Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer met with the media today to discuss the Buckeyes upcoming matchup with Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Glendale, Ariz.
• With Adolphus Washington out, Meyer said “We have depth issues inside right now.” Added that Tommy Schutt is dealing with a foot injury. Not sure of the severity yet.
• Meyer said offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will return to the press box for the Fiesta Bowl. Did not rule out staff turnover on the offensive end in the offseason, but did not comment further on that as the team is focussed on the FIesta Bowl.
• Meyer said he had always stayed in touch with Greg Schiano throughout their respective coaching careers. Added the fact that his experience in the NFL should help with recruiting.
• Schiano will not coach in the bowl game, according to Meyer. Added when Chris Ash leaves, Schiano will have “A very similar role,” with the Buckeye defense.
• Meyer said he has an idea of how many juniors he will be losing to the draft, but did not want to give names or an exact number just to be safe. He did mention that young guys like linebacker Jerome Baker will be expected to be key players next season.
• Meyer said “There is only a few spots left,” in his upcoming recruiting class. Said he expects Ash to be “professional” while finishing out at Ohio State, but recruiting for Rutgers.
• Meyer said he had previously visited a Brian Kelly coached Cincinnati team to observe practice. Said being a UC alum, he followed Kelly while he was there.
• “We got on the busses for three hours, and played as hard as we could possibly play. I anticipate we will play our tails off,” Meyer said when asked if there will be a letdown by not being in the playoff, referencing the Michigan game.
• Meyer said Ohio State was “real close” to bringing Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer to Columbus.