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Brady Hoke offers tickets to the kid who beat 'Michigan'

Earlier this month, we relayed the story of 12-year-old Ohio State fan Grant Reed. Stricken with brain cancer, Reed had nicknamed his tumor "Michigan", and you don't have to be Woody Hayes to know that every Buckeye spends every waking moment determined to beat Michigan.

Reed's defeat of cancer became official on a Friday, and on the following Monday he received a call from none other than Brady Hoke. The Michigan head coach had words of encouragement for Reed and an intriguing offer - four tickets to the Ohio State-Michigan game on Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor. 

"He gave a very clear yes—he's very excited," Grant's father, Troy, told

The Rotary Club of Jackson, Mich., will also pick up the tab for the Reed's hotel stay. 

"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us," said Troy. "But it won't be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes in November."

The son of a former Ohio State band member, Grant will also be a special guest of the Best Damn Band in the Land for the Aug. 31 season-opener against Buffalo. But for now, Grant's attention turns to more important matters - recovering from 2011 brain surgery and making sure he never, ever has to face Michigan again.