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Urban talks LeBron’s return to Ohio

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Earlier this millennium — that reads and sounds so odd, but not anymore so than using “aughts” — then-Notre Dame assistant Urban Meyer offered a scholarship to All-State wide receiver — and basketball megastar — LeBron James.

The relationship cultivated at that time reaped an appearance by The King at an Ohio State game last season as the Ohio State head coach’s guest.

Friday, the Prodigal King returned home to Ohio after the future basketball Hall of Famer announced he would be re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Not so unexpectedly, and after a brief delay relative to Les Miles, Meyer took to Twitter to address the news.

A few hours after that tweet, Meyer spoke to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about what, just four short years ago, many thought would’ve been an impossible let alone improbable return.  Not surprisingly, Meyer went with what many would consider hyperbole but’s actually closer to reality when it comes to what it means for the state in general and Northeast Ohio specifically.

“When I heard the news, I was like, ‘They’re going to shut down the whole state,’” Meyer, an Ohio native, said. “I’m really happy for Northeast Ohio. Now we’ve got to go get a championship.”

(Writer’s note: a professional sports championship in the city of Cleveland that’s 50 years in the making, by the way.)
(Life-long, 45-year-old Cleveland pro sports fan note: ugh.  It’s a slap in the face, punch in the gut, kick in the tentacles to type that.)

James has long been connected to the flagship university in his home state.

On more than one occasion, the hoops star has stated publicly that, if he wouldn’t have jumped to the NBA right out of high school — that pro league has since changed that rule — he would’ve played basketball for the Buckeyes.  Hell, he even has his own locker in the OSU men’s basketball team’s locker room.

Given his return to Northeast Ohio, those around the basketball and football programs can expect to see the Chosen One around more and more.

As far as Meyer is concerned, that’s more than fine.

“He’s got an open door,” the coach told the paper. “If he wants to catch a pass, we can probably figure that out, too.”

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21 Responses to “Urban talks LeBron’s return to Ohio”
  1. general74 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:31 PM

    Lebron is a fake Buckeye. He spoke before the game he came to last year and called the Buckeyes the Scarlet and Red. I mean come on that’s as basic as it gets for a Buckeye fan its Scarlet and Grey.

  2. orthomarine says: Jul 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Why?

  3. canetic says: Jul 12, 2014 3:02 PM

    One state is home to the city of Cleveland, Johnny Manziel, Urban Meyer and Lebron James. First on my list of places not to visit.

  4. jrs45 says: Jul 12, 2014 3:59 PM

    Awesome!!!! Go Bucks!!!!!

  5. barkleyblows says: Jul 12, 2014 7:27 PM

    If you don’t like it.. Don’t go moron.

  6. mtheparrothead says: Jul 12, 2014 9:28 PM

    But where else would we go to make ourselves feel better about where we live? Cleveland. Helping people realize they don’t have it so bad since their water caught fire.

  7. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2014 10:06 PM

    Don’t follow the NBA but it doesn’t suck having King James on the sideline at Buckeyes games and hanging out with potential recruits!

  8. BrownsTown says: Jul 12, 2014 10:13 PM

    Always get a kick out of the bottom 10 states in every quality of life metric lobbing bombs.

  9. jrs45 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:59 PM

    I live in the Tampa Bay Area and I visit Cleveland twice a year. And that’s no lie.

  10. cubano76 says: Jul 13, 2014 12:02 AM

    @jrs45

    I honestly feel bad for you. First for me on this site. May God have mercy on your soul.

  11. slash714 says: Jul 13, 2014 12:08 AM

    Ohio rocks!!

  12. barkleyblows says: Jul 13, 2014 12:27 AM

    Ohio isn’t any better or worse then Wesconsen, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana.

  13. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 13, 2014 2:00 AM

    Bron-bron is a perfect fit as a buckeye fan.

    Because he is a world-class, frontrunning jackass, who nobody likes.

  14. mtheparrothead says: Jul 13, 2014 9:18 AM

    Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are hands down better places to visit. Go ahead and fight with interest levels over Iowa tho. Congrats?

  15. ryanw822 says: Jul 13, 2014 1:26 PM

    “Don’t follow the NBA but it doesn’t suck having King James on the sideline at Buckeyes games and hanging out with potential recruits!”

    knowing Slimeball Meyer, this will produce a few NCAA infractions.

  16. jrs45 says: Jul 13, 2014 2:45 PM

    cubano76,

    Don’t feel bad for me man lol. I have a great education, I’m loaded thanks to my job, have a great house 2 mins from the Gulf beaches and I travel the world. I really enjoy going to the flats/warehouse district in Cleveland. I enjoy visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Rock n Roll when I’m in the area. Enjoy the foods and restaurants along side the many cool bars.

    That’s what makes this country beautiful. Everyone’s different.

  17. mtheparrothead says: Jul 13, 2014 5:22 PM

    Jrs,

    Sorry, but you’ve exposed yourself. Nobody’s been to the flats in like 5 years.

  18. jrs45 says: Jul 13, 2014 6:06 PM

    Still like Shooters and Flat Iron Cafe. Been a few years though.

  19. jrs45 says: Jul 13, 2014 6:24 PM

    I’d even thrown in West Side Market for good eats. If you wanted to drive about 45 mins you can hit up Cedar Point. But not after eating.

  20. jrs45 says: Jul 13, 2014 7:41 PM

    It doesn’t MOTTA to me!!!

  21. jrs45 says: Jul 13, 2014 7:44 PM

    michael krzeszewski (mtheparrothead) is a big fan of Ohio lmao!!!

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