Man on Fire

By Ramzy Nasrallah on December 11, 2012 at 1:30p
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CH-CH-CH-CH-CHAN-GES

The first time Urban Meyer took over a floundering football program and immediately tacked six wins onto its previous win total, sanity prevailed.

Bowling Green had completed its sixth consecutive losing season under Gary Blackney when it hired Meyer away from Notre Dame to fix things. The Falcons had just gone 2-9, losing the first four and last three games of an utterly forgettable season.

That included a 51-17 shellacking in the finale to MAC bully and arch-rival Toledo. So Meyer's first head coaching job, as is the case in many takeovers, involved picking up the pieces and making them fit  – until he could acquire pieces of his own.

Those pieces would play two BCS conference teams in 2001 and beat both of them in their own backyards. That first season also concluded with Toledo on the receiving end of the shellacking, losing 56-21 to BG in the finale. The Falcons got payback and gained six more wins in Meyer's first year with largely the same roster.

And that's when sanity prevailed. Meyer was named the MAC Coach of the Year. It was impossible to overthink it.

Meyer eventually left BG to take over at Utah, where this time he inherited Ron McBride's pieces. Though they had gone 5-6 in McBride's final season, those Utes went 10-2 in Meyer's first and won the Mountain West Conference.

That MWC Coach of the Year award was academic in 2003. It was again in 2004 when Utah ran the table while failing to play in a single competitive game. Going undefeated tends to suck the controversy out of subjectivity-based awards – at least in the Mountain West.

We can go ahead and skip Meyer's accomplishments at Florida after he took over for Ron Zook, since that section of his resume is still relatively fresh – and because too many of those Gator pieces bring back hideous memories.

In addition to winning all of those conference honors, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News both named Meyer their Coach of the Decade. He's probably finished winning those types of awards, now that he's likely going to end his coaching career at Ohio State, where doing so is practically impossible.

Consider that John Cooper won ten regular season games four times in Columbus (during the 11-game era) and never collected a conference Coach of the Year award. Neither of Jim Tressel's undefeated seasons were meritorious either, not to mention all of the other years when he ruthlessly owned the conference.

That's because the Big Ten's awards season is where sanity gets eaten by sympathy.

Meyer coaches in a league where very recently Bill Lynch was willfully hired and retained despite having had a 1-25 stretch at Ball State with all of his own pieces in place. He coaches in a league where Kirk Ferentz, with his sterling 100-74 career record, is guaranteed to pocket $29.6MM over the next eight years.

One of these men smells like honey-baked ham, Drakkar Noir and desperation.Bielema saw Wisconsin's ceiling for the next decade & left.

He coaches in a league where dollar store hires like Danny Hope had the audacity to be cocky, not unlike a fruit fly with an erection backstroking down a river while howling that the drawbridge needs to be raised immediately.

But most of all, he coaches in a league where an 8-4 season proudly ends up in 75% of the trophy cases. And he coaches at a school where going 12-0 isn't good enough for Coach of the Year honors. 

The B1G's version of this award is granted only for temporarily overcoming institutional mediocrity. That is categorically how this thing is decided every year.

The drought for Ohio State coaches extends back to 1979, when Earle Bruce was rewarded for taking Woody Hayes' refugees to the Rose Bowl. See, Earle wasn't supposed to be that good so quickly – filling Woody's shoes was expected to be more challenging. That's why he won it.

Since then, none of Ohio State's conference titles (13) or undefeated regular seasons (3) have merited the honor for its head coach.

Going undefeated at Ohio State has happened at just a four-percent clip over its 122 football seasons. Apparently that's not rare enough, especially with Bill O'Brien winning eight games at Penn State – which obviously benefited from having a functioning head coach and no staff nepotism for the first time in about ten years.

There is a solution to this admittedly minor problem: The Big Ten is keen on having two names for everything, so it could make sense to install two Coach of the Year award categories, as too many of the past 33 seasons have demonstrated the need for delineating this recognition.

It doesn't have to be too complicated: Issue one award to the coach that exceeds everybody's expectations (call it the "John L. Smith-Zook Trophy") and another for the coach who simply meets them (the Tressel-Tressel Trophy).

