Urban Outfitted

By Jason Priestas on November 28, 2011 at 6:15p
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Urban Meyer looks great in the scarlet and grayLookin' good, lookin' good.

"It's good to be home." -- Urban Meyer, November 28, 2011

The most trying 11 months in Buckeye football history1 came to a close Monday when the university announced Urban Meyer would become Ohio State's 24th football coach this evening.

Though widely considered a candidate for the vacancy left from Jim Tressel's stunning late May departure, Meyer's candidacy first gained steam when we first broke the news that he and Ohio State had agreed to a deal in principle 11 days ago. From that point on, the smoke grew thicker as the two parties continued to iron out the specifics in what is to be a six-year, $24 million (PDF) contract that makes Meyer the highest paid coach in college football.

Speaking in front of a packed house at the Fawcett Center this evening, Meyer answered questions about his beliefs, concerns and physical condition. Most importantly, he addressed Luke Fickell's situation, saying he and his wife had met Fickell and his wife and prayed on it and that Luke would be accepting a yet-to-be-defined role on Meyer's staff.

So how did Ohio State go from losing their best coach in a generation to hitting the coaching lottery with arguably the game's best coach? The Roy Williams to North Carolina analogy has been thrown out and it's certainly fitting. Like Williams, Meyer had previously coached at another football blue blood, the Florida Gators. The two also answered a call to return home, knowing they may never again have a chance to coach the team they grew up loving.

Urban Frank Meyer, III was born in Toledo on July 10, 1964, but his father Bud's2 job as a chemical engineer soon took the family to Ashtabula, a city northeast of Cleveland that's known for tough weather and love for the Browns and Buckeyes3. Reflecting on his love of Woody Hayes and the Buckeyes as a kid, Urban had the following to say:

"You got beat up in school if you were not a Buckeye or a Woody Hayes guy. And I certainly loved him."

Urban and his father shared an appreciation for the Xs and Os in football and often used this shared passion to connect on weekends by discussing options to plays or formations that would have been more effective for a team to run. A particularly charming story from his youth is one of a young Urban going to his seats at a Cincinnati Bearcat game and passing by the Wichita State team. He saw what he believes was the defensive coordinator drawing up plays and barking out orders to his men.

"He's just going after the players with intensity, and I just stopped and started watching him," said Meyer. "I'm a little guy with my dad, and I'm stopped, holding up people. I wouldn't leave and I was just mesmerized. To this day I can remember that coach with that chalkboard, coaching those guys up. I looked at my dad and said, 'I want to be a coach someday.'"

Little did Meyer know at the time, but the Wichita State coach that had such an impact on him was none other than Phillip Fulmer, who would go on to coach Tennessee.

In high school, Urban fell in love with the weights and bulked up to contribute as a star two-way player for the St. John High football team, good enough to earn all-state honors on the gridiron. He was even better as a baseball player, eventually getting selected in the 13th round of the 1982 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves.

Urban Meyer's Head Coaching Record
Year Team Rec Conf Standing Bowl AP
2001 BGSU 8-3 5-3 2nd    
2002 BGSU 9-3 6-2 3rd    
2003 Utah 10-2 6-1 1st W Liberty 21
2004 Utah 12-0 7-0 1st W Fiesta 4
2005 Florida 9-3 5-3 2nd (East) W Outback 12
2006 Florida 13-1 7-1 1st (East) W BCS NCG 1
2007 Florida 9-4 5-3 3rd (East) L Capital One 13
2008 Florida 13-1 7-1 1st (East) W BCS NCG 1
2009 Florida 13-1 8-0 1st (East) W Sugar 3
2010 Florida 8-5 4-4 2nd (East) W Outback  
    104-23 60-19      

Things on the diamond never did work out for Meyer and after two years and against his father's wishes, he returned home, enrolling at Cleveland State with the plans to walk on at the University of Cincinnati. He eventually worked his way into playing time as a free safety and on special teams, but the Bearcats of the mid-eighties were bad on and off the field. Disciplinary issues among teammates bothered him so much that he jumped at the opportunity to take an internship as a defensive backs coach at St. Xavier High School, foregoing his senior season on the field.

