College football games have a special quality that can't be matched by the pro game. Many programs, such as the one at the Ohio State University, have over 100 years of traditions. A marching band that "dots the 'i'", singing the alma mater at the game's end, tailgating and reminiscing about the college years...it's all good!
This year at Ohio State is somewhat different. There's a new head coach, Urban Meyer, and he's tweaked a few things here and there to put his fingerprints on the program. For one, he immediately brought in his "most important hire to the staff", Mickey Marotti. Coach Marotti became the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance at Ohio State in January, 2012 and hit the ground running.....and so did the Buckeyes! Early morning training sessions, toughness drills, sports nutrition guidance and physically demanding strength training became the norm around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Marotti understands traditions. He's built his coaching resume at West Virginia, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Florida...where he was instrumental in helping Urban Meyer construct two National Championships football squads. On gameday, he's responsible for much of the pre-game prep involved in getting the team ready for the contest. He also leads this new "tradition" at twenty-three minutes til kick-off that involves the players, the students and the fans called "QUICK CALS." Go Bucks!
blogpost by Ed Cicale Sept 2012 www.athleticstrengthandpower.c
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