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Published: Tue, November 29, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Karl Henkel



OHIO STATE MAY HAVE LOST to Michigan on Saturday for the first time in eight years, but it appears it took just two days for Buckeye fans to forget about the loss to their arch rival.

Urban Meyer, the two-time BCS winning coach at Florida, on Monday inked a six-year, $26.4 million contract to become Ohio State’s 24th coach.

The signing immediately lifted the spirits of many Mahoning Valley Buckeye fans, who not 48 hours earlier witnessed OSU’s sixth loss of the season and third consecutive defeat — something that had not happened since 2004.

“The Urban Meyer hiring brings instant credibility back to the Ohio State football team,” said Andrew Zajac, an OSU fan from Struthers. “It’s a win-win for Ohio State.”

Meyer, 47, who graduated from St. John High School in Ashtabula, previously won two national championships as coach of the Florida Gators, including in 2006, when Florida stomped the top-ranked and undefeated Buckeyes, 41-14.

The Ohio native previously had two, two-year coaching stints at Bowling Green and the University of Utah.

He replaces Jim Tressel, who resigned on Memorial Day after admitting he lied to NCAA investigators about his knowledge of impermissible player benefits, a situation better known as “Tattoogate.”

Some fans, however, feel that Meyer is Tressel 2.0 and didn’t agree with the hire.

“Florida led the nation in arrests under Meyer,” said Keary Iarussi, a Struthers graduate and University of Miami student, referencing the litany of legal troubles that plagued Meyer’s Florida teams. “This goes to show that all OSU cares about is wins and losses.”

Others such as Joe Cassese, a Tressel backer, chose to remain mum on the hiring. Cassese opted not to comment on Meyer.

The hire solidifies the coaching position. Luke Fickell, this year’s Buckeyes coach, was only guaranteed the position for this season.

That lack of speculation also is a victory for business that depend on Ohio State’s gridiron success.

Jeff Lyda, co-owner of Everything Buckeyes at Eastwood Mall in Niles, said that after this year — which included Jim Tressel’s departure, OSU’s worst record since 1999 and the team’s first loss to Michigan since 2003 — the Meyer signing came at the perfect time.

Everything Buckeyes registers about 35 percent of its annual sales during the holiday shopping season.

“It’s kind of like the next chapter,” he said of the hiring. “It’s definitely going to help.”

He said sales of OSU apparel and memorabilia have slowed this year, particularly when it came to rivalry apparel.

“Normally it’s gone the first day within hours,” he said. “Even now, we have ample supply.”

“That shows you that when you’re not on top of the world, the fair weather fan isn’t spending the money.”


1Irishtiger(51 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Thugs will flock to tattoosu now. Perfect man for the job. And he "WANTED TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIS FAMILY"!!!!!!!!!!! Good one, Urban Liar. Now on to the poaching of players and coaches.

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2taxme(361 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

You have to be a looser Notre Dame fan. Jealous that he didn't go to your looser program. The Ohio State University is the cream of the crop when it comes to college football. Player's are already decomitting from other colleges and going to become Buckeyes. Have fun rooting for your mediocre team!

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3Attis(1134 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

$27 million of public funds to pay a football coach?!
And Ohio is broke; Youngstown is bankrupt; tuition is skyrocketing; student debt is as deep as fracking holes; and child poverty is wasting countless minds; etc. With values like these, the end is near, very near.

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4muf65fin(27 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Here we go again!
Urban Liar not Meyer.
Quote " I am not going to coach again"
I want to spent more time with
my family." "kids are the most important to me, not coaching"
Another farce by the OSU AD and so-called Pres.
He will bring the THUGS form Florida with him.

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5rocky14(839 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh you OSU haters!
$27 million of public funds ATTIS?
The football program in those 7 years will bring in tens of million more.

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6leftyompton4life(79 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Urban Meyer a liar? How about the guy changed his FN mind? I guess none of you ever did that before. I like how some moron called him a thug....yes folks, Urban Meyer is running the streets, stealing old ladies purses, and shooting up storefront....a thug, really? Dont be pissed that someone made smarter decisions in life then you....

If the people that wrote on this board don't watch college football, then just shut up...you have nothing to add.

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7DogPound(27 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Good hire for OSU! Should help with recruiting and Urban will bring the spread offense to Ohio State. He's an Ohio guy and I like the Buckeyes waisting no time to get their man. Let's go! Team is young and ready for Urban.

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8borylie(951 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

What the h*** is wrong with you? There's not one ounce of truth in your #9 post. Where in the h*** did you come up with this garbage? You're so hungry to post on here and try and make yourself relevant,that you come up with this sorry crap? You're pitiful.
At any point in time a FBS coach is responsible for 105 players. Impossible to police that many teenagers and young men. At no time did he ever illegally recruit a player to any school where he coached.
Ohio State has been blessed to have had three of the greatest football coaches in the history of college football. Woody Hayes,Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer.

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9mdevil(3 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

he will leave again.....when the going gets tough he will bail just like he did with floridia!!!!! WOOHOO EXCELLENT JOB MICHIGAN!!!!

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