As practice started this morning Ohio State announced that Lou Holtz and Phil Knight will be the honorary coaches in the spring game April 15.

Knight is the founder and leader of Nike, which grew from humble beginnings to become one of the major brand names worldwide. It has been a long-time backer of OSU athletics.

OSU coach Urban Meyer considers Holtz one of his major mentors. Holtz, who led Notre Dame to the 1988 national title and coached at five other schools, retired last year from a long run as an analyst for ESPN.