Urban Meyer’s first season as head coach of Ohio State was, well, perfect. The Buckeyes finished 12-0. After the season ended, Meyer quickly focused on recruiting. His biggest goal; plant a scarlet and gray flag in Cincinnati.
Meyer, a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, recognized the disconnect between Ohio State and the Queen City. For years, the top players from Cincinnati went elsewhere. The city has often seen their top players go to Notre Dame, Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati among others.
In December, Ohio State announced the school’s 2013 spring game would be moving two hours south to Cincinnati. Planned renovations to Ohio Stadium precipitated the move. However, there was much more to this move than originally thought.
Meyer stated it was athletic director Gene Smith’s decision to play the game in Cincinnati rather than Cleveland, where most of the top talent tends to migrate to Columbus. Nonetheless, Meyer’s actions since…
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