“Basso said in another email that Meyer was authorized by Ohio State to have one opportunity to meet with the team. She said the meeting took place with Smith present on Thursday ‘for roughly 45 minutes at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.’”
With Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer now serving his suspension as a result of the investigation, it turns out that Meyer was given one chance to speak to the football team before his suspension actually started. After that meeting, which took place for around an hour, Meyer can’t have any contact with the team for this week and won’t be on the sidelines for the games against Oregon State, Rutgers, and TCU.
The good news for Meyer is that after this week, he will be able to coach the team like normal for every day besides gamedays. So, he’ll be around to help the rest of the coaching staff prepare for Rutgers and TCU.
The point of meeting before serving his suspension was so that the players could “hear from him and cover interim leadership during the suspension period including the three games he will not attend.”
“We were down a man. When we first met, the first team meeting, we talked about how everybody in the room has to step their game up. And they have, [starting with] the leaders and the coaches. What this coaching staff has done here over the past few weeks has been remarkable. Greg Schiano, Kevin Wilson, what they have done for me during this time is something that I’ll always be in debt for. Their counsel and what they have done for me has been really something I won’t forget.”
In the absence of Urban Meyer for the past couple of weeks, and for the next week as well, interim head coach Ryan Day has done an excellent job of getting the team prepared. He finally got to speak to the media on Monday and gave an update on the rest of the coaching staff and a lot of the position battles happening during fall camp.
With Oregon State waiting for the Buckeyes on Saturday, Day will coach his first game with the support of Greg Schiano, Kevin Wilson, and the rest of the coaches.
Day seemed a little overwhelmed early on, which is fair considering the circumstances of having to jump in so quickly. But, with the help of Schiano, wilson, and the rest of the coaching staff, Day seems to have found solid footing and has the attention of those around him. With the leadership he’s shown early on, he could be up for some future head coaching positions for himself.
“[College football Preseason Bowl Projections] Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame. Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC”
Week One is upon us, and college football is ready to go. That means bowl projections are already starting to come out, and why not? Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman of ESPN took a final shot for the preseason bowl projections, and Ohio State had some interesting matchups to start the season off. While neither of the writers selected the Buckeyes to make the College Football Playoff, Ohio State was still well represented.
Sherman slotted Ohio State in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 29, which would be a similar result to last season, where the Buckeyes faced off against USC in the Cotton Bowl (also played on Dec. 29). Ohio State was victorious in that game, and the opponent this time around would be another classic foe - Notre Dame.
As for Bonagura, he’s a little higher on the Buckeyes and has them facing off in a rematch against the Trojans in the Rose Bowl. With Sam Darnold leaving USC after last season, it will be interesting to see how the Trojans form their team around a new young quarterback.