Video and Audio from Urban Meyer's ESPN 'Car Wash' Circuit Today

By Jason Priestas on July 31, 2013 at 6:39p
Urban Meyer looking thrilled to be on First Take

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was in Bristol today, along with several other Big Ten coaches, for the full "car wash" treatment, which is to say he appeared on several shows, spanning multiple platforms in a matter of hours.

First up, was an appearance with Samantha Ponder on SportsCenter:

Next, Meyer stopped by the "Debate Desk" at the First Take studio. First Take, being First Take, managed to work a Tim Tebow encore into the set:

Meyer then appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd in what may have been his best interview of the day:

Meyer stopped by for a session on the SVP & Russillo show next, where, true to his word, Scott Van Pelt opened the questioning by asking Meyer what his favorite cartoon and cereal were. Popeye and Life cereal were Urban's picks, naturally:

Finally, Meyer stopped by the set of College Football Live, where he was given nearly 10 minutes, while other league coaches were relegated to 15 second sound bites: 


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prdoctor's picture

Wait -- did Samantha Ponder suggest a zero-tolerance policy on zero-tolerance policies?

jayt's picture

with legs like that, she can suggest anything she wants!  

billy04's picture

Classy! See ya at Sugar Bar 2.

Unky Buck's picture

Make sure you bring your flash light.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

awarren84's picture

Sam Ponder made my zero tolerance policy go from 6 to midnight if u catch my drift! Haha. 

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

William's picture

Man, Cowherd loves Meyer. It's almost disturbing. 

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I normally despise Cowherd (because he is not necessarily an SEC homer, but you can tell he is towing the company line about the SEC). But he is actually very fair regarding Urban (not always OSU) and you can tell he does have a personal relationship w/ Urban and it does affect him above the old 'push the SEC, everyone else is irrelevant' line. 

billy04's picture

So what you're saying is you can't handle it when someone says anything remotely negative about our beloved Buckeyes, even if it's truthful?
Cowherd is a douche because he derives all of these sweeping generalizations and pretends to be some sort of anthropologist/sociologist savant who just happens to be a sports guy. His shtick is lame.
Prior to tOSU getting lambasted by Florida, Cowherd spent that regular season sticking up for the B1G and calling it the best conference. I remember this well. But since 41-14, then the LSU disaster and in Tressel's words "so forth and so on," it's impossible not to admit SEC superiority.
Anyhow, Urbs handled himself well yesterday with everyone. I can't wait for kickoff. 

Nick's picture

Thanks 4 the links :D

Alpo's picture

Thanks for posting these staff! Urban handled this day with tremendous class an addressed every question succinctly. Didn't back down one bit. So proud he's our coach!

Matt Gutridge's picture

Urban Meyer was great in those interviews.
Loved his straightforward and honest answers.
No wonder Urban Meyer is such a great leader and coach.
Imagine him one-on-one with a recruit and his family.

A great day to be a Buckeye and have Urban Meyer and his staff.

nfischer's picture

I thought I was going to have to hunt down all these links.  You make it too easy 11W.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

My life is now complete...I share the same favorite cereal and Urban F. Meyer 

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Matt Gutridge's picture

When Cowherd asked Urban Meyer about Ohio State's speed and the playing time of the new players coming in Meyer said: "All four of the sub 4.45 guys have to play."
It will be interesting to see if those four players will get their playing time with the special teams or offense.
I'm hoping they are able to make an impact on both.

Knarcisi's picture

Yeah buddy. He didn't bring them all in to sit. Someone has to play the Demps / Rainey Role. 

luckynutz's picture

This is the first time I could watch anything involving first take all the way through. Because neither one of them really said anything. It was urban talking, and them listening. If he wasn't busy being our coach, I'd say put him on there and it may not be too bad a show going forward.

Hovenaut's picture

I'll never forget Jim Tressel, but listening to Meyer make the rounds leaves me at a loss in trying to remember anything The Senator had to say (when speaking with the media).

NoVA Buckeye's picture

"... and so forth."

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Knarcisi's picture

He didn't say anything.  He spoke ... but said nothing.  Tress was a master at this. 

Dougger's picture

"...and that's real."

I like football

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

The best one was on the herd but the one that got me the most excited for this year was his player talk on CFL

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

ManBearPig's picture

Thanks for putting these together. Made my third-shift a bit easier :-)
I get the chills and goose bumps every time I watch Urban speaks. Its hard not to listen to the guy....I think its because of the tone, honesty, and to-the-point no-fluff answers. Colin almost sounds like he is in love with I like coach Tress but I could always predict how his answers would go.
I am sure Urban has been learning from his experiences and has changed his coaching ways....its too bad to see media exploit certain situations just to gain some visibility. Off-field issues with his current and ex-players have been beaten to more reason I cannot wait for the season to start.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

My favorite part was when he essentially pushed all the blame on him from the Hernandez incident on to Ron Zook by calling his culture at Florida detrimental for the players. I guess we now know the truth...

