Ohio State football notebook: Meyer thinks highly of Cal’s Tedford
When Urban Meyer was a young coach, California coach Jeff Tedford was one of the coaches he admired most.
Tedford is known as a developer of quarterbacks, with the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers at the head of a long list. Cal’s coach since 2002, Tedford became the school’s winningest coach last season.
So it’s natural that the two bright offensive minds would click. On Saturday, they will coach against each other for the first time when the Bears come to Columbus to play Ohio State.
“He’s one of my great friends,” Meyer said. “I’ve known Jeff for a long time. Studied football with him back when I was at Bowling Green and still to this day utilize some of his pass concepts.”
Meyer said he and Tedford once spent several days poring over X’s and O’s. Both coaches have relationships with Nike.
“So every year we spend a lot of time together,” Meyer said. “(He’s) a great man, (has a) great wife, great family, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach.”
Tedford said almost identical words about Meyer.
“He’s probably one of the better friends I have in coaching,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for him.”
Memorial service set for former captain Trautwein
A memorial service for former OSU football captain Bill Trautwein will be held at 3 p.m. today at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Trautwein, 85, died on Sept. 2. Nicknamed “Bear,” he played for Ohio State from 1948 to ’50.
Trautwein, a tackle, served as the OSU captain in 1950. His career ended in the Snow Bowl loss to Michigan. He was selected in the 14th round of the 1950 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
Trautwein served in the Navy during World War II before attending Ohio State. After graduating, Trautwein became a successful architect in Worthington and designed Cooper Stadium.
Calling hours are from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ohio State said freshman offensive tackle Kyle Dodson was ill after having a bout of dehydration at practice, but was stable and doing OK later in the email@example.com