As Urban Meyer prepares his Ohio State Buckeye team for 2012 there is no doubting his coaching abilities.
Meyer takes over a Buckeyes’ program that is still facing NCAA sanctions after Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor and company left the football organization just a shell of its former self. Meyer brings with him 20 plus years of collegiate coaching experience and taking over a Ohio State program that is in need of a facelift is right up his alley.
Urban Meyer is a fixer. He’s that guy who looks for dilapidated properties in hopes of fixing them up to its’ maximum potential only to happily turn it over to the next guy. Meyer has been successful at revitalizing programs
In 2001 Meyer took over the head coaching position at Bowling Green where the Falcons were coming off a 2-9 season and hadn’t won more than five games in each of the previous six years. In year one under Meyer the team went 8-3 and they followed that up with a 9-3 season the following year. After two seasons, the Falcons were fixed and Meyer had seen enough.as the head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida. Three head coaching positions over a 10 year history says a lot about a man who has the highest winning percentage among active head coaches in college football. His history of short-lived stints on teams where he departs after reaching what he considers to be their pinnacle makes Meyer the football equivalent of basketball’s Larry Brown.
2003, Meyer assumed the head coaching job at of a Utah team that went 5-6 the previous year. Year one under Meyer the Utes went 10-2 and won the Liberty Bowl. In his second year Utah went 12-0, ranked 4th in the Nation and won the Fiesta Bowl. Two years, two Bowl victories, and a Top 5 ranking and once again, mission accomplished for Meyer; time to move on.
In 2005 Meyer took over a 7-5 Florida Gator team that had lost in the Peach Bowl. What did the Gators do under Meyer? First year, 9-3 and won the Outback Bowl. In year two the Gators go 13-1 and won a National Championship. After a championship hangover in 2007 all Meyer did in 2008 was take his team to another National Championship. In 2009 the Gators went 13-1 and won the Sugar Bowl. The following year, post-Tebow, the Gators went 8-5 but won the Outback Bowl. At that point Meyer again realized his job was done and this time stated health and family reasons as the cause for his premature departure.
The bottom line here is this. Urban Meyer is a hell of a head coach. In 10 season with three different teams, Meyer is 104-23 and 7-1 in Bowl games. Without a doubt the Buckeyes are getting the best in the business but they have know that once Meyer is satisfied that his job is done at Ohio State he’s going to walk away. No matter the length of his tenure the expectation won’t change. Urban Meyer breeds a culture of winning and that makes him the perfect fit for the Buckeyes. Time will only tell how many National Championships Ohio State will rack up under Meyer but the one thing the football world can be sure of is that when Urban thinks he can do no more as a Buckeye, he’ll do no more as a Buckeye.