Some interesting questions asked of Coach Meyer today by fellow OSU fans in an ESPN chat, thought I'd share the chat itself in case anyone missed it. You can find it here, along with the fans interviews with other B1G coaches. Transcript of the Q&A with Coach Meyer, Meyer's answers are in bold:
Harrison F. (Ohio) - Urban, congratulations on a very successful first year. What are you looking forward to most for the upcoming season? Is a championship realistic for the Buckeyes?
Urban Meyer - Probably watching the development of QB Miller.
Jeff (Columbus) - coach, how weird is it being back at ESPN and being on this side of things?
Urban Meyer - It is a little ironic, but I have such great friends here that it's good to come back and see them.
Dave (Reed) - Has the academic prestige at Ohio State tilted the scale in your favor in any recent recruiting battles? Do you see higher number of academic performers in the program at OSU as opposed to Florida? Go Bucks!
Urban Meyer - Absolutely. I know for a fact that it was a difference maker in some of the kids that we got.
Jonathan (Westerville, Ohio) - Thinking of your Florida defenses, would you anticipate more man-to-man/press coverage for your cornerbacks or will Ohio State continue to play more Cover 2 (like under Jim Heacock and Luke Fickell before)?
Urban Meyer - We are going to play more man coverage.
Phillip (A stadium near you) - Coach Meyer, besides athletic ability, what things in a kid do you want to him to have that you recruit to Ohio State?
Urban Meyer - No. 1 is competitive spirit. How you find that is how they perform in rivalry games, championship level games. That's when you expect them to be the most competitive.
Scott (Indy) - Stadium you've never been to that you're looking forward to go to?
Urban Meyer - I think I've been to them all. Purdue is a difficult place to play, I know that.
Neeraj (Virginia) - Coach Meyer, with expectations always high in Columbus, what is the most important advice that a young player is given when they arrive on campus, on how to approach that? All the best this season.
Urban Meyer - Most of the time when high expectations are not met, it's not because of poor coaches or poor players, it's because of distractions. So keep focused.
Alex (OH) - Coach, are you expecting significant strides from the WRs this year? they seemed a bit up and down last year.
Urban Meyer - I am. I think that's one of our weaknesses from a year ago. The returning players have developed and we have recruited well.
Kris (Columbus ) - where's that famous contract with you and your kids? hangning in the office?
Urban Meyer - Sure is.
Urban Meyer - And it always will.
John (Columbus) - Coach, you talked about speed being an issue on "The Herd." Can you overcome that deficiency with more skill? Or is the mantra you can't teach speed true?
Urban Meyer - That's how you overcome it. You recruit as much speed as you can get.
Ross (Lancaster, PA) - Which members of the freshman class should we expect to see making a difference on the field this fall?
Urban Meyer - Anything now would just be speculation. LB and offensive skill I could see immediate impacts.
Cris (OH) - Do you wish the B10 was more open to night games?
Urban Meyer - Yes. I think a lot of people feel that way. Part of it is the recruiting, because people want to get to your games. We played a couple of night games and they were dynamic.
edr (columbus) - what does braxton miller need to do to become an elite QB?
Urban Meyer - Just saturate himself in the variances of the drop back passing game. Knowing where all five guys are at all times. Coverage recognition.
Phillip (A stadium near you) - Coach Meyer, how did working for ESPN that one year help you become a better coach?
Urban Meyer - I just think it's a greater appreciation to the time and effort people put into covering your team. And the GameDay production.
Jordan (NYC) - Coach, Congrats on a stellar season last year. Columbus is known as a food town. Have you found a favorite place yet?
Urban Meyer - Oh yeah. Several different places that I frequent. I love the Boagie Inn. Hyde Park and Cap City.
Jonathan (Westerville, Ohio) - There is a ton of talent on the defensive line. What is your (or Vrabel/Fickell/Withers) ideal rotation? How many players in your ideal rotation?
Urban Meyer - That will be a big part of this year. Some of them are inexperienced, but that's what training camp is for.
Steve (Chicago) - What role (if any) do former Buckeye players play in the mentorship of your current players?
Urban Meyer - We use some guys already. A lot of guys are off from their own jobs and businesses and come back. They're very involved in the Buckeye experience. Chris Spielman has some conversations with our LBs. Joey Galloway is very involved in the leadership.
Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH) - Urban.. how special would it be for you to win the last ever BCS National Championship?
Urban Meyer - Obviously that would be an incredible experience. One parts of my job is to eliminate distractions and as we start camp there will be no conversations about that.
Mike (Carmel, IN) - Which state in the Midwest has surprised you the most in terms of talent for high school football?
Urban Meyer - I'm very familiar, I've always recruited midwest states. I'm biased to the Ohio programs. A good majority of our team is from Ohio.
Urban Meyer - I'm very anxious to start camp on Sunday. Go Bucks!