Ohio State fans have one ongoing beef with Urban Meyer. He never got the tattoo he promised his team he'd get for beating Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Following his team's 42-35 win over Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, Meyer told his team he'd get a tattoo – likely a “Block O” – if they completed the journey with a championship win over the Ducks. Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and the rest of the Buckeyes delivered, but nearly three years later, Meyer still has a tat-free body.
That may change. Maybe.
Meyer's wife, Shelley, appearing on the Eleven Dubcast Wednesday, gave an update of sorts on the Meyer family's tattoo plans.
“Urban and I made this pact when he got the Notre Dame receivers coaching job,” Shelley said. “We really thought we were going to win a national championship there. That was back in 1996. We made a pact: if we win a national championship at Notre Dame, we're getting the Fighting Irish leprechaun tattoo – for both of us. Well, we didn't win one there.
“And then we get to Florida and we win one, and we're like, ‘Oh, shoot. We made this pact back in 1996. Now we have to get a tattoo. Well, I'm scared. I don't want to get a tattoo!’ And then we won another one! Well, I was still scared to get a tattoo.”
If you're keeping score, that's two national championships, and zero tattoos.
“And then we get to Ohio State and we win another national championship!”
But the Meyers have a plan.
“We've got the design,” Shelley said. “We are going to do this. Some day we are going to do this. My dream – and I don't want to jinx us – my dream is to win one more and then we get it and we have four dates on it. We're going to do the tattoo at some point and we will have all the dates of our national championships on it.”
So it sounds like Urban Meyer will eventually get a tattoo, but not before he wins another national championship—or retires, whichever comes first. Or maybe we'll still be shaking our fists at him 20 years down the road.