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Urban Meyer + Greg Schiano should have rest of Big Ten scared

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Urban Meyer-coached teams are scary for opponents, what with his 31-1 record against Big Ten teams in four years and all. However, part of that equation was an aggressive and debilitating defense led by Chris Ash.

Ash left for the head coaching gig at Rutgers, and that left a huge hole in the game plan to get back to Big Ten championship and national championship winning teams. So, when it was announced that Meyer went out and filled the job with former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, teams (and the media) had to be shaking their collective heads.

It’s almost not fair. First there was offensive genius Tom Herman hired away from Iowa State back in 2012. Herman would go on to ignite the Buckeyes offense and win the Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant coach this past season.

Then Meyer replaces one of the best secondary coaches in the country with a former NFL head coach and a respected college head coach like Schiano?

One look at Schiano’s defensive record should be enough to let folks know just how genius of a hire this was. That’s because Schiano’s defenses topped the Big East in scoring defense twice in the final four years of his tenure at Rutgers (2009 and 2011), also topping the conference in passing defense in 2011 and ranking second in 2008 and 2009.

Schiano’s best season was 2006, where his Scarlet Knights went 11-2 on the season. It was the defense that was the catalyst for it, ranking No. 8 in the country in total defense.

Meyer’s eye for talent and coaching ability is bar none, but getting a veteran coach like this to help lead a defense that will need the most help in the secondary is a coup to say the least.

OSU could be facing life without junior Vonn Bell, who is NFL Draft eligible and could make that leap. The Buckeyes are also going to be facing life without the likes of Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt and Joshua Perry up front, making the veteran secondary a huge part of whatever success or failure OSU has in 2016.

Even more dangerous than the numbers — Meyer and Schiano are about as close as any two coaches in the country. It’s something that Doug Lesmerises pointed out on Cleveland.com when remembering back to a reporter’s question back in August:

“It’s interesting that my confidantes are Steve Addazio, Greg Schiano and some other guys I call frequently about, hey, tell me about this situation, tell me about this, guys that I know have no vested interest other than they’re very good friends and I respect them.”

With the Buckeyes facing more and more pressure as they reached the pinnacle in 2014 and nearly reached it again in 2015 despite injuries and a crazy quarterback situation, hiring a confidant like Schiano is also good for the mental health of Meyer.

He left Florida because of burn out and stress starting to take a physical toll on him. Having someone to take some of that pressure off of him this time around can only help keep Meyer sane and physically healthy.

With Meyer’s coaching tree growing, a return of a friend back to the coaching ranks makes an already dangerous Ohio State team even more so. Good luck figuring out a way to beat this team in 2016, especially now that Schiano comes on board.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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Greg Schiano out at Ohio State, Michigan’s Mattison reportedly in

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In terms of rivalries, there is no more intense in the Big Ten than Michigan an Ohio State. It’s one that lives on in the fans, players and coaches for 365 days a year.

On Jan. 7, 2019 things got a whole lot more interesting for the next 365 days that’s for sure.

First, news broke that defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will not be back with the Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day. Many believed this past season wasn’t up to par for the Buckeyes and Schiano seemed likely to take the fall for that.

OSU finished this season ranked 72nd in total defense after back-to-back seasons in the top 10 of that category nationwide. The Buckeyes gave up over 400 yards of total offense this year as well.

So, who will replace Schiano? In a really interesting twist, multiple reports have come out stating that Day has his replacement ready — in the form of Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison.

According to Mike Sullivan of 97.1 The Ticket, Mattison’s contact with Michigan was about to be up and that Harbaugh chose not to renew his deal.

Thus, he is a free agent and Day has chosen to scoop him up.

Mattison is very familiar with this rivalry, having served as Michigan’s defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke (2011-2014) and then accepting just the defensive line coaching position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

His defenses were very consistent in his four seasons as defensive coordinator. Michigan was never worse than 31st in the country in total defense and peaked at No. 6 in his final season at the helm of the Wolverines defense.

Coaches plying their trade on both sides of the rivalry is nothing new, but it is a rarity overall.

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BREAKING: Urban Meyer announces retirement

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Last week, FootballScoop.com reported that Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer would be stepping down by the end of the 2019 season and likely by the end of this season.

They also reported that Ryan Day would take over as the new head coach once that happened. 

After a weekend in which the rest of the media attempted to discredit the report, it is now exactly what is happening. 

Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com broke the news early this morning.  In the report, Lesmerises notes that Meyer is being forced to step down due to complications from a cyst on his brain. 

The Rose Bowl game against Pac-12 champion Washington will be the final game he will coach at Ohio State. 

Additionally, Ryan Day, who replaced Meyer as interim head coach while he was serving a three-game suspension to start the year will take over as the full-time head coach starting next season. 

More information will be made available at a news conference scheduled for 2pm ET. 

Meyer has had one of the most successful tenures as a head coach in Buckeyes history. He’ll retire having never lost to Michigan (7-0), won three Big Ten championships and with an 82-9 overall record at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray. 

OSU athletic director Gene Smith is the one who decided Day would get the job on a permanent basis, seeing what the Buckeyes did under his leadership in that three-game stint earlier this year and hoping to ride the wave of young coaches making big splashes. 

His rise up the coaching ranks comes just as the Buckeyes are putting up some of the most dynamic numbers in the pass game that college football has ever seen. 

Star quarterback Dwayne Haskins could potentially top the 5,000-yard and 50 touchdown marks in the upcoming Rose Bowl game. 

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Ohio State picked by coaches as Big Ten hockey favorite

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Last year the Ohio State Buckeyes hockey program made history by making just its second ever appearance in the Frozen Four and first since 1998. 

That finish and the returning players have impressed fellow coaches enough to name them the preseason pick to win the Big Ten. Michigan, now in the second year of the Mel Pearson era were picked second.

Last season’s regular season winner, Notre Dame, came in third in the picks this year despite a lot of returning talent in the program. 

One of college hockey’s best-known programs could be in for a rough year if fellow coaches are to be believed. That’s because Wisconsin was picked to finish sixth in the league, with only Michigan State picked behind them. 

Here’s the full list of predicted finish: 

2018-19 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1.     Ohio State
2.     Michigan
3.     Notre Dame
4.     Minnesota
5.     Penn State
6.     Wisconsin
7.     Michigan State

The coaches also named Quinn Hughes (Michigan), Taro Hirose (Michigan State), Cale Morris (Notre Dame), Mason Jobst (Ohio State), Tanner Laczynski (Ohio State) and Wyatt Kalynuk (Wisconsin) unanimous picks to the preseason players to watch list. 

Overall, 15 players were mentioned on the full watch list: 

QUINN HUGHES, MICH
Josh Norris, MICH
Jake Slaker, MICH
TARO HIROSE, MSU
Patrick Khodorenko, MSU
Mitch Lewandowski, MSU
Rem Pitlick, MINN
Tyler Sheehy, MINN
CALE MORRIS, ND
MASON JOBST, OSU
Dakota Joshua, OSU
TANNER LACZYNSKI, OSU
Denis Smirnov, PSU
Nate Sucese, PSU
WYATT KALYNUK, WIS
*all caps indicates unanimous selection

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Talking10 Podcast Episode 100: Something, something Urban Meyer

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Ohio State made its decision on Urban Meyer. Andy and Phil are here to break it all down for you and give you the truth in a hazy situation. What better way to celebrate episode 100 of the podcast than to spend 50 minutes breaking down a mess of a situation in Columbus, right?

We’ll talk our reactions to the press conference, break down the actual findings of OSU’s investigative report and we’ll even talk how the media-at-large and the OSU media handled the fallout from Wednesday night’s press conference.

Don’t forget you can listen to the podcast each week via Radio Public and other podcasting apps. 

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @talkingB1G

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