With all of the Urban Meyer rumors floating around, I don't know what to believe.
One minute Meyer denies all reports that he will be the next football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The next, my ESPN ticker rolls across saying that Meyer has already agreed to a seven-year deal. There were also rumors that he bought a house in Columbus, but they were never confirmed.
One way or another, we will know the truth soon. If he is going to be named coach, you can bet it will be soon after tomorrow's showdown between the Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. Meyer will need plenty of time to get a staff together.
Living in Ohio myself, I can tell you that everybody you meet will bring up the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer—whether you know them or not.
What people need to understand is that the Buckeyes will be fine either way.
Sure, Meyer and his spread offense would work wonders with quarterback Braxton Miller. He would also draw more five star recruits to Columbus than ever before.
A change needs to be made, as current coach Luke Fickell isn't ready for this job. He has done a nice job filling in with all that happened, and it was a rough situation. My problem with Fickell is his game management and his looking flat out overwhelmed on the sidelines, but I'll leave that for another article!
The point is, all coaches should work their way up to coaching jobs like Ohio State. Former coach Jim Tressel had success at Youngstown State, and Urban Meyer had his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.
I have no doubt that Fickell could be a great head coach someday, but he isn't the man for this job yet.
In closing, I want all Buckeyes fans to realize a couple of things.
Most importantly, Ohio State will be fine with or without Urban Meyer. He would be a great coach and is the most qualified man in the country if he wants the job. He's an Ohio guy, born in
Ashtabula Ohio. As I mentioned before, he coached at Bowling Green and was an assistant at Ohio State too.
I hope he takes the job, but there are countless candidates out there. There isn't even a need to speculate as to who would be the next best choice because that will be decided by people who know what they are doing.
There are plenty of experienced head coaches, assistants, and the like to choose from.
The second reason OSU will be alright either way is that this is the Ohio State University we are talking about. The school recruits for itself based on past success and tradition. There will be talented players lining up to be a Buckeye as long as the school is standing.
Sit back and relax Buckeye fans, the future is still bright as ever!
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