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Meyer feels good as Ohio State opens spring practice

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer underwent a minor surgical procedure over the weekend to remove fluid from a congenital arachnoid cyst. It is a problem that has bothered Meyer at times in the past, but now he hopes to have it behind him. On Tuesday Meyer returned to doing what he is best known for, coaching. Meyer addressed his medical operation to the media and says he is optimistic moving forward.

“It surfaced a couple times,” Meyer said according to “Once in ’98, once in ’04 and a couple other times. It’s just something I have to manage. They were great at the medical center, relieved some pressure and I am good to go.”

Meyer made a point of addressing this concern quickly, rather than holding off as he has done in the past. Knowing his background by now, that is a wise decision. As long as the health issues are put to a minimum, Meyer will be able to focus on finding a way to get Ohio State back on track. After winning the first 24 games since being hired as head coach, Meyer’s Buckeyes dropped two straight to end the 2013 season with a Big Ten Championship Game loss to Michigan State and an Orange Bowl defeat at the hands of Clemson.

Ohio State loses ten starters from the 2013 team and quarterback Braxton Miller is coming off a medical procedure of his own this offseason. Miller was in a sling at the first practice but doing what he could to go through reps mentally.  Ohio State held off on operating on Miller’s throwing shoulder because there was a chance it would have healed before the spring. Once it became clear Miller was not going to be healed as they had hoped, the decision to send Miller to the operating room was made.

Miller will still be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes in the fall, that is pretty much guaranteed. He will lose some snaps this spring of course, but he will have plenty of time to put work in to improve his passing skills ahead of the 2014 season.

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27 Responses to “Meyer feels good as Ohio State opens spring practice”
  1. manik56 says: Mar 4, 2014 9:24 PM

    That photo still makes me laugh. Go Bucks!

  2. spunhead73 says: Mar 4, 2014 10:14 PM

    Most overrated team in the country. They play the weakest schedule every year.

  3. honkerdawg says: Mar 4, 2014 10:18 PM

    Of course he feels good it’s going to be another season of beating up on D-II and lesser D-I teams, have an impressive record then lose when they HAVE to play a competitive team

  4. steeler1nation says: Mar 5, 2014 12:51 AM

    Wah wah wah
    Cue the haters
    Eat a big one, spun & hunker

  5. bigbuckeye76 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    We play VaTech early and go to MSU this year…

  6. Florio_Jr. says: Mar 5, 2014 10:44 AM

    It’s hysterical to me that Urban’s 23 game winning streak amounted to NOTHING!
    How many championship game appearances?
    How many BCS wins?
    How many bowl wins?
    How many Big 10 championships?

    He’ll bail on Ohio State when Miller leaves a la the way he ditched Florida.

  7. spunhead73 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    VT sucks. MSU is their only tough game.

  8. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    I don’t mind criticisms from fans of great CFB programs, but its the fans of scrub programs that annoy me. If your program hasn’t achieved all or more than Ohio State, then shut up, what are u bashing? Just because some members of your conference have had success, doesn’t mean your program isn’t a crap hole compared to Ohio State.

  9. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:18 AM

    Who, exactly, is YOUR team “spunhead73”????

    ditto that to “Florio_Jr.” & “honkerdawg” (guessing the latter may be a UGA fan) …
    my point is, sure — tOSU isn’t perfect — but there are verrrrry very few teams who can match up with tOSU the past decade or so when it comes to success.
    So, I guess if you’re an internet tough guy — you resort to cheap hackery and lame insults via your anonymous user handle on the net. Get. a. life.

  10. dacatindahat says: Mar 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    more well thought out and insightful comments from spunkhead…bwahahaha…

  11. spunhead73 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    Notre Dame is my team. You can’t say crap about their schedule,it’s one of the toughest every year. BTW,they beat MSU last year,unlike OSU. Not to mention they played Stanford and Oklahoma last year.

