Moving Forward

WITH THE 2011 football season and the Gator Bowl over, Ohio State Buckeye fans undoubtedly are willing to agree with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who once noted, “Let the dead past bury its dead.”

The Tattoo 5, its related problems as well as other difficulties, including NCAA sanctions, have been rehashed so often that it’s reached a sickening degree.

Possibly, the most notable shred remaining from the whole situation is to learn from the past and not to let it happen again.

PRAISE has been forthcoming from many directions for Urban Meyer, OSU’s new head football coach.

And Meyer who was hired in late November at OSU as one of highest paid coaches in college football immediately began to earn his salary. He received a six-year contract with a base pay of $4 million a year, and he could earn as much as an additional $2.4 million if he fulfills his entire contract because of retention bonuses.

Meyer is a native of Ashtabula where the Ashtabula River flows into Lake Erie at that city. In the Algonquin Indian language, that waterway means “river of many fish.”

The coach’s abilities as a fisherman, if any, aren’t widely publicized, but it’s obvious that he knows how “to fish” for a variety of talent – both on the sidelines and on the football field. His new recruits, who intend to stay despite next year’s bowl ban for the university, are indicative of how well Meyer is regarded.

Meyer’s regard for Ohio State from an early age is noteworthy, and he has been quoted as saying, “If not for the coaching position at Ohio State, I would not have coached this coming year.”

Not only is he in favor of hiring “the best group of assistant coaches in America,” he wants to recruit student-athletes who win in the classroom and on the field.

Of course, any coach would want to do that, but Meyer’s past successes indicate that he knows what he’s doing.

Mentioning OSU’s past mistakes, he said that “on the grand scheme of things,” the mistakes are very correctable.

It appears he has the right game plan.