It was at St. Xavier that Meyer had an opportunity to meet the Earle Bruce and the rest of the Ohio State staff4 and he soon got his big break as a graduate assistant for Ohio State in 1986. In Columbus, his love of Ohio State only blossomed as he learned under Bruce, who would go on to be a second father to him5. Urban would say the following about Earle and his father Bud:

"If you cut those two open, they'd be the same person inside."

Bud Meyer agreed:

"One person who is a second father to him is coach Earle Bruce. He's the only coach he's ever had in his life."

Serving as a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes was in a lot of ways, a religious experience for Meyer. He recalls how he choked up the first time he touched an Ohio State jersey:

"I had tears in my eyes... I remember grabbing a scarlet and gray jersey and going 'Wow! I mean, 'Wow! I'm here!' Every kid growing up in Ohio wants to do that."

It was at Ohio State in 1986 and 1987 that Meyer would meet coaches that would go on to play instrumental roles on his future staffs at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. One of those coaches was strength and conditioning guy Mickey Mariotti, who coached alongside Meyer in Earle's final season of 1987. Mariotti and Meyer would go their separate ways after '87, with Meyer coaching for Jim Heacock at Illinois State and Mariotti going to West Virginia to work under Don Nehlen, but the two would reunite as assistants at Notre Dame and continue their partnership in Gainesville. As such, don't be surprised to see Mariotti join Meyer's staff in Columbus.

Meyer would eventually take a job with Earle Bruce at Colorado State, and it's there, as a wide receivers coach, that he began to take more of an interest in the passing game. It was also there that he realized idolizing Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce may be a bit counterproductive to his health. "I was out of control," he later admitted. "I grew up on Coach Bruce and Coach Hayes. When I grew up it was not uncommon for my high school coach to get physical with a player. I had not known it, but I was doing the same thing. I would grab a kid's facemask -- but I was out of control."

Bruce was eventually forced out in Fort Collins, but Meyer was retained by new coach Sonny Lubick and once again he used the opportunity to add a few new wrinkles to his philosophy. Lubick practiced a more restrained approach, focusing on improving players' lives off the football field took that approach to heart.

Colorado State showed improvement on the field and Meyer's name was getting out in coaching circles. The offers started fling in, with Pitt offering to double his salary. Urban told his wife Shelley that she would always going to be instrumental in any career decisions for the family, not just his career and money and she talked Urban into passing on Pitt's offer. He countered with one future condition by telling her:

"You're in charge our career and can veto any decision if it's for the right reason. Except if it's Notre Dame, Michigan or Ohio State. If those ever call, then your majority now goes to a forty-nine percent veto."

And then Lou Holtz and Notre Dame called. Meyer would spend four years in South Bend, coaching under Lou Holtz and Bob Davie and it was there that his health problems first arose. An intensity that led him to constantly get in the faces of his players and to fling a remote at a projection screen, resulting in $5,000 in damages, were all taking a toll on his health. He'd battle his intensity and his habit of taking losses toughly for the rest of his coaching career through his time at Florida.

Notre Dame is where Meyer was first given charge of special teams and he thrived with it. He developed a strategy of utilizing surprise and speed -- often loading the units up with the team's fastest players -- and he would go on to rely on special teams6 on the way to a 7-1 bowl record and two national titles.

It was also in South Bend that Meyer first fell in love with the spread offense after he and graduate assistant Dan Mullen paid a visit to Scott Linehan and John L. Smith at Louisville. Meyer further augmented his spread philosophy by visiting with Northwestern offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and head coach Randy Walker, where they taught him how to incorporate zone option reads. The spread would surface from time to time at Notre Dame, but really flourish at his next stop, Bowling Green.

