A Letter To Coach Meyer from any Ohio State Fan, Vol. 2

By Jeff Beck on August 1, 2013 at 4:30p
34 Comments
Thank YOU

Hi Coach,

It seems like ages since I last wrote. What a wild 2012 it was huh? 

First there was the post-season ban. Admittedly I was worried about how you would motivate the team. The evidence suggested you knew what you’re doing, but you’d never faced a challenge like that. Secondarily, I was concerned the ban might hurt recruiting. I mean you know how other coaches can spin these things

Apparently you weren’t too worried though. I get it you’ve got a mean pitch

Then there was the ESPN training days series, which gave us all an inside look into how you run your program. The access was unprecedented, and it was enough to sate our football desires until the start of the season….and I want to thank you for that.

But, even with the peek behind the curtain, it was hard to discern what kind of team OSU would field. From the clown show comments, to the apparent lack of a big play guy, the squad, particularly the offense, was a mystery.

Well it wasn’t long before you had me questioning everything. Down 3-0 after the first quarter of the Miami (Ohio) game, I was freaking out. Would this team be a replay of 2011? Would we lose the first game of the season? Would you retire again because this offense was keeping you up until 4 AM slugging Red Bulls and scrawling NEED MORE SPEED!!! in your own blood on a white board?

Luckily the remaining three quarters put those fears to bed, but the second third and fourth games were more of the same. Sure the good guys won but it was clear the team was only scratching the surface. I wanted more, you wanted more and that’s exactly what we got against Michigan State.

You said it yourself, it was a moment for the team. The come to Jesus was just what the Dr. ordered and the players responded, reeling off 115 points in the next two games….and I want to thank you for that. 

Then came Purdue. OHHHH Purdue. Everything that could go wrong did, but you kept your cool. If I was coaching the team I would have ripped my own head off, thrown it in a trash can and walked my mangled shell of a body out of the stadium in disgust, but you didn’t…and I want to thank you for that. 

After the close call against the fighting mustaches, you rolled up four more wins including one against this guy on your way to the only undefeated season by a first year head coach in OSU history. Man what a honeymoon that was. Honestly I was so happy I didn’t even care the team had a post-season ban. Sure it would have been great to compete for a title, but the next best thing is shoving an undefeated season up the NCAA’s collective tail pipe….and I REALLY want to thank you for that.

Sure it would have been great to compete for a title, but the next best thing is shoving an undefeated season up the NCAA’s collective tail pipe….and I REALLY want to thank you for that.

Then came the long cold offseason. It went by seemingly without a hitch. Spring practice came and went without so much as a peep from the offseason arrest gods. But alas, mere sunrises from B1G media day four players (including two upperclassmen starters) found trouble

Well in the college football media vacuum that is the summer, that was all reporters needed. Before we knew it, “journalists” far and wide were trotting out the tired “Urban Meyer Lacks Discipline” storyline, even going so far as to link you to the unspeakable sins of a player you hadn’t coached in four years.

Nevermind LSU lead rusher Jeremy Hill being arrested for battery, four Alabama freshman committing two separate robberies, a Texas player fracturing another man’s jaw and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel getting bombed underage seemingly every weekend without repercussion. No no, it’s you Coach Meyer who runs an undisciplined program.

Unfortunately it’s the blessing and the curse of being the OSU coach. Tressel learned it the hard way. Buckeye stories  garner page views and page views bring in ad dollars. Simple as that.

Of course you already know this, I’m just preaching to the choir. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we Buckeye fans realize how hard it is to be the coach at Ohio State. You’re now the head man for the Yankees of college football. There’s intense love and intense hate, it’s part of the deal.

With that said, I want you to know you’re not alone in this. You’ve given me an undefeated season, with the promise of another successful campaign on the horizon. You’ve given me top recruiting classes with another seemingly in the can. You’ve represented Ohio State with grace and class, and last but certainly not least, you’ve given me a reason to get excited about my favorite football team again.

And I want to thank you for that.

I’ll see you Aug. 31st, come hell or high water.

