Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
Nine daughters of Ohio State coaches spent some time with Dad Wednesday at the WHAC
Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Spartans
Ohio State looking to move to 4-0 before the start of Big Ten play
Coach Meyer meets with the media during the weekly football press conference
The 2013 campaign will be Cleveland native Stan Drayton's 21st season of coaching, his second season as Ohio State's running backs coach and his sixth year coaching on an Urban Meyer staff. This season will also mark Drayton's first year in the capacity of assistant head coach for offense.
Drayton, who came to Ohio State in 2011 to coach the team's receivers, was asked, not surprisingly, to stay on the coaching staff when Urban Meyer took over as coach. Drayton has now been hired three times by Meyer, including twice at the University of Florida.
Last season during Ohio State's 12-0 campaign, Drayton coached the team's running backs to 1,536 yards, 21 touchdowns and an average of 5.44 yards per carry. Lead running back Carlos Hyde just missed out on a 1,000 yard season, gaining 970 yards rushing in less than 10 games. He did lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 17 touchdowns and 10.2 points per game.
A Cleveland native and a graduate of John Marshall High School, Drayton came to Ohio State from Florida, where he served as the Gators' running backs coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2010 season. He also served as Florida's running backs coach from 2005-07, and held the same position at SEC schools Tennessee (2008) and Mississippi State (2004).
With coaching experience and success at every level, Drayton's resume includes stints as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Syracuse (2009), Bowling Green (2000), Villanova (1996-2000), Penn (1995), Eastern Michigan (1994) and Allegheny (1993).
From 2001-03, he served as the offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers, helping them to three NFC playoff appearances in the process. He is a past nominee for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award, and was recognized by Rivals as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters.
Three times a first-team All-America selection as a running back at Allegheny (Pa.) College, Drayton is Allegheny's all-time leading rusher and scorer and was a part of the 1990 Division III national championship team. He still holds the Division III single-season record for touchdowns scored per game (3.2).
Drayton was a two-time All-American in track as well, competing in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. A 1993 graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, Drayton was inducted into the Allegheny College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Drayton, and his wife Monique, have two daughters: Amari and Anaya.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio