Prior to arriving at Ohio State this season, Urban Meyer was already known as a winner.
In 10 seasons as a collegiate head football coach — at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida — Meyer won 104 of the 127 games he had coached in, including five conference championships and two national titles. He has never had a losing season, and usually turns suffering programs around quite expeditiously.
So, the quick success in his first season at Ohio State shouldn't be surprising to anyone. It's what is expected of Meyer, right? It's what he does.
However, he should certainly be applauded for the job he has done with the Buckeyes this season. In fact, I believe this is Meyer's best coaching performance of his career. Yes, even better than his two national championship seasons at Florida, or his 13-0 campaign at Utah in 2004, when he led the Utes to a Fiesta Bowl victory — the first non-power conference school to win a BCS bowl game.
Those were remarkable accomplishments, no doubt, but this season is unique.
You see, Meyer inherited a Buckeye squad that lost more games than any Ohio State team had since the turn of the 20th century — 1897 to be exact. He only had about a month to recruit his own players, basically taking over a horrific team as is. He had to work with a brand new staff, and to make matters even more daunting, Meyer was taking over a team that was handed a one-year bowl ban for withholding information of player violations to the NCAA.
So what has he done with all the mess? Nothing but lead the Buckeyes to a 10-0 record and a top five ranking.
He's restored a struggling clunker of an offense into a high-performance machine. Has turned a young, raw quarterback into a Heisman Trophy contender. And most of all, Meyer has changed the culture in Columbus completely ... in less than one season.
The environment in Columbus has a championship feel, the players and student have a swagger about themselves now. Yes, facing the most monumental task of his career, Meyer has produced his most awe-inspiring performance.
I believe Meyer should be the national coach of the year.
He inherited a mess and never blamed the Jim Tressel administration once for the program's woes. He just had a plan, took charge like a real leader should, didn't tolerate excuses and changed the culture of a program, university and community.
Heck, forget about coach of the year ... Meyer should be our President!