Ohio State Football: First Impressions from 2014 Fall Camp

Addressing his team for the first time during fall camp, Urban Meyer made it clear that last season’s disappointing finish is no longer on his mind.

“The past? Who gives a s–t?” the Ohio State head coach asked rhetorically, referring to the Buckeyes’ losses to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl to close the 2013 campaign.

And with that, the Buckeyes 2014 campaign was officially underway.

Losses may no longer linger in Columbus, Ohio, but a changed atmosphere was apparent on the first day of Meyer’s third fall camp as Ohio State’s head coach.

Music ranging from Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen blared from loudspeakers—as did vulgarities from the soundtrack and coaches alike—as the Buckeyes embarked on a redemption tour of sorts in the coming season. But familiar themes rang throughout Ohio State’s first fall camp session of the year as well, with Meyer explaining to his team that his “four to six seconds of relentless effort” culture was “non-negotiable.”

Whether mixing a looser atmosphere with his permanent philosophy will lead to improved results for the Buckeyes this season remains to be seen. But there was plenty to take away from Ohio State’s first practice session of the year, as the Buckeyes set sail on a pivotal season under their two-time national champion head coach.

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