This was really Meyer's only shot under the current one-trophy system. He inherited a shell-shocked seven-loss team with nothing to play for and promptly ran the table. He picked up the pieces and made them fit as he had done three times before, even if it meant taking a senior fullback and making him his starting middle linebacker.

Hell, Meyer deserved the award for transforming what had been a cratered 2012 recruiting class into one of the nation's very best in the midst of a fresh bowl ban, unrestricted transfers and recruiting sanctions.

So since running the table at Ohio State doesn't function as a tiebreaker or a trump card – yet again – two distinct coaching awards makes a lot of sense.

This should not be viewed as a concession to Meyer or Ohio State's future coaches, but more to just level-set in a league where only a few football programs compete nationally while the majority is content to simply keep cashing checks (with apologies to Penn State and O'Brien, who are temporarily in a very rare and unfortunate third category).

The first time Meyer took over a floundering football program in BG and immediately tacked six wins onto its previous win total, sanity prevailed. It wouldn't be the final time he pulled off such a turnaround.

Because after this most recent time, it was sympathy that prevailed. Again.

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Ekes42's picture

That's so disgusting how much money Ferentz is scheduled to make.  Puke worthy.

buckeye76BHop's picture

But he does so good with running backs...right?

"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 

bigbill992001's picture

He does GREAT with RBs.    I heard he developed a 4th stringer into a starter.   ;)

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Ferentz should coach in a ski mask, because he is basically robbing that school of millions of dollars.

Class of 2010.

CC's picture

I think it's great.  No incentive to be good at this point so we should pound them.  Remember when he didn't have the contract and they were really good?
It's amazing how when one has incentive they work hard but when they are gauranteed something they don't.  I'm sure we can find lots of examples of this in everyday life.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Here here!!  I think this conference is populated with a bunch of cotton-headed ninny muggins.

theDuke's picture

I'll be damned...either you're me, or I'm you?! Which is it, pardner?

theDuke

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Ha - love it!  JW was the man!

pcon258's picture

I hate it when people claim that "blahh its ohio state vs the world" because, well because its just f*cking sports, and nobody should get that upset. But, this is an absolute injustice. Maybe B.O.B. deserved it this year (that's a big maybe), but I cannot even believe that tressel never won it.
In 20 years, we could look back at Tressel as one of the more dominant big ten coaches ever. In 20 years, there will be exactly zero people who can even remember Kirk Ferentz's tenure at iowa. 

toad1204's picture

FWIW... If BOB goes 8-4 again COY is his.
As stated before, COY is for the best coach not at Ohio State.  With success comes expectations to continue said success no matter anomalies which occur (last year).  When you are the best team for the past decade in an (unfortunately declining conference per certain media sources) where else is one to go? 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

theDuke's picture

this is probably what we get for actually, uh, paying them...?!

theDuke

jkrk's picture

So true. What kills me is (if I remember rightly) BO'B basically admitted that he got outcoached when we beat them. If the COY admits it, why can't everybody else?

Doc's picture

"RAISE THE DAMN DRAWBRIDGE!  RAISE THE DRAWBRIDGE!"  Kirk Ferentz

"Say my name."

BucksfanXC's picture

Let me guess, you watched Elf recently?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

The_Lurker's picture

Urbz also turned a tight end into a starting right tackle and all but washed the J.B. Shugarts era out of our collective mouths.

BrewstersMillions's picture

And it happened way earlier than we though it would with Fragel.
 
See what I did there?

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

gwalther's picture

I think you merely mentioning his name caused a false start on a football field somewhere.

Class of 2008

bowthrock's picture

It doesn't matter what football game I'm watching every time I here a penalty on number 76 I yell out JB Shugarts!! Holy shit I was so sick of him!
 

