McCord’s Status for Cotton Bowl Unclear
As the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to face Missouri in the upcoming Cotton Bowl, uncertainty looms over the status of quarterback Kyle McCord. The decision to suit up for the game remains in question, leaving fans and experts curious about the team’s lineup.
Urban Meyer’s Surprise and Confusion
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expressed his surprise and confusion regarding McCord’s decision to test the waters via the transfer portal. In an interview with On3.com, Meyer admitted that he struggled to comprehend the logic behind the quarterback’s move.
“That made no sense,” Meyer remarked. “I’m still trying to comprehend it. I tried to take a position of Kyle or even Ohio State, and it just doesn’t compute.”
Ohio State: The Ideal Environment
While attempting to make sense of McCord’s decision, Meyer emphasized that Ohio State provides the best possible environment for the young quarterback. He believes that the competition within the team is crucial for personal growth and development.
“There’s no place better for Kyle than Ohio State. That place does not exist, unless he’s being guaranteed a starting spot,” Meyer asserted. “The best thing that anybody can ever do is go and compete your tail off, get better and maximize who you are as a player.”
A Noteworthy Clarification
To avoid any misunderstanding, Meyer clarified that his comments were not intended as criticism towards McCord. He expressed admiration for the quarterback and acknowledged the challenges he faced throughout the year. However, Meyer firmly stands by his belief that Ohio State is the ultimate destination for McCord’s football career.
“I’m not ripping Kyle at all, because I don’t know him. I admire him, and I think he was in a tough situation all year. But, yeah, I didn’t dig in too hard because I don’t want to. But it does not compute with me. I guess I love Ohio State, and I think competition brings out the best in you,” Meyer explained.
In conclusion, while McCord’s decision to explore other options may puzzle some, Meyer remains steadfast in his belief that Ohio State offers the optimal platform for the talented quarterback to thrive.