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By Matt McCoy
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For the third time since the Buckeyes finished their 12-0 season, Urban Meyer has been named a finalist for a major coach of the year award. Meyer was one of six Wednesday, who was nominated for the Bear Bryant award, which will be handed out January 17th.
So far Meyer has come up empty. Bill O'Brien at Penn State won the Big Ten coach of the year. The Eddie Robinson award, given out by the national football writers went to Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.
Kelly was also recognized as coach of the year by the Associated Press. O'Brien finished second in the voting with Stanford's David Shaw third and Kansas State's Bill Snyder fourth. Meyer did not get a vote.
On our sister station, AM 1230 Fox Sports Radio, Meyer appeared Wednesday night on the Loose Cannons show and was asked if he's surprised he's received no recognition for leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season.
"I haven't given it any thought. I didn't see the voting," Meyer said. "I've been very fortunate as a coach to have some really good teams and (going into the season) I thought this was going to be maybe the most difficult journey we've had and it turned out not to be. It turned out to be a group of guys that were motivated each week. You start taking away championships from places like Ohio State, it's hard to keep a team motivated. That wasn't the case though. Once we got this thing going and once we identified some really outstanding leadership on the team, it was a lot of fun."
Meyer was asked where the season his 2012 Buckeyes had will rank in his coaching career.
"It's right up near the top. I can't list one, two or three but it's certainly right up there," Meyer said. "Especially once (I started) developing relationships with these players and I found out what they stand for and who they are."
Meyer weighs in on Tebow
The New York Jets made the decision this week to bench Mark Sanchez but instead of going with Tim Tebow, it's Greg McElroy who will get the start Sunday against San Diego.
Tebow led Denver to the playoffs last year and was brought in, supposedly, to compete with Sanchez for the job and to help expand the Jets wildcat package. Neither has happened. Tebow has been a bit player, seeing minimal opportunity.
You've heard the knock on the former Heisman winner out of Florida...he can't throw. Well Meyer, who had Tebow all four years with the Gators, stood up for his former QB.
"I know what I see and he played in the Southeastern Conference and think about this for a minute...He's the second most efficient passer ever to play college football," Meyer said on his Loose Cannons appearance. "I mean ever to put on a helmet, he's the second most efficient behind Sam Bradford so that tells you. Of course (he can throw). Is he a traditional guy? Of course not but can he throw the football? He certainly can."
During his radio appearance, Meyer also talked about his coaching appearance last weekend. He was invited by Tostitos to coach military veterans in what was a homecoming party and celebrity flag football game. It was taped last weekend. Highlights of the game will be featured during the Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State.
"I'm a big fan of the military and I've had a chance to go overseas as a USO guest and I thought what a great way to give back and be a part of something special," Meyer said. "I had high expectations and it blew them away."
If you're interested, the entire interview lasted about eight minutes and is posted above.
A Moment With Jim Tressel
Former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel made his weekly appearance on Channel 3 in Cleveland. Here's the latest "moment" with the former Ohio State coach.