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Urban F. Meyer (THE CLOSER)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “I’ve been pretty good over my career being able to lock in and focus in on what’s important," Meyer said. "It was very emotional for me because I had never been to the Rose Bowl. I grew up as a Buckeye fan, I grew up in the great state of Ohio and I remember the Buckeyes in the 70’s playing in the Rose Bowl against USC and watching Archie Griffin start for four years.

    'That was the only major bowl game we’d never been to. We went it and really the first three quarters we were on fire, it was 28-3 at halftime. We dominated that first half and our guys were really ready to play. You always remember your last game, especially if it’s the Rose Bowl.”

    It was an emotional lead-up to the game, too, as Meyer had previously made it public that he would retire following the Rose Bowl. Former Ohio State Buckeyes starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins said that he cried when he found out that Rose Bowl -- also Haskins' final game as a Buckeye -- would also mark the end of an era in the college football coaching landscape. Haskins, during the same episode of "Ring Chronicles," recalled the emotions that he experienced when he and his teammates learned of Meyer's decision.

    “For me, I cried," Haskins recalled. "I didn’t cry in front of the team, but for me watching (him) at Florida, hearing about him at Utah with Alex Smith and being around him he molded me into the player that I was at Ohio State. We just said we’re gonna lead Coach out with a bang in the Grandaddy of Them All, probably the best bowl game in college sports. The whole opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl and Coach being his last game, we had to make sure we came out with a win.”

    “Knowing that it was his last game and knowing that we were going to California with a whole bunch of distractions there, make sure we were focused, locked in the whole time we were getting ready for Washington who had a great defense. We had to go in there and play our best game. We knew that we weren’t gonna let Coach down.”

    “I think the critical factor right now is player safety and trying to this game, trying to play football this fall,” Meyer said on Big Ten Network. “It’s heartbreaking to be honest with you. But adaptability, sacrifice are all gonna be critical in everyone’s part.”
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  3. billmac91

    billmac91 Senior

    Lol.....I think it’s a family member, but he may wanna tighten up protocol around the house during interviews. Not the most professional look.....
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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    THERE GOES MY HERO. What if I told you that the most important Ohio State football team in my lifetime didn't win anything?

    They also didn't lose, at any point.

    (Urban) Meyer, who was recently named Big Ten Coach of the Decade by the Big Ten Network, said there are two murals in the Ohio State football building dedicated to the 2012 team and that “you’ll have to move me to tear them down.”

    “That’s how strongly I feel about that team,” Meyer said. “That team and that staff. Those kids couldn’t play for anything. In this day and age, everyone would transfer. They stuck it out.”

    This goes back to the most important speech, Meyer’s to the seniors the day the bowl ban was announced. He asked them if they wanted to go out on a 6-7 season or if they wanted an experience that would make them proud to return to Ohio State later in life. He told them he’d change their lives in one year. It worked. All 21 decided to stay.


    “It was going to hit,” Meyer insisted. “The script was written. Ohio State was going to be irrelevant for 10 years. And I believe that team saved the day."

    He's got a point.

    Whenever I look back at the best moments of Meyer's tenure, my brain's going to go to Cardale Jones hucking up deep balls to Devin Smith, Ezekiel Elliott running through and around everybody, and the Silver Bullets shutting down the three Heisman Trophy finalists in consecutive games.

    But really, the best Buckeye season under Meyer was 2012, when a team that was frankly not very good at all, won every damn game, even when they were told the season didn't matter.

    By the way, if you're a subscriber to The Athletic, that is a fantastic read. It's basically 4,700 words of blunt and candid anecdotes and stories about the 2012 season. 10/10, highly recommended.
  5. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Looking back, that's a great point and a phenomenal article. Easy to forget that season because of the bowl ban, but that team could have honestly been a .500 team. Pretty amazing all the players stuck around even with UFM coming to town.
  6. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    That team also would have beaten Notre Dame and that would have been the matchup.
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  7. BuckeyeBiz

    BuckeyeBiz Junior

    Great article, thanks for sharing. I forgot how great of a feat that was. Probably the 6th best team out of Urbs 7 teams but so much respect for what he and the 2012 team accomplished.

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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “As hard as it is, you have to really trust the experts,” Meyer said. “There’s so many incredibly smart people involved in the decision process. My heart says -- just devastated. Your heart also tells you -- could we have waited? Could we put this thing off for a little while like the SEC -- just buy more time and just let the players continue to train. They were getting tested twice per week. The majority of them were coming back negative. You have the best healthcare right there at Ohio State, and then you send them home. I think more from a coach perspective, but I understand. There’s scientists, doctors making these decisions, and you have to believe it through the best interest of the players.”
  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Being retired = more time with his family (and improved health)...:nod:

    I don't think he'll ever coach again.
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Interesting discussions...

    I would have said QB.

  11. Zippercat

    Zippercat Senior

    Now hold on here.....are those Meyers guys wearing BLUE shirts?

  12. pianobuck46

    pianobuck46 pianobuck46

    Yeah, and the three other guys are wearing Khaki shorts! Hilarious! :nttawwt:
  13. pianobuck46

    pianobuck46 pianobuck46

    Why should he? If I had a family like that (and there's not one thing wrong with mine anyway), a lucrative sportscasting position and my own restaurant, I wouldn't look back either.

    Looks like he's got everything just the way he wants it. :urban1: :urban2: :cool:
  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    MEYER KNOWS BEST. Urban Meyer may not be coaching football these days, but I'd say he's still got a pretty good feel for what coaches want and need.

    And with the NCAA's evolving stance on player name, image and likeness, Meyer foresees a need for someone to figure out what the hell to do about that from a team standpoint, so he's made a business partnership with Altius Sports Partners, who will do just that.

    Meyer, who will be the coaching consultant, predicted extraordinary demand for Altius’ services. Coaches’ time and attention in 2020 has been totally consumed by the pandemic, social justice causes and uncertainty around the 2020 season itself, Meyer said, so few of them have given full consideration to what NIL rights might mean.

    The kind of guidance and expertise that Altius promises could provide its clients with a leg up in recruiting the top athletes who might be in position to benefit from NIL the most, the coach said.

    “Universities will adapt, everyone will adapt,” Meyer said. “But I know a coach is going to want help in this space. He’s going to want to know what other people are doing. The biggest thing is what the NCAA compliance is going to look like. … This is going to be very chaotic for quite a while.”

    I'll say this – for all the talk that existed about Meyer moving back into coaching after leaving Ohio State, I don't think there's a bone in his body that wants to back in coaching if it means dealing with this, the transfer portal, navigating social issues or anything else in the changing college football landscape.

    Nobody is more happily retired.
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  15. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Urban is the best studio analyst in the business and it ain't close. He's so fun to watch.

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