Well, it has been an interesting last year for The Ohio State University, hasn't it? The killer tattoos, firing of the vested one and a small business operation of trinkets for cash. On top of that, even more fire began to billow out of the Horseshoe, as several key players were caught with bogus summer jobs.
To beat it all, when the team tried to make news on the field, it was by way of the negative variety—finishing with its first losing season since 1988 (John Cooper sighting).
Through it all, however, the silver lining was found as OSU perhaps positioned itself for more jewels in its crown for the long haul with the hiring of Urban Meyer. But then, even more waves crashed upon the scarlet and gray shore as the NCAA slapped the wrist of a proud program even harder, taking the Buckeyes' chances of a Big Ten title and more off the table for the guy riding through the gray clouds on a white horse.
All of healing is about to begin, however. Meyer has started inserted a new culture, attitude and way of doing things—especially on the offensive side of the ball already in spring. Despite all of the rumors and negative press heaped upon the program in the early going, there is optimism on the banks of the Olentangy.
But just how much turns to reality remains to be seen, for despite it all, there is no postseason no matter what happens on the field.
So what are the realistic goals for the first installment of the Urban Meyer-led Ohio State Buckeyes? Here are 10 realistic goals for the transition year, by all accounts and measures, of 2012: