February 27, 2017

Ohio State Spring Drills Set to Open


Feb. 27, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In eight days Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will kick off his 16th spring drills as a head football coach. Judging by the terrific falls he’s experienced, springs have been good for Meyer, too. Change, be it numbers of starters returning or lost or staff turnover, has not slowed the consistent, annual success that Meyer has realized as a coach each season of his 15-year career.

So on Tuesday morning, March 7, Meyer will welcome 15 returning starters — eight on offense and seven on defense — and 43 returning lettermen onto the indoor practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the start of his sixth spring practice as Ohio State coach.

Meyer, for the second consecutive March, will enter spring minus a significant number of players who declared early for the NFL Draft: six total, including three starters in the secondary — for a second time in two years — who have developed here and declared. Fortunately, four highly regarded defensive backs are among the nine recruits from the 2017 signing class who have enrolled in school for the spring semester and a fifth defensive back, junior college transfer Kendall Sheffield, will enroll for the second session of the semester and take part in spring drills.

And this year Meyer is welcoming and working with three new coaches: offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, and linebackers coach Bill Davis, while one additional staff note has Greg Schiano taking over as the sole defensive coordinator.

The rest of his staff remains intact with CB coach/special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs and WR coach Zach Smith each entering his sixth season at Ohio State, DL coach Larry Johnson his fourth, RB coach Tony Alford his third and OL coach Greg Studrawa his second.

Spring Schedule & More Dates

  • March 7 — Start of Spring Practice
  • March 13-17 — Spring Break
  • March 23 — Ohio State Pro Day
  • April 13-15 — Coaches Clinic
  • April 15 — Spring Game
  • April 26 — Finals Start
  • April 27-29 NFL Draft
  • May 7 — Spring Commencement
  • June 6 — Summer Sessions Begin
  • July 25-26 — Big Ten Media Days
  • August 6 — Summer Commencement
  • August 22 — Autumn Semester begins
  • August 31 — Ohio State at Indiana

Urban Meyer’s First 15
Urban Meyer, 61-6 in his five seasons as Ohio State coach, is the winningest active coach in Division I football with a 165-29 record, good for an .850 winning percentage that trails only Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy in the history of college football at the FBS level.

Now that the cusp of season No. 16 is upon Meyer, we’re going to look back throughout spring at some of the statistics and notes, accomplishments and achievements, and winning figures that have been experienced by him and his teams through the years. We’ll share info to not only recognize Meyer’s first 15 seasons as a head coach, but to also showcase and memorialize some of the unparalleled history that has Meyer positioned at the top of his industry.

And we’ll start this look back right there: winningest coaches.

Winningest Coaches
Urban Meyer has the most wins of any coach in FBS history after his first 15 seasons — 165 — and with just 29 losses in that time, he has the highest winning percentage of all active coaches and the third-highest winning percentage of all-time.

Best Career Starts by Wins
(Head coaches with at least half their seasons at a major college)

1. 165 Urban Meyer Bowling Green, Utah, Florida & Ohio State
2. 160 Bob Stoops Oklahoma
3. 148 Barry Switzer Oklahoma
4. 147 Tom Osborne Nebraska
5. 145 Mark Richt Georgia & Miami

Winningest Active Coaches
(By percentage; minimum five years as FBS head coach)

1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State .850 165-20
2. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State .821 78-17
3. Chris Petersen, Washington .820 119-26
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma .796 179-46
5. David Shaw, Stanford .794 64-17
6. Nick Saban, Alabama .767 203-61-1
7. Dabo Swinney, Clemson .760 89-28
8. Mark Richt, Miami (Fla.) .740 154-54
9. Gary Patterson, TCU .733 149-54
10. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame .721 320-88-2