Urban Meyer Grades His Assistant Coaches

By Kyle Rowland on June 13, 2013 at 10:26a
Meyers offers constructive criticism.

Ohio State's student newspaper, The Lantern, obtained the performance reviews authored by Urban Meyer for his coaching staff. There are nuggets of information from both Meyer and the staff. The point of the reviews is to evaluate yourself and be graded by your superior. 

There was no real harshness in the reviews, but all parties involved admitted improvements could be made in a number of areas. The 2013 recruiting class gave the appearance of a job well done. 

Some highlights: 

Meyer told Vrabel to take a wins-and-losses approach to the recruiting aspect of his job, writing, “Same approach to recruiting as playing (No excuses, W/L).”

Meyer also appeared to encourage Vrabel — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots — to work on using his professional experience to better develop the team’s defensive line.

Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers:

Much of Meyer’s criticism for Everett Withers was related to recruiting. On the evaluation, Meyer wrote “1.) Close on a difference maker. 2.) Intensity and thoroughness in recruiting.” A third criticism – “competitive excellence of players in off-season” – was also levied.

Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell:

For Fickell, whose one-season tenure as OSU head coach was sandwiched between the exit of former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the arrival of Meyer, the first item of business was establishing himself as a leader on Meyer’s coaching staff. “Leadership role on staff,” wrote Meyer, who also listed Fickell’s ability to adapt and embrace his fellow staff-members as a positive.

Fickell was the only coach that opted to leave a remark in the “employee’s comments” section of the evaluation, writing, “Great meeting with lots of constructive suggestions to get better.”


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Alpo's picture

Accountability... Everyone is responsible to give 110% all the time. Gotta love this staff

mh277907's picture

Ahh, the perks of having a CEO as a head coach. He makes everyone accountable while motivating every single person in the program to get better. This is exactly how good businesses are run.


carence's picture

On top of that, the Buckeyes went 12-0 last year. If you lived on the moon, returned to earth and read this article, you would have thought they went 6-7! 
Urb is my dude!

droessl's picture

These reviews were done in June 2012, according to the article. 

WC Buckeye's picture

Constructively dissatisfied. Love it.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Earle's picture

Gotta love Herman's goals, with the exception of "Head Coach of a National Championship Team" (unless it is as successor to Meyer at Ohio State).
Also interesting to note that while names of individual players were redacted, they missed blacking out Bosa's name in Vrabel's recruiting "Work On's".

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Rapping Bum's picture

Wasn't Withers basically the 'closer' on Vonn Bell, or at least had a HUGE part in getting him to commit to Ohio State?

Help is on the way.

fear.the.nut's picture

These reviews were from a year ago.  Withers signed & dated 6/26/12

CanadianBuckeye's picture

Gotta love Fickel circling SEC in the compliance section.  I just imagine him reading that and giving a big "WTF!?!?!" this the B1G son!
EDIT- Should have read through it all before commenting, looks like a few of the other coaches noticed this oversight in the paperwork as well.

BuckeyeRick's picture

Everyone needs to look at these with the knowledge that the reviews were done in June 2012, before the 12-0 season...right about the time Urban was talking about the "Clown Show".
Interesting that the document lists "NCAA rules" and "SEC rules". Clearly Urban brought this form from Florida. More interestingly is  that not all coaches changed the wording. I wonder if some noticed it. Herman struck through it like he was disgusted! By the way, you have to LOVE Herman's goals. I hope he eventually accomplishes them all here at OSU.
I'd like to see what the reviews say this year.

Young_Turk's picture

So impressed with how Fickel has handled himself.  What a class act.  


Hovenaut's picture

Stay hungry, focused, strive for better individually and collaboratively......amen.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It's that little extra that makes all the difference sometimes.  The extra that was missing a little bit in past years when the national title was in sight, but something happened to prevent the crystal football from coming to Columbus.

Class of 2010.

USMC11917's picture

I was going to mention how Withers seems like such an afterthought when discussing the coaches in this staff. You never really hear a lot about him. It could just be me and missing the stories.

Knarcisi's picture

Gosh I would love to coach. You get to be a total dude and get rated well for it.