Nearly a thousand people gathered on the floor of the Covelli Centre to hear Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talk about his love for his players and Northeast Ohio.
Meyer has had a reputation of getting results quickly, Colorado, Bowling Green, Florida all quick turn-a rounds.
His first year at Ohio state was remarkable from the standpoint that all players could have left with the NCAA rules allowing them to leave when the coach has been changed and immediately play without sitting out.
Meyer convinced them to stay and he guided them to a perfect season with no chance for a bowl due to NCAA sanctions.
Meyer faced an up-hill battle as he constantly reminded the media that his team was not playing well. It showed in the early going, eking out victories over Ohio and Miami of Ohio.
He said the turn-about came when Youngstown's John Simon stood before the team and broke down in frustration because the team could not find a way to play well as a unit. It was an eye opener for Meyer who called in his coaches and read them the riot act. Calling on them to dig as deep as Simon did. After that moment the perfect seaon was on.
Meyer praised the work of Woody Hayes and Bo Shembeckler as forerunners of great football in Northeast Ohio.
It was a great night for the United Way and we can all be proud of the standout quarter back at YSU Curt Hess , who spoke and one who takes his position as a community leader very seriously. After the night of champions among us we can all be proud of the sacrifice area athletes make to our community.
From NFL standout John Greco, to Pitt soccer star Ashley Cuba, to Curt Hess, to Luke Wollet, we have champions among us. Join me weekdays at 9 on 570 WKBN or write me DanRivers@clearChannel.com