At Bowling Green, Meyer put together his "Plan to Win", which is very similar to Jim Tressel's The Winner's Manual. In the manual, which is handed out to players, are the following key points:

  • You have responsibilities/obligations; not entitlements
  • Do your job, nothing else.
  • You have done nothing; thank those who gave us what we have.
  • Selfish people fail.

This approach would help Meyer turn around a team that had gone 2-9 the previous year -- and hadn't had a winning season in seven years -- to an 8-3 record and turning quarterback Josh Harris into an NFL draft pick. Meyer's staff at Bowling Green included Greg Studrawa, who is currently the offensive coordinator at LSU (and another coach that may surface in Columbus). The two helped put together a day now known as "Black Wednesday". The Falcons staff had placed plastic trash cans at each corner of the school's field house and locked the doors. The intent was to run the players to find out who would stay and who would quit. It worked: Bowling Green would go 17-6 in two years, as Meyer turned a doormat into a MAC powerhouse.

Meyer's success would soon catch the eye of another school and in 2003, he took the head coaching position at Utah where he would go 22-2 in two seasons, culminating in a 35-7 stomping of Pitt in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

In 2005, Urban Meyer was named the head coach at Florida and his record there speaks for itself: 65-15, three SEC first place finishes, two national championships and a 5-1 bowl record. Oh, there's also that painful memory from a night in January 2007 that hopefully you've all forgiven.

Ohio State is getting a winner -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a more qualified candidate now, or at any time to take over the program we all hold so dear. The fact that he's a Buckeye is just icing on the cake. If you saw the excitement in his eyes when he was discussing Braxton Miller and Jake Stoneburner, you know we're in for a special run.

 

  • 1 At least recent Buckeye history. I imagine the months following Woody's punch in the Gator Bowl weren't exactly a fun time in Columbus.
  • 2 Bud Meyer was a cool dad. Whenever Urban wanted a beer in high school -- which wasn't often, Bud allowed his son to go to the refrigerator and take one.
  • 3 In an interesting twist, Ashtabula also happens to the home town of Jim Bollman.
  • 4 While at St. Xavier, Meyer met OSU quarterbacks coach Tom Lichtenberg, who was recruiting St. X quarterback Greg Frey. Lichtenberg also happened to be in charge of Ohio State's graduate assistant program, so in a way, we owe Greg Frey some love for today.
  • 5 In the locker room after Florida had thrashed the Buckeyes 41-14 in the 2007 BCS Championship Game, it was Earle Bruce, reflecting on things with Urban and his father Bud.
  • 6 It may not be on the same level of Tressel's love of the punt, but Meyer will emphasize special teams play, often letting the unit eat first at team dinners.
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LABuckeye's picture

"I can't look" - Jim Bollman while watching the Urban Meyer press conference.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

+1,000,000 AND a HIGH FIVE.  Now, send me $95.00 to repair my computer from the Ginger Ale I spewed all over everything.  Bastard.!!!!

 

:D

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

LABuckeye's picture

Sorry. Just tell me where to send it to.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Lacking opposable thumbs, he'll need help packing. 

LABuckeye's picture

If he can find his bucket he'll pack everything in there.

Seth4Bucks's picture

Really, this stops now. We're giving a bad name to Walruses everywhere . . .  can't all these comparisons to Walruses be construed as animal abuse? I'm surprised PETA hasn't gotten involved yet.

LABuckeye's picture

I hate PETA... they used to threaten wildlife biologists (of which I am one), and I once ran a fairly high profile research program and was threatened via emails and letters with being shot and/or having my car blown up simply for catching birds in nets, putting bands on their legs to mark them, and releasing them. In their minds that is torture.

William's picture

My friend has a great PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) bumper sticker, and he's actually caught a lot of flak for driving around with it. 

LABuckeye's picture

I've considered getting one of those...

buckeyedude's picture

I love animals! They're delicious!

