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August 2, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When LeBron James was in high school, his basketball skills weren't the only thing that impressed college coaches. James was also a successful football player at St. Vincent-St. Mary High, catching 42 passes for 820 yards and seven touchdowns in his sophomore year, and 61 passes for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. Urban Meyer, then the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame, offered a scholarship to the All-Ohio wideout as a sophomore. Meyer, who is now the new coach at Ohio State, recalled James' reaction to his offer.
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March 4, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer had surgery to drain a brain cyst last weekend but that didn't keep him from supervising the team's first spring practice Tuesday. “I've had it for several years,” Meyer said, according to the Associated Press. “It's a cyst, an arachnoid cyst. It surfaced a couple of times, once in '98 and once in '04 and a couple of other times. It's just something you've got to manage.” The coach had been experiencing headaches for several weeks.
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April 5, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he called Urban Meyer after the Florida football coach, citing health concerns, resigned abruptly in December. Meyer ultimately changed his mind and took a leave of absence and returned for spring practice. Krzyzewski took a leave in 1995 following the stress caused by back surgery. Duke finished 13-18 that season. "I think the main thing we talked about is that he wasn't the only guy, who, you know, that kind of stuff can happen to," Krzyzewski said.
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February 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow is a troublemaker. We've really known it all along, haven't we? It was just a matter of time that some fantastic scandal put an end to that squeaky-clean image. And now it's happened. Ohio State has reported itself to the NCAA for a recruiting violation, and Mr. Goody Two-Shoes is at the center of it. It seems Urban Meyer -- who coached Tebow at Florida and now heads the Buckeyes -- was having lunch one day last March when he received a call from high school recruit Clifton Garrett, a linebacker from Illinois.
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March 4, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer had surgery to drain a brain cyst last weekend but that didn't keep him from supervising the team's first spring practice Tuesday. “I've had it for several years,” Meyer said, according to the Associated Press. “It's a cyst, an arachnoid cyst. It surfaced a couple of times, once in '98 and once in '04 and a couple of other times. It's just something you've got to manage.” The coach had been experiencing headaches for several weeks.
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July 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer took the witness stand, I mean the podium, at Wednesday's Big Ten media day to defend himself and his last two programs. Life should be good for a coach coming off a 12-0 season as he enters a season in which is team is one of the favorites for the last Bowl Championship Series championship. Meyer, though, has faced an off-season of scrutiny on a myriad of issues. The biggest, by far, was the arrest of former Florida star Aaron Hernandez on murder charges.
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December 27, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
I am remembering Urban Meyer before he was Urban Meyer , sitting in the dark in his office one early Sunday morning three games into the 2004 season. He was the coach at Utah, it was September, and Meyer seemed on the verge of something special. It was the reason I was sitting in his office. Meyer was playing a snippet from Saturday's game film, a 48-6 rout over Utah State. He was reviewing a punt formation in which he had overloaded one side of the line of scrimmage.
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September 27, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I hope you and the media start a campaign to stop the NCAA scheduling these massacre football games. It is a scam, a sham and a shame. . . . Urban Meyer has the guts leading, 55-0, to go for it on fourth and six? He should be suspended for a game for that humiliation. Bobby Herbeck Answer: I'll start the campaign about these silly "paycheck" games, but first things first: You owe the Ohio State coach a big apology. Meyer did not - I repeat, did NOT - allow his team to "go for it" on fourth and six with the Buckeyes leading, 55-0, last week against Florida A&M. Ohio State was up only 48-0 at the time, and it was fourth and five.
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August 21, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
With Urban Meyer rejuvenated after a self-imposed health exile and paid ESPN internship, it is only a matter now of Ohio State's serving out a jury's sentence before he leads it back to the Big Ten Conference title and beyond. Meyer tried to stop and smell the roses, but they reminded him too much of the bowl game. Every opened jar of peanut butter, to him, was a variation of the spread. The worst-kept secret in sports was that Meyer would take over in Columbus after Ohio State fired Jim Tressel for lying to the NCAA.
