I always thought the 1996 Ohio State Buckeyes should have received more recognition for their 11-1 record after beating Arizona State in the Rose Bowl, but OSU finished second in the Associated Press voting to 11-1 Florida.
The only candidate interviewed by a five-member search committee of senior Ohio State leaders, headed by President E. Gordon Gee and Director of Athletics Gene Smith, Meyer returns to collegiate coaching after sitting out the past year to devote time to his family and work as an analyst for ESPN.
Stan Drayton came to Ohio State from Florida, where he served as the Gators' running backs coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2010 season. He also served as Florida's running backs coach from 2005-2007 and held the same position at SEC schools Tennessee (2008) and Mississippi State (2004).
It wasn't how most planned for Ohio State's football program to finish in the 2011-12 campaign, but the Buckeyes offseason turmoil and in-season problems resulted in their first seven-loss season in well over a century (1897)...
As the 2011 season neared an end, Luke Fickell still wanted to talk team rather than himself, but the man who spent the campaign in charge of the Ohio State football team did reflect some in media appearances.
Everett Withers will be the Buckeyes' co-Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach under Urban Meyer. Withers has been a collegiate coach for 17 years and has also worked seven seasons in the NFL.
Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University the past three years, and before that an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for record-setting offenses at Rice University, has taken the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach position at OSU under Urban Meyer.
Mark Pantoni has worked at the University of Florida for the past five years and he has had direct responsibilities as a recruiting program coordinator for the past two seasons, including serving as the director of football administration from March of this year through the end of the regular season.