A little less than two years ago, the outlook for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program was pretty dismal. Their quarterback and team leader Terrelle Pryor had just declared for the NFL draft after an NCAA benefit rules violation scandal in which he and some of his teammates sold memorabilia to a tattoo parlor was uncovered.
The Buckeyes were hit hard with bowl bans, scholarship reductions and many more penalties. Former head coach Jim Tressel was forced out after it was uncovered that he knew about the violations and did not report them.
After an abysmal 6-6 regular season that culminated in their first loss to arch-rival Michigan since 2003, the football program determined that Tressel's replacement, Luke Fickell, was no longer to be their head coach. Enter Urban Meyer, he of the two national championships at Florida, the architect of Tim Tebow's meteoric rise, one of the best recruiters in the world and one of the best spread offense coaches out there.
What exactly has been his secret in turning around the one-year demise of the Ohio State football program?