A buddy sent this to me today. Pretty funny video of a mock group text with B1G Ten Coaches. Happy Friday!
I hope this embed works, if not, find the link at the end.
Josh from Columbus called The Bill King Show on WNSR in Nashville, Tennessee, and this happened:
With Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class shaping up to be an absolute monster, I started putting some research behind a creeping suspician I had about Coach Urban Meyer.
Urban Meyer's time at Ohio State has been similar to his tenure at Florida in some interesting ways
On the field
First four years at Florida: 2 National Titles, 2 SEC Titles
First four years at OSU: 1 National Title, 1 B1G Title + 1 undefeated season with a postseason ban
Around the conference
Midway through the tenure, an elite coach joins the conference from the NFL to take over a struggling traditional power.
Prior to Meyer's third year at Florida, Saban is hired at Alabama.
Prior to Meyer's fourth year at OSU, Harbaugh is hired at Michigan.
After recruiting well for the duration of his time, year six is the year that the class hits the stratosphere.
Meyer's 2010 class at Florida features five 247C 5 stars and another seventeen 4 stars on the way to 324 total points
Meyer's 2017 class at OSU currently features three 5 stars and ten 4 stars out of an initial 14 commitments
Does this mean that we can expect things to flame out in dramatic fashion in Columbus in a year in a half. It does mean that we can hope. For all the talk of Harbaugh being restless, he's left three jobs, two for massive ugrades in position, one for ownership ineptitude. Meyer lef the comparison job as the weight of pushing ahead his program's problems finally crashed down.
What does he have against North Carolina?
I'm going into this knowing full well that I'm very much [not] toeing the "no politics" line*, so I'm going to actually somewhat try to stay away from the actual politics with this and just focus on the fact.
Urban Meyer has endorsed a political candidate. LINK
This comes on the heals of him saying it was "in appropriate" for a football coach to take such a public stance on politics. I personally think people have a right to say as much or as little as they want publically (that's not saying it belongs here, this place has rules), that's a personal decision, in a vacuum, I have no issue with Meyer endorsing someone. But it's really difficult for me to see the benefit for Meyer here outside of maybe getting his candidate a few more votes (in my opinion, former coach Jim Tressel's opinion on politics likely still holds more weight with OSU fans due to how he's perceived by their fans).
Now, a few things. This is a bit of a safe endorsement for Meyer. He's endorsing the guy from his state, that has is at least on the correct side of the right/left debate for many of the states he recruits. He's also endorsing perhaps the most moderate candidate in the field (this isn't an endorsement of that being a good or bad thing, just a historical fact of this candidates stances), and also a candidate that hasn't really angered anyone to the extent that every other candidate has. In essense, this is a very non-offensive candidate to endorse that may be perceived as good in his own state.
But again, where's the benefit? From my experience, taking a strong stance on politics outside of politics rarely has benefit. People that agree with you just agree with you and move on. People that disagree with you, which are potentially anyone from recruits, recruit's parents, to boosters and fans, may hold it against you to some degree. My feeling is that it's very little in the long run, but really, people are quite crazy about politics.
So I think it's an interesting thing to do, especially given the fact that he had earlier said it wasn't appropriate for his job (despite my belief that people have every right to endorse someone, I tend to agree that it's to a head coach's benefit to not discuss politics, or in other words, it isn't appropriate for the end goal of his job). The fact that it is likely someone on the opposite side of the aisle than most of his players and player's parents is perhaps interesting.
*Apparently I've been using the idiom "toe the line" incorrectly for much of my life.
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Following last second loss to MSU on Saturday, the mass media sure is playing up the future Buckeye departures to the NFL, questions about Meyer's leadership, loose lips sinking ships, and questions about team cohesion after the loss:
I did not expect this for an 10-1 team heading into big rivalry game, but there you have it.
I'm sure Ohio State will bring their best and try to end their season on a spectacular note in Ann Arbor.
I'm just surprised that Urban Meyer wouldn't re-assert control and put the kabosh on all the prima donnas players and their divisive comments.
As for future NFL depatures, I don't know that these talented players would have stayed anyway had they beaten MSU on Saturday. I think most were preparing to go anyway, because they can.
Should be a great game on Saturday for the seniors on both teams regardless.