 
 

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Like most special interest groups, you tend to find a fair amount of people who aren't exactly in "centerfield" as Urban would say. With that being said, I do think PETA is on to something with their "I'd rather go nude" ad campaigns & I support their cause hoping that one day these ads will feature Nicky Whelan, Arianny Celeste, and/or [Ed: Welcome, you're new here. Thanks for joining the community, but we don't touch politics at all. Not even tangentially. Thanks for understanding.].   Okay, maybe not that last one.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Dying to know who the last one was.......BOOOO censorship!! Unless he was callin out a particular party, can't it slide?

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

hahaha...i was reading and was like "wait a tick"

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Seth4Bucks's picture

Sorry, didn't mean to strike a nerve. My whole post was tongue in cheek. PETA, Greenpeace, etc all seem to be a little extreme with their agenda and methods. While I do think we (mankind) could do better by our food source . . . at the end of the day those animals exist to ensure that my stomach has food. You could beat up a person and not hear much out of them. But if there's an animal involved and they scream bloody murder.

LABuckeye's picture

No offense taken... I knew you were joking. I just hate PETA so badly I had to say something. People often support them based on their anti-fur ad compaigns without knowing what they are really all about.

Seabass1974's picture

At first glance I thought that was Hoke.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

Carolina Buckeye's picture

"It's good to have you home, Urban" - Buckeye Nation

PF_Flyers22's picture

Imagine you are a Michigan Fan (if that's even possible). You FINALLY win The Game and get to gloat for the first time in 8 years. However, all of the gloating falls on deaf hears as Buckeye nation is already excited about the Meyer signing and his awesome press conference. 

Seriously, my Facebook news feed is inundated with quotes from the presser and thoughts on how bright the future looks. It's as if that loss on Saturday is alway in the very distant past. I have friends who pledge to the Maize and Blue and all they can do is come up with reasons why they aren't concerned about Meyer. It has to be extremely frustrating.

To sum it up in two words: It's Awesome.

Brutus's picture

I had a friend over for Thanksgiving who happens to be a Michigan alum. Once we got past all the pleasantries for the day, I asked him what he thought about the Urban Meyer rumors. The first thing he said was "I'm not worried about it.". That's a very telling response because I didn't ask if he was worried. He could have answered with anything. Meyer is an a-hole. Meyer is a great coach. Meyer will be good for the rivalry. But the first thing he said is that he's not worried. Guess what, he's worried.

cbusbuckeye's picture

He should be...Hoke's "resurrection" of Michigan is a sham...just look at who they played this year. And yes we lost The Game but it sure wasn't the beat down they wish it was, a few better timed passes by Braxton and the streak is still alive...

faux_maestro's picture

This year is a sham but not future years. But I have faith in the new university president football coach.

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Denny's picture

I said 'Brady, let me tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels'.

/power chord

Taquitos.

frozen buckeye's picture

wasn't too thrilled to hear "i'll always be a gator"

BTwrestle04's picture

More or less trying to save some face in Florida. They are really butthurt he left lol.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Not too upset about it after I thought a minute...

Kinda like you'll always have love for the chic you dated for that little bit while you and your girl were taking a 'break' --thanks for the good times, you'll always be special to me...

...and then home to mama!

 .

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

AJ's picture

So he broke up with a chic for his mom?

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

ThirdLegLouie's picture

If that was all he said and did the Gator chomp motion, I'd take a much bigger issue with his statement. However, he finished by saying "However, this is my home state. And it's great to be back home" (emphasis added) Being a college coach is like being married...Urban was "married" to Florida for a while and they broke up. He's now "married" to OSU. Doesn't mean he should go on national TV and say "My ex was a whore"--not exactly the classy move. He kept it above board & as a bonus, any undecided FL kids who happen to like UF aren't going to be turned off by any of Urban's statements--He's keeping the door open for everyone to wear the Scarlet & Grey.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
ArTbkward's picture

I like to think it's that feeling you have when moving.  You pack up all your stuff, and look at the empty apartment/house knowing that it's a s--thole but it was still the place you called home for awhile.  There is a certain endearment that lingers even though you know you're going somewhere bigger and better, and with working plumbing.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Seabass1974's picture

This is just something nice you say. It doesn't have much meaning behind it.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

Bucks's picture

I'm just extremely happy he didn't shy away at all from making it clear that he is going after staff at the top of their game.