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

BrewstersMillions's picture

If the criteria to win this award is the way it is, I'm glad Meyer will never win it. He has the enviable task of running one of the truly elite programs in the nation and as last year showed us, he can do it to perfection. Coach of the year is great for the 'Oh gee golly gosh' crowd of Big Ten Coaches who are just so golly darn happy and proud of their kids for all of their hard work while Meyer and his ruthless CEO personality has his sights set on something bigger each and every season. Coaches can say that winning every game is the goal and a national championship is the ultimate aim but do you really believe it when BOB, Ferentz, or Dantonio say it? Sure they 'want' a national title but they will never coach a legit national title contender. Meyer truly expects his teams to be national championship caliber and has the tools, resources and know how to make it a reality every year.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Bill O'Brien yes.  Dantonio maybe. Ferentz absolutely not.
If he stays at PSU through the sanctions, I believe he can make Penn State a national title contender again.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

BrewstersMillions's picture

I never considered them to be one in my lifetime while Paterno was there. Mind you I'm 29 and have watched CFB for about 20 years or so. I also feel that in any given year there are only 2 or 3 really good, championship caliber teams. Penn State was simply never one of them for as long as I can remember. As for Dantonio-his style isn't really up to date with what it takes to win. A power running team can win (See Alabama) but he will never have the athletes it takes to run any sort of table.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

McFate's picture

PSU was at least in the MNC mix until November in 1997 and 1999 (the latter was especially embarrassing because a great team dropped its final three games).  And their 1994 team deserved a share of the title.  Their 1986 team did win one with a decent schedule, and their 1985 team was undefeated until losing to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
Heck, PSU even had an undefeated season in 1968.  But they weren't taken seriously as a title contender.  Prior to about 1980, they were the eastern version of BYU (or Boise State would be a more modern analogue):  won all their games but played nobody.  Around 1980 they started up long-running series with Alabama and Notre Dame, and earned some credibility.
I always thought PSU was a bit of a paper tiger, but they did win a legit title in 1986 and should have won another in 1994.  Probably they have been in the mix of the MNC discussion around bowl time at least as often Ohio State has been since the mid '60s, though at least in part that's due to weak scheduling.

acBuckeye's picture

Very well put McFate. Those old undefeated Penn State teams were good, but didn't beat anybody. Like you said, around the late 70's and early 80's is when they stepped their game up. Let's remember, they were an independent at this time, so they could've scheduled anybody. Not doing so prior to the 80's was largely their own fault.
From the mid-80's and through the 90's, they were a national power in my opinion. Maybe not top 5 every year like a Florida State, but they were worthy of the discussion. That 1994 team was amazing. And the 2005 team (a game we could've won), could've gone undefeated if not for Chad Henne's last-second TD pass against them. Although I doubt that team makes it to the BCS title game with an undefeated USC and Texas.

Doc's picture

PSU in 1993(?) was undefeated.  They should have had a NC that year.  IMHO

"Say my name."

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Don't forget 1994, as much as I hate to admit it, that team was sick and definitely should have at least got a split title.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Ok so since 1992, they've had one national title worthy team. I stand by my previous comments.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

Haybucks's picture

With Kerry Collins at QB, Penn St had an effective, quick strike offense in '94.  In many games they would take a multiple touchdown lead into halftime and the starters sat the 4th quarter.
Perception is everything.  I watched them blowout Indiana and saw them drop from #1 to #2. Penn State pulled their starters when they went up 35-15. Clearly, they could have scored a couple more times. However, without the 1st team defense on the field Indiana scored two late touchdowns to make the final score of 35-29. The uninformed poll voters dropped Penn State in the polls behind Nebraska, who had beaten #2 Colarado the week before. 
Pollsters haven't changed in 20 years, except now they should have access to game tapes or highlights, but they listen to talking heads' malformed opinions.

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish proverb

 

McFate's picture

Just for the record, in 1994 Penn State lost the #1 spot the week they blew out Ohio State (63-14), not the week that Indiana scored late to make a game look closer than it was.  Here are the details: http://www.ninjasoft.com/ozone/psu94/indiana.html
Also, it's not really the case that people "dropped Penn State behind Nebraska."  What happened was really that Penn State was NOT behind Colorado on as many ballots as Nebraska was, and then when Nebraska beat Colorado, just the removal of Colorado from the top of the ballots gave more points to Nebraska than PSU.

gwalther's picture

Hahaha. Yes!
 
