Roby, BCS Dominate Talk at Meyer Press Conference

By Kyle Rowland on October 21, 2013 at 5:00p
Urban Meyer was cautious talking about this hit.

There were two topics that stuck out from all others at Urban Meyer’s Monday press conference, and neither had anything to do with last Saturday’s win over Iowa or this week’s game against Penn State. Instead, targeting and the BCS took center stage.

On the first subject, Meyer was less than thrilled with Bradley Roby’s ejection. He’s consulted with officials and believes the NCAA has opened a Pandora’s box. Meyer said he’s all for player safety, but added the rule in question affects the outcome of the game too much.

“I think that the NCAA and everybody is going to want to re-look at that rule,” Meyer said. “We at Ohio State are very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the nth degree with adjusting practice. Any rule for the safety of players, no question we support it.

“However, that was a game changer. To take one of your better players out of the game – that impacted that game. That rule was not put for that play.”

Meyer was shy to be too conversational when talking about the penalty because he was fined during his tenure at Florida for criticizing officials. The price tag: $30,000.

“I don’t need to get fined because of this conversation,” Meyer told reporters. “I think my boss is in the back.” To which Gene Smith said the reporter who asked the question would pay any fine.

Roby’s struggles this season have been immense. He was suspended for the opener, ejected last week and in between was a mish-mash of ineffectiveness sprinkled in with a few good plays. But Meyer said he can sense Roby is nearing a breakout.

The team is unlikely to separate itself from other BCS contenders until the competition starts losing. Ohio State is ranked fourth, behind three undefeated teams. The Buckeyes’ strength of schedule has been their biggest impediment, and it isn’t likely to get better until the Big Ten Championship Game, if at all.

Don’t tell that to Meyer, though. He spent part of Monday talking up Ohio State’s win over 4-3 Iowa.

"It was a great team win,” Meyer said. “Our guys are sore. It was a tough, physical game. Two sledgehammers going at each other.”

After the release of the standings, Meyer spoke to his team. His message wasn’t one of disappointment. Quite the opposite, actually. While many fans showed outrage at the Buckeyes’ rankings, to Meyer it confirmed Ohio State is one of the elite teams in the country.

“We had our first state of the union address. It's the first time that I do talk about polls. They're going to hear that BCS thing came out. My comment was that we are, indeed, in the mix. Embrace it. 

“In the mix for what? Don’t worry about it. We are in the mix, though. People think very highly of you. Maybe some people don’t. You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturday, not in the country.”

The team on across the field this week is a Penn State team that’s dealt with inconsistency this season. The Nittany Lions have felt the effects of scholarship reductions and what happens when you rely on youth. Still, Penn State beat Michigan and is a legitimate threat to the Buckeyes’ undefeated season and 19-game win streak.

“We have to be ready, and we will be ready,” Meyer said.


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biggy84's picture

I wish the players around the country would wrap up when they tackle instead of trying to blow guys up. Spielman has talked about this very thing in the past. If they follow proper tackling, there will be a lot less ejections. How many times have you seen a player bounce back and continue to run because they didn't wrap them up?

southernbuckeye's picture

that won't make espn highlights.

fear_the_nut70's picture

Fair question:  why is it not a valid strategy to try and prevent the completion or to cause a turnover?

NW Buckeye's picture

Wrapping up when you make the hit will not hinder your efforts to break up the pass or cause a turnover.  If anything it will keep the offensive player from being able to move his arms to hold onto the ball or keep his balance. 

Spider1944's picture

Paterno's National Championship game against The U, Miami Hurricanes, was due to exactly the principle you mention. PSU's secondary played off the receivers and then came up hard and absolutely blew them up. The Canes heard footsteps the rest of the game and were dropping everything in the second half.
GO BUCKS!!! Bring on the Nittany Lions! 

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nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

"How many times have you seen a player bounce back and continue to run because they didn't wrap them up?" - EXACTLY! Exhibit 1a: OSU vs. TTUN game 2012. Wrap up and one touchdown never happens.
Either way, the call against Roby was BS. Go Bucks!

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

Haybucks's picture

The latest TD after a hit was by El Guapo 34, tOSU v Iowa 2013.

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southernbuckeye's picture

roby's ejection, and several others, continue to cause the "wusification" of our country. these guys know what sport they are playing. if it's not tackle football, then let's just put flags on them.

NW Buckeye's picture

Then let's make sure none of them "lawyer up" to try to come after the school/team when they have troubles down the road.  Like it or not, there is too much information about concussions and the long term effects to just ignore it.  If the schools/rules committees do not take measures to address the risk any lawyer would have a field day in going after them.  Can you eliminate the risk of concussion altogether?  Hell no!  But you at least have to try to minimize it with the tools at hand. 

buckeye4life050233's picture

Or have the players sign something to the effect that gives them all updated information on CTE, concussions, serious injury, etc.... and say if you sign here you relinquish the right to sue on down the line

daytonbuckeye1983's picture

The problem I have is why aren't the players required to wear mouthpieces?  A significant percentage of concussions are caused by the lower jaw banging into the rest of the skull.  Helmets are loose and shake when players run.  Players routinely don't buckle up all chin straps.  Improve the equipment, don't ruin the game.

Maestro's picture

tackle football

there is nothing "wussified" about actually tackling someone

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Tackle football...........

