Can Meyer Revive Ohio State Football?
December 6, 2011
There are very few people who possess the ability to walk into a football program, as a coach, and turn a once failing program into a BCS bowl contender. Urban Meyer is one of those few people. He’s done it countless times, whether its Bowling Green’s overall 17-6 record in two seasons. The University of Utah’s Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh and its first 12-0 season since 1930, or most recently the University of Florida winning 2 National Championships within 5 years. Urban Meyer certainly knows the recipe for success so it’s no surprise that Ohio State reached out to him, in hopes of Meyer resurrecting their once promising and bowl bound football program.
After the media frenzy that took place in late 2010, a midst of allegations that 28 (including former Heisman hopeful Terelle Pryor) traded the team memorabilia or used equipment for tattoos, other merchandise, or services between 2002 and 2010; things went down hill for Ohio State the very next year. Then head coach Jim Tressel retired, and Terelle Pryor left the school during the controversy and sought out a chance to play in the NFL. To make matters worse, Ohio State vacated all of their victories from the 2010 season as self-imposed punishment for the major NCAA violations.
This year Ohio Sate went 6-6 to say the least, a very disappointing season for the Buckeyes. Bringing in Urban Meyer is exactly what they needed to do; start over with a whole new system and attitude. Urban Meyer will bring a lot of versatility and leadership to this program, something that has been needed for a very long time. Two National Championships, a Fiesta Bowl win, an overall coaching record of 104–23 (.819), and multiple coaching awards, Urban Meyer is looking for nothing less than another National Championship to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments. Can he continue his streak as a successful miracle worker? Or will he fall off the throne of coaching loyalty? We will find out next year when the NCAA football season officially begins.