Urban Meyer went as Mike Ditka for Halloween


You may not recognize this man, which is what makes the costume so great. Believe it or not, the photo you see above is not just one of legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka. That would be Ohio State coach Urban Meyer dressed as Da Bears legend.

If I can grow my hair out, dye it gray, gain 35 pounds and get my hands on a vintage Bears sweatshirt, I already have my Halloween costume idea for next year. Bravo, Urban.

For more of this year’s fantastic Halloween costumes, click here.

Photo: Twitter/Shelley Meyer (Urban’s wife)

Urban Meyer’s wife, daughter seemingly weigh in on Aaron Hernandez situation

urban-meyer-gatorsAaron Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, but that may not be the only serious charge he faces when all is said and done. Investigators are reportedly looking into Hernandez’s possible involvement in a double murder that took place in 2012 in Boston. In addition, there has also been speculation that he was involved in a shooting in Gainesville back in 2007 and another incident during college when he allegedly ruptured a bouncer’s ear drum.

Hernandez never got into any serious trouble with the law while at Florida. It’s possible his name is being unfairly thrown into the mix with past incidents of fighting and gunfire, but there is a growing belief that Urban Meyer and the Gators protected Hernandez. As Bob Hunter of The Columbus Dispatch pointed out, Meyer’s wife and daughter seemingly defended him earlier this week.

When Hernandez allegedly punched the bouncer and broke his ear drum in 2007, one report says Gainesville police recommended a felony charge. Instead, Florida reached a settlement with the victim and it all went away. His name was also included in the incident report from the 2007 shooting in Gainesville, but nothing ever came of that.

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Athletes at schools with elite sports programs receive special treatment all the time. Hernandez was no different, but many feel Florida crossed the line in protecting him and helped create a monster. We’ll never really know if that was the case.

H/T Wesley Lowery

Urban Meyer reportedly turned in Florida coach over minor violation

urban-meyerUrban Meyer spent six great seasons as the head coach at Florida and won two national championships with the Gators, but business is business. Meyer is the man in charge at Ohio State now, and if he sees someone cheating he’s not going to hesitate to point a finger — even if it’s his former team.

According to Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis (via FOXSports.com), Meyer recently turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White after he allegedly committed an improper “bump” violation while recruiting Erasmus Hall (NY) High School running back Curtis Samuel. Investigations revealed no wrongdoing on the part of Florida. Samuel later revealed that Florida is no longer one of his top choices, but OSU remains on the list.

A “bump” violation is a secondary NCAA offense that basically means a coach or representative from a program contacted a recruit when they shouldn’t have. Meyer actually hired White while he was at Florida, which makes the report about him blowing the whistle even more surprising.

Samuel ran an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at Nike’s The Opening on Monday. He received a scholarship offer from Florida on April 17 and seemed excited at the time.

“I’m interested in Florida and what they have to offer,” he told Gator Country in April. “I have watched them play since I was young and I was excited to have a coach from Florida come all the way to New York just to see me and offer me. I want to visit Florida so I’m going to try my best to set something up maybe for this summer.”

Meyer loves to win, but does turning in a former coach cross the line? If he thought it would help him land a recruit, I guess that’s all that matters.

UPDATE: Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch that the report about him turning in a former assistant is “absolutely not true.”

Urban Meyer says former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes let a turtle bite his Johnson to make a point about toughness

Woody-Hayes-Ohio-StateCoaches are only as good as their motivational tactics, which may be one of the reasons former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes enjoyed so much success with the Buckeyes in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The five-time national champion helped mold Ohio State into the powerhouse that it is today, and you know what they say — you can’t build a contender without letting a turtle bite you in the private parts.

Alright, so no one says that. But according to Urban Meyer, Hayes once did it. When Meyer was an assistant coach at OSU from 1986-87, he said then-head coach Earle Bruce brought in a 73-year-old Hayes to speak with the coaching staff about the current state of the program. At the annual coaches convention at Ohio State earlier this week, Meyer told a story about that day. CoachingSearch.com shared the fantastic details with us:

“So I guess Ohio State had lost the bowl game, so Earl Bruce brings in Woody Hayes,” Meyer recalled. “I had been there just a week and I’m thinking, ‘Holy, this is Coach Hayes.’ I’m sitting in the back. Coach Hayes was not healthy at the time, but stands up and starts laying into the coaching staff about toughness. That we have no toughness in the program. That’s why we lost the game. On and on and screaming, this old guy pounding the table. He says, ‘We have no toughness, and the reason is because you’re not tough. No one on this staff is tough enough, and that’s a problem.’