  12. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:35 AM

    hey Spunhead:
    That’s all I’ve got to say to you.
    How did that Fiesta Bowl feel?
    That’s right: Holmes & Ginn ran a track meet on your team.
    I’m actually surprised you admitted you’re an ND fan, thought you’d just ignore my question…so kudos for actually answering.
    But, c’mon man — Notre Dame would get their doors blown off if they played OSU this season.
    You can gripe and whine about scheduling.
    But, head-to-head —- OSU has too much speed for Notre Dame.

    Ohio State 41
    ND 13

    p.s. Brian Kelly is a beetface.

  13. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 11:35 AM

    Notre Dame is a respected program, of course they are definitely living off their past, because they’ve been garbage for a long time and the last time they played Ohio State, well, let’s just say it wasn’t close.

  14. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:37 AM

    p.s.s Michigan State was two different teams.
    They were about a 6 out of 10 in September, and a 9.9 out of 10 in November and beyond last season.
    So you’re comparing apples and oranges.
    MSU starts out slowly, and finishes strong the past few years.

  15. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:39 AM

    for you, Spunny………..

    617 yards

    please, schedule Ohio State again, Notre Dame…please

    Notre Dame would go .500 every year if they had the sack to join the B1G

  16. spunhead73 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:11 PM

    That’s all you got? Hahahahahahahha,you come up with MSU starts off slow then picks up the pace later in the season. Wow,how long did it take you to come up with that? Worst comeback ever. Except the fact that OSU couldn’t beat them,ND did,you douchebag. The BIG 10 sucks and you know it. ND would not struggle in the BIG10,trust me. ND has more wins and National Championship’s then OSU. Have a nice day loser.

  17. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 1:02 PM

    Hey spunhead, I’m not going to lump u into the scrub program group, but what has ND been for the last decade+? Of all the school who get by on their bygone achievements, ND is probably the worse. So who is really more overrated? Urban Meyer needs to win and soon, but that’s just so we don’t end up like ND.

  18. spunhead73 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:11 PM

    I will admit ND hasn’t been great the last decade,but they don’t get near the hype OSU does,therefore making OSU more overrated. ND wasn’t ranked in the top ten last year,OSU was,and didn’t live up to their ranking.

  19. dkhhuey says: Mar 5, 2014 2:36 PM

    My favorite Urban photo!!! Glad to see everything went well and he is back where he needs to be!

    I could care less about all of the noise about scheduling! OSU has in the past, and is in the future scheduling high caliber teams for their OOC. Some of them were strong when they were schedule but weak when the games were played some 5 – 7 years later – Cal and Washington come to mind. I can see the same BS is already starting for Va Tech. For the other cupcake OOC games – there is not one team in the nation that doesn’t do it so shut your yappers!

  20. gatorprof says: Mar 5, 2014 3:25 PM

    Funny to hear the OSU crowd getting cocky, “thraiderskin”.

    The Gator resume, especially against OSU, speaks for itself, so I presume that I have your permission to speak.

    Let’s see where Urban takes you guys. I loved the titles, hated the arrests and feel pretty dirty about the mess left behind. He also ran to an easier conference and an easier path to the title game. He knew Saban had his number.

    It is pretty hard to name a Gator that made it to the NFL that hasn’t had some sort of trouble ranging from murder to substance abuse policy issues to putting his foot in his mouth, etc. As the stories unfold about how shootings were swept under the rug, you realize that this place was infected, badly.

    In basketball, think John Calipari, except Meyer is much better at avoiding NCAA consequences, but the player behavior is much, much worse. Time will tell. Then again, you guys are used to having self-righteous coaches go down in disgrace, so Meyer is a good fit. You don’t know it yet, but you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    While I hate the state of the Gators last year, I would rather have a crappy football team than a team full of thugs that are constantly getting arrested and embarrassing the team.

    That being said, UF’s program will rise again, hopefully without the added baggage of the Meyer era.

  21. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2014 3:39 PM

    Without the Meyer era, UF is a scrub program, so feel free to keep yapping. As far as future predictions, if FSU continues to do its thing, UF will be the one in timeout as it desperately tries to keep up with the Seminoles… don’t forget what desperation leads to, especially in your neck of the woods.

