For those who bleed scarlet and gray, nothing says fall is just around the corner more than the OSU cheerleaders, The Best Damn Band in the Land and Buckeye Football.
Of the hundreds of students, most if not all incoming freshman, at Thursday night’s annual pre-season pep rally ‘Buckeye kickoff,” one thing is certain.
For a gauge of the sentiment on campus the day after OSU football coach Urban Meyer learned of his 3-game suspension, students like OSU freshman Alex Konstan say most share his feelings.
“People were mainly just concerned about him losing the coaching position in general and that was just a scare to the community so just to hear that he’ll be coaching and sticking with us for the season is definitely something to look forward to,” said Konstan.
From men to women like OSU freshman Kelly Heyd, the sentiment was similar.
“I’m really excited especially as a freshman you know it was like really uncertain what was gonna happen,” said Heyd.
And despite some criticism over whether Meyer’s punishment was harsh enough, nothing says support for Meyer still stands strong at the center of Buckeye Nation more than the words of those who live, sleep and eat in the heart of it all, like OSU Freshman Andrew McGirty.
“I think everyone’s looking forward to the season no matter if Urban’s there or not for the first 3 games. I think it might even give them more motivation to pummel the opponent and come out with a win,” said McGirty.