VIDEO: Urban Meyer Speaks at the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame

By Jason Priestas on June 26, 2013 at 6:23p

Courtesy of the Herald-Star, comes this video of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer speaking at the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame banquet.

Meyer shares stories about Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Lou Holtz and some colorful language from Earle Bruce. Meyer also shared the story of how he prepared to keep his team after the NCAA hit Ohio State with a bowl ban. Nothing new, really, but an interesting insight:

"So, back in December, we're hired and I actually hired someone to look into this NCAA thing and they came back and said 'Coach, we don't believe you'll lose a bowl game. We believe there will be probation and you'll move on.' And I said, 'Okay,' because I understand momentum in college football and once you get behind the eight ball, it's hard to get back. When they start taking bowl games from you, you lose recruits and you start struggling and it's just hard to get it back.

"I get the phone call and I get the meeting when they tell me [Ohio State would face a bowl ban]. I sit down for about five minutes. Then I jump up and said, 'Okay, we're not worried. That's something in the past. I'm not worried about it.' I had a staff meeting within two minutes and within five minutes I had my seniors there. I called them in – I didn't know one of them, but I had high expectations for Ohio State kids because of the type of player that you normally get – and I started selling them on the program. It was pure faith. They had no idea. We're a new staff coming in, there were some great things done prior to our staff coming here and the NCAA says this about the rule: if you're on probation or lose a bowl game, you can stand up and walk and you can walk out that door without penalty and go play for any school in America.

"Obviously, I was panicked because we had some pretty good players in that senior class – from what I was told. I didn't know them. And so I started talking to them, and not one of them left. And I didn't quite understand why. I didn't understand why – here are these people, these young guys that basically had their intercollegiate careers ripped apart. You come to Ohio State to play in bowl games. You get a great degree as well, and that's the No. 1 reason, but you come to play in championships. You come to get rings. And they came in and told our players that you couldn't go. And I added this: 'Oh, by the way, you did nothing wrong.' Think about that for a minute – a group of players sat there right in front of me that did nothing wrong, but had their dreams taken away from them and the trump card was that they could get up and go. So we started our journey together."

Our coach.

Inducted into the 2013 class was Bridgeport native and knuckleball hero Phil Nekro, and Marianna Milajecki of Wellsville, a long-time teacher at Bowling Green's St. Aloysius School.


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Stinson's picture

The guy gets it.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

USMC11917's picture

Reading Urbans comments, all I feel is pride. I actually feel a little guilty for despising him when he scoffed at our team during his celebration in 07 after the MNC game.

JeffCoBuck's picture

While I agree with most of what you said, nobody scoffs at my Buckeyes. It cheesed me off then. I coach for our local middle school, and I graduated from the same school system where I presently teach. If I were to somehow end up coaching for a different district and beat the district for which I currently coach, I would hurt more than a little. I don't know how UM did that after the game. Hopped up on adrenaline, elated with joy - if it were me, I'd have been a little hurt that my first NC came at the beatdown of a program I held in such high regard. Maybe that's why guys like that can coach at that level, that ability to turn it on and off. I certainly can't do it. Having said all that, I'm beyond glad he's here, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't remember that after the '07 game. 

Poison nuts's picture

He had a job to do & that was to win that game. If he scoffed at the Buckeyes, I missed it...but my TV was off for the post game stuff. Either way, I was never mad about him winning the game - that was his job. I will say man o man do I hate UF & always will, but it has little to do with him.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckskin's picture

I don't remember the scoff, but I do remember hearing that he was fighting back tears when the OSU band came into the stadium and his wife wanted to sing along up in the stands.  Can't remember the source.  Maybe the scoff was covering up for his inside conflictions.

Danify's picture

That is why the 2012-2013 Seniors were beyond special for everyone deciding for the pride of Ohio State and their love for Ohio State to stay and go 12-0. I don't care what national media and people say Ohio State was the best team in 2012, because of those special Seniors to decide to stay and be champions.

OHBuckInCA's picture

I forget whether or not I knew they could transfer without penalty at the time, but the amount of leadership and perseverance those guys showed to tough out a year of punishment they didn't earn when they could've taken the easy way out really is something special.  I'm glad UFM has taken a special place in his heart and in the WHAC to honor them.  They earned it.

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

Max Power's picture

I couldnt see that group of Seniors leaving. So much leadership and its cliched but those guys did bleed S&G. So glad they hung up their cleats without a single loss in their last season in Columbus

pjtobin's picture

In the long run the were rewarded for staying. Some are going to make bank in the nfl. Some have a degree to make bank at a place of employment. Being 12-0 will never be forgotten. My great grand kids will know about the 2012 12-0 team. 

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

Doc's picture

I would love to see that entire speech.  Urban gets what it takes to be a Buckeye.  I'm so glad he is our coach.

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