Meyer Presser Recap: Michigan

By Kyle Rowland on November 19, 2012 at 12:14p


Utter that word in June or November and you’ll elicit the same response in Columbus: hate, laughter, disdain and the like.

Urban Meyer is in the midst of his first Michigan Week.

It’s The Game, and the stakes are as high as they’ve been in years. Ohio State is 11-0 for the first time since 2006, but the Buckeyes were atop the polls beginning in Week 1 that year.

High expectations began for the 2012 season days after a 6-6 regular season ended last November. The day Urban Meyer was hired as head coach, Buckeye Nation started whispering about an undefeated season.

Then December 22 happened. On that afternoon, Ohio State’s worse fear became reality – the NCAA hit the program with a postseason ban for the upcoming season.

Meyer called it a gut punch, but the team banded together. The season has been defined similarly to Ohio State’s last unbeaten season in 2002 with close finishes and the “a win is a win” mentality.

On Saturday, the Buckeyes have a chance to beat their arch rival and cap a season that will be talked about for as long as they play football in Columbus.

  • Defensive champions vs. Wisconsin: John Simon (player of the game), Ryan Shazier, CJ Barnett, Zach Boren, Christian Bryant and Orhian Johnson.
  • Meyer called Boren’s season one of the great stories of the year and in the history of Ohio State football. “He’s an incredible human being,” Meyer said.
  • Barnett played his best game of the year, according to Meyer.
  • Offensive champions vs. Wisconsin: Carlos Hyde (player of the game), Corey Brown and Evan Spencer.
  • Special teams champions vs. Wisconsin: Johnson (player of the game), Ben Buchanan, Corey Brown, Evan Spencer, Taylor Rice, Armani Reeves and Devin Smith.
  • Meyer said he is disappointed Johnson doesn't have another year of eligibility. He said Johnson has really come on as the season progressed.
  • When he put his staff together, Meyer said he wanted people who knew what the Ohio State-Michigan game was about.
  • Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers is the only OSU staff member not familiar with OSU-Michigan. Meyer said he’s being educated this week.
  • "He's one of the finest athletes in America." -Meyer on Denard.
  • Meyer said the first phone call he made at Florida was to Greg Mattison, who became his defensive coordinator. Mattison is now the DC at Michigan.
  • Ed Warinner and Kirk Barton deserve the credit for turning Reid Fragel into the tackle he is today, Meyer said. Fragel wasn't anywhere close to that in spring.
  • “He’s the best,” –Meyer on Simon.
  • Meyer shared the vivid memories of the 1987 Michigan week when Earle Bruce was fired.
  • "No one had more success than Jim Tressel." -Meyer on the Michigan game.
  • Meyer said he researched how Tressel handled the Michigan game and the week of the game. He said he will use some of the same tactics.
  • "Now that I know them, I know exactly why they stayed, because they love Ohio State...We are forever indebted to them." -Meyer on OSU's Srs.
  • “That’s something I still don’t get.” –Meyer on Brady Hoke being from Ohio but liking Michigan.
  • Ohio State will have Senior Tackle on Thursday.
  • Earle Bruce will speak to the team this week, according to Meyer.
  • Meyer said yesterday was the first time he heard anything about Maryland joining the Big Ten.

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jkrk's picture

Did Meyer say the M-word during the presser?

Alhan's picture

I didn't hear the presser, but I don't see any direct quotes in there.  There are no disturbances in the Force!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

BUCKfutter's picture

thing that sticks out to me is buchanan being a champion? 9 punts, 37.3 average, a couple less than stellar kicks with the game on the line. interested on what the criteria are. at this point maybe it's just not getting one blocked.
that said, i am complaining about the punter. good sign that the outcome of the game was positive :D

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

dan_isaacs's picture

Quite a few of those were with his heels on the goal line.  I suspect a lot of it is timing (getting the kick off) and hang-time.  45 yard punt is nice, but if they get 10-15 on the return, is it really?

Dan Isaacs

Doc's picture

Urban and the staff have a great knowledge of this rivalry.  It won't be John Cooper Redeux.

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jthiel09's picture

I don't wish that on anyone, except Meatchicken they experienced a few years like that with RichRod ... I miss that guy coaching up there.


Alhan's picture

“That’s something I still don’t get.” –Meyer on Brady Hoke being from Ohio but liking Michigan.

You can't fix stupid!  Eff Michigan!!!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Oyster's picture

Better pre game buffets?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

theDuke's picture

i would up vote this a trillion times if it took the rest of my life...or if the system would allow it.


O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

State's shaped like a mitten which he mistook for an oven mitt.

flipbuckeye's picture

Or a giant mcnugget. 

MediBuck's picture

C'mon guys. It's not Brady's fault he got dropped on his head as a child!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

DefendYoungstown's picture

The Hoke situation is easy to understand, he has never been good enough to be with tOSU so why not go against them..

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

gobucks5413's picture

1. I really hate the Sun and Blue
2. Who else is super excited for the annual Rutgers-Indiana showdown.....I know I am...