I think there may have been standing ovations across Buckeye Nation.

chitown buckeye's picture

Couldnt agree more! That is whaat excites me the most!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Any word on the other recruits were are in the running for? Beckham-Green??

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

William's picture

We don't have a chance at getting Green-Beckham, although with the hiring of Meyer I think our chances at landing Jordan Diamond, and possibly even Stefon Diggs just increased. Green-Beckham will probably end up at either Missouri, Arkansas, or Oklahoma.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

....and a decent chance Se'Von Pittman could switch back to OSU. I think he would be a HUGE one to get back in the fold. Absolute beast and Lord knows we need some additonal forces of nature on that D-Line..struggled to get pressure all of '11 season.  

 

Just look at how Pittman finishes plays: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbOraeJWwEE   He ALWAYS hits hard & pardon my french, but I would love to see that shit on repeat over these next couple of years.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
jack's picture

I like that.

 

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

Menexenus's picture

I, for one, would like to welcome our new Gator overlords.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I was at the presser and the man commanded the room. The man is going to crush the Big Ten.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Bucksfan's picture

Do you think he'll be the first coach to do an interview with 11W?

Luke's picture

#PopeUrbanIX4DJBrnzExclusive

DJ Byrnes's picture

"Coach Meyer, you're a northeastern Ohio guy, so I'm sure you're a James Garfield man. Have you ever thought about what the living your life in the good graces of our Lord and Savior, Warren G. Harding, could do for you and your loved ones?"

*Joe Schad astute gaze*

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Bucksfan's picture

I just have a feeling Meyer's response to an inquiry won't be like Tressel's: "What's a blog?"

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Good read. I suppose what concerns me is that Meyer's intensity and difficulty with compartmentalizing seems to be an essential component of his personality; and once you're middle aged, your personality is what it is. I'm sure he means it when he says he's learned how to strike the right balance in his life, but saying that and doing it are different things. I hope he's able to get a handle on the issues that forced him to step down at Florida.

But aside from that, what's not to like? It was a great first impression. I liked the emphasis on building a great staff, and he doesn't come in with the ignorance of the local culture that hampered John Cooper from the start. Let's make these last few recruits of 2011-12 really count.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

LABuckeye's picture

The take I have gotten from this is that when he lost his core staff and didn't make great hires as replacements that was a problem for him, which in part led to the issues that caused him to leave Florida.

Bucks's picture

Just saw a feed from Doug of the PD saying Luke with keep his same pay ($775,000) as an assistant.

Nick's picture

Nice write up just one typo *Kevin Wilson and Randy Walker* :]

 

Luke's picture

Fixed. Thanks.

Roger's picture

Did anyone else notice Urban's shoutout to Josh Harris right after the camera operator fainted? He said "'Sup J Five?" and saluted him.

This man loves his quarterbacks.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I thought that was a great moment.  It was really humanizing and seemed sincere.

It feels really good to be a Buckeye right now. One thing this last nine months has taught me--enjoy right now.  Your sports world can change in the instant is takes to press 'send'. I'll take today.

Tomorrow looks pretty great too; but right now, today is one I will not take for granted.

I do whole-heart my Buckeyes.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

amk1616's picture

+1,000 internet points

Denny's picture

Yais yais yais. Getting 'pumped' again is nice.

Taquitos.

Hoody Wayes's picture

This was inevitable. This is simply...a good thing.

matti's picture

awsome way to put this 2011 year in the rearview. also best thing with the presser "we will hire an offensive coordinator" do u think meyer changed the locks on bollmans office already or did he really need to not like bollman ever actually used the office ...