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July 31, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
A good coach can go a long way in this business. Last year, for example, Brady Hoke went all the way from San Diego to Michigan to turn the Wolverines back into winners. Anyone who thinks Nick Saban wasn't worth the Brink's truck Alabama backed up for him probably has a stake in Shula's Steakhouse. Those were a couple of hits. And then, there are misses: Mike Price to Alabama sparks a five-alarm memory, followed by George O'Leary to Notre Dame, Howard Schnellenberger to Oklahoma, John Mackovic to Arizona, Tom Holmoe to California, Bill Callahan to Nebraska and Bobby Petrino to Arkansas (read: The Motorcycle Diaries)
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December 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the obvious omission was caught and the decision was made to replace the original No. 14 with Florida State. The name of the school that was going to be 14 and got knocked completely out of the top 25 will not be revealed out of respect for the citizens of Fort Worth.
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November 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Fans from Berkeley, Calif., to Key Biscayne, Fla., must have done a spontaneous spit take when Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer announced his frustration with the lame-duck Bowl Championship Series. "I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday. Here's another bulletin: Bill Gates is rich. Ohio State is 10-0 with three games left but is not likely to finish in the top two unless Alabama and/or Florida State lose. It would also help if Baylor lost. The Buckeyes are currently third in the BCS standings, by a slim margin, with Baylor set to move to No. 3 if it wins Saturday at Oklahoma State.
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November 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio State crushed Illinois, 60-35, on Saturday to record its 22nd consecutive victory. It tied the school record for wins in a row -- and what a rush it was. Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards while quarterback Braxton Miller added 184. Ohio State (10-0) finished with 441 total rushing yards. It took Urban Meyer, 22-0 as the Buckeyes' head coach, less than two years to tie a record that has stood for more than four decades. Ohio State's last 22-game winning streak started with a win at Michigan State on Nov. 4, 1967, and extended through the 10-0 national title season of 1968.
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September 27, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I hope you and the media start a campaign to stop the NCAA scheduling these massacre football games. It is a scam, a sham and a shame. . . . Urban Meyer has the guts leading, 55-0, to go for it on fourth and six? He should be suspended for a game for that humiliation. Bobby Herbeck Answer: I'll start the campaign about these silly "paycheck" games, but first things first: You owe the Ohio State coach a big apology. Meyer did not - I repeat, did NOT - allow his team to "go for it" on fourth and six with the Buckeyes leading, 55-0, last week against Florida A&M. Ohio State was up only 48-0 at the time, and it was fourth and five.
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September 1, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Remember the crazy stuff USC Coach Lane Kiffin and associate head coach John Baxter used to try after Trojans touchdowns? Unbalanced lines and zany shifts? It was all done, supposedly, to give future opponents something they had to spend practice time to defend. Well, maybe Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer was paying attention. (Just go with it.) After the No 2-ranked Buckeyes scored two early touchdowns in a 40-20 victory over Buffalo, Meyer shook things up. After the first, most of the Ohio State players lined up to the left side of the field with two receivers on the right and the long snapper, holder and kicker in the middle.
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August 28, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Off we go into the last season of the Bowl Championship Series, an era that has seen Rankman pluck No. 1 names like Leland Stanford out of the Oklahoma State Cowboy's hat. Longshot choices have been made dating to the pre-BCS year of 1997, when Gerber-fed Rankman picked North Carolina as his preseason No. 1 and then got incredulous patched-in phone calls from Mayberry and Mount Pilot. It sparked a like affair with Coach Mack Brown that followed him to Texas and lasted until last season's Oklahoma loss.
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November 28, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Ohio State introduced Urban Meyer as its new coach Monday about three hours after UCLA showed Rick Neuheisel its revolving door. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero wanted to make the move now on Neuheisel to get the jump on his coaching search. Too late for that if Meyer was on your short list. And scratch off Al Golden, who re-upped at Miami through the end of civilization and/or NCAA probation. And if Boise State's Chris Petersen says no, well, then what? It's a bad time for UCLA to be entering the head-coaching market right now. Things are crazy.
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February 22, 2009 | SAM FARMER
If you want Pete Carroll to stay at USC, the latest Super Bowl coaching matchup -- Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin versus Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt -- was right up your alley. Think Urban Meyer belongs at Florida? Then you have to love pro football's latest hiring trend: an inexperienced and relatively inexpensive coach who can relate to his players is better than the high-profile leader with the whopping price tag, especially in this down economy.
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July 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer took the witness stand, I mean the podium, at Wednesday's Big Ten media day to defend himself and his last two programs. Life should be good for a coach coming off a 12-0 season as he enters a season in which is team is one of the favorites for the last Bowl Championship Series championship. Meyer, though, has faced an off-season of scrutiny on a myriad of issues. The biggest, by far, was the arrest of former Florida star Aaron Hernandez on murder charges.
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