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Mornings with John Kentera
December 05, 2018 - 10:03 am

College Football

Urban Meyer set to retire after the Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer announced he will step down after the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl game against The University of Washington. Meyer was suspended the first three games this season for the poor handling of his ex-assistant coach Zach Smith’s troubling behavior. Meyer has been dealing with a cyst on his brain for many years and it only gets worse with stress, and it showed several times during the season. You cannot argue with his success on the field as he has compiled a 186-32 record over 17 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. Meyer has won three national championships, two at Florida and one with the Buckeyes. In his seven seasons in Columbus, Coach Meyer has put up an 82-9 mark and dominated the Big 10 with a 54-4 record, seven division titles (shared or outright), three conference championships and the national championship in 2014. The Buckeyes dominated Michigan in Meyer's seven seasons going a perfect 7-0. At 54 years old, the question is already arising: will he take time off and then come back again like he did after leaving Florida? Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over January 2nd as the new head coach and he has signed a 5 year contract. Meyer on the field is one of the all time greats. Looking deeper into his career, it appears he had a win at all cost attitude. You be the judge on how you look at his legacy.

Heisman Trophy Saturday

This coming Saturday at 5:00 pm, the Heisman Trophy will be awarded and it will be interesting with three great college quarterbacks as the finalists. My personal choice if I had a vote would be for Alabama sophmore Tua Tagovailoa. He is the leader on the best team in the country, and in by far the best conference in America.  He is also a tremendous field general. With all the offseason hype about him and how he would take over for Jalen Hurts, I think he surpassed expectations and is not a product of a pass happy offense. Oklahoma signal caller Kyler Murray is a fantastic athlete and has had an incredible season, but unfortunately for Murray, his conference is woeful when it comes to playing defense and he hasn’t had the challenges that Tagovailoa has had to face. Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins, with a late season rush, gets a seat at the party and he deserves it. Haskins put up mind boggling stats in the Big 10 and his future is very bright. One thing is for sure: whoever wins the most coveted award in sports - it will be life changing.

What’s great about College Football :

Saturday afternoon block out time to watch the Army - Navy game. It’s a must for any college football fan.