 

gbdawg's picture

It's a great day in Buckeye Nation.

Hoody Wayes's picture

 

The best football program must have the best football coach:

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Michigan's celebration lasted all of 48 hours. Most of the scUM fans I work with wouldn't make eye contact after 1800 hours EST.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Sgt. Elias's picture

This. My co-worker (Meatchiken Man) caught me perusing the headlines and my shit-eating grin and was all "Oh wtf...Lose Tress: Get Meyer and keep Fickell?" *phlehhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnng* <--that is the sound triumph makes as it leaves the body apparently. 

 

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

btalbert25's picture

I loved when he talked about coming to the Shoe this year and when the band came out he had tears in his eyes.  I'm a Buckeye fan who didn't grow up attending games, so the first time I saw the band take the field, the first time I attended a game in the Shoe in 2002, I had tears in my eyes as well.  

LABuckeye's picture

Me too... still do. I went to OSU and have gone to plenty of games then and since, but I still remember the first game I went to in high school when a friend of mine was a student and gave me his ticket for a game vs. Louisville. I grew up with my play pen in front of the TV on game days, but I was not expecting the tears in my eyes that I had when the band came out of the tunnel. The ramp entrance and Script Ohio are actually my favorite part of the game experience.

faux_maestro's picture

I'm glad I'm not the only one! Carmen gets me every time. Ramp for my first game was serious goose bumps, 1996 Rice game sitting in the old south stands.

 

Anyway, couldn't be happier with what I heard yesterday and it was my birthday to boot.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

btalbert25's picture

When he was talking about all the great QB's he's coached did anyone else get the sense that he was about to say Braxton could be the best of them all.  He was really starting to get excited sounding and then he went Geeze, I'm really putting a lot of pressure on the cat lol.  

btalbert25's picture

I also really liked Gene Smith's portion at the end of the press conference.  When pressed about whether they'd pony up the cash he said Urban will get everything he needs to put the staff he wants in place. When the reporter said you once said you wouldn't pay that kind of money to assistants, he said when did I say that? 2009?  Now it's 2011, I guess let's just say i'm older and more mature, and competiton.  I though that was awesome. 

Sgt. Elias's picture

Michigan started the B1G coordinator salary arms-race with the Mattison hire. Obviously the BOT was not going to sit idle and let Skunkbear win said race. Especially one Leslie Wexner. He will make it rain if he so desires. JMHO.  

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

faux_maestro's picture

I can just see Leslie going all Jimmy Fallon "I'll make RAIIIIIN up in hur"

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

ThirdLegLouie's picture

And after Gene Smith gave this answer: "We'll put in place the resources necessary to attract the staff that Urban feels he needs" he WINKED at the reporter who asked the question.  Coolest Gene Smith moment maybe ever.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
Jdadams01's picture

Agreed. I actually liked him again during those last few questions.

ArTbkward's picture

It wasn't a very sly wink, kinda made his eye look twitchy but considering the source, it was very cool indeed.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

TLB's picture

Most interesting part of the presser was that without saying it directly, the recruiting shenanigans in the SEC were out of control and thats why he walked away.

Miller's picture

Wow. What? I didn't get that vibe AT ALL. What did -- How did he remotely allude to that? The gist that I got from his comments had more to do with the sleeping-in-his-office/missing family/lack of "balance" stuff...

tampa buckeye's picture

He did say something to the effect of he didnt like what was going on in college football. Im guessing sCam Newton being pimped out and over signing that is common place in the SEC.

Miller's picture

The Cam Newton thing should bother *everybody* -- particularly anybody with the misapprehension that the NCAA is any kind of moral compass/higher authority for amateur college sports. Bet your ass, if that kid was a Buckeye, or -gag- Trojan, or played outside the dreaded SEC, for that matter, he would have been declared ineligible. Period.

btalbert25's picture

If there wasn't a number 3, undefeated TCU, Cam Newtown would've been inelligible.  It had to do more with blocking a non AQ school from playing in the BCS title game than it did the conference he was playing in. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I gotta agree...