Sincerely,
Any Ohio State Fan

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

This should seriously be sent to Meyer; almost made me cry!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

Baroclinicity's picture

I would sign this.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Bucks13's picture

Oh captain, my captain

FitzBuck's picture

Wow....get out of my head.  I'm making a pyramid hat when I get home.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Northbrook's picture

Jeff, absolutely fantastic. Well done.

BierStube's picture

Very nice Jeff, you're in a better place now!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Gametime's picture

You absolutely have to add "I AM ANTONIO" and the WVU armed robbery with team-issued sweats to this letter.
It totally needs to be rubbed in that much more (given that this from me/us, lol).

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

His praises should be sung just for bringing us out of the dark. Everything else in my mind is icing on the cake we've smeared and are going to smear on everyone's faces :)

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

northwest_buckeye's picture

This is almost perfect. Adding in a Brady Hoke tit-sweat joke would have made it a masterpiece.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

Hovenaut's picture

I read this standing, in a suit and tie.

Even combed my hair.

pasadena buckeye's picture

Sports is a reflection of culture, which is why so many people identified Tressel ball with a small town, conservative, "Slo-hio" form of rust belt football that would paper cut opponents to death.  Meyer is a rock star who plays pedal-to-the-metal, goes for the jugular and demands excellence of everyone around him. As long as he never compromises that mantra, people nationally may or may not love us but they will fear and respect us.

Pasadena Buckeye

sir rickithda3rd's picture

the best coach in football

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

gwalther's picture

Great read.
 
I plan on having a Mount Rushmore of Ohio State coaches in my basement: Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel, Woody Hayes, and Paul Brown.

Class of 2008

collisionbend's picture

For your approval, a quick-and-dirty:

Mount Rushmore, Ohio State version.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

 
pjtobin's picture

Nice job! I don't have a clue to how to do something like this. If I did, it would be in a frame , on my game room wall. 

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

collisionbend's picture

Thanks, but it's not all that good. Give me a month or so, and I'll have it done properly. This one's a lot tougher than it looks.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

 
gwalther's picture

Haha. Put it in poster form and I'll buy it.

Class of 2008

gwalther's picture

AWESOME BRO. #APPROVED

Class of 2008

AtlGABuckeye's picture

How can you not get romantic about Buckeye Football? 

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Jeff, you had me a "Hi!"  Great letter, Loved it!
Go Bucks!!

bigbill992001's picture

The Yankees of college football?.........cant say i agree with that until we pass Bama in NCs.

millertime2011's picture

I think he means that if you aren't a Buckeye fan, you hate Ohio State. Even with Saban as their coach, for some reason bama is well liked. 

JayDonk's picture

Right, can you imagine Ohio State taking 2 nattys in a row and starting the next season #1 as the favorite to win the title and 3 in a row? Can you seriously imagine the amount of trolling and spewing of hate there would be on the interwebs?

They only hate us because we're great.

acBuckeye's picture

I can imagine it. And I can't wait for it. **Drinking the tears of the haterz**

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Watching all of the 2012 season on BTN for the last few days and getting even more pumped for the upcoming season.  Right now, they're showing OSU vs. Bret... too bad we'll not see his fat face wincing on the sidelines as he loses to OSU yet again!!!

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

PlanningBuck12's picture

Last Season was deemed "Urban Renewal" this year I deam it "Urban WARFARE". Visiting teams and B1G beware.

PlanningBuck

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn" - Woody Hayes

unholy bucknut's picture

Good stuff Jeff loved it.

pjtobin's picture

Very true, and spot on. I don't think anything needed to be added. Very entertaining. Thanks. 

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

thowen79's picture

Great stuff. I can't wait for the season to start!

1967Buck's picture

  Great write up Jeff!! Almost had a tear in my eye, Geez haha. Peace.

ejoceans's picture

Good stuff!! Loved every bit of this one. You all know how it goes. Haters gonna hate right?! haha I just love hearing ppl cry about how the buckeyes suck and how they are weak and the comp is like playing no one week in and week out. But just keep that in mind when they give you a Big Ten Beat Down!!  Oh yeah, they will then say that we got lucky and it was because of this and because of that. Then we will do it again! It will be like the scene from American Gangster when Denzel goes up to dude who owes him money(you know the part I'm talking about don't even try it.)

Lets do this Brutus