Tressel’s in trouble at Ohio State; Urban Meyer to the rescue?

"Urban, you'd look swell in a sweater vest." (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Urban, you'd look swell in one of those sweater vests." (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The NCAA has just accused Jim Tressel, who oversees the football program at The Ohio State University, of lying. Generally speaking, it doesn’t pay to lie to the NCAA. (Ask Bruce Pearl, who used to coach basketball at Tennessee.) There are those who believe Tressel, his stellar record notwithstanding, isn’t long for his job.

And then there’s Beano Cook, who believes Urban Meyer will coach Ohio State in 2012.

Beano Cook, who used to be a big man in college football circles, went on ESPN Radio last week and averred: “I’ve said on my Podcast. . .  Urban Meyer will be the coach at Ohio State in 2012. That was my prediction and I stick by that prediction.”

Corporate synergy note: You can find Beano’s podcast, also on ESPN, by clicking here. And Urban Meyer, who once coached the Florida Gators, works for ESPN. At least he does until he decides to end his latest retirement.

A couple of things: Beano has been wrong before. (So have I.) He infamously predicted Ron Powlus would win two Heismans. (I infamously predicted Georgia would beat Florida and Urban Meyer in 2008. Also in 2010. I never learn.) That said, Beano could be onto something here.

Tressel is in trouble. He has already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season — Ohio State was ready to dock him two games, but Tressel requested three more — after failing to tell school officials he’d been given reason to believe his players had traded jerseys for tattoos. And Meyer is, among other things, a native Ohioan.

Born in Toledo. Grew up in Ashtabula. Played defensive back for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Started his coaching career at Ohio State. Has his Masters from Ohio State. Can do all the gestures to “Hang On Sloopy.” (Official rock song of the Buckeye State, FYI.)

Meyer does have one blip on his history. He outcoached Tressel and beat the hugely favored Buckeyes in the BCS title game in January 2007, giving rise to the notion that Ohio State couldn’t handle the big boys of the SEC. This was the notion Tressel was so desperate to debunk that he lobbied for those players suspended in the wake of the tattoo investigation to be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. (They played. OSU won, just.)

If Tressel does fall, there’d be no better choice as replacement. But one word of warning to Michigan fans: If your team should score a touchdown against the Meyer-coached Buckeyes and your players should feel the need to express their elation via an on-field dance … well, the Urbanator won’t like that. He won’t like that one little bit.

Oh, and one thing more: Readers have reminded me that The Ohio State University will meet The University of Georgia in 2020 and 2021. Mark your calendars, folks.

By Mark Bradley

272 comments Add your comment

juvenal

April 25th, 2011
4:08 pm

much more interesting…

Mark Bradley

April 25th, 2011
4:10 pm

It’s amazing. juvenal is on a Jamal Crawford-like roll.

juvenal

April 25th, 2011
4:10 pm

hardly a low stress job…..

juvenal

April 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

osu, that is-fun to read this…

KingDawg

April 25th, 2011
4:15 pm

Mark – do you think being the 1st coach to win BCS in 2 different conferences ( hope not ) would be one of UM’s ego goals ?

Mark Bradley

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Probably, KingDawg. The Urban ego is a massive entity.

Cuz

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Tressel may be out but is Urban ready to go back into the fishbowl?

How about Bobby Petrino. If you can’t beat em, join em.

kaput

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

What does a hack columnist do when there’s nothing to write about? Pick up on guesswork piece by a guy who has been senile for better than a decade.

Oh well, at least your consistent.

Mark Bradley

April 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Fun fact: Urban Meyer has had an undefeated season, but he didn’t do it at Florida.

Joey

April 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

Surely Urban will stay retired for a season or two, Mark.

But if he goes to OSU, will he have to empty his office at UF?

DawginLex

April 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

Unless Mrs Meyer has changed her mind, Urban won’t be coaching anywhere.

If he does, he will be a single man.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

There is no new news here other than the “official” NCAA notificationhas been received.

Urba Meyer…..don’t see it. I would bet we go the younger route.

And all you mighty SEC! SEC! boys…………….no arrests, no criminal indictmemts, only poor decisions by 19 year old kids and an even poorer one by Coach Tressel.

At least they won’t vacate the Bowl Win, so I read. The NCAA deemed them eligible

As a father, I wonder what it would take for me to lie to protect my kid. Situational, of course, but I cannot say I wouldn’t.

As Woody himself said, “show me a hero and I’ll show you a tradegy”.

Recall I predicted a resignation, sooner than later. It’s still sooner.

DA

April 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Doesn’t Georgia have OSU on one of their future schedules (a home and away)? Can’t remember what years though.

kramer

April 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Mark…Beano Cook? You base this article on a “prediction” from him? You’re better than this, Mark. Or at least I thought you were.

Mark

April 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Fun Fact: Urban Meyer won two national championships….BOTH of them at Florida.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

ejchis

April 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

Michigan fans would enjoy seeing Urban at OSU. Mr. Meyer couldn’t handle the Wolverines when his Gators hosted a New Year’s Day home game against Michigan a few years ago.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

DA,

2020, 2021

scooby

April 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

So the Gators hosted a bowl game? News to me.

College football fans aren’t always the brightest. Thanks for proving it again, ejchis!

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

There’s only one coach that worries more about his hair than Urban and that’s Win Win.

Peadawg

April 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

“Fun fact: Urban Meyer has had an undefeated season, but he didn’t do it at Florida.”

OOOoooh goody, trivia. Utah beat Pittsburgh in the Orange Bowl or Fiesta bowl…can’t remember which…to finish undefeated.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

Clinch,

Finish your Dilly Bar. Can’t wait for you to chime in.

Paul in RDU

April 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

Buckeye
Many fathers will lie to protect their children – but it seems to me that the person Jim Tressel was most concerned to protect by lying to the NCAA was a middle-aged man with a propensity to wear sweater vests.
Looks like things could get rough for a proud and storied program.

Brandon Spikes

April 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

Coach better not go up there, I’ll gouge his eyes out. I’m still a little upset with him for making me sit half a game anyway.

UGA will still suck

April 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

Slow day at the AJC, Bark?

Joey

April 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

ejchis – even my Dawgs whipped Urban that year. Y’all shoulda got y’all some of Urbans Gators the season before or the season after.

Ask Tressel and Stoops.

DawginLex

April 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

Tressel will quit and the NCAA will have won. The 5 games will expand into forever.

By the coach leaving, the school will escape major penalties since Tressel will be the sacrificial lamb.

Meyer ain’t going to columbus.

Next coach will be a young up and comer.

Brutus the Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

5$ Dawg

April 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

The spread worked so well at Michigan, I can’t imagine Ohio State passing on it.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:38 pm

Paul,

Call me a fool but Tressel is anything but selfish. Short of the Death Penalty, we’ll be ok. Vacate the prior season, won’t change my life. No Bowl(s). Sucks for me on game day. Game day also sucks when you lose the Liberty Bowl. Loss of scholarships? Oh well. I’m just hoping that there is not another (pardon the pun) ‘Shoe to drop.

EW

April 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

Don’t really have any reason to feel this way other than it’s just my gut. But Urban just seems like an a$$hole.

Jeff

April 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

Jeff…you never learn? Picking UGA over UF in 08 and 10??? How many times did you pick UGA over UF for the 25 years we owned them 20-5????? Hmmmmmm….football did not start in 91….except for maybe UF. That UF has won the 17 of 20 etc and we still confortably lead the series says who REALLY knows how to beat who in Jacksonville……but then again, being a sportswriter (and I use the term loosly) for the AJC one would fail to mention that in all the bashing about how UF owns Fla and always have according to guys like you…..

Blue Machine

April 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

Fun fact: Michigan owns the SEC and, the year before it made the mistake of hiring RichRod to bring his defenseless smurf spread game to the Big Ten, the Wolverines took Urban down on New Year’s Day. Indeed, Lloyd Carr was 8-3 against the oversigning cheaters of the SEC, including two wins over Florida. And now that Brady Hoke, the defensive coach who recruited and built the great Michigan defenses of the 1990s is back, I don’t think Michigan will be all that worried about taking on Meyer.

Dawglasville

April 25th, 2011
4:43 pm

Tressel reminds me of Tom Osborne. Osborne got tired of getting thumped by Switzer so he started taking more chances by recruiting high risk kids. I think that Tressel got tired of the SEC hanging around his neck so he rolled that dice as well.

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

DawginLex,

We shall see.

If Mike Vick can earn redemption, Jim Tressel has a much shorter road. He is a teacher of “young people” and if there was ever a teaching moment about owning up to the truth and of facing adversity, this is it. He still has his team and his staff at his back – for whats it’s worth.

Paul in RDU

April 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

Actually Buckeye – the Liberty Bowl didn’t bother me at all. The Shreveport, whatever they call it, Bowl (will always be the Poulan Weedeater Bowl to me) bothered me until about 5 minutes after the game ended – I haven’t taken sports that seriously since April 15th, 1989.

A serious question – do you think that OSU is going to go all-in with Tressel (and risk a major hammering ala USC) or will they force him out?

MS. Bully

April 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

I know one thing Blue Machine, Mississippi State didn’t cheat and kicked that tail on New Years Day!! Welcome to the SEC!!

5$ Dawg

April 25th, 2011
4:46 pm

Sorry Mark – you’re actually predicting someone would leave the state of Florida to live in the state of Ohio???

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

Dawlasville,

Don’t give your mighty SEC! SEC! so much credit.

Another case in point when it works for you, you claim the SEC! SEC! mantle. When it doesn’t, a la Cam/Auburn, you give them the business.

In the meantime you record says you were 6-7 last year and lost to Conf USA in the LIberty Bowl.

Talk SEC! SEC! smack, Dawglas, when you play in Atlanta in the Dome and the date starts with December, not September.

Brutus the Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

My wish list:

Chuck Norris

JDawg1785

April 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

I highly doubt this will happen. Florida is a way more attractive job than Ohio State and Meyer walked away from the former due to mounting health concerns. He’d be wise to take care of himself and his family rather than returning to a profession that was taking a scary toll on him.

Blind NCAA

April 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

If Meyer does this then he’s just a plain out liar. Again. “I’m leaving as coach of UF to spend more time with my family” (actually to be a tv analyst on ESPN last year).

Tressell is dead-to-right guilty. We shall see if the NCAA has a backbone or if they are still jellyfish ?

Paul in RDU

April 25th, 2011
4:50 pm

Didn’t representatives of Mississippi State offer Cam Newton’s father $180,000?

Michigan Blue

April 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

This is good news ! Me & Tom Brady will share a fw beers and laughs tonight !

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

Paul,

I honestly don’t know if they’re all in. It appears to be the case so far. Very little material information came out today that was not part of the self-reporting back in March.

I do know this, Tressel will not boogie off the NFL and leave Ohio State behind to suffer the consequences. And that is what sucks about the entire process – it’s the future kids that pay the price. How can Reggie Bush’s actions impact Matt Barkley’s ability to play in a Rose Bowl?…just don’t get it.

Alphare

April 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

Buckeye, you’d think we live in SEC country, but somehow my subdivision has more buckeye fans than any other team.

football history channel

April 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

beano cook is cool

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

Any houses/foreclosures up for sale??

Dawglasville

April 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Buckeye You are very defensive. I would never talk smack about something I have zero control over. I can’t control if UGA wins or loses. I can’t control if the SEC wins championships or not. It saddens me that the SEC walks such a thin line with the NCAA. I hate it that SEC schools don’t care if they graduate players or not. I hate it that it appears that Ohio State and Tressel have choosen the same course. That is my only point.

Paul in RDU

April 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Buckeye,
I understand your concerns how in NCAA cases the punishment tends to be born by many innocents – but there has to be some consequences for the institution as a whole (as Voltaire put it, when explaining why the British Navy hung an Admiral for losing a battle against the French – pour encourager les autres)