Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer endorses John Kasich’s presidential bid – Cincinnati.com
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COLUMBUS — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has endorsed the presidential bid of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, an alumnus of the university.
“Now that I really know what you stand for, we’d like to tell you, we wish you guys the best. Go win this darn thing,” Meyer tells Kasich in a video released Thursday morning by the Kasich campaign:
The endorsement comes a little more than a week after Donald Trump, Kasich’s top rival in Ohio’s primary next week, himself implied he had the support of Meyer.
“You have a great coach, how about it, Urban Meyer?” Trump told supporters at a Columbus rally last week. “He’s somebody that’s said such nice things about me, and I don’t know if he endorsed me or not, but he said awfully nice things about me. And I’m going to have to meet him, I think. …
“When you come from one school and you have such success and then you come to Ohio State, and you have some success — you just don’t see that. That’s raw talent,” Trump said of Meyer. “That’s what we need in our country.”
Kasich has referenced Meyer throughout his presidential bid. The Ohio governor campaigned heavily in Michigan ahead of its primary Tuesday and had made jokes about wanting to get the endorsements of both Meyer and football coach Jim Harbaugh of rival University of Michigan. Kasich would say he would try to get both men to ride together in a car with him, and then after accomplishing this miracle, he would head straight to the Middle East to part the Red Sea.
The back-to-back nature of the Michigan and Ohio primaries has caused an abrupt change in Kasich’s sports-related efforts to engage his audiences. In Michigan, repeated references to Tom Izzo and jokes about having organized Michigan State’s defeat in November of Ohio State’s football team rose to a level beyond mere pandering.
A few days later, in the video released by the Kasich campaign, the Ohio governor tells Meyer:
“I’m trying to raise the bar in the presidential campaign, make sure kids are proud. And really you’re trying to raise the bar at Ohio State. You know, and really, the great image of a great leader like Woody Hayes … he was a man who always raised the bar. And that’s what you’re trying to do, and I’m trying to do it in politics.”
“I don’t want to let people down,” Meyer says in the video. “And I’m sure you feel the same way.”
“The people in Ohio … they don’t expect miracles. Well, maybe on a Saturday in November they do. But most of the time they really want us to do the best that we can do,” Kasich responds.