Urban Meyer carried a special message into his pregame speech at St. John Arena for the Skull Session preceding Ohio State's contest with Tulsa.
Speaking to an arena stuffed to the rafters, Meyer used the occasion to pay tribute to the United States military and its first responders on the eve of Sunday's 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.
"Tomorrow is September 11th. Fifteen years ago, the unthinkable happened," Meyer told the crowd. "On this day, our thoughts and prayers are with the families that were directly impacted and also for the men and women who protect us every day who are in harm’s way, the men and women who serve in our military, the men and women in public service. Thank you very much for what you do.
“One thing history proves to everybody. Nothing is guaranteed. A bunch of people walked into that building fifteen years ago making dinner reservations, sending flowers to loved ones, and the world changed that day. History tells us there is no guarantee in life. What is guaranteed is this is we have a bunch of blessed young men behind me who get to play this great of football, and they get to play in front of you, the best fans in the land. Most importantly, they get to play with each other. They’re a group of players completely committed to our university."
Tulsa vs. No. 4 Ohio State kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Thunderstorms in Columbus are expected to hold off until at least 6 p.m.