How Urban Meyer Situation Impacts '18 Spartans

How Urban Meyer Situation Impacts '18 Spartans

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How Urban Meyer Situation Impacts '18 Spartans

Urban Meyer is on “paid administrative leave.” Will he be coaching the Buckeyes when Michigan State hosts Ohio State in East Lansing on November 10th?  

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We’ve offered plenty of commentary on the existential nature of the Urban Meyer kerfuffle.

In case you missed our thoughts, feel free to take a peek here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/02/the-urban-meyer-situation-its-as-simple-as-this/

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/01/urban-meyers-records-on-and-off-the-field/

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/02/the-urban-meyer-situation-the-role-of-the-confidant/

With all of that out of the way, let’s get to what really matters:

How does all of this nonsense impact Michigan State?

Thankfully, we have a case study we can refer to.

Five minutes ago when Jim Tressel resigned under pressure for what now feels like rather a batch of quaint transgressions, Ray Finkle took over the program and kept the corner office warm for Urban Meyer while he knoodled with his family and stood in the ESPN broadcast booth and insisted that he was enjoying spending time with his family and focusing on his mental health.

Finkle was the right guy at the time and he did a nice job of keeping the ship afloat.

But show me a Buckeye who thinks Ray Finkle is a great head coach and I’ll show you a tattoo-less Buckeye fan.

When Michigan State traveled to Columbus during that 2011 season, the Spartans didn’t exactly pummel Finkle’s Buckeyes – but that 10-7 Spartan victory felt as close to being a 31-7 victory as any 10-7 victory can feel like a 31-7 victory.

Ohio State finished the 2011 season with a 6-7 overall record, 3-5 in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes earned a trip to the Gator Bowl where Florida handled them 24-17.

Finkle worked hard and his ability to step into what was a real mess at the time was really impressive and is equally impressive in retrospect.

But the following season, when Urban Meyer took over as head coach, the Buckeyes finished a memorable season with a perfect 12-0 record.

That suggests that Urban Meyer has a significant impact on a team’s ability to win games.

Meyer has gone on to compile an overall record of 73-8, and a remarkable Big Ten record of 47-3.

The three losses?

Two of them came against Michigan State.

And now, Meyer is on paid administrative leave and the jury is out, to say the least, on whether or not he’ll coach at all this season.

Ohio State’s offensive coordinator, 39-year old Ryan Day, has been named the interim head coach of the Buckeyes while the university sorts everything out.

Here’s a question –

Who is this guy?

Before we even answer our own question, one way of answering it is to say, “Not Urban Meyer.”

Day joined the staff in early 2017 as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was promoted to offensive coordinator after last season and was handed the primary playcalling responsibilities.

Day played quarterback for the University of New Hampshire – his head coach there was Chip Kelly.

He has long ties to Urban Meyer but nobody has been able to confirm if he’s related in any way to Earle Bruce.

Day was a graduate assistant for Meyer at Florida and he spent time with Chip Kelly on Kelly’s staff at the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.

Perhaps it’s worth noting that Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson remain on the Buckeyes’ coaching staff but neither would have made for a good selection as the interim head coach since that would have sort of been like CBS Corp. naming Anthony Scaramucci the new president and chief executive if Les Moonves is asked to leave when the Covington & Burling & Debevoise & Plimpton people complete their investigation of Moonves’s alleged transgressions.

Is Ryan Day capable of leading the Buckeyes through the gauntlet that is the Big Ten East?

Maybe.

Maybe the Covington & Burling & Debevoise & Plimpton people are going to discover that all of the allegations of misconduct throughout Les Moonves’s career are part of a carefully orchestrated smear campaign that is being coordinated by Urban Meyer’s wife, Shelley, because Shelley didn’t like it that CBS canceled the under appreciated “9JKL.”

Ryan Day will benefit from his time as one of Chip Kelly’s assistants in Philadelphia and San Francisco since Day was right there when Kelly handled all of those player/coach/racial/communication/executive personnel controversies with grace, class, and transparency.

If Ryan Day is the head coach of the Buckeyes when Ohio State comes to East Lansing on November 10th, it’s possible that he’ll be masterfully prepared and that he and his assistants will defeat the Spartans in the same way Urban Meyer stuck it to Michigan State in the 2014 East Lansing clash.

However, it’s also possible that Frank Sinatra didn’t have any ties to organized crime and was really just a guy with a talent for singing and a deep appreciation for his Italian heritage.

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