Nov 2, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer in the first half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer talks drawing inspiration from San Antonio Spurs

Urban Meyer has been one of the most successful college football coaches of this generation. That’s why it should come as no surprise that he takes a lot away from other successful coaches, even if they’re not from the game of football.

Like San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, for example, who just led his team to the fifth NBA championship in his illustrious career.

Recently, the Columbus Dispatch asked Meyer if there is anything that he takes away from Popovich and the Spurs, and he was not shy in explaining that there absolutely is.

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.

Meyer then went on to explain that it’s not only a team like the Spurs, but he studies the entire NBA.

 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.

You keep seeing Coach Meyer use the word “culture,” and that’s exactly what he’s been trying to build in Columbus from day one since he arrived two years ago.

It’s no wonder the Buckeyes have been able to be so successful as of late.

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