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

faux_maestro's picture

Never thought of that. Good thinking.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

AJ's picture

What? Are we honestly going to call out other teams when we ourselves are guilty of playing ineligible players?

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -----------Woody Hayes

AcrossTheField11's picture

Yes.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

BTwrestle04's picture

I distinctly remember a story last year about him heading up (or at least taking part in) a conference call with other big time college coaches about the whole agent exposure to student athlete dilemma. I don't have any links or anything, but he also alluded to that and even mentioned the agent problem.

 

EDIT: Link - http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2010/08/urban...

BuckPirate1981's picture

Urban Meyer - coached the Buckeyes, in like, the 80's.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just hope Hoke and the Wolverines can still enjoy watching Twilight tonight.  For like, the third time.  Life's so not fair. 

BTwrestle04's picture

Interesting note, Meyer's only bowl loss was to Michigan. But that was when Lloyd Carr was still coaching.

BTwrestle04's picture

What a solid dude... No other words for this man. 

Fickell: "I’m not saying I don’t want to be a head coach someday, but there’s no place like Ohio State." #Buckeyes #OhioState

Seabass1974's picture

Sounds like we get Urban for 6 -10 years as he grooms Fickell?

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

ThirdLegLouie's picture

I would guess 6-10 is a good timeframe for Urban, hopefully more towards 10. Personally, instead of Fickell, I'd love to see Spielman come aboard in like 5 years, after he's spent the time he feels is necessary with his wife's foundation, to be the heir to the Columbus throne.

 

But Urban just got here lol this speculation is soooo far down the line. Urban may end up being our JoePa (in a longevity manner) WHO KNOWS?

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
faux_maestro's picture

Spielman basically said he promised his wife that he would keep doing what he's doing as far as cancer research until the day he dies and that coaching isn't in his future.

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Bucks's picture

I have to be extremely happy with the BOT in all of this. Seemingly some of the trustees are the people who put this into motion & went after it. Good for them. As long as Urban is able to pay the staff competitively, OSU Football is about to become a monster.

Tippecanoe's picture

Over/under on spring game attendance: 75000.

I'm taking the over...

cbusbuckeye's picture

definately the over...say 30,000 over?

AcrossTheField11's picture

My senior year in 2009 i think we had over 100k, breaking bamas record at the time.  I'll bet we pack the house.  Especially if the weather is nice.

Edit: looks like it was 95k.  I'll be shooting for 100k this year

http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/2009/04/ohio_state_claims_spri...

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Hoody Wayes's picture

 At least recent Buckeye history. I imagine the months following Woody's punch in the Gator Bowl weren't exactly a fun time in Columbus.

It was heartbreaking...everywhere, in Ohio.

The morning after, I remember picking up my copy of "You Win With People" - which he had autographed, for me. 

He wrote, "Hope to see you graduate from Ohio State, in 1987."

I thought about Jim Tressel, today. My heart goes out to him. He will forever be our beloved, "Wolverine Killer."

faux_maestro's picture

And he passed in 1987. That just gave me a little chill.

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Maestro's picture

My favorite part was when he mentioned getting on the phone TONIGHT to make recruiting calls...........NICE.

vacuuming sucks

William's picture

Completely agree. Quite excited that he is already hitting the recruiting trail. Word is that Dodson and Pittman can both be swayed, hopefully he can get us Diamond, Kozan, and Davidson as well.

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Has anyone heard anything on the Brionte Dunn situation? I hear he's leaning towards scUM because of the Meyer hire and impending spread offense.

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

cbusbuckeye's picture

He tweeted that Urban had called him earlier tonight...my gut says he decides to stick with OSU

Iron_Buckeye's picture

Man I sure hope so. I thought that we were looking all set at running back for a few years. But man after this reg season we learned that Rod Smith girlie hands and can't hold onto the rock, Jamaal Berry is a racist screw up and Hall is serviceable but not great, I gotta nothing but hope that Urban Meyer can keep Dunn in the fold. Losing a 5 star to TSUN would only fuel those arrogant bastards mindless gloating for the next 362 days.