"It doesn't have to be too complicated: Issue one award to the coach that exceeds everybody's expectations (call it the "John L. Smith-Zook Trophy") and another for the coach who simply meets them (the Tressel-Tressel Trophy)."

Class of 2008

JBuckeye's picture

Danny Hope had the audacity to be cocky, not unlike a fruit fly with an erection backstroking down a river while howling that the drawbridge needs to be raised immediately.

LOL...I hope you never leave us Ramzy! This is Pulitzer prize worthy. 

buckeye76BHop's picture

Love your pic/avatar JB...I used to have an outfit just like that when I was 7 or so but it was Daa Bears.  Good stuff...gotta love old pics from childhood;-)

"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 

buckeyedude's picture

That is one of the most hilarious sentences I've ever read.
If I ever get a "raise" at work, that is exactly how I'm going to feel.

 

 

larzdapunk's picture

OH MY GOD that picture montage.  Haven't even read the text of the article yet.  Not sure I even need to.

sloopy88's picture

Seriously, the article is great, but that montage made my day. 

buckeye76BHop's picture

This article made me want to do this...nice one yet again Ramzy.  

"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 

Doc's picture

I love to see our coach showing some emotion!

"Say my name."

buckeye76BHop's picture

That's my favorite part about Urban...not that Tress didn't have emotion.  It's just a different zest IMHO...different style too.  

"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 

btalbert25's picture

For reasons your mentioned above, I absolutely hate the Big 10 and people who whine about the SEC.  They aren't over rated, they are that good in comparison to the B1G, because the B1G accepts bad and mediocre teams.  We applaud those teams for having fine institutions and gentleman's agreements, then turn around and talk shit about them for being horrible at football.
Bill Lynch and Danny Hope, that's all you need to say when you talk about how serious B1G programs are about winning.  Making Ferentz one of the highest paid coaches in the game is a horrible idea.  Seriously, this conference is a shit show, and it's by the rest of the school's own doing.  It's got nothing to do demographic shifts and oversigning down south.  It has everything to do with the B1G having a bunch of programs that are incompetent and incapable of making responsible hires for their programs.  Who the hell wants to play for Danny Hope?  Joe Tiller, at the end of his tenure left coaching because he didn't like that he had to kiss recruits asses these days.  I'm sure this wasn't just an epiphany and that his effort erroded over the last few years of his career.  So they go and hire a guy cut from the same cloth? 
I'm tired of the rest of the B1G, and hope they toil in irrelevance for years.  Michigan is on it's way back to being good, that'll be enough, have one good foe every year in conference and schedule a strong non conference slate and tell the rest of the conference to piss off.  They aren't serious about winning.

Doc's picture

Well said BT.  The B1G needs to grow a pair and get off OSU's coattails.  If it wasn't for us over the past decade the B1G would be even more irrelevant.  Step up little 11.

"Say my name."

RodVedder4's picture

Very well said.  I don't root for the B1G for the exact reasons outlined above.  Does it REALLY make Ohio State look better if the conference is strong?  Not when the conference is a national punchline like it is now.  Coach Meyer realizes this and I'm pretty sure he would agree with your assessment, as well.  Plus, do you honestly think the rest of the B1G goes out of their way to root for Ohio State?  Hell no, they don't.
Not to mention, rooting for our conference makes us sound like SEC mouthbreathers.

Excellence and greatness will be remembered...there is no room for average. None. - Urban Meyer

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Joey Bosa

btalbert25's picture

How many years was FSU considered elite when they destroyed a terrible conference.  Nebraska too.  Each team played one or two tough game per year then blasted a team in a bowl game. I know different era in the game, but those teams had impressive win streaks and eras of dominance over their conferences.  Much like next season, people are saying will the schedule be tough enough to warrant the Buckeyes in the MNC. ABSOLUTELY, there is no way a team on a 25 game win streak doesn't find their way into the BCS title game.
Look in the BCS era at the 2001-2002 Miami teams that were so good.  They played teams who were ranked at the time they played eachother, but at the end of the year ended up being pretty bad.  A couple multi loss FSU and Florida teams and Upper teen's rated Va-Tech witha whole lot of Temple and other crappy Big East teams in there.  If you dominate bad competition the way those teams did, you'll be just fine.  This year Ohio State didn't dominate.  2013 and 2014, oh they're going to hurt some feelings.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I don't root for the B1G.  I root for Ohio State.  If Ohio State does the following things:

