Urban Meyer Playing Golf in Lake Tahoe, Undecided About 2012 Buckeyes

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJuly 21, 2012

Urban Meyer is ready to start fall practice.
Urban Meyer is ready to start fall practice.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer took some time out from playing golf this weekend to talk to ESPN on Friday.

Meyer is in Lake Tahoe playing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, which will be aired on NBC over the weekend.

Buckeye fans should take heart since, apparently, Urban has been working to get the Buckeyes ready for practice starting next week rather than working on his golf game.  Although he did beat Charles Barkley, he is tied for 55th in the 82-man field after the first round.

Meyer said that he was surprised at how far behind quarterback Braxton Miller was in spring practice.  The coaching staff has been working all summer to get Miller and the backups up to speed.

Meyer needs his quarterbacks to be ready to run the up-tempo style of offense that he demands.

The coach is somewhat concerned about his running back position, as first-stringer Jordan Hall cut his foot in early July and will be out of action for some time. 

It will give him a chance to give some other backs experience and better coaching opportunities in fall practice.

When asked to comment on the Penn State and Jerry Sandusky fiasco, he refused to elaborate, stating that he does not talk about things about which he is not knowledgeable.

ESPN asked what checks and balances are in place at Ohio State to assure that the same type of situation does not happen there.

He replied that it is a daily process to evaluate every decision that affects the program and the kids.

Meyer expressed faith in his coaching staff, the OSU athletic director and the university administration to avoid the same circumstances that befell the Penn State program.

Urban ended by saying the golf clubs get put in the closet on Monday until February.

It's time to go back to work.