Category Archives: Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Commanding the tide to stop

This ought to work about as well as it did for King Canute.

The salaries and contract lengths of football and men’s basketball head coaches and assistant coaches have dramatically increased in recent years and only continue to grow.

Texas A&M made waves in the offseason when it hired former Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher to the same position, signing him to a fully guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract, according to ESPN. Alabama spent $11,132,000 on football head coach Nick Saban last year, according to USA Today head coach salary database.

Though Ohio State pays its coaches in the upper echelon of salaries, it has avoided paying what Athletics Director Gene Smith believes to be unnecessarily large salaries for coaches.

“I don’t even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I’m considering Urban [Meyer]’s situation with three years left on his contract,” Smith said during Ohio State’s Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation Committee meeting Thursday. “Talking with [Susan Basso, vice president of human resources] and [Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards], that’s not even someone that we’re comparing with because it’s so ridiculous.

“It’s the same way with Alabama and their total salary. Take it off the sheet because it doesn’t matter. Because it’s just no value to it. It’s a reactionary type of management.”

Corch’s contract expires in three years.  Assuming the man wants to keep coaching at the time, I’ll be curious to see how reactionary Smith’s management is then.




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Today, in big deals

One of today’s more surprising developments is that Clemson flipped a five-star offensive lineman from in-state Ohio State. Somehow, I don’t think that’s gonna stick in Corch’s craw nearly as much as this will:

Urban Meyer is five years older than Dabo Swinney.


UPDATE:  Oh, my.  This story just gets better.

3. Carman previously called out OSU’s coaching staff in public, then got into a Twitter fight with Kirk Herbstreit.

He thought Ohio State should bench QB J.T. Barrett for Dwayne Haskins…

Herbstreit, a Buckeye himself, did not like that…

And Carman didn’t like that Herbstreit didn’t like it:

Herbstreit’s last word on it:

“And then he says he’s gonna go to Clemson or USC. Good, that would be a great decision for you. I think it’d be better for Urban Meyer to not have a guy like that on his roster.”

Well, Carman has now followed through on that threat. But it wasn’t because Meyer decided he wasn’t welcome at Ohio State.

I wonder if Herbie’s heard about Seat 37F yet.


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Corch’s advice to Dan Mullen

Hunh, go figure.  When I saw this header, my thought was “always have an escape plan ready when you can’t replace Tebow and Harvin”.


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If we measure a man by his pettiness…

… then Corch is the greatest college football coach of our era.

Seriously, does this look like the face of a man who enjoys what he’s doing?

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


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The art of Corching

I posted something a few days ago about how Urban Meyer has mastered keeping his team in the playoff picture.  Here’s another example of how he works it, courtesy of Phil Steele.

You can go a long way pounding the crap out of most teams.  Even the lousy to mediocre ones.




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Why they pay Corch the big bucks

There may not be a universal consensus, but I think most observers would share the opinion that college football’s top two head coaches are Nick Saban and Urban Meyer.   Where as Saban’s particular genius may lie in knowing how to structure a program to take advantage of the resource advantage he has over almost every other D-1 school in the sport, Meyer’s shown an aptitude for gaming the system with regard to the CFP.

Ohio State is currently 9-2, with lopsided losses to Oklahoma at home and 6-5 Iowa.  In comparison with the rest of the playoff field, it doesn’t own a lot of quality wins, either.

And yet, the Buckeyes are right in the middle of the CFP chatter and show strongly in several advanced stats rankings.  Meyer’s team is second in ESPN’s FPI and first in Bill Connelly’s S&P+ RkSagarin has them sixth, ahead of Oklahoma.

Again, that’s with two bad losses on the résumé.  What’s Urban Meyer’s secret sauce?  Basically, it’s beating the crap out of every team from which it scores a win.  In those nine games, the average score is 50.414.7.  Advanced stats eat that stuff up, for the most part, and that in turn feeds into the national narrative peddled by… well, you know.

Maybe that’s why I find myself a fan of Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings this year.

All I know is that if Ohio State beats Wisconsin to win the Big Ten championship, it’s going to make for a final week debate that will range from somewhere between interesting and obnoxious, depending upon your point of view, especially if Miami and Alabama lose a game.


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This may be a bigger deal for Corch than the Celebration.

Shade thrown… by the Ohio State women’s water polo team.

The Ohio State women’s water polo club team tweeted following a win vs. Wisconsin that “at least one Ohio State team knows how to win.” And they mentioned Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Twitter.

Man, that’s cold.


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