This is one in a series of Buckeye Bloggers Network (BBN) Ohio State vs. Miami previews. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of the page to read the rest of the series.
As the “Cradle of Coaches,” Miami University holds a special place in the history of The Ohio State University. All of Ohio State’s national championship wins (football) were lead by former members of the Miami football coaching staff. Paul Brown and Woody Hayes both served as head coach at Miami before coming to Ohio State and Jim Tressel served as the receivers coach before his first stint with the Buckeyes.
The connection continues in basketball with both Randy Ayers (a Miami grad) and Thad Matta who both served on the coaching staff at Miami before leading the Buckeyes.
And then of course there’s Bo Schemblecher. If it wasn’t for the mentor/student relationship formed between Coach Hayes and Schemblecher at Miami University, the “Ten Year War” would have been a mere college rivalry and the importance of “The Game” might be greatly diminished today.
Saturday the Buckeyes will meet another product of the Red Hawks coaching cradle. Don Treadwell is both a Miami alum and served as Red Hawks receivers coach in the early 90s. He was also on Coach Jim Tressle’s staff when Tressel lead Youngstown the the Div 1-A national championship. He returned to Miami last year as head coach — his first head coaching position.
Treadwell has plenty of experience with Big Ten and Ohio State football. Before coming to Miami, he spent four years as offensive coordinator at Michigan State where he helped develop an offense that broke a number of school records.
He also filled in as head coach when MSU Coach Mark Dantonio was sidelined after suffering a heart attack and lead the Spartans to a big win over a No. 11 Wisconsin.
Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach John Klacik also spent 12 years on the Buckeye coaching staff working under Coach Tressel.
Urban Meyer et all
Of all the changes in the Ohio State coaching staff, one of the most promising is that with the departure of Jim Bollman, Buckeye fans can once again safely mix with sharp objects during game time. That and of course the energy that Meyer and his staff has brought to the Ohio State program.
This energy is embodied in strength coach Mickey Marotti. Strength coach is typically a behind the scenes position but Marotti can be seen front and center leading the team (and soon students) through their “quick cals” and he is known for his ability to motivate players. In a season where bowl hopes have been shelved, motivation more than anything may be one of the most exciting elements of this program.
That energy continues in defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and other than Chris Spielman, I can’t think of another coach I’d rather see pacing the Ohio State sidelines. With the addition of Everett Withers and the return of Luke Fickle to the defense, I expect to see more of the Ohio State defense that we’ve come to expect over the years.
Treadwell’s experience as a receivers coach will be on full display as Miami doesn’t offer much on the ground. It will be interesting to see if the Miami offensive line will be able to hold back the Buckeye attack long enough to establish a passing game. If they do, it may provide a good test for the Ohio State secondary and a chance to see if Withers’ brought his knack for creating players with the ability pull down interceptions with him from UNC.
Offensively, the biggest factor may be Coach Urban Meyers no huddle offense – something entirely new for the Buckeyes. According to an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, center Corey Linsley said that the Buckeye offense will be 99 percent no huddle. If the Buckeyes can keep up the pace that Meyer is trying to establish, it may be a long second half for the Red Hawks. During the past couple of season openers, the Hawks have managed to hang tough in the under dog role. In this case, conditioning may be their biggest enemy.
If the Buckeyes do get Miami down, don’t expect Meyer to let up. Unlike Coach Tressel who would let an opposing team walk off the field with their dignity, this is Urban Meyer — expect him to run up the score if he can. As reported in the same Plain Dealer article, Ohio State receiver Corey Brown said that Meyer’s philosophy is to, “score 100 points and do this and try to run up the score and have a good time out there and try to defeat our opponent’s will.
Defeat an opponents will folks. Sounds good against Michigan or a Big Ten Wisconsin or Nebraska but an in-state Mac school? Not sure it’s something I want to see.
Be sure to read the rest of the BBN Ohio State vs. Miami Previews by visiting the links below
OSU Silver Bullet: Ohio State passing vs. Miami Defensive Backs
Men of the Scarlet and Gray: Ohio State defensive backs vs. Miami Passing
Our Honor Defend: Ohio State Run Game vs. Miami 4-3
Buckeye Empire: Preview: Miami Running Attack
The Buckeye Battlecry: Special Teams