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Urban Meyer named Ohio State coach

November 29, 2011 5 comments

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer has agreed to coach at Ohio State. Credit:

The months of speculation finally came to an end Monday when The Ohio State University officially named Urban Meyer head football coach.

Meyer, a native Buckeye, had taken a year off from coaching citing health concerns, the state of college football and a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reasons for doing so.

“A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching,” he said.

Meyer, 47, says he was planning to stay away from coaching for at least one more season if the Buckeyes had not sought his services.

Feeling great and re-energized, Meyer is prepared to jump back into the coaching lifestyle and tackle Ohio State’s problems first hand.

“I’ve been checked out and I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’ve been to a place and I don’t want to go back.”

Meyer agreed to a six-year contract paying him $4 million annually with another $2.4 million coming in from “retention payments.” The deal makes Meyer among the highest paid college football coaches.

Personally, I think this is money well spent. Meyer won two national championships during a six-year span as the coach of Florida. If he can bring that kind of winning spirit along with him to Columbus then it’s going to be a great hire.

One problem Meyer faces is the likely sanctions that the NCAA is going to give Ohio State after former players broke multiple rules and former head coach Jim Tressel covered it up. As of now though, no sanctions have been given to the Buckeyes.

Given that, Meyer inherits a young team with a lot of potential. Starting quarterback and freshman, Braxton Miller, is a key part of the future for the Buckeyes. He fits perfectly into Meyer’s offensive scheme – spread offense. But football is a team game and the supporting cast is something that Meyer is going to have to work on.

Getting off to a good start is a must for Meyer and the Buckeyes, but I think it is going to take time to bring back the perennial powerhouse Buckeyes we are used to seeing.

Give it a few seasons and the Buckeyes will be back in the top-ten and fighting for a chance at national title.


Ball State becomes Bowl Eligible

November 6, 2011 1 comment

Ball State's Steven Schott hit a game winning 44-yard field goal to beat Eastern Michigan 33-31 Credit:

Behind the leg of junior place-kicker Steven Schott, Ball State Cardinals(6-4, 4-2 Mid American) became bowl eligible Saturday. Schott’s 44-yard field goal with :09 remaining propelled the Cardinals to a thrilling 33-31 victory over Eastern Michigan (5-4, 3-2).

Schott, who had never made a field goal from 40 yards or longer was forced to make the kick twice after an “icing” attempt by Eastern Michigan’s head coach Ron English.

The Cardinals failed at their attempt to become bowl eligible last week when they visited Western Michigan falling short in a 45-35 defeat.

They weren’t about to let another chance get away.

Neither Ball State nor Eastern Michigan could pull away from each other as the largest lead was seven points. It was a back and forth game – one where the team with the ball last is going to come up victorious.

That was just the case in this game.

Sophomore Keith Wenning led the Cardinals down the field and into field goal position in just over a minute. The Cardinals have now been successful twice this season on game ending two-minute drills.

Ball State has had an up and down season with highlight wins over in-state rival Indiana and an always-tough Army. The lack of a signature win has fans wondering the true quality of this Ball State team. They have had their chances but with losses against ranked programs South Florida and Oklahoma they haven’t acted on those chances. Of course, they weren’t predicted to win these game by any way, shape or form, but an upset victory would have looked impressive.

The Cardinals will have two more chances to record a signature win as they face the top two teams in the MAC in the upcoming weeks. After an off week they travel to Northern Illinois (6-3, 4-1) and then host Toledo (5-4, 4-1).

The true identity of this Cardinals team will become evident in just a short time.

Will the team that earned hard fought victories against Buffalo, Ohio and Central Michigan show up or will the team that got blown out by Temple?

If I had the answer to that question, I would be a head coach in the NFL, but since I don’t we will have to wait till game day to find out.

One thing is certain no matter the outcome of the final two contests, Ball State is bowl eligible and that is a solid accomplishment for first year head coach Pete Lembo.

Cardinals beat Hoosiers in Indy’s capital

September 4, 2011 Comments off

The Ball State football team defeated Indiana last night at Lucas Oil. The team will play at South Florida next Saturday. Credit:

Keith Wenning and the Ball State football team defeated Indiana yesterday 27-20 at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Ball State was led by Wenning throughout the night and was the reason for all three of their touchdowns. Wenning was 23-29 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards on eight attempts, including a touchdown.

Ball State trailed at halftime by three points, but the third quarter was what made the difference for the Cardinals. A reception touchdown by Connor Ryan in the corner of the endzone was the turning point for the game.

10 points helped carry the Cardinals through the fourth quarter, allowing the team to run the ball and watch the clock tick. The Hoosiers never scored a touchdown in the second half, but managed to kick a field goal with 59 seconds remaining in the game.

The onside kick was caught by the Cardinals and allowed the team to take two kneel downs to end the game.

Time of possession played in the Cardinals favor as they held the ball for nearly a quarter more. The Cardinals dominated the ground, rushing for more than a hundred yards over the Hoosiers, despite having their two starting running backs on the sideline.

The Hoosiers did win the game in the air as quarterback Edward Wright-Baker threw for 272 yards and a touchdown. The biggest play of the game came in the second quarter as Wright-Baker threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to receiver Damarlo Belcher.

Ball State’s team celebrated by pumping their helmets in the air in front of the student section after the game.

The Cardinals will next play at South Florida (1-0) on Sept. 10.

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