You are right, it was a coaching epic fail. OTOH, much of this was on the kids, too.
As soon as the BTN cameras showed up at August camp, that team was doomed. By their own admissions, many of these kids, with Meyer's tacit blessing, were more concerned about their touches and prepping for the NFL draft than they were chasing college football and Ohio State immortality. It's why I can't dwell on the Sparty loss as much as others do. Yes, this was among the most talented teams in OSU history -- maybe THE MOST talented. And yes, they had a good argument for the cf playoff. But they didn't have the will and Meyer couldn't bring it out of them until it was too late after the Sparty loss. To me, it is as clear-cut as that.