Ohio State Football: Why Buckeyes Need Urban Meyer to Dominate in Year 1
The Urban Meyer era at Ohio State is full of intrigue, excitement and potential because of the pedigree and resume Meyer brings.
Ohio State hasn't brought in a coach with not only ties to the Buckeye state, but with a track record of success at a major power in the SEC. Two national championships and a third BCS bowl win are quite the glowing portions of the Meyer resume.
The biggest thing he has already brought with him to Ohio State is his presence. He has an impact all over the football program, not just on the field.
Ohio State had a similar thing with Jim Tressel, who was revered and sometimes worshiped among Buckeye fans. However, the biggest concern with him—up until "Tattoogate"—was that he was always so secretive in his methods, keeping everything behind a curtain.
Meyer is far from that, as he is always open and available to the media, and he is more than willing to connect with fans.
Now all that remains to be seen with Meyer is how well his teams do on the field.
Nothing on the resume says he should have an issue with success, even from day one despite a roster lacking in proven, quality depth in several areas.
The football Meyer will have his team playing will certainly be a more exciting brand of football than OSU fans have seen in the last decade. However, the biggest concern is how well he will get his team to play because of the NCAA sanctions keeping the Buckeyes out of postseason play this year.
Meyer has already shown early on that players who don't give full effort won't play, which means motivation shouldn't be much of a concern.
He will get his guys ready to play every single week, and he has his players believing in him, which is humongous going forward. And if he can maintain that—his players believing in him—and get them to believe in what they want to do, they will be just fine this year, and even next year when the Buckeyes are expected to be in the national championship picture.
Meyer will have to be the main guy to help steer the ship this year, especially since he has some work to do in rebuilding the psyche of this team. He is off to a good start so far, but he has to continue to work at it because these players suffered through Ohio State's worst season in nearly a century.
Meyer is very good at getting people to buy into his system, so he will find a way to make the guys believe in what he is doing. If he does that, Ohio State will be just fine, because that means Ohio State will be a force in the Big Ten and will have about 10 wins in 2012.
A 10-2 season this year can help set this team up for a shot at a national championship in 2013-14.
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