Several Ohio State Buckeyes fans showed up at the Alabama Crimson Tide's SEC media days this week to troll Nick Saban's squad.
Several Ohio State Buckeyes fans were on hand during the Alabama Crimson Tide's media day on July 15 to troll Nick Saban's squad.
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According to ESPN's Greg Ostendorf, Jeff Moorer and James Rivers are two Birmingham natives who profess their loyalty to Ohio State.
Ostendorf tweeted a photo of Moorer and Rivers on Wednesday. He described their act as "trolling on another level":
The two arrived at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham at 6 a.m. ET to secure a front-row spot for the event, per ESPN.
Moorer told Ostendorf it's their way of showing Alabama fans not to count the Buckeyes out:
"(We came) just to let them know. Everybody is talking about what Alabama is going to do preseason, and they don't want to show the Buckeyes no respect.
"We won the first playoff system. And if you can remember, nobody was expecting Ohio State to get in the playoff. We kind of got in there at the last minute, but it gave us the opportunity to face the uncrowned, the so-called best team in college football, Alabama, and we did.
"Nick Saban -- they say to be the man, you've got to be the man. Well, we beat the man. Urban Meyer beat the man. Urban Meyer beat the legend, the myth."
For his part, Rivers, a first-timer at SEC media days, told ESPN it's a challenge to be an Ohio State and Big Ten fan in the state of Alabama:
"It's awful. At work, it's Alabama nation, SEC nation. I'm an Auburn fan, too, which makes it a little easier, but being a Buckeye fan, they think it's not even real down here: 'You shouldn't even be a Big Ten fan. You should be Alabama and be SEC.' Nah, we're Big Ten.
"It is (hard) because the SEC always says that they're the dominant conference in college football. But the last two national titles came from the ACC and Big Ten. That makes you say, 'Hmmm.'"
Meyer, who turned 51 years old on July 10, could become one of college football's greatest coaches ever.
His 84.5 winning percentage places him fourth among coaches who have at least 10 years of FBS experience and first among active coaches. Among those still coaching today, the Oklahoma Sooners' Bog Stoops comes closest with a 79.2 winning percentage, per The Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz.
In terms of national titles, Meyer has three. He is catching up on Paul "Bear" Bryant who has five and Frank Leahy, John McKay and Nick Saban with four apiece, per The Columbus Dispatch.
Among these coaches, only Leahy won a national title at a younger age than Meyer. Leahy actually won four with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before he turned 42 years old in the 1940s, per Rabinowitz.
On the other hand, four of Bryant's titles came after the age of 50. Saban won his first when he was 52 years old, per The Columbus Dispatch.
Meyer shares the distinction of winning at least three championships in different schools with Saban. Meyer won the national titles in 2006 and 2008 with the Florida Gators, per Sports-Reference.com.
Meyer told Rabinowitz on Saturday he himself is amazed at what he has accomplished as a head football coach:
"It kind of does take your breath away a little bit.
"I've followed football my entire life. I read about Frank Leahy. I know about Frank Leahy. So when you say those kinds of terms, I sit back and go, 'Wow.' Then, I get refocused."
Former Buckeyes quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who has known Meyer since he was a graduate assistant with Ohio State in the 1980s, told The Columbus Dispatch he's wondering how longer Meyer can keep up his historic pace:
"Now the big question is: How can he keep this furnace cranking? What he's accomplished at this age is historic. But does he have that fire to continue to go five more years, 10 more years?
"How much longer does he want to keep pushing? He could arguably be considered, by the time it's all said and done, the best coach to ever coach college football.'
Meyer has amassed an overall win-loss record of 142-26 (.845) in stints with the Bowling Green State Falcons, Utah Utes, Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeys since 2001, per Sports-Reference.com.
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