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741's picture

He lead with the top of his helmet though...

cajunbuckeye's picture

Helmet goes to the side, right shoulder goes square in the numbers. Air escapes rapidly from lungs, ribs and sternum feel crushed, black spots become visible, and slight ringing starts in ears.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Ahhhh the greatest hit on a QB in  years. The ole Corby Jones sloberknocker/decleater!!! That hit by The Big Kat changed that game from that point on. Dude was always looking over his shoulder from that point on, for the rest of the game. He went over to his coach on the sideline and said,"coach, that dude hit me hard. I don't want to run anywhere where that guy is coach. I want to go the other way coach. He hits too hard! Coach, I'm scared of that guy! And ...... I think he made me shit my paints coach, he hit me so hard!  Coach, can I run the other way away from him coach, he hits hard!" And coach replies,"Corby, settle down, lets get you checked out here and we are going to have to get you cleaned up into a clean pair of pant cause you did shit your pants!!!!! And stop saying coach every other word,man, he did do a # on you didnt he!! He definitely rang your bell!"         LOL. That's how The Big Kat did things. :-D

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kgab11's picture

Damn it, accidental down vote. I'll get it back for ya.

Denny's picture

Cool story, bro.


pjtobin's picture

I just love Urban. What a straight shooting sob. 

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

BuckeyeMark's picture

It's a refreshing change from Tress' double speak.  I loved Tress but when he gave an interview you actually knew less about things than before.  "We know they're a great team and we have to get better this week."  "We have to learn from our mistakes and improve."  "We're going to give 100% and try to get better this week."  Repeat.  sigh...

BeijingBucks's picture

and so forth

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stantmann's picture

The good thing is that Urban saw that play over and over and over. Hopefully he is using this behind the scenes on how NOT to tackle. Penalty aside, it was not a good tackle - A good tackle would entail hitting an opposing player and wrapping your arms around the player and bringing him down.

Maestro's picture

you mean tacking someone and not just hitting them........what a concept

vacuuming sucks

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00Buck's picture

Where's Jack Tatum when ya need him ?

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Dear God, yes!

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lamplighter's picture

I hope he has a break out soon.  You can be sure that the remaining teams are looking to pass, pass, pass (that could work in our favor with ttun)

DLB1276's picture

I haven't seen how his play has affected his draft stock? Is there a chance he comes back next year?

Larryp713's picture

I don't think so. He is still projected as a first rounder on a lot of boards. His physical skills are too great to ignore, and I think pro teams will consider his negatives as fixable.



Woody16111's picture

I'm thinking the LB play is the cause of some soft D play calling. LB's got to cover a lot of ground and get to the QB when called upon. Seems like a lot is being asked from the DLine to get to the QB w/out aide of a solid blitz and the DB's are covering a lot of truf, causing them to be out of place at times and with poor tackling. Same problem as last year, sub par LB play. When Boren moved to LB, the D played 100x better. We don't have Boren this year so I don't know what to expect.

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hspbuy1's picture

We can all agree on safety being a concern, but I believe this rule needs a whole lot of changes,how about letting the players & coaches have some input. And maybe a 1 time warning with a 15 yd penalty. just my 2 cents.


BeijingBucks's picture

I do believe I see slobber airborne in that pic?

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

buckskin's picture

I'm sorry, but if Roby and others are not wrapping up at this point under the new regime, I put that on the coaching staff.  I'm sick and tired of these guys trying to get the big hit and make ESPN's top ten.  Look at film of Spielman, Winfield, and Doss and get it cleaned up.  Doss was especially effective at hitting a guy hard as hell and still wrapping up. 

extemporary08's picture

"#1 please go to the NFL, you hit too hard for college football." Said the ref as he kicked Roby out of the game.

Bugsyk's picture

Form tackles are awesome when it's a possibility.  Half of the body launch hits are a result of having to tackle in space, or forcing someone out of bounds while they're trying to turn up field.  I can't imagine the coaches aren't preaching to the players to wrap up on tackles. Similarly if all you can do is launch yourself towards someone to slow them, and knock them off balance until the calvary comes, it must be done.  Athletes aren't getting any slower.

elitesmithie's picture

If you watched the Browns game you can see the TE(Finley), lower his head leading up to contact. Gipson got a penalty(he lead with shoulder not helmet) and Finley is in the ICU. Point being, sometimes(probably alot), its the offensive player initiating the helmet to helmet contact. Yet the rules have nothing in place for that.
The only way Gipson could have made contact without coming near the shoulder(due to the TE being hunched over) is to take out the knee. Not exactly a great alternative. 

Buckeye419er's picture

There's always two sides to every story. Unfortunately in this case both cases are semi-valid. The only edge I personally believe one side has over the other is that this IS a hard hitting full contact sport. Yes, safety is important, but the only truly safe place in football is on the couch watching it. These young men are the gladiators of our day. We pay to watch them perform and on the highest level. Now I'm not saying that we pay to see them kill each other or seriously injure each other in this case. However, we do pay to see them give 100% and that does consist of punishing the other team to some extent. There is a reason that there aren't stadiums packed full of people paying to watch chess. The sport was built around a particular style of play and now that it is becoming more main stream and social media/internet has become a natural extension of our lives everyone has an opinion. Equality is a nice gesture but some people shouldn't be allowed to reproduce or give advice on the rules of American football. 

There can be only one

Cobrakai's picture

Did any one else think that Roby was grandstanding a little bit after that hit?  I seem to remember him kind of talking trash towards the Iowa side of the filed.  I think that if he had just gotten up and gone back to the huddle he might have avoid the ejection, if not the penalty.  Not to mention you probably shouldn't show boat after you just gave up a first down.

Larryp713's picture

All great cornerbacks have swagger. It is a requirement for the position, to be obnoxiously self confident. It probably helped him get kicked out of this game, and probably contributed to his BS arrest in Bloomington. That confidence is what helps them move to the next play if they get burned (which happens to the best from time to time). You need to forget it and move on. It is a two-edged sword.