While Urban Meyer is a great hire for the Buckeyes, he is the second best available coach for the Ohio State program. The best available coach is currently on the staff of the Indianapolis Colts and his name is Tressel. Jim Tressel.
Tressel reigned over Michigan for ten seasons, winning nine games over the Wolverines, and (perhaps secondarily to Buckeye fan), won six straight B1G titles, a national championship and played for two more. Those results: nothing short of spectacular in the eyes of Buckeye nation.
There is little doubt that Meyer will be successful at Ohio State as long as he is fully committed to that role. Just like there was little doubt he would be successful at Florida as long as he was committed there … which he wasn’t.
Will his health be a problem again? Will he walk away again? Will he stay committed to OSU or perhaps lose focus and commitment like what may have happened at Florida? All legitimate questions.
I imagine he’s 100% all-in this time. But even at 100%, can he top Tressel’s ten-year run? I doubt it. Then factor in the start of the Hoke era and Michigan-Ohio State looks like a stock on the rise.