COLUMBUS, Ohio — Every Tuesday throughout the season, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer participates in the Big Ten coaches conference call.
As usual this week, Meyer turned down the chance to make an opening statement, opting instead for media members on the call to get straight to their questions.
Earlier in the afternoon, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald discussed what he was expecting from the Buckeyes the teams face off this weekend. When it was Meyer’s turn, he tried to keep the focus on the Wildcats and this Saturday’s game as much as possible. Did the media oblige? Of course not.
What Urban Meyer Said
- Meyer said the inexperienced team he has is dealing with a new experience in losing and that it’s up to the coaches to help “guide them through” it. It’s on the coaches to show the team how to adjust and get back to work.
- Meyer said he’s “trying to not go there” when asked if he’s motivating a team after their loss by focusing on the College Football Playoff. The focus is on Northwestern only.
- “I hope so” is how Meyer responded to the idea that his team will be play angrier this weekend against Northwestern following last week’s loss to Penn State. He said there’s a “high attention to detail.”
- Junior OL Billy Price has emerged as one of the team’s best leaders. “He’s exceptional. He’s a very good player and a better person. He’s outstanding.”
- Price was recruited as a “dual guy” in high school and Meyer said the discussion about playing offense was had in high school.
- There are not any personnel changes “right now” for the Buckeyes.
- Senior WR Corey Smith, after wrist surgery, will be back to practice on Tuesday. Meyer said he gives the Buckeyes experience and a boost on special teams and in the deep passing game.
- Losing in the regular season helps a team find “focus, intensity” and a “re-attention to detail,” Meyer said. “Every team is different” but this team will have to fight through things.
- Ohio State doesn’t concern itself with how to react on the recruiting trail after a loss. Meyer said it’s about relationships and getting back on the phone with kids and letting them know they’re working hard to fix the problems uncovered in the loss.
- “Certain defenses take away certain things,” Meyer said when asked what has changed since the beginning of the season on offense.