• Don Collins

Anion Sports Holiday Blog 2018 Day 4

Today, the college football world awoke to the news that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was retiring from his position. The future Hall of Fame coach will depart from the program after this year's Rose Bowl. 

My instant reaction was that this was the biggest story of the day. And this was before 7 o'clock central time! 

Urban departs after seven seasons in which he amassed 82 wins and only 9 losses. He was a perfect 7-0 against Michigan (who we all know is easily top two games on the OSU schedule besides a national championship game). He oversaw numerous NFL draftees in his time in Columbus. From Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Thomas, Marshon Lattimore and Joey Bosa, the list goes on and on. 

Meyer's success within the last 7 years at Ohio State overlapped with my time living in the state of Ohio for school. Bowling Green and Urban have their own history, seeing as Meyer was the BGSU head coach much earlier in his career.

Watching OSU was something that I hadn't done all too often prior to living with people who absolutely adored the school's football team. But man did I get a rude awakening. When Zeke ate all the way to a national title, every team in their path was laid waste to one of the most talented rosters I've ever seen. 

Insert me! As an Oregon Ducks fan, I was caught in the fallout of  their dominant run. Seriously, I've never seen something such as that offense and defense. It wouldn't be the only time I've encountered this team.

Over the course of my four years I've seen both sides of the OSU-MICH game. I've done everything from rescheduling dates to driving halfway across the midwest in accordance to this game that really holds no bearing on my life. But such is life as an adopted Ohioan. Each year the outcome was the same though: an OSU victory. 

Believe Urban if you want, I think he's actually done this time. I have some hope that he'll come back one last time at a third school like USC or something. Maybe just to grab some more victories, but this honestly feels like it's the end. His health seems to be a priority and if this is it, then he has a chance to go out a winner in his first and likely only Rose Bowl.

How many times can you go out like that, winning the Grandaddy of them all? Win, lose or draw, congratulations on a stellar coaching career Urban. You've done it all. Coach, champion, leader of men. Now go ride off into the sunset on a high note.

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