ESPN.com news services is reporting this morning that Urban Meyer is the new head football coach at Ohio State (thanks, Chuck). If this is true, the bar is set high for the former Florida Gator leader.
Of course there is a long-standing tradition of winning at OSU, and it is likely that Meyer would continue this tradition and take the program a long way in terms of on-the-field success. This would be a good thing, and I don’t say this just because I am a Buckeye fan.
Enough of the nonsense that says that winning is unimportant. The Bible says that people should do all things to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; see also Colossians 3:23-24), and I wonder how in the world a football coach, who is hired to win games, can be doing his job to the glory of God if he is not striving to win.
However, as Christians, we must affirm that it is possible for a coach to be a success on the field and an abysmal failure in God’s eyes. From God’s perspective—and that’s the one that counts—there is more to being a successful coach than winning games.
In my mind, the good that Jim Tressel and his staff did in developing character in young men (regardless of how one interprets the recent scandal), and the leadership that Luke Fickell exhibited in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances, have set the bar high for Coach Meyer or anyone else who would follow in their footsteps. Higher than W’s can set a bar, in fact.
There’s an old quote that says, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Wrong. Winning is important, but it’s not the only metric by which we should evaluate a football coach. Join me in praying that Coach Meyer will succeed in the ways that the W-L column doesn’t measure.
—Beau StanleyFollow @beaustanley