"Absolutely, no question."
- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer during his interview with Real Sports on HBO
There hasn't been any real doubt that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is a true competitor and has even gone over the edge sometimes with his passion. After two national championships at Florida, it only took a few seasons for the coach to start losing his self-control on when to turn the intensity and focus on and off. With each loss, it seemed coach Meyer would become more frantic, and even ill.
So it comes as no surprise that during an interview recently with Real Sports (HBO), Meyer admitted to being depressed at the end of his tenure as Florida's head coach. As Meyer explains, he wasn't just addicted to football; Meyer was addicted to winning games.
The promo with coach Meyer gives a good teaser and preview to the whole episode:
Since then, with help from his family, coach Meyer has been able to find a balance while still competing for national titles and big-time bowl games alike. The episode is set to release on September 23, a little under two weeks from now.
"It was talent. It was timing. But we also had guys who had to work to get to where they got. I came from a small place in Florida, where you had to grind. The Glenville guys come from humble backgrounds. A.J. had to grind it out. We were all like-minded and had a common goal to be the best in the country, every year. It was non-negotiable. I can't remember having many slackers.."
- Former Ohio State safety Nate Salley, via Rob Oller, The Columbus Dispatch
Former Buckeye Nate Salley gave an interview to Rob Oller of The Dispatch, and it's a pretty good read, so you should check it out. The answer above was in response to the question "A lot of teams have talent. What made the 2002 team so special?"
Another cool response was in regard to a question about Salley and his time at Ohio State, in which he enjoyed writing poetry.
"I've always done things outside of what people think I would do. I always liked being unpredictable. Football was what I did, not who I was. I still love writing. I've self-published a poetry book. Now poetry has turned into writing songs and recording them. It's a great way to express myself and let things out. I'll write until the day I'm gone."
"We did really load the box. On early downs, we brought basically a five-man front but were able to add a linebacker or defensive back. What was a four or five-man rush could turn into a five or six, six or seven-man rush. That was just kind of built in. ... Then, third and long - when you get to that, you can do a lot.When you start to get some pressure, the quarterback gets uneasy, and I think you feed off of that."
- Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator Bud Foster, via Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY
The Virginia Tech defense had their way with Ohio State for much of the night and it appears the performance for the Hokies was inspired by an Ole Miss style of defense. Hokies longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster had gone to Ole Miss to visit good friend Dave Wommack, also the Ole Miss defensive coordinator.
Apparently, Foster was intrigued by the way the defensive line and the defense in general ran, and decided to implement that into the Hokies' defense to help gain an advantage over the Buckeyes. The plan worked, as Virginia Tech upset Ohio State in Columbus, no small task by any means.
"2. Ohio State DE Joey Bosa: Bosa already has two forced fumbles, including one against Virginia Tech last weekend. Will he be even more effective when Noah Spence returns on the other side of the Buckeyes' line?"
- Brian Bennett, ESPN
Brian Bennett from ESPN listed the Big Ten awards race, as he lists Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa second, only behind Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year award. No other Buckeye made the list for either the offensive player of the year or the defensive player of the year. It's a long season, so there's always a chance someone can pick up the pace for Ohio State.
For now, Bosa will stand as the lone Buckeye making the lists, as there's no doubt he's been brilliant for Ohio State through two weeks of play. With Noah Spence making his return this week, I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a push on the list, either.
STICK TO SPORTS
- Here's an article dedicated to explaining why Chipotle burritos are the best burritos. As if you needed any convincing.
- A FIFA 15 celebration tutorial? Yes, please.
- Remember Jeremy Lin? Well, he got around to scaring some people as a wax figure.
- Cleveland-native rapper Machine Gun Kelly will perform before the Browns' home opener.
- THE BOLDEST.