CFN/Phil Harrison on Urban Meyer's first year at Ohio State

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November 5, 2012 at 3:12p

"Two national titles, four conference titles, seven bowl wins, an .828 winning percentage, and multiple national coach of the year awards. Those are just some of the tangible accolades to describe the young, yet esteemed coaching career of Urban Frank Meyer.

But nobody makes it to the top of his profession by accident. Meyer is a tireless recruiter, schematic trailblazer, and maybe most importantly, a master motivator.

It is that last attribute that has been worth its weight in gold this year.

In most years, there is a big-prized carrot to dangle in front of a burgeoning team. It’s not simply enough to load a team with talent and then not provide dreams, goals and aspirations to plod, tweak, and keep a team accountable for its work on the field. And what better dream and prize to put up on the bulletin board in training camp than the chance for conference and national glory? How about an opportunity to travel to a bowl site, take in some sights, get some bowl swag, and waltz away as “champion"?

"But this year isn’t your run of the mill year on the banks of the Olentangy. There is no pot of gold at the end of the college football rainbow, no medal to bestow, and no bowl parties to attend. Ohio State instead, is in the midst of a season in purgatory. A season in which playing for pride alone seems more like a carrot that has been peeled, chopped, devoured and spit back out. There it is boys, go get it. ..."

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