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Ohio State University drains Mirror Lake in advance of Michigan game

November 12, 2018

Ohio State University drains Mirror Lake in advance of Michigan game

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University has temporarily drained Mirror Lake, in advance of the University of Michigan rivalry football game. The lake will be refilled at a later date.

The school wants to end the tradition of the Mirror Lake jump, it says in a news release.

“Mirror Lake is not intended or approved for recreational use of any kind or at any time,” said a release fromOSU.

Ohio State last year agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a negligence claim filed by the parents of Austin Singletary, who died after diving into the shallow water of Mirror Lake in 2015.

The Mirror Lake jump began in 1990. The first jump was organized by students and wasn’t sanctioned by the university. In past years, the school handed out fliers recommending that students not participate.

The OSU-Michigan rivalry week is one of the most beloved college party traditions in Ohio.

Entering the lake, or empty lake basin, is considered criminal trespassing. The Ohio State University Police Division will monitor the area.

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