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Urban Meyer talks coaching past and future

Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 1:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer seems to be enjoying his time away from the sidelines, but given his age and accomplishments, the fact is that the subject of him returning to the coaching ranks is one that's just never going to go away. As soon as Jim Tressel stepped down at Ohio State, Meyer's name popped up as a possible replacement. Last week there were reports that Penn State had been in contact with Meyer about succeeding the legendary Joe Paterno.

What's Meyer actually thinking? Well, while appearing at an Outback Bowl luncheon on Wednesday, Meyer talked to the St. Petersburg Times about his time at Florida and a possible return to coaching. He also addressed the rumors about both Ohio State and Penn State.

"I have to show respect for coaches that have jobs," Meyer said. "Most of those programs have coaches. When rumors are out there — last week, a guy hit me with something, 'Did you meet with so and so?' Of course not. I don't know how those things get printed, just, 'Source says.' Who's your source? A guy walking down the street? Those things bother me, but it comes with the job, I guess."

Meyer also talked about balancing his life and his job if he ever went back into coaching, saying that he went off the "deep end" while at Florida.

"If I ever went back, I'd have to get back a little bit of balance I used to have. I don't know if I'm there yet. I went off the deep end. When I first went to Florida, my first Tennessee game, first SEC game, my son was playing that (Friday) night, was going to pitch. I'm in a hotel. I looked at the police officers: 'I can't take this. Will you get in a car and drive me to go watch my son pitch?' Everybody thought I was nuts. I'm not going to let a job consume me. I think it did. I would have never done that at the end. I was so consumed about perfection. We created a monster. If I ever did get back, I would not let that control my life."

As for whether or not Meyer ever actually does take a coaching job again, I don't know. He seems serious about needing to get away from it all, and with the health problems that he reportedly suffered due to the stress of the job, I tend to believe him when he says he's happy where he is right now. At the same time, you'll also notice how he didn't come out and say no to the possibility either. Which leads me to think that the same passion that caused him to go off the "deep end" while at Florida could eventually lead him right back to the job.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Urban Meyer talks coaching past and future

It almost makes too much sense for it not to happen (Meyer taking the Ohio State job).  Notice how he said "most" of those schools have a coach.  Luke Fickell is the "interim" coach at tOSU.  He's got to be intrigued by the job.  Home state, talent rich region, winable conference, etc.  However, I think its best to remain cautiously optimistic at this point.  If he chooses not to return next year, then tOSU will likely have already made their permenant hire for the job.  If he does decide to come back I think the Bucks have to be the front runner for landing him especially because they would be willing to pay whatever he wanted to come there.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:57 pm

Urban Meyer talks coaching past and future

Since there was no strong denial then I think its safe to say the Ohio State job intrigues him. As it would any boy who grew up in this state watching the Scarlet and Gray every Saturday.

The lure of the Horseshoe might be too much for him to resist.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:15 pm

Urban Meyer talks coaching past and future

He should and will coach again.  He should just go to a school that isn't a premiere program, where they don't expect everything now.  Utah was a great fit for him.  He should go somewhere like Arizona or another basketball school that has a decent football program.

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