Two-Minute Drill: Meyer Cuts Power-Hour Short for UM Prep
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time all season, Urban Meyer cut his Power Hour down to 25 minutes on Wednesday so he focus on game prep for the final contest of the 2012 season.
That’s what happens during ‘Beat Michigan Week’ in Columbus.
Meyer had to move his weekly call-in show from Thursday afternoon to Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and he could barely focus on the questions as his mind began to wander towards 12 p.m. on Saturday.
“I’m looking right at Jim (Lachey) and Paul (Keels) but I’m not even aware they’re here right,” Meyer said with a chuckle.
Keels and Lachey dismissed the OSU head coach after about 25 minutes, but there was still plenty of information during Meyer’s abbreviated call-in show.
On the Rivalry
* Meyer said he lived off Neil Ave. when he was a grad assistant in 1986. Remembers seeing all the hype around campus for Michigan.
* Meyer said anyone would be honored to play or coach at Ohio State, especially this week.
* Meyer: "Growing up here, it means great memories." Remembers winning that game in Ann Arbor for coach Bruce.
* Meyer said Bo Schembechler called him when he got his first head coaching job to congratulate him.
* Meyer made it sound like he will sit down with Gene Smith this offseason to talk about more night games and 3:30pm starts.
Preparing for That School Up North
* Meyer said they had a pretty good Tuesday, but they can't have a bad day today. Can't get reflective yet.
* Meyer: "Our guys are locked in. I can see a major shift in demeanor this week."
* Meyer said the Buckeyes have to be sound on defense, especially when they play man and bring pressure.
* Meyer: "They lost a good running back last week, so it's going to be the Denard Show."
On His Buckeyes
* Meyer: "John Simon's name will forever be in legend here in these hallways. That's my job to make sure we honor the greats, & he's a great."
* Meyer said Wisconsin had both safeties triggering where Braxton Miller was going to run. Answer is to pass the ball, but they aren’t very good at it right now.
* Meyer on Ryan Shazier's forced fumble: "One of the classic plays in college football."
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