Meyer: Right Man, Right Job, Right Time

After one of the most difficult periods in the history of its football program, Ohio State appeared to hit the coaching lottery with its hire of Urban Meyer. See what we mean along with the regular weekly features: news and notes from Around The Country, This Week In College Football History and the final Fearless Forecast of the regular season.

To paraphrase the old saying, Ohio State fell into a sewer and came out with a pocketful of fish.

How else would you describe the unthinkable fall from grace by Jim Tressel and subsequent smoldering fallout followed six months later by the hiring of a younger, potentially more successful version of the sweater-vested one himself?

No wonder why everyone else hates the Ohio State football program.

Urban Frank Meyer III has amassed a 10-year résumé that is the envy of his profession – two national championships, five conference titles, the second-best winning percentage among active coaches and a 7-1 bowl record.

And now he has his dream job. How fortunate can one guy and one fan base get?

After several weeks of being the subject of the worst-kept secret in Columbus, Meyer was officially introduced Monday as the 24th head coach of the Buckeyes. He succeeds Luke Fickell, who will thankfully remain on Meyer's staff with a to-be-determined title of prestige.

Does it really get any better for Buckeye Nation, which has had to choke down every snide and spiteful epithet imaginable since Tressel was forced into early retirement due to the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal?

Not only is Meyer the absolute level-best coaching option available, his career as a head coach has been nothing short of remarkable. He engineered a remarkably quick turnaround of a previously moribund Bowling Green program in the early 2000s before moving on to Utah and transforming the Utes from just another mid-major team to a national power.

Then he took over a flagging Florida program that had posted three consecutive five-loss seasons and produced two national championships in his first four seasons in Gainesville.

Championship rings and winning percentages are but the tip of the iceberg for Meyer. He has exhibited a passion for winning, a penchant for hiring the best assistant coaches on the planet, utilizing an attack-style on offense, defense and special teams, and is an absolute beast on the recruiting trail.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: Dec. 2.


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