For a guy with no Palmetto State coaching experience, new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer sure has a lot of ties to South Carolina:
Lou Holtz. Meyer from 1996-2000 worked as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, hired by Holtz, who later became the head coach at South Carolina. Meyer was introduced to Lou Holtz by Skip Holtz -- Lou's son and a former Gamecocks assistant coach -- when Meyer and Skip Holtz were on the same staff at Colorado State.
Bowling Green. Meyer's first head coaching job was at Bowling Green (2001-2002), and one of his first games was supposed to be against South Carolina in Columbia. But the game was canceled because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Wofford replaced Bowling Green on the South Carolina schedule later in the season.
Carlos Dunlap. The defensive end from Fort Dorchester High School was one of Florida's top players on Meyer's two national championship teams.
Steve Spurrier. As South Carolina head coach, the former Florida quarterback and coach got the best of Meyer in 2005, winning 30-22 in Columbia. Meyer's Gators beat Spurrier and the Gamecocks 17-16 in Gainesville on the way to a 2006 national title. "You have no idea what a relief it is to get that off my back," Meyer said of defeating Spurrier.
Chad Morris. Rumor mill says Meyer might be interested in Clemson's offensive coordinator for his new staff at Ohio State. He certainly raved about Morris during various ESPN appearances this season.
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