Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Urban Meyer
Due to my inbox and Twitter accounts pushing occupancy limits, I must act as a cyber-world firefighter and extinguish some of the questions and comments from my readers and followers about Ohio State football.

As in the past, I will use full names from Twitter and initials/first names from e-mails (Note: if you don't want your e-mail or tweets to possibly appear in my stories, do not write to me.) ...

BUCKEYEDEJAVU via Twitter: Lee, what's your take on Bobby DiGeronimo calling (Jim) Tressel a "pathological liar" on the Triv Show on Cleveland radio?

LEE HUDNELL: Pot calling the kettle ... a liar. Guys like Bobby D. and University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro are the epitome of "jock sniffer."

K.L. via e-mail: You seem to have changed your opinion about the hiring of Urban Meyer. Looking back you were pretty anti-Meyer. What has changed your mind? 

HUDNELL: I have never denied Meyer's abilities to coach and recruit. From that standpoint, it was a major coup for the program. What I was skeptical about when it came to Meyer possibly becoming the head coach at Ohio State was stability. He coached at Bowling Green and Utah for two years before bolting, and then went to Florida and resigned twice in just six seasons.

What Ohio State needed going forward was stability, and that certainly isn't what Meyer brings to the program. Not saying he can't change, I'm just simply breaking out the history book. I also think that people are going to have a little bit of a culture shock with Meyer at the controls. He's much more cut-throat than Tressel — on the sideline and on the recruiting trail. Which can be good and bad. We'll see!

MACINJAY via Twitter: (In reply to my tweet "OSU should've banned the Gator Bowl when they had the chance.) You were right, Lee, and I agreed at the time you first suggested it a few weeks back.

HUDNELL: I think that was one of the most idiotic, arrogant moves an Athletic Director has ever made. Gene Smith essentially told the NCAA that they didn't have the nerve to take on the power that is Ohio State. I felt he should've banned the bowl for a number of reasons. The first being that if the NCAA were to deliver a one-year bowl ban (as they ended up doing), they could use this season as the ban and be eligible for national and Big Ten titles in Meyer's first year as coach.

Another reason is that players like DeVier Posey, Dan Herron, Mike Adams — who put the Buckeyes in this situation in the first place — get to enjoy the bowl experience while kids in next year's senior class won't be able to participate.

Oh, and being 6-6 and losers of the last three going up against a 6-6 Florida team (losers of six of last eight) is ridiculous. Have some pride, OSU. Or are you too arrogant to have pride?

CLARENCE via e-mail: How long do you think it will take Braxton Miller to benefit from Meyer's hiring.

HUDNELL: Immediately. Meyer and newly hired offensive coordinator/QB coach Tom Herman will know not only how to use Miller and his abilities to the fullest, they will also develop him as a passer and football player. I recall watching how Miller was handled this season and it was embarrassing. There wasn't one person in the building that knew how to develop a quarterback or install an offense that showcased his strengths and allowed him to succeed.

Meyer has a track record of making quarterbacks better and Miller may be the most talented he's ever coached.

D7HTHY via Twitter: In an ideal world, your column (Smith could've prevented disappointment) would be good. In the real world, Smith did what he was told and Wexner and Schott screwed up.

HUDNELL: I don't buy that for a second. Smith calls the shots when it comes to athletics at Ohio State. He could've took a stand, punished those who committed wrong doing and preserved the future of the program. But ... he wanted his cake and eat it, too. I hope the meaningless Gator Bowl is really delicious, because there isn't going to be any cake left until 2013.

TYLER via e-mail: I think it was funny that Boom (Herron) won the team MVP award. How can that happen after what he has done to the program?

HUDNELL: That award is voted for by the members of the team, so I can't really down who the player's felt was their most valuable player. I know Herron was a leader off the field during his suspension. He could've just worked out on his own and neglected those who were eligible to play, but he didn't. He took his lumps and returned to rush for nearly 100 per game.

I will say this, though, my vote would go to Braxton Miller. If it wasn't for his freakish abilities, under horrible leadership, the Buckeyes would've finished the season 2-10.