"This year I did have some opportunities, but we’re not ready...I didn’t even really consider it. I never want to say never because people hold you to that. But at this point, that’s not something I’m looking forward to doing."
There is good news for Ohio State fans--at least for the time being. Head coach Urban Meyer is not ready to leave Columbus, despite the potential for opportunities to coach at the next level. With a son who is still in high school, Meyer acknowledged that he did not want to close the door on the possibility of coaching in the NFL, but that now is not the right time to do so.
There had been reports that the Cleveland Browns were eyeing Meyer before firing head coach Mike Pettine earlier this month, but Meyer squashed those rumors, even going through an official university spokesperson to acknowledge that he is happy right where he is in Columbus. Still, Meyer would not acknowledge which team, specifically, had reached out.
Meyer spoke on the subject at the Fiesta Bowl media day in December, acknowledging that the position of an NFL head coach is difficult for many who take the post--not just those who have come from leading successful college programs. While coaches like Greg Schiano and Chip Kelly have struggled to gain a foothold in the league, others, like Pete Carroll, have been wildly successful and able to translate their prowess in the college game into the pros.
"It’s unbelieveable. When you get dream chance to coach at Ohio State, obviously that’s what it is itself. But for me to come home growing up in Ohio, my dad being a football coach in the state, all those things, it’s just a dream."
This year will bring a reunion of sorts for one of Ohio State’s newest assistant coaches, and it only took one phone call to make it happen. As he began searching for a new coaching job following Randy Edsall's firing at Maryland, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa made a call to his former boss, Urban Meyer, for a reference. What happened after was nothing short of a blur for Studrawa, who was promptly brought into the fold of a massively rearranged offensive coaching staff for the Buckeyes.
Ed Warriner, who had been coaching the offensive line in addition to his offensive coordinator duties, is relinquishing the former role to Studrawa, who is joining the staff after spending two years at Maryland. Previously, Studrawa had been at LSU for seven years, including spending two as offensive coordinator.
Studrawa, an Ohio native, played his college ball at Bowling Green, leading the Falcons to a MAC Championship before returning as a coach in 2001 under Meyer. Studrawa had declined a position on Meyer’s staff when Meyer first arrived at Ohio State in 2011, owing to the fact that he was entering his first year as offensive coordinator at LSU. Still, the line coach said he always hoped that the two could go back to coaching together.
Especially given last night’s fireworks in the NFC Championship Game, it is no surprise to see that Ohio State has more players on the two Super Bowl 50 rosters than any other school. In fact, it was players from Ohio State who turned the tide in both conference championship games yesterday. Cornerback Bradley Roby picked off Tom Brady during a two-point conversion attempt with seconds remaining in regulation, which effectively won the game for Denver. And a horde of Buckeyes led the Panthers to an early lead which they never relinquished against Arizona. Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. scored the game’s first touchdown on a 22-yard run, which Philly Brown followed up shortly thereafter with an 86-yard touchdown reception. Safety Kurt Coleman had a momentum-swinging interception in the endzone in the second quarter, and tacked one more on in the fourth for good measure. And guard Andrew Norwell, who had gone undrafted in 2013, played strong in his position and helped to anchor the Panther’s offensive line.
Here is the complete list:
- Philly Brown (Carolina): Wide receiver (Ohio State 2010-13)
- Kurt Coleman (Carolina): Safety (Ohio State 2006-09)
- Ted Ginn, Jr. (Carolina): Wide receiver (Ohio State 2004-06)
- Jeff Heuerman (Denver, IR): Tight end (Ohio State 2011-14)
- Andrew Norwell (Carolina): Guard (Ohio State 2010-13)
- Bradley Roby (Denver): Cornerback (Ohio State 2011-13)
The Big Ten as a conference has 18 former players suiting up between Denver and Carolina, second only to the SEC’s 24.
"Young guys come into the league, the hardest thing is to guard. You’ve got to know guys’ personnel. I know I’m speaking for myself--this is my first time going around and playing against these guys a few times. I feel like when I get a year or two or three under my belt, I’ll have a better feel for guys. It’s all experience."
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had strong words for former Ohio State standout D’Angelo Russell after the Lakers’ sixth-straight loss Saturday. Bryant allegedly critiqued both Russell and forward Julius Randle for smiling after the team’s 18-point loss in a short lecture after the game. Russell and Randle are the Lakers’ two young stars, Russell having been taken second-overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and Randle seventh in 2014, and both have faced criticism from Bryant, who is retiring after this season, and head coach Byron Scott previously for poor effort.
Still, Russell had done his part to try to get the Lakers in a position to win, scoring 21 points against Portland in the loss. Just a day before, Russell dropped 18 on San Antonio in the the Lakers’ 13-point loss at home. Russell has averaged 12.3 points per game in his rookie season, but Scott is not so much concerned with Russell’s offensive play as he is the young guard’s defensive struggles. Scott has expressed concern about his young players’ defensive skillset, commenting that the team "can’t move on until they learn."
Bryant, who had 10 points against Portland and led his team with five turnovers, had taken control of the huddle earlier in the game, taking the reigns from Scott during a timeout and critiquing the team’s overall defensive play. The Lakers have now fallen to 9-37 on the season, and are scheduled to face the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday.