Urban Meyer saw a note recently that said that the last time the Buckeyes had lost seven games, like they did last season, was just before the turn of the 20th century (1897).
Meyer is hoping that leads to a team eager to prove themselves in 2012.
“I saw a quote somewhere that said the last time Ohio State lost seven games was the 1800's. And I actually heard a player say that. So I’m hoping it’s a very angry team.”
Urban noted that coaching a complacent and entitled group is one of the hardest things to fix as a coach, but to coach "an angry group of guys that are on a mission" is every coaches dream. Especially when you have a group capable of channeling that anger and rage into a productive attitude.
“That’s the essence of coaching, that’s what we do. The way I like to do it is to make practices so hard that their anger better be channeled into becoming a better player.
“If practices aren’t hard, there’s still that anger. What are they going to do with it? Fight downtown? Someone is going to say, ‘You guys stink,’ and … we make it so hard that we channel it to what’s important now, which is practice.”