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

brandonbauer87's picture

How dare you even hint at negativity toward Urban. +1 to counter the hypersensitivity. 

MN Buckeye's picture

Urban did face all the questions head-on and addressed them with honesty. Not very many coaches have the experience, demeanor, or kajunas to do that in a gracious manner.

HighBallAce's picture

Was it me or did Coach Meyer have that look like he just wanted to slap the shit out of Stephen A. Smith? He could take on Smith and I'll smack the shit out of Skip....hehe

BeijingBucks's picture

No but I bet he could have smacked Desmond for trying to get his own Heisman as a topic

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

droessl's picture

I think it's the "don't talk about my wife and daughter" look. 

buckskin's picture

My favorite Urban comment from all those interviews:  "there was a time last year, on the headsets, when I made the decision the only person who could touch the ball was Braxton; remember our job as coaches is to win games."
I loved Jim Tressel, but Urban is the polar opposite when it comes to interviews.  It is refreshing to hear the truth.

DJRoss926's picture

Great stuff from Urban all day. This is the first time in a while I've watched First Take and oh my god my ears are bleeding.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Now does everyone see why I said Urban should B-Slap Stephen A...???  I can't stand that guy...almost as much as Skip.  How and Why should Urban speak out about a former players indiscretions...???  This is why I hate ESPN...they ESPIN what ever they want...which is wrong!  I'm not saying they're out to get Urban or OSU.  It's the facts on how they ask about situations that these coaches including Urban can't do anything about after these players leave FL, OSU, Utah, or BG.  I just don't get asking him anything about the Hernandez situation.  Makes me sad for Urban that he gets even a fraction of the blame (which he is by them asking the questions about him recruiting Aaron to FL...just sad).
On two lighter notes...WOW is that first girl better than Erin???  I say yes!  
As far as good ole Desmond...yes we are fanatical.  But we're also better than your alma mater lately.  Which made it really comical how he said Urban and Braxton have the most to prove in 2013. Wouldn't you think he'd say his own alma mater has more to prove.  11-2 to 8-5.  OSU goes 6-7 to 12-0 with a player voted 5th in the Heisman...???  Sorry Des....I'm confused???

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

rgarrett22's picture

I get that many people find Skip and Stephen A. to be obnoxious TV personalities, but in my opinion, Stephen A. was actually sticking up for Urban in regards to the Hernandez ordeal. Said he thought it's ridiculous that anyone would put any blame on Coach Meyer and that he didn't even see why his wife and daughter felt the need to defend him.  I appreciated what SAS had to say during that segment actually.

45has2's picture

Espin's 3 stooges: Mark May, Steven A-hole Smith and Skimp Clueless.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

What amazed me was Smith thanking Coach Meyer for "Enlightening us that you had seen the video, we weren't aware that you had seen a video..."
You mean the one that has been on Youtube for two days? Journalism at it's finest.

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

dean7647's picture

Best part, especially after the last couple weeks:
"Jadeveon Clowney doesn't go out at night because he doesn't want stuff...Braxton is the same way"
Anything comparisons of any of our players, in anyway, to Jadeveon Clowney (link not necessary), are welcome.
Furthermore, after this, I'd be perfectly fine to have Ohio State not mentioned in any form on ESPN until the season starts.  Can't win games, no good can come. 

rgarrett22's picture

Not that it's overly important in terms of our players or the "on the field stuff" but I also thought it was a cool tidbit when Coach Meyer talked about his wife Shelley being a psychiatric nurse and how he really leans on her insights at home in regards to the "off the field issues." Great to have that kind of support at home! It's easy for the media, fans and national pundits to cast stones at coaches for how they choose to handle player discipline, but I think Urban does a great job at explaining that it's not so cut and dry. For example, the desire to want to help the young men, realizing the backgrounds that many of them have, etc. And then to make matters worse, there's the player they dismissed from Florida who ended up committing suicide shortly thereafter. It's not as easy to walk that fine line between help and discipline as many make it out to be. Jim Tressel could add to that discussion as well. Handling that aspect of a major college football program would be a real challenge.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

best coach in the biz

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Dougger's picture

Ponder's voice sounded like she was gonna poop her pants asking about the Hernandez situation. Thank you 11w for puttin this together! Love hearing Urban field questions.. thank the heavens above we get to see him on the sideline and #5 tossin touchdowns this month

I like football

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great interviews by Urban. He fielded some tough questions with class and did a great job.  I had a very high amount of respect for him and it went even higher after hearing those interviews!
Go Bucks!!