We went the non-Ohio man route with Coop. And while we had hordes of great players and many great seasons something was always missing. If we pursue Peterson--and for some reason a west coast guy with no ties to the state says yes--I think we'll have the same experience.
My sense, like most, is that this is Urban's job. If he passes then we have a horse race between Pelini, Gruden, and Dantonio, with an outside shot at someone like Tim Beckman getting the job.
If no Meyer, then personally, I like Gruden for what he instantly brings to the table. Experience. Cache-slash-instant respect. A golden rolodex for coordinators. And an offensive-focus that honors the QB.
This move is akin to what the 49ers have done with Jim Harbaugh in the NFL. They had talent and a good, albeit underperforming QB, who has suffered with a different offensive coordinator every single year. You hire a guy who gets instant respect, has the character to expand that respect, and one that can bring along the most important asset on the team--the QB--while not messing up what you do best, which is defense.
Yes, Gruden may not coach Ohio State for a decade, but is that so bad if you got a coach that kept the talent rolling in, got the Buckeyes playing a pro-style offense, and got us winning things? I'd take 4-5 years of that and then a baton hand-off, for sure. And who knows? Maybe Gruden would stick.