Urban Meyer's B1G Media Day Rundown

By DJ Byrnes on July 24, 2013 at 1:57p
Urbz dropping them dimes on media heads.

... Urban Meyer says Braxton Miller is "one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Says he's grown as a leader and Urban has a lot of respect for him.

... says he would be "disappointed" if the offensive line isn't one of the best units in the country.

... singles out Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett as talented, and says they will use two TE sets.

... defense is where the issues are as Ohio State lost a lot in the front seven. Singles out Mike Vrabel for the recruiting job he's done on the offensive line.

... Curtis Grant was "disappointing" last year but has "had a great spring."

... Ryan Shazier was "average" as they started the season but became "one of the best" as the season concluded. 

... Urban expects the secondary to be one of the better secondaries in the Big Ten.


... Urban has not yet received "the good news" regarding Carlos Hyde as he's "not a big social media guy." Once he "evaluates the facts" he'll "make some decisions."

... "Last year I spent all summer worrying about how to approach the season [with no postseason available]... We're not worried about November, December, anything past that."

... Urban says he found out after-the-fact the OSU compliance forwarded an article about a potential bump violation. Says there is no intent to go after Florida.

... "In the last 12 months we've had three legal issues, and they all happened in about three days... it drives you insane you have to deal with his stuff. My concern is I don't want to disrupt this team." 

... "These guys work too hard... to have a couple knuckle-heads make bad decisions that reflect on the whole team, I guess it's part of the deal."

... "Infuriating is the word to use" about when he first got the call about the legal problems.

... Urban says he has "great respect" for Barry Alvarez and was "honored" when he asked him his opinion on hiring Gary Andersen. "I put Gary Andersen in the top two three hires I've ever made. I couldn't be more proud about who he is as a person. I think he's at the right school."

... Is there anything he could have done to prevent the legal issues? "I think you could always do more. That's something you wake up every day with." Points out freshman haven't had a time to be educated yet, and coaches have left on vacation when they show up. Something he's thought about changing in light of the two troubles. "Extremely disappointed" in the upper-classmen who have erred with the law, and it will "be dealt with very seriously." As for the responsibility of the head coach, the head coach "needs to set an example and direct these guys, but every person is responsible for the decisions they make."

... Urban says Ohio State discussed Florida's off-the-field problems with him before he was hired. "We had a good discussion about it."

... On media's accusations, Urban admits he's "not a big reader," but "some people need to get the facts," before they cast judgment. "There's never been one time I've thought we've done wrong with the person." Admits though he might have given too many second chances in the past. "When I see some of the situations some of these players are from, it's been tough to walk away from them."

... Urban sighed deep as Aaron Hernandez is finally broached. Says he only responded to accusations via text to quell the "inaccurate information" floating about. "You have to move on," he says, "and we certainly have."

... Urban view on his own reputation on player discipline: "I don't think about it."

... Urban says "leadership" is the most important attribute for team success. Signals out "our quarterback" as somebody who has to step up. Says the offensive line is the "heart and soul" of the team. Where leadership has to improve on the defensive side of the ball with the loss of Simon and company. Says Shazier and Curtis Grant are going to have to step up. Mentions the team has "leadership classes."

... BTN anchors note only one question was about the 2013 team, a national title contender, while the rest were about off-the-field stuff. "Very professional approach," says the other.



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causeicouldntgo43's picture

If that was Saban answering all those inane questions we'd have witnessed an outburst that would put beet-face Kelly to shame. With Meyer, we got class...............

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

It's a shame that all the work that these guys have put into making the expectations for this upcoming season so high got overshadowed by stupid decisions from a few others. Would piss me off if I was a player watching.. Good job, reporters!

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tampa buckeye's picture

Can we talk about football yet?

Buck Commander's picture

Pretty sad how the bad shit is brought up all the time by the media but when you are anti-Buckeye that's all you dwell on.Run the table and stick one in their asses.  GO BUCKS...MICHIGAN SUCKS

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XUbuckeye's picture

Great professionalism by Meyer to field those questions. The Chase is on!

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

Boomcat's picture

I think I actually would have preferred Meyer to go all Saban on those people. They deserve to be put in their place.

osu07asu10's picture

In no way am I going to stick up for the media, and the Hernandez questioning is absurd but...

Ohio State just got put through the ringer and back over the last few seasons with the NCAA and media onslaught, in fact Roby and Hyde had to suffer through it even though they weren't the original "knuckleheads" who caused the entire mess.

Now here we are, on the verge of a national championship run, fresh off a bowl ban, and these two are now team leaders and future NFL draft picks bringing undue and ridiculously poor attention back to the university and program.

I guess what I am saying is, the wounds are still fresh and every time a player takes a misstep it IS going to be magnified. That doesn't mean the media is right (they aren't) but their response to boneheaded decisions by the players is absolutely predictable.

Bottom line, it is very EASY to not get involved in fights with bouncers and putting yourself in a situation where a girl will slap you and accuse you of assault. Urban isn't asking that much of the players

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Alpo's picture

Couldn't agree more, well said

osu07asu10's picture

"That's all we got, 1 GD question??????"

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Boomcat's picture

Bunch of crap. Idiot media just wants to instigate stuff. We need Carlos to go take the Hyde off those animals.

osubuck57's picture

Urban will turn all of the negative into a positive for this upcoming season. If they didn't had reason to be pissed off before, they do now. 2 whole questions about this years team. Think the thunder is brewing now!!


tennbuckeye19's picture

. "In the last 12 months we've had three legal issues, and they all happened in about three days... it drives you insane you have to deal with his stuff. My concern is I don't want to disrupt this team."

Three? I count four with Baugh, Hyde, Roby, & Gardner.

osu07asu10's picture

Hyde's may not be a "legal issue" on a technicality of no charges filed?

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hit_the_couch's picture

Hyde was never arrested; the other 3 were arrested. It's not legal till charges are filed.

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rkylet83's picture

New rule for Coach Meyer to start after this off season.  For each question I get at press conferences about bad off the field events/behavior = amount of hours community service and wind sprints after practice.


They should have 2 separate press conferences. A short 2-minute session for the stupid idiotic questions that get asked and another longer one for actual real questions regarding football. You ask a stupid question during the football press conference you get your ass thrown out onto the street. The last time I checked, that's what these teams do. Play FOOTBAW.

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Hovenaut's picture

Just reading these responses, and while I will always have unyielding admiration for him, but I could help but think there is no way Jim Tressel would have answered the questions as directly as Urban did.

Hope to catch a replay of the session, thanks for the recap.

Go Bucks!

Alpo's picture

Definitely worth the watch. Urban carried himself so well, I was thoroughly impressed. It had to be so hard answering those questions calmly, even though he knew they were coming. 

Stinson's picture

When Urban speaks, you listen.

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iamcbs's picture

One question about the 2013 Team, that is widely considered to be a potential NC Contender. That tells me all that I need to know about the Media!!

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Bucksfan's picture

Personally, I think this SUCKS.  It sucks even more that virtually nothing happened.  Instead of it being a chance to sell stock in the Buckeyes, it was more bullshit by the media.  Eventually Meyer has to pull a Bellicheck and say, "Look, if you aren't interested in talking about football or the upcoming season, I'm outta here."

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

This was there free shot to ask anything. His next conference will strictly be about this Buckeye team.

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