Urban Meyer details Ohio State's toughest battles, opponents while coaching Buckeyes
Urban Meyer isn’t too far removed from coaching. After an incredible seven-year run at Ohio State, the three-time national championship-winning head coach decided to hang up the whistle following the 2018 season.
Meyer doesn’t have to think back too far to remember some of the toughest battles his teams went through during his time on the sidelines.
In an interview with Rob Stone on FOX Sports, Meyer discussed some of the toughest teams, trickiest games and best coaches he faced in the B1G during his seven-year stretch with the Buckeyes. It’s not too surprising that Michigan State was at the top of Meyer’s mind.
“Well, the guy that comes to mind is Mark Dantonio,” Meyer said. “He’s a dear friend and one of the best coaches I’ve ever gone against. And you remember — back in ’12, ’13 now, that was legit, legit Michigan State football. They were a top-10 program and an elite defense.
“I look at Wisconsin, the battles. Gary Andersen was there and one of my former coaches. And then (Paul) Chryst goes in there. So Wisconsin had street fights. And then you had Brady Hoke, who — I know maybe his record or whatever, but I just had a lot of respect for him, recruited his tail off. And then coach Harbaugh — the street fights we had went down.”
While those teams and coaches may have given Meyer troubles, he still ended up on the right side of most of those contests. In seven seasons in Columbus, Ohio State posted a B1G record of 54-4 and Meyer was 83-9 overall. He led the team to three B1G championships (2014, 2017-18) and a national championship (2014).
Meyer was also a perfect 7-0 against Michigan.
After discussing the coaches that gave him trouble, Meyer also said that he won’t miss taking visits to Happy Valley every other year. He described Penn State’s Beaver Stadium as one of the most electrifying atmospheres in college football.
“And then the one place I will not miss that I will not go is that’s the White Out. That place has turned into an inferno. I hope we get to go there. I hope Big Noon [Kickoff] gets to go there and at least get a show there. I know James Franklin’s done a great job, but I’m telling you — that environment? I’m going to go in there as a broadcaster, not as a coach.”
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