Urban Meyer: Why He'll Turn Ohio State into a Legitimate Championship Contender

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst INovember 28, 2011

Is Urban Meyer the perfect hire for Ohio State?
Is Urban Meyer the perfect hire for Ohio State?Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Ohio State is the proud holder of the Big Ten’s only national championship of the BCS era.

The Buckeyes’ stunning win over Miami back in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl put the program back on the national stage for years to come and it certainly raised expectations for the rest of the Jim Tressel era.

Every year it seemed like Ohio State went into the season ranked in the Top 10, and almost every year the Buckeyes were considered the class of the Big Ten conference. But after that win out in Arizona to cap the 2002 season, Tressel’s team just never made it back over the hump.

Seven appearances in BCS bowl games, including two appearances in national championship games later, and still no other national title to put in the trophy case.

The main roadblock for Ohio State always seemed to be the SEC.

In both national title games, the Buckeyes got overpowered and outrun by bigger, faster SEC opponents, Florida and LSU.

Urban Meyer happened to be the coach of that Florida team and he had the benefit of weeks to study and analyze every flaw and weakness that Ohio State had.

He knows why Ohio State could never get it done in the big game against an SEC opponent, and that’s what makes him the perfect coach for Ohio State right now.

That’s why if the reports are indeed true, then Buckeyes fans should be celebrating tonight.

Meyer knows what needs to be corrected around Columbus in order for the Buckeyes to start competing nationally with the big boys down there in the SEC. He’s seen what life is like down there, and he’s learned the proper formula to build a team into a successful powerhouse.

After an ugly 6-6 campaign under interim head coach Luke Fickell this season, Ohio State fans can’t get Meyer into town soon enough.

Since the day Jim Tressel resigned back in May, the idea of Urban Meyer becoming the next head coach at Ohio State has always been floating around, and now today, it finally looks like the rumor will turn into reality.

That means it's time to let the speculation about Ohio State's future success begin.

What we do know for sure is that there are three guarantees  with Meyer.

He can win.

He can recruit.

And he can get the best out of his quarterbacks (To be fair, Dan Mullen helped a lot).

Those are certainly three big pluses in today’s college football world.

Luckily for Meyer, he’ll inherit one of the most successful programs in college football history, which just so happens to have one of the strongest recruiting foundations in the nation, oh, and he’ll also inherit a potential star in former 5-star freshman quarterback Braxton Miller.

That’s certainly a few nice building blocks to start with, however, one thing he’ll also inherit is high expectations and a ton of pressure to win early and often from one of the most impatient fanbases in the country.

Meyer may not have the Buckeyes winning national championships in 2012, but he’s definitely the right man to have them competing for titles for the next decade.

The former Florida coach got his college coaching career started at Ohio State back in 1986 as a tight ends coach, and now decades later, he’s back to help rejuvenate one of college football’s true juggernauts.

Meyer already has two national championships on his resume, and it sounds like he’ll be looking to add to that list when he heads back to the place where it all began.

The Ohio State-Urban Meyer combo has all the makings of a slam-dunk college football marriage. Now, Meyer just has to show that he’s healthy enough to handle coaching in one of the sport’s most pressure-packed environments once again.

If he can do that, then a power shift in the Big Ten should be expected soon.


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