Can you
imagine someone named Tressel Hayes going to Michigan for
college?"