Urban Meyer: Greatest Buckeye Coach of All Time?

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Urban Meyer: Greatest Buckeye Coach of All Time?

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Urban Meyer: Greatest Buckeye Coach of All Time?


Now that Urban Meyer has announced his retirement, it’s time to wonder what his legacy will be, and if he can be considered as the greatest coach in Ohio State history.


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When most people think about Ohio State Football, they think about tradition and winning. They think about Woody Hayes and his ground and pound offense, the old “three yards and a cloud of dust”.

It was this mentality that elevated Ohio State’s football status to elite. Hayes would go on to win five national championships as a head coach for the Buckeyes, and cement his legacy as the greatest Ohio State coach of all time, right?

Wrong. And stay with me here.

Urban Meyer is the greatest coach in Ohio State history. Yes, Coach Meyer has three national championships as a head coach, and only one of those at Ohio State. However, what Coach Meyer has done at Ohio State is far greater overall than Woody Hayes.

On The Field

Meyer revolutionized the Big Ten. Before his arrival in Columbus, the Big Ten had fallen behind the SEC, especially as far as talent goes. This wasn’t any more evident than when the Buckeyes got pounded two years in a row to Florida and LSU in national championship games in 2007 and 2008.

Meyer brought his higher power spread offense to Ohio State in 2012. He lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in his first year, an Orange Bowl appearance in his second year, he led the Buckeyes to the first College Football Playoff and won the a national championship in his third year, a Fiesta Bowl win in his fourth year, another CFP appearance in his fifth year, a Cotton Bowl win in his sixth, and finally a Rose Bowl appearance in his 7th year.

And then there’s the measure by which all Buckeye coaches are held to. Meyer is a perfect 7-0 against That Team Up North. There’s no doubt Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are a little under-the-radar reserved and excited that he’s moving on. After all, how do you beat a guy consistently that has just seven regular season losses in the same amount of years. SEVEN.

Meyer elevated the recruiting in the Big Ten. Immediately once he came in, Ohio State had a top 5 class every year, and now Penn State and Michigan are consistently in the top 10 in recruiting, and regular season rankings. The Big Ten has now adapted and has returned to the level of prestige it once had decades before.

Off The Field

But let’s not forget about things off the field too. Meyer has made an impact in the community. From a mental health standpoint, to backing law enforcement, to supporting local charities and he and his wife Shelley donating to cancer research at the local James Medical Center at Ohio State.

Yes, Meyer only won one national title at Ohio State compared to Hayes’ five. However, Woody Hayes did not have to deal with the national powerhouses of Alabama and Clemson, and the complicated, and often subjective playoff system today. In fact, when Hayes coached, there was not even a national title game.

There will of course always be some national media members who will attempt to tarnish Meyer’s legacy through some very slanted and one-sided reporting, yet the legacy of Meyer will always be strong throughout Buckeye Nation. It’ll likely be less than that in other part of the country.

Meyer spoke in his press conference yesterday about how he cares a great deal about his legacy and what people think when they hear the name “Meyer”. Well, those who truly follow Meyer and not the bias of today’s blood thirsty reporting will think of Urban Meyer as a good father, a good husband, a role model in the community, A leader of men, and ultimately the greatest football coach in Ohio State history.

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