Anytime an immense amount of hype is met with some serious results in a college football-crazed town like Columbus, the expectations naturally expand. This is exactly what Ohio native, Urban Meyer, did in his first season as the head coach of Ohio State.
The Buckeyes were following up a historically bad season in 2011 that all began with the dismissal of head coach Jim Tressel and his star QB Terrelle Pryor. Just a season earlier, the pair had defeated Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl (a victory that was later vacated by the NCAA) and was expected to compete for a national championship in 2011.
Of course, the turmoil that followed this bowl “victory” is well-documented and would change the entire face of the OSU program.
By the time the Luke Fickell-led Buckeyes had fallen to their arch rivals, Michigan, for the first time in several years, the rumor mill was already churning Urban Meyer’s name at a ridiculous rate. Sure enough these rumors materialized into reality in the next few days and Buckeye Nation could hardly contain themselves.
Of course there were some speculators upon Meyer’s hiring. However, the majority of these doubters were silenced when the new head coach and his staff managed to resurrect a subpar recruiting class into one of the best-assembled in the nation in just three months. This impressive showcase of recruiting prowess caught the fans’ attention, and the hype surrounding this new-start program really began to build.
However, this was just…