In all of college football is their a team as polarizing as The Ohio State University (tOSU)? I mean, there are teams in the Division 1 Football Bowl System that fans dislike even hate, but it seems that when it comes to tOSU you either love them or downright despise them. As many devote haters will point out, even my reference to the university as “The” Ohio State University is all the reason they need. However, there has to be something more to it than that right?
After reading numerous comments over the past several days in response to tOSU’s latest move, the hiring of head coach Urban Meyer - http://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/allacc
ess/?media=285839, detractors have yet another reason to loathe the Bucks or for supporters…a reason to rejoice. As polarizing as tOSU as an entity is, Urban Meyer appears to be the human equivalent. I’ve summarized some of the underwhelming reasons why Urban Meyer won’t succeed (according to comments posted at cbssports.com)
#1. Urban Meyer quit on the Gators and the players he recruited. Reason #1 – He couldn’t compete in the SEC recruiting battles. Reason #2 – Without Tim Tebow he couldn’t win at Florida.
#2. Urban Meyer’s health issues. He resigned from Florida due to burnout resulting in esophageal spasms, cysts, and severe headaches.
#3. Urban Meyer is a liar. He stated he wanted to spend more time with his family, but less than a year with ESPN and he wants to coach again?
#4. Urban Meyer is not a disciplinarian. Under his 6 year watch at UF, 30 players were arrested.
#5. Urban Meyer’s spread offense won’t work in the BIG10. If Rich Rodriguez and Ron Zook couldn’t win with the spread than neither can Urban.
All good reasons to hate a guy if you’re not a Buckeye fan…I guess. Most comments seemed like sour grapes or Buckeye hatred spilling over into Urban’s cup. Everyone has reasons for doing what they do. I find it funny how many hypocritical people post on CBS’s boards. Everyone is entitled to make mistakes. I’m sure Urban would admit he has made quite a few…as most of us have. However, none of these “Cons” seem to truly relate to the real reason people hate Ohio State and now Urban Meyer…winning football games. With that said, let’s look at a few more reasons why the hate for Ohio State will grow exponentially over the next 6 years.
#1. Urban Meyer is a winner. He won at BGSU, He won at Utah. He won at Florida (Two National Championships in case you’ve forgotten Gator fan).
#2. Urban Meyer is a prolific recruiter. Blue chippers want to play for a big name coach and a big name school. Goal = NFL
#3. Urban Meyer was born a Buckeye. People from Ohio love tOSU and always will. Every once and a while some jerk goes against the grain and roots Michigan. They’re usually the fat guy in class who’s pissed off because he can’t score with the babes, e.g. Brady Hoke.
#4. Urban Meyer is a healer for Buckeye Nation. Thanks to some stupid tattoos, national sportswriters and anti-Buckeye fans everywhere have bashed the program to its knees this year. Urban not only restores some confidence in the program, he has bandaged the wounds left by Coach Tressel’s resignation.
#5. Urban Meyer is offensive minded. That has to be music to tOSU fans ears after a decade of Tressel-ball and OC Jim Bollman. Meyer is sure to put together a combination system utilizing both power and speed unlike any the BIG10 has seen.
Anyone who thinks this wasn’t the best move by Ohio State only has to look to the south and the University of Cincinnati Basketball program. Once a national powerhouse known for attracting top-level recruits and 20+ win seasons under Coach Bobby Huggins now can’t even beat the Presbyterian Blue Hose. That’s right…the Blue Hose. It might take UC 20 years to get back to their former prime due to the mishandling of then UC President Nancy Zimpher. in fact, it may never happen. It was quite possible that tOSU was headed back to the dark ages and dare I say…an era of That School Up North dominance?
So why do so many absolutely passionately LOVE their Buckeyes or hate with every fiber of their being those Luckeyes? There’s no definitive answer, but one thing’s for sure…that rift will only grow stronger with head coach Urban Meyer at the helm…and maybe a national championship or two?