  1. Dominate the Big Ten
  2. Schedule and win big out-of-conference games with other powers
  3. Win postseason games

Respect will come for us.  People will have to respect Ohio State even if they don't respect the Big Ten.  And quite honestly, I wouldn't care what the rest of the Big Ten does.  If OSU wins the 2013 MNC, I wouldn't care if the rest of the B1G went 7-0 or 1-6 in bowl games.  If nobody respects the Big Ten as a whole, then the Iowas and Wisconsins of the world can't ride our coattails to respect.  Even if the Big Ten is respected and those teams want to ride coattails, so what?  We would have what we wanted.  Let them ride our coattails until we smash them by 30 points in 2014.

Class of 2010.

acBuckeye's picture

^^^^^ So much this. ^^^^^^

Haybucks's picture

Hear, Hear ShowThem! Fans who root for their conference foes are inbreds, cheering for their brothers/uncles.  Case and point, the ones that chant SEC - SEC. They're the same ones who say SEC conference.
I know the camera lenses tend to adjust on the network's agenda, so that's why we see so much of this nonsense.  I still believe true fans root for their teams and view conference opponents bowl games as entertainment.
 

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish proverb

 

buckeyedude's picture

Yeah BT, but Hope's got the pornstache, so there's that...

 

 

L-TownNut11's picture

Look at it this way.  Either BOB is pumped about this award, and is content with 8-4 bringing home bs hardware ......Or he is like us and knows it is a crock and hides the trophy in his closet so he doesnt have to tell people how he "won" it........I'd like to hear what he said when he was told he won......

brglr14's picture

glad urbz is here and i know this has little to do with much of whats written here but back when urbz took bg job he was handed gift first time he went up against the mighty rockets. toledo tom sat alot of players including a pretty qb to get ready for marshall in mac champ game which toledo won and then beat cincy in motor city bowl. sorry love urbz but hate the falcons! he gotta gift that november nite. go rockets go bucks

I dont know karate but i do know crazy and i'm not afraid to use it.
                           

Doc's picture

What's so bad about BG?  It's a nice town and the school is good as well.  Lots of things to do.  My wife is a Toledo alumn and she prefers BG over UT. 

"Say my name."

buckeyedude's picture

I went to the U of T and grew up rooting for the Rockets and Buckeyes. My daughter is presently a senior at BG. As much as it pains me to say it, I think BG might be a better school, academically. Especially for education majors.
But the best school in northwest Ohio is The Little Sisters of the Poor, but their football team sux. ;)

 

 

BrewstersMillions's picture

A 5 touchdown win isn't a gift, its a merciless beatdown. Sorry but I think you are looking back through Toledo's School Colors' glasses.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

brglr14's picture

no i dont think so. i was there that nite and more than a few of us were a little put off by the fact that toledo tom sat so many players in a rivalry game. if toledo was an avg team that season i would agree with you about the "glasses" but winning div plus marshall in champ game and cincy in bowl easily put toledo as the class of the mac that year. as i said love urbz here but he got a gift that nite.

I dont know karate but i do know crazy and i'm not afraid to use it.
                           

zbd's picture

This preoccupation with individual awards is disgusting. I'm sick of arguments about first team, second team, player of the year, MVP,  etc.  Just win. Ask the World Series winning SF Giants or Super Bowl champs NY Giants if they are concerned about individual awards. Just win baby.

btalbert25's picture

The sham of the B1G coach of the year title is BOB will probably own it now.  If they have a 7 or 8 win season the next 3 years they'll say oh wow, look what he's done with those sanctions it's well deserved.  When he has Purdue, IU, and Illinois in his division every year and at least 2 horrible non conference games he has a lot of wins built into the schedule unless Penn State gets REALLY bad.

