Meyer understands love/hate for Irish

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – What’s brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes …

BUCKEYES BUZZ: As it turns out, Urban Meyer still has a soft spot for Notre Dame.

For years while he was the head coach at Florida it was rumored that he was going to jump ship and take over the Fighting Irish, where he had served as an assistant coach from 1996-2000 under Bob Davie.

Meyer was asked this week about No. 4 Notre Dame, which, like his sixth-ranked team, is unbeaten.

“I’m a huge Notre Dame fan. I always have been. I’m Irish Catholic. I love that they’re doing well, and they’re great for college football,” Meyer said. “They’re really good. I’ve seen them on tape a little bit, so I’m not surprised.”

Meyer was somewhat reluctant to discuss Notre Dame because there is a segment of college football fans who loathe the Fighting Irish. Just mention the school’s name and they’re apoplectic.

Meyer gets that.

“Love/hate is you’re the Yankees and they can’t stand you, but they also love you,” he said. “You come walking into high school with a (Notre Dame) shirt on, you either get something thrown at you or a big hug.”

TICKETS AVAILABLE: Some tickets are still available for Illinois, starting at $70 apiece.

Fans interested in purchasing them can do so online at, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the ticket office in the Schottenstein Center, or any Ticketmaster location.

THEY SAID IT: Illinois DT Akeem Spence, comparing current Ohio State QB Braxton Miller with former QB Terrelle Pryor, who now holds a clipboard with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders: “I think he (Miller) is a lot better. He gets into the open field and he can make guys miss and he can also outrun a lot of guys.”