Yes, I should have clarified the first sentence with Cooper's record to end the season. His Ohio State teams had plenty of talent and were in the conversation for national titles throughout the mid '90s. I will always give Cooper credit for paving the way for this era of football for his work on the recruiting trail and making the program a competitor on the national recruiting scene.
However, with the good, there is the bad. Cooper wasn't a closer and his teams had a tendency to fall flat at the end of the schedule. Had the team finished strong in '96, '97 and '98 there is a strong chance the program has another national title or two. Oh well, what could have/should have been.