Larryp713's picture

The Pulitzer for sports journalism goes to... some Wisconsin blogger, because even at this level, tOSU is shunned! Great writing Ramzy.
Part of me is glad this happened, because I think Coach Meyer likes his job with a chip on his shoulder. He is asking for an angry team, and I think they are going to get an angry coach. It is making the anticipation of Sept 2013 even greater.
I for one will cheer when coach Hazell accepts the COTY for driving Purdue to an 8-4 record, as Coach Meyer and his Bucks start game prepping for the NC game against the SEC team of the month, as anointed by ESecPN.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

CC's picture

Here's something funny, there have been 7 Michigan COY winners since Bruce in 79.
How is that possible?
In reality I don't care because I wouldn't trade the last 20 years of OSU football for any other team in the conference.
 

capn's picture

 MAC bully and arch-rival Toledo!? OUCH. That hurts...

Capn, Make It So...

BoFuquel's picture

Thanks to The Magic Urb for at least one more high.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

MediBuck's picture

Fuck. tha. hatas. 
 
We're Ohio State and our goal every year is the national title, not some accolade of mediocrity awarded by this crappy conference which refuses to acknowledge the fact that the conference's perception begins with Columbus.

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

pjtobin's picture

He left a good job in the city. Working for a man every night and day. Now he is floating on a river. Floating , floating, floating on a river. (Now hear Tina and Ike )

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

What the Fickell's picture

Look at next years schedule. Let me ask you something, who is the toughest opponent on this schedule?
Here, I’ll go ahead and answer it for you – MICHIGAN!
We won’t have one single top 25 victory next year, so strength of schedule will be weaker than this year. This year our signature win is Nebraska (who just had 70 points scored on them by Wisconsin....can you imagine the Buckeyes giving up 70 points?)
Saragin says our SOS this year wasn’t even in the top 50. Next years will be even worse.
Unless you think playing Buffalo, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Illinois, Florida A & M, etc... sounds impressive. The best out of conference game was supposed to be @Cal and they just fired their coach because they sucked so bad.
 
You have to root for the B1G. As much as I hate to say it, we need Michigan to win their bowl game.
 

Brady Hoke wears scarlet undies.

btalbert25's picture

Michigan winning their bowl won't have any impact on where they are ranked in November when we play them. They'll probably be like this year and be ranked around 15 with have 2 or 3 losses come The Game.  Who knows, maybe Hazell will have Purdue playing quality football and that will look like a nice win on the road. 

cbusbuckeye's picture

Is your pic from the bathroom at Eddie George's Grill? Bold. 

bowthrock's picture

Great piece Ramzy! Maybe the B1G will give you the ESPN/Bleacher Report Award for fine literature! Keep up the great work!

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

Alhan's picture

One of these men smells like honey-baked ham, Drakkar Noir, and desperation.

Well, which one is it?!  You can't leave me in suspense like that Ramzy!
Also, I agree 100% with naming the award for performing to expectations the "Tressel-Tressel Trophy".

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

dtanmango's picture

"The B1G's version of this award is granted only for temporarily overcoming institutional mediocrity. That is categorically how this thing is decided every year."

"the Big Ten's awards season is where sanity gets eaten by sympathy."

"There is a solution to this admittedly minor problem: The Big Ten is keen on having two names for everything, so it could make sense to install two Coach of the Year award categories, as too many of the past 33 seasons have demonstrated the need for delineating this recognition.

It doesn't have to be too complicated: Issue one award to the coach that exceeds everybody's expectations (call it the "John L. Smith-Zook Trophy") and another for the coach who simply meets them (the Tressel-Tressel Trophy)."

Oh man, this is tooo good. You should win one of the B1G's awards for your writing -- and if you don't get the ESPN/Bleacher award, you should advocate for a "second" award and win that one. :D

-dtan

AAStagg's picture

It's kinda good to be hated by the competitors you've defeated, as Urban Meyer clearly is.  It shows you're succeeding and it reveals your opponents' ugly jealousies.  Urban can't stop the whiners -- they're gonna whine.  So he should take it as a badge of honor.  Because it is. 

Keep calm.  It's only a game.