2013 Honoree, Urban Meyer

2013 Honoree, Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer made history in his first season as Ohio State coach, guiding the Scarlet and Gray to only the sixth undefeated and untied season in school history with a 12-0 record and also to a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division championship. He was a named a finalist for four national Coach of the Year Awards - the FWAA's Eddie Robinson Award, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, the Paul "Bear" Bryant and the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year awards - for his (and his staff's) efforts to turn a team that had no chance at a post-season into an Associated Press Top 3 team.

The 24th Coach in OSU history, Meyer and staff built this unbeaten team that led the Big Ten in scoring and ranked second in rushing by convincing the players the most important thing they could do was win the next game; practice hard, prepare well and simply find ways to win, and by winning the team would realize its 2012 rewards. And by winning it would honor a senior class that included 13 scholarship players who could have left and played for any bowl-eligible team in the country. And by winning it would reinforce Meyer's abilities to build a championship-caliber team, of which he has done multiple times before, even after taking a year off from coaching.

Career Highlights

  • Ohio State's 12-0 record was the second undefeated season for Meyer, who also went 12-0 at Utah in 2004;
  • In his 11 seasons as a head coach, Meyer has the 10th-best winning percentage (.835) in college football history, and second-best among current coaches, with a 116-23 record;
  • He has won two national championships;
  • He has won 13 games three times, the first to accomplish the feat, in addition to his two 12-win seasons;
  • He is the only active coach - and one of only nine all time - to have two winning streaks of at least 20 games (22 at Florida and 20 with Utah/Florida), and he has five winning streaks of 10-or-more games;
  • He won more games his first 10 years - 104 - than all but two coaches in college football history; and
  • He reached 100 wins faster than all but one coach in the last 55 years - Bud Wilkinson - and faster than all but five coaches all-time.

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