In an interview with Dispatch Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer spoke of developing the right culture and referenced learning from what he witnessed from NBA coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
Q: What do you take from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich?
A: He talks about the culture, and if you don’t fit in the culture, you’ve got to go. Now, it’s easier when you’re talking about six or 10 guys (on a basketball team) instead of 120 (on a football team). But that’s what I got out of it. There was a culture created by David Robinson and Popovich and (Tim) Duncan, and that culture has survived for 18 years or whatever. The culture, like the (New England) Patriots in the NFL — this is the way it is, we’re not changing it.
Q: How much do you study teams like the Spurs?
A: Big time. (Also) the Miami Heat last year because I know all those guys. Plus, our players are into it. If you talk about the NBA, everyone in the locker room knows it. We really study the NBA. This is exactly what we’re trying to get done here — culture, culture, culture.
Interesting to note that when asked what the next step was for the program, Meyer replied,
“Finish. We have to win a Big Ten championship.”
After such a strong start last season, the Buckeyes failed to finish strong with losses to Michigan State and Clems0n. Meyer is hoping his squad starts strong and ends strongly, much like the Spurs did when they handled the Miami Heat and won the championship in 5 games.
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