Mirror Lake drained ahead of Ohio State-Michigan week

Mirror Lake Drained / Tino Ramos, WBNS-TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University announced Friday that Mirror Lake has been temporarily drained in advance of the football game against Michigan next week.

The school said in a statement that "Mirror Lake is not intended or approved for recreational use of any kind or at any time."

In 2017, OSU agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a negligence claim filed by the parents of 22-year-old Austin Singletary.

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Singletary died in 2015 after diving into the shallow water lake. The university did not admit any liability in the settlement and has agreed to install a family-donated bench honoring Singletary on campus.

Officials say entering the empty lake basin or the lake itself will be considered criminal trespassing. The Ohio State University Police Division will monitor the area.

The lake will be refilled at a later date.

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