If Urban Meyer wasn’t concerned about the perceived lack of leadership the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes have, the suspensions of three players—RB Carlos Hyde, TE Marcus Baugh and DL Tim Gardner—showed that OSU doesn’t have the type of leadership Meyer expects.
He addressed it at Big Ten Media Days on Wednesday, just two days after Hyde and DB Bradley Roby, who have been with the team since 2010, ran in to legal problems.
The harsh truth is that leadership is a problem when two of your most talented and experienced players are the ones getting into trouble.
If those are supposed to be leaders of your team, how can you expect the younger guys to follow them?
It’s a huge dilemma for Meyer, and one he knows can be the difference between a championship and a mediocre 8-5 or 9-4 record (from The O-Zone.net).
“Talent will get you about seven or eight wins,” Meyer said last spring when he was talking about the expectations for the 2012 Buckeyes.
“Discipline will push it to nine, maybe, and leadership is where magic starts happening. It’s when you start getting rings and some really cool things are happening to your team.”
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