Ohio State football: Why Urban Meyer is the perfect man for the job

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Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer is undoubtedly one of the best football coaches in the world, at a college or professional level.

Wins and championships seem to follow him wherever he goes.  Urban has coached two Heisman winners and boasts an overall win percentage of .837 as a head coach.  That is an unbelievable number that few men in the history of college football can say they achieved.  Urban is most well known for his stint at the University of Florida, where he won two national championships.

Urban Meyer’s return to his home state of Ohio two years ago was an exciting turn of events after the team had gone 6-6 in the previous season under interim head coach, Luke Fickell.  Expectations were high, but nobody expected the turnaround to happen so quickly.  Urban took the Ohio State football team to a 24-0 regular season record in his first two seasons as head coach before losing in the Big Ten championship to deny the Buckeyes a shot at the National Championship. Meyer’s Buckeyes then lost a second straight game in the Orange Bowl.

Despite the current two-game losing streak that the Buckeyes carry into this season, there is no doubt who remains the favorite to win the Big Ten this season: Ohio State.  The Buckeyes remain the favorite despite losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship last season, and the main reason for this is the coaching, Urban Meyer in particular.

Urban does not know how to lose.  The word loss is not in his vocabulary.  He is a winner and always has been, and the combination of a coach like Urban and a winning program like Ohio State is a great one that should produce a number of Big Ten championships, and hopefully a few national championships as well.

There is a reason Meyer is so successful.  He has not become one of the most successful coaches of all time by luck.  It is a combination of his offensive scheme, the coaches he surrounds himself with, and his great success as a recruiter.  Urban runs a fast-paced spread offense that puts up points in big numbers.  His offense is perfect for a mobile quarterback, which he has been fortunate enough to have in quarterbacks such as Alex Smith at Utah, Tim Tebow at Florida, and now Braxton Miller at Ohio State.

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Recruiting is the reason for such great talent wherever Urban is coach.  He has cemented himself as one of, if not the best recruiter in the nation.  His first three recruiting classes have all been ranked top-5 in the country.  Another reason for this is his staff.  Urban Meyer is able to surround himself with the best coordinators and position coaches in the country because of his status as one of the best head coaches in the country.  Players are then attracted to playing for Meyer and his great coaching staff.  This formula leads to nothing but success, and this is why Urban Meyer is the perfect coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

  • citywide

    I like this coach and have followed OSU football since the mid-60’s (beat Michigan) but this article gives no reason why Meyer Is the perfect coach for OSU. If he were the coach at any school this same nonsense could be written.

  • Daniel

    He hasn’t beat a top ten team in like 5 years. He is really good at harboring criminals and running out on his team when the going gets tough though, so that’s nice.