“The minute we stop expecting greatness from our football program, we become Wisconsin.” Craig Krenzel

AcrossTheField11's picture

Rod will be okay... Some guy named Eddie couldn't hold on to the ball at first either.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

that's the one of the 2 things i've been missing lately.

1. a strong back. think Eddie/Maurice/Beanie

and 2. a Ginn like playmaker...we neeeeeds the big plays

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Seabass1974's picture

Dunn will most likely get sealed with Ohio State. Meyer said several times "power running game and continuing to use the power I formation along with others".

 

Although we are pretty deep at running back. I could see losing him if only because he might have too much of a challenge to take the field early.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

btalbert25's picture

I liked hearing him talk about his system in the press conference.  Saying it's a lot of the I-formation just out of different looks.  I have a feeling he has been thinking about this team a lot this whole season, perhaps him being out of coaching for a year is better than if he were stolen from another program.  He's had a year to kind of think about what he'd do with the weapons the Buckeyes have.  He kind of played it off in the press conference but then you'd get a little nugget where he mentioned how good Stoneburner is or what a difference maker Braxton is, and he mentioned the tailbacks.  I loved hearing him address that they need some depth at LB too.  

 

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Yes, I was a huge fan of this part of the conversation too - especially the need for linebackers. That makes me think highly of Fick for already noting this serious deficiency. Hopefully Urban can make some calls this week to some hotshot linebacker recruits, promise them early playing time (which we can actually give) and pick up a commitment or two.  

btalbert25's picture

I was also thinking, while some thought it could lead to challenging authority or a divided locker room keeping Luke around, I think it will be the exact opposite.  Players already know Meyer is a great coach and are exicted to play for them, but if they love Luke like we've been told, they will probably respect Urban even more for keeping the guy around.  

I really think Urban hit a home run in the press conference.  I wondered how many people would comment on him saying he'll always be a Gator.  Other than that one comment I really think he did a great job addressing all the concerns about him, the program, and the staff.  I think after hearing him talk, I'm more excited for him to be the coach here. 

 

ThirdLegLouie's picture

We are the sum of our experiences. You can't take the Florida out of Urban Meyer, but you sure can take Urban Meyer out of Florida!!!

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
faux_maestro's picture

The press conference was a grand slam....except for the prepared statement at the beginning. He seemed to do better when he was adlibing a bit.

 

He did the same thing at Florida with Charlie Strong. Strong was the interim coach for the bowl after the Zooker got canned and by all accounts I've read Strong was extreemly popular in the locker room. The more I read and see of this guy the more I think he's a genius. That will probably change at some point but he's off to a good start.

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btalbert25's picture

I'm not sure if anyone talked about it or not, but did fans get his phone number?  At some point didn't he say, I'm not sure how people got my phone number.  Then he said something about getting and email from a 12 year old in a sweatshirt saying come to Ohio State coach.  I was cracking up thinking about that, but then I was thinking, are people freakin nuts?  People actually called him? 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Speaking of nuts, well, we are. I am a Giants fan, but always pull for the Browns...one time, my ship pulled into Ft Lauderdale and had a reception in Miami at Shula's...We were supposed to get 2 beer tickets (I was 20 at the time), but the guy handing them out kept giving us tickets. I got drunk off my ass, and got a picture with Don Shula and tried to convince him to come back and coach the Browns. Then I went to the beach, almost passed out and got into a fight with a homeless bum.

True story, I have the pictures to prove it...couldn't keep my eyes open.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

btalbert25's picture

lol that is a great story!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I work for one of the LARGEST wireless providers in the nation (and owned by THE largest in the world) and let me tell you, its NOT hard to get a telephone number anymore.  Legally.  Sad to say, but very true. 

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.