Urban Meyer is a planner. He’s one of those guys who has every second of his day accounted for. Six months ahead of time.
So it was interesting to hear his take on the effect of NCAA sanctions at Ohio State, which is banned from post-season play this season.
The first-year coach said his initial concern is 2013, not 2012.
“After we play our last game (against Michigan, on Nov. 24), our kids are gone,” he said. “That’s one of the concerns I shared with my athletic director. After our last game against our rival, do I simply shake their hands and say: ‘See you in January?’
“The issue is not this season. We’re going to line up and try to win every game we play. The issue is the 2013 season.”
Meyer did say, though, that he is “struggling” with the concept of his seniors not being able to play in a bowl game and that the sanctions were like getting “hit by a 2-by-4.”
Meyer, who thrived at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida before stepping away from the game for health reasons, spent last season as an analyst for ESPN.
“It gave me great respect for what you folks do,” he said at Media Days, “especially the ones who do it the right way.”