Urban Meyer to Ohio State Rumors: Why Braxton Miller Could Be Meyer's Next Tebow
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Rumors have quickly been spreading around the Internet like wildfire, saying that former Florida coach Urban Meyer could be set to become the next coach at Ohio State University.
Cleveland.com recently reported that Meyer would be high on the Ohio wish list of potential coaches.
CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman then pushed the rumor to another level when he tweeted about a report from Scout.com that said the coach had accepted a 7-year, $35 million deal from the Buckeyes. Freeman's tweet ended up being a hoax, but it did spur more rumors from Eleven Warriors as well.
If the talk of Meyer going to Columbus really is true, it certainly won’t come as a shock to the many college football fans who were expecting the ESPN analyst to land back at the school where he started off his college coaching career back in 1986.
Many expected that the two-time national championship-winning coach would end up on the sideline of a major program some time in the near future, once he was healthy enough to return. After Jim Tressel resigned at Ohio State back in May, the Buckeyes seemed to be one of the most logical choices.
Although they’re still just rumors right now, and no official word has come out to substantiate the reports, at the very least, it’s certainly interesting to think about what kind of stamp a coach like Meyer could put on a program like Ohio State.
It would certainly shift the power in the Big Ten right back to Columbus.
Meyer has been successful at every stop of his head coaching career, whether it was at Bowling Green, Utah or Florida.
He’s proven that he has the magic touch when it comes to building a winning program.
One thing Meyer has gained a reputation for is molding great quarterbacks in his unique spread offensive system.
Meyer loves athletic quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Alex Smith, guys who can run the zone read to perfection.
If he does end up at Ohio State, the spread offensive guru will have another intriguing dual-threat quarterback waiting for him in the form of highly touted freshman Braxton Miller.
Miller was one of the prize prospects of the 2011 recruiting class, and for good reason.
He’s got all of the talent and potential you’re looking for in a future star quarterback, and with Meyer’s teaching, there’s no telling how good Miller could end up being.
The 6’3’’, 210-pound signal-caller has rushed for over 80 yards on four separate occasions this season and he’s given glimpses of his tremendous mobility and athleticism.
If Meyer can find a way to harness Miller’s speed, and surround him with the proper smaller, speedier skill-position players like the ones he had at Florida, Ohio State’s offense could be one of the most potent and powerful attacks in all of college football.
Meyer still has to prove that he can produce a quality quarterback disciple without the help of former assistant Dan Mullen, and this would give him the perfect opportunity.
We’ll have to wait to see if official word to confirm the many Meyer rumors come, but for right now, at least Buckeyes fans can dream about what a potential Meyer-Miller partnership would be like.
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