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Meyer and B1G's best coaches at 50

7/10/2014

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turns 50 today, and, according to Twitter, he'll be celebrating in Florida before preparing for preseason camp, which kicks off next month. Few college coaches have accomplished more by age 50 than Meyer, who owns two national titles, two undefeated seasons, four conference championships, five division championships, four perfect seasons in regular-season league play, seven bowl wins, no losing seasons and a .837 career winning percentage.

He has a 128-25 career record in 12 seasons at four schools -- Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State -- and has lost more than three games in a season just once (2010, when Florida went 8-5). Meyer is still relatively new to the Big Ten and remains without a Big Ten championship on his résumé, but he's already among the league's most decorated coaches.

Let's look at how Meyer stacks up with the Big Ten's winningest coaches at age 50:

Woody Hayes

50th birthday: Feb. 14, 1963

Record: 111-37-6 at Denison, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio State (72-26-6 at Ohio State)

National titles: 3 (1954, 1957, 1961)

League titles: 6 (four Big Ten)

Undefeated seasons: 4

Bowl record: 3-0

10-win seasons: 1

Losing seasons: 2

Amos Alonzo Stagg

50th birthday: Aug. 16, 1912

Record: 161-57-21 at Springfield and Chicago (161-46-20 at Chicago)

National titles: 1 (1905)

League titles: 4

Undefeated seasons: 3

10-win seasons: 5

Losing seasons: 3

Bo Schembechler

50th birthday: April 1, 1979

Record: 136-32-8 at Miami (Ohio) and Michigan (96-15-3 at Michigan)

National titles: 0

League titles: 10 (8 in Big Ten)

Undefeated seasons: 1

Bowl record: 0-6

Losing seasons: 0

Fielding Yost

50th birthday: April 30, 1921

Record: 165-32-10 at Ohio Wesleyan, Nebraska, Stanford, State Normal and Michigan (132-26-8 at Michigan)

National titles: 5 (1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918)

League titles: 6

Undefeated seasons: 7 (not counting 1-0 at State Normal in 1900)

Bowl record: 1-0

Losing seasons: 1

Joe Paterno

50th birthday: Dec. 21, 1976

Record: 101-22-1 at Penn State

National titles: 0

Undefeated seasons: 3

10-win seasons: 6

Bowl record: 5-2-1

Losing seasons: 0

Hayden Fry

50th birthday: Feb. 28, 1979

Record: 99-89-4 at SMU and North Texas (1979 was first season at Iowa)

National titles: 0

League titles: 2

Undefeated seasons: 0

10-win seasons: 1

Bowl record: 1-2

Losing seasons: 9

Henry Williams

50th birthday: July 26, 1919

Record: 128-22-11 at Army and Minnesota (123-21-10 at Minnesota

National titles: 1 (1904)

League titles: 8

Undefeated seasons: 5

10-win seasons: 3

Losing seasons: 0

Robert Zuppke

50th birthday: July 2, 1929

Record: 84-28-7

National titles: 4 (1914, 1919, 1923, 1927)

League titles: 7

Undefeated seasons: 4

Losing seasons: 2

Barry Alvarez

50th birthday: Dec. 30, 1996

League titles: 1

Undefeated seasons: 0

Bowl record: 3-0

10-win seasons: 1

Losing seasons: 4

It's interesting to see what coaches of different eras had accomplished by age 50. Also be sure and check out how Meyer stacks up with notable non-Big Ten coaches and other Ohio State coaches by age 50.