The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

June 28, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Meyer feeling good

With his football camp with Dean Hood on tap Monday, Ashtabula’s own —and his family — are now much more comfortable in Columbus

At this time a year ago, Urban Meyer admits he was in a state of perpetual fast-forward.

Having taken over the pressure-coooker job as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, one of Ashtabula’s favorite sons had no choice but to hit the ground running.

Obviously, Meyer turned a difficult situation into a best-case result, leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 season.

He admits things are running much smoother this summer than they were a year ago this time, especially for his wife, Shelley, and son, Nathan.

“I feel much better this year”, Meyer told the “Morning Sports Report” breakfast function earlier this week. “What I really feel better about is, my family is settled. That was a really difficult move for my wife and my son.”

And that, the 1982 St. John High School graduate, is the single most important thing to him.

“That means more to me than the football team,” he said. “They love Columbus and are ready to go, but last year at this time was not very smooth.”

Meyer, along with fellow Ashtabulan Dean Hood, a 1982 Harbor High School graduate and now the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University, will be back home Monday.

Meyer, Hood and Dana Schulte, a teammate of Hood as the star quarterback during their days as Mariners and now the man in charge of Media One Group, will stage the second annual Urban Meyer-Dean Hood Youth Football Camp at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township. Dr. William A. Seeds is one of the camp’s biggest sponsors.

While NCAA rules do not allow Meyer to have hands-on interaction with his players in the summer months, he is very much in tune with what’s going on with them.

Head strength coach Mickey Marotti is Meyer’s pipeline when it comes to providing information on his Buckeyes.

“About injuries and attitudes, absolutely I keep tabs on it,” Meyer said. “Every coach in America does. You can’t be there, but I’m there (mentally).”

As was the case at every one of his coaching stops — from Bowling Green, to Utah, to Florida and to Ohio State — Meyer’s program is based on one important aspect — speed, which his incoming freshman class appears to have in an abundance.

“We’re fast, which is something I wanted to be,” he realted to the Columbus Dispatch. “(It appears we) get some more speed on offense, in particular. I hear great things about them.”

The same goes for the whole team, based on Marotti’s observations.

“I’ve heard all positives,” the former St. John football and baseball standout said. “I really trust my strength coach. We’ve been together a long time.

“I love my players. It’s going very well.”

And come Monday, Ashtabula County’s youth will have an opportunity to see that first-hand at Spire Institute.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: ‘Kids’ stuff’ spurs great responses

    I’m often caught more than a bit off-guard by what stories, features or columns generate responses from you, Loyal Readers, much more so than those who do not.
    For example, the column that appeared in this space a couple of days ago regarding things yours truly and my buddies did as kids prompted more than a few responses.
    A sampling, many of which were posted on my Facebook page:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • kyle GANG GREEN

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    THURSDAY, APRIL 17
    Baseball
    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
    St. John at Lawrence (4:30)
    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

    April 16, 2014

  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    TENNIS
    NON-CONFERENCE
    St. John 4, Euclid 1
    at Pine Lake

    April 16, 2014

  • tennis Scholastic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
    Baseball

    PV at Ledgemont (4:30)
    North at Geneva (4:30)
    Riverside at Chardon (4:30)
    Jefferson at Lakeview (5)

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Baldwin Mustang to a Quaker

    As a junior, Grand Valley’s Luke Baldwin got a shot to play linebacker for the Mustangs because of an injury to a starter.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Kids’ stuff but, boy, was it a blast!

    I have no idea why I thought of this, just now, but I did.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Week in Review January 10 and 11
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video