Opinion: Urban Meyer’s legacy complicated despite Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win

PASADENA, Calif. — Urban Meyer raised his arms in triumph, and there were no critics to protest what came next.

The Buckeyes were seconds away from beating the Washington Huskies, 28-23, Tuesday at the Rose Bowl in Meyer’s last game as Ohio State’s head football coach. And soon began a celebration that thrilled Buckeye Nation, but might have sickened you.

During the postgame trophy presentation, tens of thousands of Ohio State fans made their sentiments clear.

“Ur-ban, Ur-ban,’’ they chanted.

In prerecorded messages played over the stadium scoreboard, Ohio State players expressed their appreciation and love for Meyer.

Later, the coach climbed up a ladder reserved for Ohio State’s marching band conductor and saluted the band members.

“When adversity strikes, people scatter,’’ Meyer said later. “… The band didn’t scatter.

“The band was there. Buckeye Nation was there.’’

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