It's been quite some time since the Ohio State Buckeyes sat perched atop the Big Ten football landscape—a year and some change, to be exact—and after such a lengthy hiatus, they are poised once again to reclaim the top conference spot in 2012.
If there are two takeaways from the Jim Tressel era for Buckeye fans, they are: the strict adherence to the bro code that existed between coach and players, where tattoos for memorabilia are concerned, and winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
Despite a valiant attempt by interim head coach Luke Fickell to at least maintain some level of program-wide sustenance and respectability, the Bucks went 6-7 in 2011, faltering to their first losing season since 1988 when they went 4-6-1. The only possible head coaching hire that would appease was that of the man soon to be bronze busted in the hall of legendary Buckeye head coaches, Urban Meyer.
Meyer, without coaching a single game to date, has already reestablished and rejuvenated the program, as well as the belief of the fanbase that there will be no rebuilding year; rather, the ribbon cutting on a return to prominence will begin in 2012.