Ohio State, Clemson see plenty of themselves in each other





USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg looks ahead to the New Year’s Eve playoff game between Clemson and Ohio State.

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — To find Urban Meyer on Clemson’s campus, simply don a hardhat and make your way to the Tigers’ new football facility, a gleaming, $55 million base of operations set for its ribbon cutting in late January, shortly before national signing day.

Head to the second floor and turn right to find his words emblazoned on the walls: As the color analyst for the ESPN broadcast of the Tigers’ matchup with Auburn on Sept. 14, 2011, Meyer called Clemson “an exceptional, special place,” quoted remarks that pop even among the facility’s many bells and whistles — including, among other quirks, a putt-putt course, of all things.

It was during that 2011 season that Meyer, in a one-year break from coaching, scoured the country in search of new tricks. In Clemson, he found one prototype for the program he would eventually build at Ohio State.

“I compare programs all

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