Urban Meyer’s Legendary Stint at Ohio State
Urban Meyer’s career took off in 2001 when as the head coach he led the Bowling Green to a 17 – 6 record after the team had suffered a 2 – 9 record the previous year. This remarkable turnaround earned him the “Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year” award. He led several teams to record seasons and as a result garnered numerous awards as college football head coach.
Ohio State team faced turmoil prior to the arrival of Urban Meyer. In December 2010, five players were suspended for the initial 5 games of the upcoming season due to NCAA violations which included receiving tattoos for autographs and selling items like Big Ten Championship Rings that were given by the University. The season ended with a dismal 0-1 record owing to victories being vacated.
Coach Jim Tressel was suspended for five games after revelations that he was privy to the benefits scandal came to light. Jim Tressel soon offered his resignation. As self-imposed punishment, OSU vacated every victory from the 2010 season. Luke Fickell took over as head coach ending with a mediocre 6-7 record.
Urban Meyer accepted the position of head coach on November 28, 2011. He showed his class as college football coach and led the punishment-stricken and demoralized Buckeyes to a fantastic 12-0 perfect record and victory in the 2012 Big Ten Leaders Division.
On November 23, 2013, the Buckeyes won their second consecutive Leaders Division Championship with a formidable 42-14 victory over Indiana breaking the record for most consecutive victories at 23. Ohio State lost 34-24 to Michigan State in the Big Ten East Division Championship, ending the winning streak at 24 and making it the first defeat for Urban Meyer.
The Buckeyes won their very first Big Ten Division Championship on November 22, 2014 after a 42-27 win over Indiana and then won the Big Ten Conference Championship after defeating Wisconsin 59-0. They went on to win their very first College Football Playoff National Championship after a 42-20 win over Oregon.
The 2015 and 2016 college football seasons ended with strong records of 12-1 and 11-2 respectively for the Buckeyes. The 2017 season saw a 12-2 record for the Buckeyes that included a Cotton Bowl Victory over USC and a Big Ten Victory over Wisconsin.
On December 4, 2018, Urban Meyer announced that he will retire from college football coaching after the 2019 Rose Bowl. His Big Ten record involved only 1 defeat and an amazing 56 wins.
Filling the void left behind by Urban Meyer will not be an easy task. The current Buckeye’s offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach on January 2.