When Urban Meyer accepted Ohio State’s head coaching position, the face of Buckeye football changed. Meyer brings intensity and a history of success to a program that is eager to transition quickly away from last season.
This could mean beautiful things are in store for Ohio State.
For one, the coaching change can bring a completely new life to the program. Look what Brady Hoke did at Michigan in one season. He turned around a program that was mediocre and made them a top ten team. The same could apply under Meyer. The attitude he brings will change the culture of the program and his intensity will promote competitiveness unmatched in recent history.
Furthermore, look what Meyer has been able to accomplish in his first years at past programs.
In his first year at Bowling Green, he led the Falcons to an 8-3 record, which was the best turnaround for a team in 2001. At Utah, he won the Mountain West Conference’s Coach of the Year Award and led the Utes to a 10-2 record. Lastly, his first year in Gainesville yielded the Gators a 9-3 record.
It becomes even more impressive when we look at how he did in his second season at each program.
At Bowling Green, he led them to a 9-3 record. At Utah, they were 12-0 and were the first non-BCS qualifying school to earn a bid to a BCS bowl. At Florida, he led the Gators to a 13-1 record, which included a win over the Buckeyes in the national title game.
All of this shows two things. One, it doesn’t take him much time to establish success at his new position. In addition, the improvement from year one to two is quite significant.
By instilling that culture of relentless determination, Meyer has transformed each program he’s been to. If he can replicate that at Ohio State, the Buckeyes may be on the fast track to becoming a national power again.
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