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Before Chris Ash took the Rutgers job, Urban Meyer gave him some advice

So far the former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator has done a good job at following the words of wisdom from his old boss.

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"My advice is don't be jumpy. You get one shot and if you fail you are probably done. Chris wanted to be a head coach. Chris came to Ohio State for that reason. He wanted to compete for a championship and be a head coach."

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on his advice to Chris Ash via Ryan Dunleavy,

When former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash was interviewing with Syracuse and Rutgers in December for their head coaching positions, he came to his boss at the time for a little advice. Since Urban Meyer has plenty of branches on his coaching tree, he's pretty familiar with watching his assistants leave to realize their head coaching dreams. While not every assistant of Meyer's who takes on a head coaching job finds success, more often than not they do. Meyer told Ash to not jump at the first head coaching offer that came his way, since if he failed at his first head coaching job he might not get another crack at it.

Another piece of advice that Meyer gave to Ash was to make sure you are able to recruit. So far Ash has done a good job in following that piece of advice from Meyer, as he has already put together a strong 2017 recruiting class, keeping a lot of talented players from New Jersey in-state. To try and help a program which hasn't had a lot of success, Ash is bringing to Rutgers a lot of the ideas he learned from Meyer during his time in Columbus. Some have even jokingly referred to Rutgers as "Ohio State East". Now Meyer just has to hope that all his teachings don't result in Ash leading his new team to a win over the Buckeyes anytime soon.

"With a guy like Mike, who's such a critical guy, I'm very close with him. That's a Cadillac position in sports, one of them, is to be the starting tailback at Ohio State. And my name's going to be on that, so I do spend a lot of time with him."

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on running back Mike Weber via Ari Wasserman,

After Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL Draft following Ohio State's loss to Michigan State last year, it was pretty well known that running back Mike Weber was going to have a big role in the 2016 Ohio State offense. That role got even bigger last week after Ohio State dismissed Bri'onte Dunn from the team. Even if Dunn had still been on the team, it was likely Weber would be starting at running back when the Buckeyes took on Bowling Green in the season opener. After Weber got to watch and learn from Elliott last season, as he was redshirted, now the spotlight will be on Weber to try and emulate what Ohio State fans saw from Elliott the last few seasons.

It hasn't been easy so far for Weber at Ohio State, and Meyer even poked fun at his running back's weight when he came to Columbus during Big Ten media days earlier this week. Meyer better get all the jokes in while he can, since Weber is now chiseled after working with Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Even though Weber will get the lion's share of the carries this year, Meyer still needs his other running backs to step up to fill the hole left by Dunn. Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, and Antonio Williams are all names to keep an eye on this year in the running game. Samuel and Wilson could give the Buckeyes could nicely compliment Weber with their big-play ability on the field. If Weber is able to live up to expectations he could be the next great Ohio State running back, following in the recent footsteps of Carlos Hyde and Elliott.

"You can see why we were excited to come here. On a Wednesday, I don't think you could ask for anything more. It's an historic night in Columbus. Great atmosphere, two great teams. I wouldn't see why we wouldn't talk about coming to Columbus in the future."

ICC vice president Kwame Bryan via Tom Reed, The Columbus Dispatch

Last night at Ohio Stadium there was a different kind of football on display, as European soccer powerhouses Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain squared off in the International Champions Cup. When tickets went on sale in the spring many were hoping to catch a glimpse of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but that wasn't the case last night. Ronaldo was injured in the 2016 Euro Final earlier this month, while Ibrahimovic moved to Manchester United. PSG jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 40 minutes before Real Madrid was able to pull a goal back before half.

Fans came from near and far to fill The Horseshoe, with attendance announced at 86,641. The previous attendance record for a soccer game in Columbus came back in 1996, when 31,550 came to Ohio Stadium for a match during the Columbus Crew's inaugural season. The strong attendance showing last night could mean more international soccer matches making their way to Columbus in the future.