By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer speaks to fans at the annual Spring Kickoff Luncheon
What would an Ohio State football event, full of rabid Buckeye fans be without some gratuitous jabs at Michigan?
At Ohio State's annual Spring Kickoff at the Woody Hayes Facility Wednesday, Urban Meyer continued his trademark, refraining from the use of the "M-word," new co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash talked about learning to "never wear the color blue" and offensive line coach Ed Warinner drew laughs from the Buckeye faithful with two canned Michigan jokes. (I edited them together here)
After his second jab, "I heard someone came in and stole some playbooks (at Michigan) and I hear Brady (Hoke) was really upset because he hadn't finished coloring them," Warinner asked the crowd "don't put that on Twitter." But that didn't work. The corny jokes quickly zipped through social media and were picked up by the Detroit Free Press. Michigan fans on Twitter and Facebook, reacted negatively, some calling the Warinner comments inappropriate.
I will say, if Warinner was serious when he asked that the comments not be put on Twitter, he made a huge mistake. In 2014, if you don't want the jokes to get out, don't say them. Having said that, let's keep in mind that Warinner was simply playing to his crowd, the same way Brady Hoke did at a similar event in Michigan last year when he said Notre Dame was "chickening out" of its annual showdown with the Wolverines.
The bottom line is, while it may rile up some fans, I highly doubt Brady Hoke or the Michigan players will go into "The Game" next November with an extra chip on their shoulder because of Ed Warinner's playbook gag.
The good-natured tweaking of the Wolverines was only part of the afternoon. Meyer talked at length about the Buckeyes, going through every position. He singled out several players including linebacker Darron Lee who has been one of the top stories this spring. He also called fellow linebackers Curtis Grant and Josh Perry two of the most improved players in the spring.
You can listen to all of Coach Meyer's comments here.
Meyer had Warinner and Ash talk about the offense and defense. Warinner interviewed offensive linemen Taylor Decker, Joel Hale and Darryl Baldwin as well as freshman receiver Johnnie Dixon. You can hear those comments here.
Ash talked about the defense and his transition to Ohio State. He talked with defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt, linebackers Darron Lee and Curtis Grant, defensive backs Doran Grant and Gareon Conley and safety Tyvis Powell. Those comments are posted here.