I am surprised I did not see this referenced anywhere on 11W today. It is a great read and really helps one understand what a special coach we have. Highlights:
...just a few minutes into it, something clicked with Meyer and he ended up delivering this fiery motivational speech about leadership and teamwork and what makes a team do what Ohio State did last fall, going unbeaten a year after losing seven games.
For the football junkie in me, it was 10 or so minutes of absolute bliss.
...all of the outside hype surrounding his team has nothing to do with Braxton Miller’s ability or any defensive scheme but that the only way the 2013 Buckeyes will be worthy of it is if all nine units are on the same page and giving the same effort.
He said he appreciates that Ohio State has a beautiful team meeting room but said it’s rare when something gets accomplished in a 115-person meeting. He said he needs to know that the individual position meetings will be where the real work and the real teaching get done.
...he sometimes wears what would almost amount to a disguise and just strolls through campus to make sure he has at least some sort of feel for what world his players are living in when they’re not in structured football activities.
He called most of what he sees on campus “nonsense,” and he tied that back into his leadership goals and his demands for the meeting rooms. In those rooms, he said, the nonsense has to stop.
When he was done, the six adults at my table sat there silently, kind of stunned. A lot like the six or eight people at each of the other eight or 10 tables were.
“He’s pretty good at his job,” I quipped.