"College football is very cyclical," Urban Meyer said early in his Big Ten Media Days debut while talking about the offensive renaissance awaiting the league and its potential reclamation of the national spotlight. He was of course among the coaches most responsible for the current cycle of dominance, having won two titles for the SEC at Florida.
To reach that level, "we have to go win some bowl games. How far we are from doing that, the coaches who've been in this conference could answer that better than I have. There are some very good teams in this conference, so I anticipate that winning's not far off."
As one of two division teams contending with NCAA sanctions, including a bowl ban, Meyer called it a "recruiting issue" that'll be "dealt with." "We found out who wants to be an Ohio State Buckeye," Meyer said, adding that Penn State's Bill O'Brien will find out the same for his own team. He also called motivating a team with "so-called nothing" to play for a challenge.
Asked about Penn State transfers and the coaching frenzy surrounding it, Meyer responded, "I have a problem with that. I think if a player reaches out, the player has the right to choose to go where he wants. To actively go get another player, I don't understand the rule, and we're not gonna get very familiar with it. But a young man has the right to play where he wants to play."
That might surprise some, as Meyer's aggressive roster methods have startled some in the Big Ten. He's making a distinction there -- if a player approaches Ohio State, you'd have to think he'd be eager to look into a transfer. But he's got to mind his reputation in his new conference, so there's no reason to come across as a vulture.
"We have a very, very good relationship," Meyer said when asked about his previous recruiting dustup with Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, adding, "there's absolutely no problem whatsoever with the way Ohio State does business."