Let's Pause And Truly Appreciate Urban Meyer's Time At Ohio State

Urban Meyer Retirement: Time To Pause, Reflect And Appreciate

Let's Pause And Truly Appreciate Urban Meyer's Time At Ohio State

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Let's Pause And Truly Appreciate Urban Meyer's Time At Ohio State


Urban Meyer will be announcing his retirement from coaching today at 2pm. Let’s take a moment and reflect on how great Ohio State fans have had it over the past seven seasons.


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I remember when the news broke that Urban Meyer would become the programs 24th head coach, I was elated. I told a friend as the press conference approached that it felt like Christmas. Only this was a present we didn’t get tired of after a few weeks. Meyer has been a gift that we have continued to love and cherish over the years.

After months of speculation that he might step down, it looks as if Urban will do so after the Rose Bowl.

Let’s take a moment to take it all in and appreciate what Urban Meyer has done for Ohio State.

Urban hit the ground running at Ohio State immediately making an impact in recruiting. In his seven years at the helm, Meyer had recruiting classes all ranked in the top 10. The lowest ranking (No. 7) was his first year at the helm, but that was a combination of Urban, Luke Fickell, and Tress. Three different times Meyer brought in the No. 2 classes in the nation.

Along with those top recruiting classes, Meyer changed the Big Ten. Before he came to Ohio State, the conference had a reputation for being big, slow, three yards and a cloud of dust. Urban knew he had to build a wall around Ohio and keep the best in-state talent, but also knew he had to get speed from places like Texas and Florida. And that he did. Ohio State seems to be years ahead in recruiting, but is forcing the rest of the Big Ten to catch up.

What about Meyer’s outstanding record? 85 wins to only 9 losses. 55 and 4 in the Big Ten. Take a moment and let that sink in. Ohio State fans have been totally spoiled over the past seven seasons. The Buckeyes have averaged 12 wins per season with Urban captaining the ship.

That’s flat out getting it done.

The improbable 2014 National Championship with a third string quarterback left us with some memories that will last a lifetime. Putting a whoopin’ on Wisconsin to even get in the conversation. Then beating an unbeatable Alabama with “85 yards through the heart of the south.” Finally topping it off with a route of Oregon in the championship game. Sweet, sweet memories.

Urban should have had a chance to repeat as champions in 2015, but the playoff selection committee wasn’t interested in making sure the best four teams were in the playoff that year.

And then there’s 7 and 0. Urban Meyer – undefeated against TTUN. Jim Harbaugh was brought back to Michigan to restore the lore of the Maize and Blue. But Urban would have nothing of it, topping off his Ohio State career with a 62-39 victory over No. 4 Wolverines to stay undefeated against our arch rival.

What a ride it’s been! One of our writers said it best in a Thank You to Urban Meyer a few weeks back that has been updated with the news, suspecting this might be the end of the line.

One thing is for sure, Urban Meyer has left the Ohio State football program better than what he found it (and that’s saying a lot) and he’s left the cupboard full for new head coach, Ryan Day.

The future looks bright for the Buckeye football team, but we’ll always look back on a seven year run that has been truly legendary.

Thanks for the memories Urban. You’ll be missed, but always revered in the great state of Ohio.

 

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