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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer denied a report that there was a growing tension between him and sports director Gene Smith.
"There is no tension," Meyer said Tuesday's Big Ten Conference Call. I speak and work with genes darn daily. "
Meyer also denied that there are tensions between him and his co-workers after the Buckeyes were shocked on Saturday by Purdue with 49:20.
There are things that need repairing," said Meyer. "I would not call it tension, I would do it day to day, work on your weaknesses and have them repaired, there's no tension – urgency is what I would call it."
Footballscoop.com had reported that there were tensions between Meyer and Smith, because of the situation of former assistant coach Zach Smith. Gene Smith and Meyer were both given suspensions for their treatment of the events leading to Zach Smith's discharge.
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With a bye this week, Meyer said he and his Coordinators stayed in Columbus to address the team's problems instead of being on the street to recruit.
Even with the loss to Purdue, the horse chestnuts still control their own fate with regards to the College Football playoff. Ohio State will host Nebraska on November 3 and play Michigan State and Maryland at home against their regular season finale at noon. 5 Michigan. Winning in these four competitions and the Big Ten Championship game would put the horse chestnuts on the field.
Before they can think of this kind of finish, Ohio State has to light a running game that was ineffective by its high standard. Twelve hours were spent on Monday by Meyer and the coordinators to discuss how this area of the offense can be improved.
"That has to happen," Meyer said.
The next three days are spent in practice for the attack in the red zone. In the last two games, the Buckeyes have made eight trips to the red zone, scoring no touchdowns and four field goals.
"Obviously, there are things that need to be corrected," said Meyer
The first signs that her efforts have paid off next month.