When you leave your job to spend more time with your family there comes a time when you realize "I need to get away from my family." The time it takes for a person to realize this varies. Some take weeks, some take years. Urban Meyer appears to be one of the former, as a report in the Palm Beach Post says that Meyer has joined ESPN as an analyst.
It is unknown what role Meyer will hold at ESPN or how often he will appear, but those details likely will be available once the hire is officially announced. It will be publicized later today.
Meyer has appeared on ESPN twice recently, as an in-studio guest in December and as part of the network’s national championship game coverage this month.Meyer "auditioned" with the network during bowl season and I thought he did a pretty good job. Of course, when all we have to compare Meyer to at ESPN is Lou Holtz and Mark May, a talking parrot would seem refreshing. In fact, it'd be downright awesome. Alas, we're probably years away from parrots hosting studio shows, so Meyer will have to do for now.
Meyer will also be retaining his position in the Florida athletic department, which means that the man who left his former job to spend more time with his family now has two jobs. The real question is how long will Meyer hold on to those two jobs. Considering his age, and his obvious dedication to the game of football, you have to wonder how long he'll be sitting behind a desk before taking another coaching job. You know he'll be sought after, but I suppose it's possible being an analyst will suit him just fine, and he may never leave.