Start Your Friday with this Wonderful New York Times Profile on Ohio State's Football Staff

By Jason Priestas on October 25, 2013 at 9:17a
Two members of the Dream Staff

Greg Bishop of The New York Times checks in with a fantastic profile of Urban Meyer's staff – a staff he almost bailed on, but stuck with and they are now gunning for their 20th win in a row.

It produced an eclectic mixture, this Ohio State staff, a collection of nine main assistants unlike any other in college football. One offensive coordinator is a Mensa member, although he cannot remember if he paid his most recent dues. The defensive line coach played 14 seasons in the N.F.L. and has three Super Bowl rings. One defensive coordinator was a wrestler who became an interim head football coach. The strength coach doubles as the unofficial staff therapist.

Collectively, they hold more than 200 years of experience, at all levels, from high school to the N.F.L. They took a team ranked 81st in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring in 2011 to seventh in 2013, took an offense ranked 107th in yards per game to 20th. They garnered a number of top recruiter awards in the off-season. Their makeup — and the way Meyer stitched them together in a matter of weeks — is one important, underrated aspect of Ohio State’s return to national championship contention.

Supplements include pieces on Tom Herman ("The Mensa Member"), Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel ("The Roommates"), Ed Warinner ("The Traditionalist") and Kerry Coombs ("The Motivator") and – wait, you're still here? Go. Read.


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shortbus20's picture

This is nice timing...I posted this on the Forum 2 hours

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jeremytwoface's picture

Eleven Warriors likes to steal your ideas for their own!!! 
Fight the man!!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

RBuck's picture

I'd be flattered.

Long live the southend.

Hovenaut's picture

Upvote for the effort SB!

jfunk's picture

The table they worked around was covered in coffee cups, creamer, sugar, white board cleaner, an Ohio State visor, empty Gatorade bottles, dip cans, Coke cans, pens, game plans.

Vrabel just can't go without a lipper, can he?

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

Killer nuts's picture

Herman dips, per the SI article a couple weeks ago

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

You can also see him with a chew in during every presser....I noticed it the first time he was at the podium.  Kinda funny...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BuckeyeSouth's picture

I'm generally not a fan of the NYT but that was actuall a decent article.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

Jason Priestas's picture

It's amazing. As long as we stick to talking about football pieces from places like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, both publications are great and routinely put out pieces that are worth our time.

[Or, we see you trying to inject political takes.]

gwalther's picture

Jason, for the win.

Class of 2008

Enzo's picture

Both publications have boring, from an Ohioans point of view, sports sections.

TheBadOwl's picture

Meh, I disagree. They always publish stuff like this. Me likey.
And yes, I'm an Ohioan.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Did you guys know that Tom Herman is a member of Mensa? 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Gotta feel sorry for New Yawkers. They don't have a big time CFB program in their backyard and they will have much lust in their hearts for OSU after reading this....

BABuckeye's picture

There are a lot of Buckeyes in New York.

Kurt's picture

Compare this article from just a few weeks ago in the Times about LSU's head coach to today's article about our head coach.  I like the contrast.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

You do get your money's worth with the Mad Hatter, but I'd only want to "pay" with house money, not my own.

ChazBuckeye's picture

This was a great piece.  Loved breakdowns about all the coaches.  Pretty cool!

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.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great article.  We focus so much on the recruiting of players, we (speaking for myself I guess) often don't consider the recruiting process a head coach goes through for his assistants.  Good insight into the buckeye staff, a diverse, eclectic and effective group of guys.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

albinomosquito's picture

Coombs yawned and reached for the nearest coffee cup.

What!?! A yawn?  From Coombs? I've always imagined him with Red Bull running through his veins..  

HolgateBuckeye's picture

Anyone else find it interesting Withers isn't mentioned in the article?

causeicouldntgo43's picture

You may be on to something. He does seem to be the least mentioned Assistant Coach. It just seems like we know less about him than all of the others. Coincidence? I think not.....

buckskin's picture

I wonder what the staff would look like with strictly "Meyer" guys.