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OSU coaches still root for Gators, Irish, Bearcats

Associated Press Published: October 10, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Three of Ohio State's coaches were asked about the perfect records their former employers are also posting.

Florida, where Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer was in charge 2005-10, is 5-0 and ranked fourth. Notre Dame, where tight ends/fullbacks assistant Tim Hinton used to coach, is 5-0 and No. 7. Cincinnati, which used to have CBs coach Kerry Coombs on its staff, is 4-0 and No. 21.

All three wish nothing but the best to their old schools.

Meyer had been blasted by some for allegedly leaving the cupboard bare for his successor with the Gators, Will Muschamp.

"I don't want to get into all that cupboard is bare (stuff), because that's one man's opinion, and we've got to move on," Meyer said. "I'm very proud of those guys. Love those guys."

Of the Gators' 14-6 win over No. 4 LSU in The Swamp, Meyer added, "Always be a Gator. I keep in touch with some of those players. Great win. Great, tough win against a tough opponent, absolutely."

Hinton said he still follows the Fighting Irish — or at least he checks their scores when he has time.

"I'm real excited for them," he said. "But to be honest with you, other than scores and an occasional text here and there from a former player or one of the coaches, it's all Ohio State. There just isn't time."

Laughing, Hinton said, "I don't talk to my wife, let alone them."

Coombs has lots of reasons to root for the Bearcats. He coached there, he's a lifelong resident of Cincinnati where he was a legendary high school coach (Colerain) — and his son Dylan is a freshman DB for the Bearcats.

"I'm extremely proud of those kids at Cincinnati. Those coaches are my friends. That's my town, that's where I was born and raised," Coombs said. "For them to be in the Top 25 again is fantastic. They're going to compete for the Big East championship and they may get a chance to be in a BCS bowl game. And more power to them. You know, I recruited about 60 percent of that team. I love those kids and I love those coaches. I want nothing but the best for them."

Coombs did say there was no comparison between his old job and his current one.

"You ask what it feels like to coach a Top 10 team, it's an extraordinary feeling," he said. "Saturday night for me, with that crowd and with the energy level, you know I've had the good fortune to coach in a Sugar Bowl and an Orange Bowl when I was with Cincinnati. Neither of those experiences compared to the game on Saturday night, frankly."

The excitable Coombs, his raspy voice rising and gesturing for emphasis, added, "I've been a lucky man. I've coached on a lot of really good teams in high school and in college. But this experience right now is second to none. And, I told my (CBs) after the game, 'Let's just plan on not losing anymore. You know, I mean, this is pretty good stuff.'"

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