It was a tough loss to Michigan today — but then, it’s been a tough season all around. Give credit to Michigan and Denard Robinson, who played lights out.
Being a Midwesterner, I was raised with the notion that if you’ve done something wrong you deserve to be punished. Ohio State players broke the rules, and the Buckeyes have been punished. They’ve lost a legendary coach, suffered through their worst season in years, lost to Michigan for the first time since 2003, and now have to decide whether they want to go to some embarrassingly mediocre bowl game. The fact that they came close to beating the Wolverines today, only to fall short as they have done so often this season, is just another taste of the whip.
The Buckeyes will be hiring a new head coach. Everyone here is talking about Urban Meyer; we’ll have to see whether that in fact happens. For now, I want to thank Luke Fickell for taking the reins under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, and doing his best to hold things together. I hope he finds a good job somewhere — perhaps on the staff of the new coach. I also hope that all Ohio State’s players stick with the program and commit themselves to restoring Buckeye football to its past glory. With Braxton Miller under center, we’ll be hoping for a quick turnaround.
Now, let’s forget that the lost season of 2011 ever happened.