Urban Meyer: 'Your heart breaks' for the players as Ohio State's season hangs in the balance
Ohio State’s hopes for a B1G Championship are hanging on by a thread following the cancellation of Saturday’s game.
The team is currently dealing with multiple tests for COVID-19, including a positive for head coach Ryan Day. Not only is Saturday’s game canceled but the status for next Saturday against Michigan State is in serious jeopardy.
Should that game against the Spartans be canceled, it would be a serious longshot for a 5-0 Ohio State team to qualify for the B1G Championship, provided the Buckeyes were cleared in time to face – and beat – Michigan.
Not only is the B1G Championship in doubt, but Urban Meyer says he is heartbroken for the players and the coaches that have made a three-month sacrifice just to potentially see championship aspirations end this way:
“Your mind and hearts go to the players. Coaches got a longer shelf life, players got that two-three year window and that’s it. And the sacrifices, think about this…those players sat in dorm rooms and apartments during Thanksgiving,” said Meyer on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff. “Coaches, some are moved away from their families, so it’s a three-month sacrifice… your heart breaks in half when you think of the discipline, all the sacrifices these players have made, and to get those positives, you’re thinking people knocked off their chair that they worked so hard, and it’s gone. When you start talking about 21 days…it might be over.”
For the players that tested positive, a 21-day window would mean the earliest they can be cleared is Dec. 17 or 18, provided those players tested positive on Thursday or Friday. That would be just days before a potential B1G Championship Game, so it is unclear whether those who tested positive would even be able to participate in a Dec. 19 game.
Here’s the segment of Meyer’s comments:
“Your mind and heart goes out to the players… we’re talking 21 days, it might be over.” @CoachUrbanMeyer and @Brady_Quinn react to the Big Ten’s current championship game dilemma on #BigNoonKickoff pic.twitter.com/eA3WavHD2L
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