Does anyone remember the last time Urban Meyer lost?
You have to go all the way back to November 27, 2010 when Meyer's Florida Gators fell to Florida State, 31-7 in Tallahassee. That's when he stepped down (follow his bowl win vs. Penn State) to focus on his family and health, join ESPN as an analyst in 2011 and ultimately accept the Ohio State vacancy.
The Buckeyes are 20-0 since his arrival and have shown no signs of a potential stumble in Big Ten play. They could very well be 25-0 before their first bowl appearance with Meyer, and still may not have a shot at the BCS National Championship.
But that's another story.
When asked if Meyer has forgotten what it feels like to lose during his Monday press conference, he replied with this compelling answer:
“I think it's a very valid (question). Don't worry about coaches, worry about players, keeping them hungry,” he said. “I think that's kind of the message of the question. And that's something we think about all the time. But, that ‘L’ word is not a good word for anyone.
“One thing is we coach very hard. Lou Holtz said it best: You coach hard when you win. When you lose, it's very fragile. You come out to practice and you are like, my gosh, you act like the offense is the worst in the country, especially on Tuesdays. They're Bloody Tuesdays around here for a reason. As long as we're still coaching that way, and we will, they're very hungry. … Do I still have it? Yeah, I mean I just want to avoid it at all costs.”
He's done a pretty good job so far.
Meyer is the first coach in college football history to have three separate 20-game winning streaks in a career (Utah and Florida: 2003-05; Florida: 2008-09; Ohio State: 2012-present). His 84.4 winning percentage trails just Boise State's Chris Petersen (89.0 percent) for active FBS coaches.
Since Meyer's last loss, there have been 86 total coaching changes among Division-1A. Even though he took a year away from the game, there are 17 other active coaches with more experience but less career wins (he currently sits at 12 years and 124 wins), including Gary Patterson, Mark Richt and Les Miles.
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