Adverse circumstances tend to either galvanize groups of people or break them apart.
Based on what interim head coach Ryan Day said about how the Ohio State Buckeyes have responded to the suspension of head coach Urban Meyer, it seems the football team is experiencing the former.
Speaking on 97.1 The Fan, Day said he told the team during the first meeting of training camp that everyone had to raise their game without Meyer, per Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch.
“That has made our team stronger,” Day said.
He also said players will need to keep their emotions in check on Saturday to open the season.
Day said it will be important for players to keep emotions in check on Saturday and have a short memory to move past the inevitable bad plays.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) August 30, 2018
The Buckeyes open their season at home Saturday against Oregon State in what should be a gimme win for the program. The Beavers are seen as one of the weakest teams in the nation, and Ohio State features some of the best overall talent of any program in college football.
In the two games following their home opener, the Buckeyes will host Rutgers and then travel to Arlington to face TCU at AT&T Stadium on national television. The third game will provide the players with their biggest challenge during Meyer’s three-game suspension.
Many are waiting to see how the players respond to Meyer being absent. But he’ll be able to coach the team during the week leading up to the second and third games, and we’ll honestly be shocked if the Buckeyes have a loss on record when he officially returns in Week. 3.