Ohio State beat Alabama in the College Football Playoff last season on its way to a national title. Like most working folks, the Buckeyes’ coaches had to fill out an evaluation form for their employer: the university. What they wrote is fascinating.
Thanks to an open records request made by ElevenWarriors.com, we now know a few details about the inner workings of Ohio State, and how the Buckeyes prepared for Alabama and others on their schedule.
More specifically, we learn how the Buckeyes must continue to improve.
Here are the coaches from Ohio State explaining how the Buckeyes will improve upon last year’s national title season:
1: Head coach Urban Meyer – “Always thinking of ways to improve and stay on top of recruiting technology.”
Meyer is 51 years old. When he got into coaching and recruiting, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat did not exist. He’s adjusting. To him, this “technology” thing might not correspond with coaching games on the field.
2: Defensive line coach Larry Johnson – “Continue to motivate the unit and be great!”
Joey Bosa is a beast. He loves playing at Ohio State. Nick Bosa, a 5-star defensive end, committed to Ohio State and is going to play for the Buckeyes no matter what. Johnson, it’s your job to motivate the younger Bosa.
3. Offensive line coach Ed Warinner – “Missed on a few top prospects.”
Ohio State failed to land 5-star running back Jaqcues Patrick, who signed with Florida State. The Buckeyes were recruiting him diligently. Who else did Warriner miss out on? That’s hard to speculate.
4. Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash – “Need to continue to improve in the classroom.”
Good on Ash for pushing for better results in the classroom. If you’re going to be a student and play football also, you have to lead by example in the classroom.
5. Tight end and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton – “The TE group has performed very well the last couple of years. However, with Jeff gone my unit needs to have a great summer and be consistant (sic).”
Hinton is referring to Jeff Heuerman, who was drafted by the Denver Broncos this year.