"This is [Urban Meyer's] offense. Its basic principles aren't changing. Though offensive coordinator is a title, the guy really doing all the coordinating is also the guy running the entire program."
The biggest conversation generator during this season has been the roller coaster that is the Ohio State offense. While we have seen some explosive plays like we did all throughout last season, there has been plenty of ugliness in the mix as well, which has been a huge cause for concern in Buckeye nation. While much of the woes have people calling for Tom Herman to come back, Lesmerises notes that while Herman played an important role, he was running Urban Meyer's offense.
Urban Meyer utilized Tom Herman has a supplement, who brought a more uptempo style to his offense. But Meyer is, and always has been the genius behind the operation. Lesmerises also brings up that Jim Tressel operated in a similar fashion, as do other coaches around the country and in the game of football in general. It is explained that Meyer is at the helm, while Herman was his next man up, and Ed Warinner after him. Now, it is Warinner acting in Herman's role, and Tim Beck in Warinner's. All in all, the Buckeyes should be getting it right sooner rather than later, and it appeared they got a glimpse of that against Western Michigan.
"Now 3-0 in his first season as a head coach, Herman continues to be a cerebral and offensive wizard. That's why he was hired following that Ohio State national championship."
Now, because we did just discuss that Tom Herman wasn't the entire Ohio State offense, don't think that he isn't a great offensive mind. Herman is 3-0 in his first season as a head coach with the Houston Cougars, and is the only undefeated first-year head coach alongside Jim McElwain. Herman has even had his own Braxton Miller type transition with one of his own players in Kyle Postma, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver.
Often times, we will see first-year head coaches not have so much success in their first year, or even at all. But the fact that Herman has Houston at 3-0 does speak to how valuable he really is, especially since one of those wins was against Louisville.
"Had he grown up a basketball player in Indianapolis, he would have looked at the Hoosiers a lot differently. Indiana is a second-tier Big Ten football program, but it's a premier basketball program. Maybe Ohio State wouldn't have been able to grab the basketball version of [Terry] McLaurin."
Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin is an Indianapolis native, and will be going home to Indiana this weekend when the Buckeyes take on the Hoosiers in Bloomington. Wasserman points out that the fact that this Ohio State-Indiana matchup is on the football field instead of the basketball court makes going home a lot easier, considering Indiana doesn't have the football prestige that they do in basketball.
That could not be more true. Indiana is all about basketball, and nothing else. It has never been, and never will be a football hotbed. McLaurin played basketball through his freshman year of high school, quitting because he was 5-foot-8, and thought his talented would be better served on a football field, not knowing he would eventually go on a growth spurt. Basketball wise, Indiana would have almost undoubtedly been a more intriguing choice, not to say that Ohio State isn't, but going to Indiana for basketball means a lot in that state. But for football, Ohio State isn't far enough from home for it to be a farfetched choice, in fact, it's one of the best ones. While Ohio State has just two players on the roster from the state of Indiana, they're two of the best ones, and that's all Ohio State wants, and needs.
The men's and women's Buckeye basketball teams will be on hand at the RPAC Lincoln Tower Outdoor Courts, October 8 at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as well as using the pay parking garage north of Ohio Stadium.
Both the men's and women's teams will participate in basketball drills, skills competition, 3-point and dunk contests. The women start their season November 13 against South Carolina, and the men will begin theirs November 15 against Mount St. Mary's
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