Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on impact of Urban Meyer's return to Ohio State
Though he had been running practice for the last two weeks, Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension has concluded and the Ohio State head coach will return to the sideline on game day.
The Buckeyes didn’t skip a beat without Meyer, going 3-0 with wins over three power conference teams, a conference victory and a win over No. 15 TCU. Now that the head coach has returned, what impact will it have on Ohio State?
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ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was asked that very question on ESPN’s Get Up on Tuesday morning.
“I called the game against TCU and part of our prep work during the week was going out and covering practice,” Herbstreit said. “Urban Meyer was there, he was allowed to practice here the last two weeks. And if I wouldn’t have known any different, I would’ve thought it was business as usual as far as their preparation. It’s not a drastic change that all the sudden Urban Meyer is back as head coach.
“He’s been out there the last two weeks when the practice breaks down. It wasn’t Ryan Day breaking the team down, it was Urban Meyer. I don’t think the players are going to blink. I think it’s what they’ve seen the last couple weeks. The bigger issue for me was at the start of camp and getting ready for that first week when Urban Meyer was not around.”
Ohio State rounds out its non-conference schedule this Saturday, hosting Tulsa in Columbus. The Buckeyes should improve to 4-0, setting up a colossal B1G East matchup with Penn State in Happy Valley.
Saturday will mark the first time Meyer has coached a game since Ohio State’s bowl game last season. He also appeared at his weekly press conference on Monday.