Oyster's picture

I believe that you would have to get MSU to give up the Hoosiers as their protected rivalry game first.  They have dibs right now.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

dan_isaacs's picture

Maryland won't be too far of a drive from me (in Raleigh).  And my good buddy down here graduated from both Rutgers and TSUN.  So making him sad two times a year will be awsome.  :)

Dan Isaacs


Coach Meyer has waited his entire life for that press conference. Bet he's spent decades training himself not to even come close to uttering the "M" word.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

toad1204's picture

I prefer corn and smurf personally.  More accurate reflection.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I was thinking more Rutgers-Northwestern...

"2014 National with it!!!"

RedStorm45's picture

Senior Tackle on Thanksgiving? 

Of course, no one asked the all-important questions how many times did Urban jump in Mirror Lake...

theDuke's picture

more Boren fluff, i know when his brother, Justin, was there, Zach was probably a sophomore(?) the Boren's hosted dinner for some of the guys who couldn't make it home for the holliday. What a complete family turnaround! I love the entire BOREN family and am happy they don't send their gifts to that sh!thole up north.


JLP36's picture

I am thankful for John Simon.


timdogdad's picture

one thing i noticed today. nebraska-iowa is friday so if nebraska wins, scum has no league title to play for. just to win the game. and they'll know a day before playing us.   just a psychological/motivation note.   may slide a couple percentage points in our favor.     

Larryp713's picture

Honestly, it would be an insult if any Michigan player said they didn't care about beating an undefeated Buckeyes team because they were already in  a B1G championship team that is already tainted because the Buckeyes are ineligible due to some immature kids selling their stuff for tattoos. I didn't think it was possible, but I would even have less respect for that scUM fan.



buckeye76BHop's picture

Brady Hoke (born November 3, 1958) is currently the head football coach for the Michigan Wolverines football team where he has served since the 2011 season. He grew up in Ohio and attended Ball State University where he played linebacker from 1977 to 1980.

This is why I, like Urban, don't understand Hoke's loyalty to tTUN.  Besides coaching there in 1995-2002.  Funny he left for a HC job after losing to the Buckeyes in 2002.  This really explains it all if you ask me...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Breakawayspeed's picture

Every Ohioian I know that roots for Michigan that I have ever known or met, has had rebellion issues with authority figures in their life.  Usually with their father, supervisor or boss.  This just proves their attraction to AACC is based on a personality disorder.  They belong with the rest of the punk-azz weenies at tsun.  Hoke is just another of their number.   There is order in the universe.

timdogdad's picture

i think its the revenge against the fat kid jokes. i bet if hoke was from cleveland he'd be all in for the steelers.   

buckeyedude's picture

I live in Toledo, and I have family, friends and co-workers that are fans of the Corn and Bloo. I agree with your analysis. Spot on.



Alice in Aggieland's picture

Every Ohioian I know that roots for Michigan that I have ever known or met, has had rebellion issues with authority figures in their life.  Usually with their father, supervisor or boss.

THIS. If I had voting power I would give you mad helmet-sticker props. This is a perfect description of my best friend's asshole husband who roots for TTUN (not TSUN, because that would imply he actually cares about, you know, the school and not just the football team). Major daddy issues, that one.

cplunk's picture

gave him an up vote for you. Threw you one too so you can vote soon

MediBuck's picture

That video made my day. I couldn't decide it was just his low IQ or the jostling of his seven chins that make his voice sound so stupid.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Buckeyefan9973's picture

I hate TSUN, I hope Hoke comes down with an agressive flesh eating disease so he is gone in about 3 years. 

pukindawg's picture

Hoke would just eat the flesh eating disease before it could eat him.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Now that was f@#$ing hilarious!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

buckeyedude's picture

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!!!!!!!! OMG! Funny!



Larryp713's picture

I am very excited for the Game this year because of the seniors. I am so proud of Zach Boren, Nate Williams, John Simon, Ettiene Sabino, and so many others than really exude those qualities I love so much from my favorite Buckeyes from years gone by. I think AACC is a quality opponent this year, and will present a good challenge. I love that. I also love that Coach Meyer gets how great this rivalry is. He is not running from it, but embracing it. It is what is great in sports. The connections and story lines make it even greater. It is why I still love sports, years after I can no longer compete at it myself. What a great way for this special group of Buckeyes to complete their masterpiece than to splatter some maize and blue across the canvas! Let's go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!



Poe McKnoe's picture

Run Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith. Thanks.

MAVBuck's picture

Of all the rituals and all the activities going on this week by far the best has to be...
•Ohio State will have Senior Tackle on Thursday.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Reporter : "So, tell us about the team you're playing this week coach"?
Jabba the Hoke : "Uhhhh welll uhhh we're playing uhhhh uhhh Ohio."
Reporter: "Uh, coach the Ohio Bobcats are part of the MAC and they beat Coach Beilein's squad last year in the NCAA Men's Tourney". 

DJ "Wolvervine killer" Cooper
Flounder:  "Uhhhhh welll huh?"

pjtobin's picture

I like the phrase ttun , instead of tsun. Once you get past the state whore it turns into a nice place. I enjoy hunting up there. And I still hate the team. The daddy issues was spot on. It's like the twin who HAS to be different. Jerks. Traitors. Punk bitches. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.