One Fan’s Opinion: New Sheriff In Town

Written December 15th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

With all of the Urban Renovation going on in Columbus, we wanted to bring you Chris’ take on the matter. Be sure to follow him on twitter at @wvabuckeye !

We’re NOT saying the new Sheriff is better, just DIFFERENT

There seems to be a growing sentiment among on lookers that we as Buckeye fans have completely moved on and have “forgotten” everything that Jim Tressel did for the program AND the University during his tenure. On the contrary, the Urban Meyer hire has done remarkable things for the fans of THE Ohio State University and its players. It’s provided a bit of closure to what felt like a long YEAR when in fact it had only been six months.

Nobody wants to go back to Memorial Day and relive the horror of Coach Tressel’s resignation in the face of accusations that he cheated and an article by SI that was to be very damaging. Of course the article turned out to be crap at best, however;  we had to still face the music that our beloved coach was gone and the that the worst was yet to come. The lie he told to protect players that he cared for as if they were his own children, wasn’t a punch thrown during a bowl game(which ironically we’re playing in for the first time since said punch), but it was just as devastating. Losing Coach Tressel that day was a very long day for myself and several 100’s of thousands Buckeye fans as it started the longest six month’s of our lives.

Buckeye fans have a passion like no other fan base in the country. I believe that a lot of our fervor comes from being hated so much by just about every other fan base in the country, a lot more than any other. The reason that hatred has grown over the past decade was because of the success that we enjoyed because of Coach Tressel. In spite of the last season that was vacated, he led us through the most dominated era in modern B1G history which included a winning streak against TSUN that may go unmatched, even with Urban Meyer in place. We fans have endured the worst that any fans have had to go through. From all the haters that have spewed their venom on national TV through ESPN, and the writers who have taken EVERY opportunity to slam the program, we have hung tough.

The season wasn’t the greatest. It was a long season that had its ups and downs and was led by what I believe was the PERFECT choice to lead us considering everything that the coaches and players had been through. If you don’t agree, just imagine if they had done a search for a hire and the possibility of getting Coach Meyer then would not have happened BEFORE the season. Finished the regular season with a record of 6-6 and at one pint after upsetting Wisconsin at home were IN the driver seat to play in the B1G Championship. The three game losing streak to end it wasn’t what the players, coaches or ANYONE wanted, but it is what it is.

What has occurred since Coach Meyers hire on November 28th is remarkable. As much as all of the haters were enjoying feasting on our rotting carcasses during the past 6 months. They now have a new found reason to hate us. We have the best coach in the country, AGAIN, and he is taking the B1G by storm. Literally kicking tail and taking names from other B1G schools. Pardon the cliché, but he is shooting first and asking questions second. In just TWO short weeks, he has managed to take a bunch of disheartened buckeye fans and staff and players, and has done MORE than just give them hope. He has rejuvenated a barely sleeping giant and has sent a message to the rest of the country. Sorry, but Ohio State football “is not broken”! Buckeye Nation needed a new sheriff in town and they got it in Coach Meyer. The message we fans want to send isn’t that the new sheriff isn’t better than the previous sheriff, he’s just different.

12 Comments

  1. PaulNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I have to guess that the reason Jim Tressel was never voted B1G Coach of the Year was because the other coaches didn’t like him. With Meyer scarfing up their commits, maybe they will wish he was back.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    My understanding is that Tressel was pretty well liked by most of the other coaches. He didn’t win the award because he was “expected” to do well with the talent he had at OSU.

    The award always seemed like it was supposed to go to a coach who did a lot with “not much” (just don’t look too closely at some of Iowa’s teams when Ferentz won the award).

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    JimNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    The Big Ten COY award goes to the coach who didn’t get their ass kicked by Jim Tressel as much as everyone thought they would.

    That’s why Tressel never won.

    In 8 of 10 years the winner of the award went to a coach who beat or didn’t play Jim Tressel.

    2010: Dantonio didn’t play Ohio State.
    2009: Ferentz lost to Ohio State in OT.
    2008: Paterno beat Ohio State by 7.
    2007: Zook beat Ohio State by 7.
    2006: Bielema didn’t play Ohio State.
    2005: Paterno beat Ohio State by 7.
    2004: Ferentz beat Ohio State by 26.
    2003: Smith lost to Ohio State by 10.
    2002: Ferentz didn’t play Ohio State.
    2001: Turner beat Ohio State by 12.

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    ChrisNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    THAT’s an amazing stat for sure! When you look at other conferences, does it seem like the coach who wins the conf, unless someone from a lower team does unexpectadely well, go to the winning teams coach?

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    JimNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I’m not sure, I don’t really pay attention to other conferences all that much.

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  2. SEHCNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Not every fan base hates OSU, some don’t roll like that. Nebraska has zero reason to hate OSU, win, lose or draw and your team gets a standing ovation win, lose or draw as they leave the stadium every time you come to Lincoln. Your OSU fans attending this year were simply fantastic.

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    ChrisNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you! SEHC. It is a generalization of other fan bases and I realize there a few that liek us from afar, like Nebraska. I also think that MSU fans typically do too but the taking of one of their top comitts may have ended that! LOL
    Cannot wait for the Huskers journey to THE Shoe next year!

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    SEHCNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    MSU fans were off the charts great in Lincoln this year
    Very classy bunch
    They are crazy hateful towards Michigan, but were
    great tailgating with us here. I met 20-30 of them-
    great people to be around.

    Not impressed with the Wisconsin fans, very low brow
    and nassty, reminded me of Missouri or Colorado- I
    guess conference has to have a bottom feeder.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, SEHC- We loved being there, and chronicled our experience earlier:

    Nebraska Gameday

    Nebraska Game Experience

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  3. Nick salazarNo Gravatar
    December 15th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love Jim Tressel. No one if your a Buckeye fan will ever forget about his tenure here. For 10 years we have had a great run. Always a JT supporter. But I also live Urban Meyer. And his Tenure Might be equal or Better than Tressel. For 1 reason. He has great staffs and puts them together. And offense are exciting. Tressel controlled everything which I loved. His offense was great 2. But he had 4 good guys on staff. Luke Fickell,Jim Heacock,joe Daniels,and Tim Beckman. After Daniels and Beckman rest if the staff became average. And MSU head coach too. After those guys it seemed like he never wanted to get a better staff. Reason why we went 6-6 this year. But hey. Both men are great coaches. Go Bucks!!! So happy.

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  4. EBONYNo Gravatar
    December 25th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I LOVE COACH TRESSEl AND AS A YOUNGSTOWN NATIVE, I ALWAYS WILL HE STILL GAVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEYER BUT WILL NEVER FORGET THE SWEATER VEST, JUST BOUGHT HIS BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS FOR MY SON. Go Bucks!!!

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  5. Jack57shsNo Gravatar
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Coach Meyer has a great opportunity to Dot the “i” by building on what Coach Tressel accomplished. Go Bucks.

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