Urban Meyer has newfound respect for a handful of coaches in the B1G.

Since the B1G postponed the fall football season back on Aug. 11, a handful of head coaches in the conference were vocal in wanting to try to find a way to play — or at least receiving some sort of answers behind the decision to punt until spring. Coaches in that category included Nebraska’s Scott Frost, Penn State’s James Franklin and Ohio State’s Ryan Day.

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Those were the three Meyer mentioned while speaking to Big Ten Network on Wednesday, shortly after the B1G announced its decision to reinstate the season. He gave a ton of credit to those three coaches.

“When someone tells you, ‘we’re not going to do this,’ if you in your heart believe that’s not right, keep swinging. Be respectful, but keep swinging…,” Meyer said.

Another head coach who was very vocal during the process was Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who participated in a parent-led protest in Ann Arbor back on Sept. 5. He also wrote a letter to the B1G, asking for answers.

Day, Franklin and Frost all called for the season to be reinstated as well, voicing support for their players. There’s no question that the work from the four most-vocal — and most prominent — head coaches in the league made a difference in the decision-making process.

Now, B1G football is set to return on the weekend of Oct. 24.