  22. gatorprof says: Mar 5, 2014 8:24 PM


    The Gators will be fine. Unlike in the state of Ohio, there are plenty of in-state recruits to field top shelf programs, so FSU being good doesn’t preclude UF from being good as well. You can just go back to the 90s when UF, FSU and the U were all top programs. If you just go back a year ago, both UF and FSU were in BCS bowls.

    Not so sure that Boom is the guy to do this, but in the long run the Gators will be fine. The combination of excellent facilities, recent tradition (last 10-20 years is all that matters with younger players), in-state talent, warm climate, history of putting players in the NFL, SEC, and AD support makes it near impossible for UF to be down for an extended period of time.

    I do note that you ignored everything that I stated about Meyer and what is in store for your Buckeyes. Keep whistling past the grave yard!

  23. steeler1nation says: Mar 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    Spunhead STILL butthurt about ND getting pounded by OSU!
    LOL, what a loser…
    Cry us a river, Spunhead…you whiny beotch

  24. dkhhuey says: Mar 6, 2014 10:37 AM


    I’ve read quite a bit of info regarding the Urban experience at UF from the avalanche of information floating out on the Internet. The whole arrest record was an interesting piece to wander through because there was just so much hyperbole about it while few dove into deep enough to provide meaningful insight. I read several that brought up a few very good points about the cops in Gainsville gunning for athletes aggressively, subsequent charges being dropped (always articles about how Urban influenced the cops), relatively minor offenses got big flashy headlines initially but little follow up on the outcome. It seemed only the arrest part that was being reported and not the subsequent adjudication outcomes. I will grant you that Urban’s departure from UF was a complete train wreck and since I wasn’t there – I really don’t know what the hell happened but I can see how that left a completely bad taste in people’s minds.

    Being an OSU alum and an avid follower of recruiting, players, and all things Buckeye related, I’ve seen my share of this ‘arrest’ stuff over the last 20 years. I see how the initial arrest and/or story blasts big headlines nationally, creates another incrementation of the ‘thug’ storyline number, produces tons of online chatter, then goes away. The subsequent follow ups to the outcome rarely go farther than the local rag because the national media have moved on to the next shiny jingling object! I’ve seen how Urban has dealt with the OSU player incidents and I have to say that it has been swift, fair, decisive. and without starter/star status considerations. I closely follow recruiting and I have not been alarmed by the type of kid he is bringing into the program and thus far, there have been little or no problems outside of Roby and Hyde and a few under age drinking incidents.

    Personally, I think the stories get amplified a great deal more just because Urban Meyer is involved and I do not see any alarming trends thus far here at OSU… having said that, the story is still being written.

    BTW – I thought we OSU fans are always cocky and arrogant!!!

  25. gatorprof says: Mar 6, 2014 11:15 AM


    Re: “Personally, I think the stories get amplified a great deal more just because Urban Meyer is involved and I do not see any alarming trends thus far here at OSU… having said that, the story is still being written.”

    There is definitely some truth to that, but the only reason that you didn’t hear more nationally about the arrests was likely because of the Tebow halo effect. Tebow was like a black hole for media attention, so it was hard for some of the “issues” associated with the program to really have legs story wise. Living in the town and knowing a bunch of experienced LEOs, they uniformly attest to the fact that the Meyer era was a disaster in terms of having too many thugs. These are people that were LEOs during Spurrier, Zook and now Boom, so there is a fair amount of comparison.

    Remember, this is a small southern town that largely revolves around football, so the police aren’t over-aggressive towards arresting athletes. The fact that so many people did get arrested is really a testament to just how bad things were around here. Case in point is all of the problems that AH had a UF, but none of it stopped him from playing. It all got swept under the rug.

    I hope for OSU’s sake that Meyer did clean up his act as he is a good coach. If you can get he benefit without the stain, life is good.

  26. auburntigers34 says: Mar 9, 2014 12:29 PM

    this board is infested with big 10 homers. it’s ridiculous.

  27. dkhhuey says: Mar 9, 2014 3:21 PM

    @auburn – Hey genius, it’s a f#@#ing story about Ohio State, which is in the Big Ten. Thanks for stopping by and feeling your inane attempt at constructing a thought was worthy of posting.

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