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Urban Meyer: Big Ten needs to improve its weak recruiting

urban meyer ohio stateUrban Meyer had another strong recruiting class at Ohio State, but he wants to see the rest of his competitors in the Big Ten get on a similar level.

Meyer made his comments during an appearance with “Bishop & Rothman” on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus Thursday.

“We do need to as a conference need to keep pushing that envelope to be better,” said Meyer.

“Our whole conversation [at the Big Ten coaches meeting] needs to be about ‘how do we recruit?’ When you see 11 of the SEC teams are in the top 25 that’s something that we need to improve.”

Meyer coached in the SEC at Florida for six seasons and won two national championship there. He knows what it’s like to compete at that level, and he’s already brought success to Ohio State — he led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 season last year.

The reality is that the SEC is the top college football conference in the country. The coaches and staffs are generally the highest paid, their games are generally rated highest on TV, and the conference has produced the last seven national champions.

I’m not sure why Meyer is trying to rally the other coaches in the conference. Is he trying to bring the Big Ten up to the SEC’s level? It seems like the competition would only make his job more difficult.

You can listen to his comments below:

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Urban Meyer wants Nick Saban’s coaching staff to be raided

urban meyer ohio stateOne could sense the bitterness and jealous coming from Urban Meyer as he spoke on ESPN’s postgame show following Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide had just won its third national championship in four seasons, and it was clear the program had done something Meyer did not think was possible.

“There was a time where I really believed that couldn’t be done because of the parity in college football,” Meyer said on ESPN’s postgame show. “The SEC — you saw Georgia, LSU and A&M take Alabama right to the ropes, so I really didn’t think that could be done.”

Meyer, whose Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-0, understands how difficult it is to build a dynasty in college football. You have to bring in the top recruits each year, hope they develop properly, and you need little calls or plays go your way in several games. There is also a lot of turnover to overcome; players graduate, transfer, and turn pro, and assistant coaches leave for other jobs. Knowing all this, Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida, can’t believe that Nick Saban has been able to build such a dominant dynasty at Alabama. He even made it clear after Bama beat Notre Dame that he hopes Saban’s coaching staff gets raided in order to weaken the program.

“He doesn’t lose coaches. I’m still trying to figure that out. We had that thing going at Florida and it was a turnstyle — head coaches here, head coaches there. How do you not go hire one of those assistant coaches at Alabama?” Meyer asked.

Meyer is not entirely accurate; Saban lost offensive coordinator Jim McElwain after last season, but he has managed to keep Kirby Smart as his defensive coordinator since 2007.

What’s amusing is that this is the second prominent college football coach in a week who’s tried to weaken the Bama program. These guys have a hard time topping Bama on the field, so this is all they can do to take down Alabama. It was pretty weak of Meyer to use his platform on ESPN for that purpose.

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Urban Meyer: Tim Tebow needs to be with a team whose system lets him play

Following a season in which he was a complete non-factor with the New York Jets, it’s fair to wonder if Tim Tebow will ever again be the type of viable starting quarterback that he was with the Denver Broncos a year ago. This may come as a shock, but Urban Meyer still feels as though Tebow can help an NFL team win games and become a contender.

“We watched RG3 at the Washington Redskins, Wilson at the Seahawks, the new quarterback at the 49ers, and Carolina, and they are actually running a spread offense in the NFL,” Meyer told Mike and Mike in the Morning on Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “So my hope is, and I’m sure Tim feels the same way, is to go play in one of those systems where they let him play.”

Tebow is a playmaker, but Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are all better quarterbacks than he is. As PFT mentioned, the fact that we have seen spread offenses have success in the NFL over the past couple of seasons doesn’t mean Tebow could have success running one. All of the aforementioned quarterbacks make plays with their legs but can also throw. Tebow’s passing ability is below-average at best.

“I talk to him every week, and he’s still the most positive guy I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said of Tebow. “He was so excited to go to New York and play for coach Ryan and the whole situation there. It didn’t turn out, but you have to move on.”

When the Jets traded for Tebow, Meyer urged them to unleash him and not hold him back the way that Denver did. The exact opposite happened, and Tebow rode the bench throughout the entire season. The more success the Broncos have with Peyton Manning, the more it seems evident that Denver made the playoffs with an 8-8 record despite Tebow — not because of his so-called magic.