COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State is hosting its annual football coaching clinic Thursday through Saturday at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Friday’s speakers featured Bengals coach Zac Taylor and Buckeyes legend Eddie George.
Taylor talked about changing a team’s culture — something he did successfully in Cincinnati after leading the NFL’s worst team in 2019 to a Super Bowl appearance in his third season.
“It’s always the hope that you can build a culture that you can be proud of,” Taylor said. “I think Ohio State is where you look. I have many examples of what they have meant to us as a program and organization and of the players who have meant so much to us. They set the standard and we also try to set the standard.
During his presentation, Taylor highlighted former Buckeyes such as Sam Hubbard, Vonn Bell and Eli Apple who all played significant roles in the Bengals playoffs.
“Their football character is through the roof. They work hard, they care about their teammates, they love the training and meeting process and everything leading up to the game,” he said. “You really know what you’re getting when you take a Buckeye.”
Meanwhile, George spoke about his playing career, operating multiple businesses and his acting career and why all of these experiences prepared him for the unexpected opportunity to be the head coach of Tennessee State, an opportunity he turned down twice before changing his mind.
Everything I do here at Tennessee State, my experience at Ohio State has led to this, from discipline to our time efficiency to the sayings, the corny little sayings that coaches use,” George said. . “Hopefully it will lead to victories and it will lead to changed lives.”
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