Coaches Meyer, Tedford are old buddies

Associated Press Modified: September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm •  Published: September 12, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: When Cal (1-1) and 12th-ranked Ohio State (2-0) square off on Saturday, it'll be a meeting of old friends.

"Urban and I are good friends. He's probably one of my better friends in coaching," Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford said. "I have a lot of respect for him. We were kind of dealt the same thing in my first year here, not being able to go to a bowl game because of something that happened before you got there. But Urban is a great coach, a very good motivator. He runs a strict program. He's a very good recruiter so as time goes on I'm sure he'll put his mark on the program, as he already has to a certain extent."

They met when both were visiting a St. Louis Rams practice and have spent time together when possible ever since. They went on a trip sponsored by a major athletic manufacturer recently, have played golf a couple of times and have spent a lot of time talking.

Meyer also has a lot of respect for Tedford.

"I studied football with him back when I was at Bowling Green and still to this day utilize some of his pass concepts," Meyer said. "Every year we spend a lot of time together; a great man, great wife, great family, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach."

Occasionally when they get together, they talk shop.

"We do sometimes. This year we did not talk shop," Tedford said. "It was really just mainly about the coaching profession in general. We've become good enough friends where we talk family and things like that. This year there was not a lot of football, as you can imagine."

QUOTABLE: OL Andrew Norwell hasn't gotten a haircut since he's been at Ohio State. This is his third year of college.

"I just like the long hair. I have naturally curly hair and girls get jealous when they see my hair," he said. "I just say it's curls for the girls."

UPDATES: Cal RT Matt Summers-Gavin will not play for a second straight game, although LB Chris McCain and TE Richard Rodgers are listed as probable.

Ohio State RB Jordan Hall has been cleared to play. After Wednesday's practice, Meyer said he was still feeling his way. No one knows how much action he might see.

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