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Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 7:42 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Credit Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne for aiming high in his search to replace the fired Mike Stoops. But one of his first swings has reportedly been a miss.

According to a Tuesday report from the New York Times, Byrne and Urban Meyer met in Miami "early last week" to gauge Meyer's potential interest in the Wildcats' head coaching position. The meeting ended with Meyer reportedly "intrigued" by the potential offer.

Apparently that interest didn't last long; Meyer then telephoned Byrne Monday to tell him he "was not going to pursue the job," the Times reported.

The report will only pour fuel on the speculative fire that Meyer is holding out for one of the two high-profile Big Ten jobs assumed to be open at the end of the season, with neither Luke Fickell at Ohio State nor Tom Bradley at under-siege Penn State expected (by most) to return at their respective teams' helms in 2012. Meyer, of course, has spent most of his coaching career in the Midwest and served two years as an assistant at Ohio State itself.

With Meyer out of the picture, Byrne will likely look to one of the other names mentioned as possible Wildcat candidates: the omnipresent Mike Leach, CBS Sports analyst Rich Rodriguez, former Oregon coach Mike Belotti, or current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, whom Byrne hired while serving as AD in Starkville.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:08 pm

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

No surprise there.  Meyer doesn't need to go to a program that needs to build itself.  That is why he won't be going to Penn State but perhaps one of these guys are:

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested


Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:02 pm

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested


Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

Cavsfan should check urself and your facts (OR COMPLETE LACK OF FACTS).  Meyer left Florida in much worse shape and with much much less talent than was present when he arrived.  Urban Meyer begged Cam Newton to stay at Florida.  Yes, Newton did purchase a laptop from a fellow student, not knowing it was stolen. Whoopdie Freakin Doooooo.  He was not prosecuted in the same manner as any other 18 year old living in the dorms away from home for the first time would likely have not been prosecuted.  Meyer stated at a news conference during his last year at UF and Newton's Heisman winning year at AU: "I don't want to discuss Cam Newton, it hurts too much."  What hurt was the knowledge that he and his staff had made mistake after mistake in their assesment of players and that those mistakes were beginning to be exposed.  Meyer, either with the active help of Dan Mullen  or acting alone (Mullen was begging Newton to come to MS State and had recruited him to UF while off coordinator at UF) leaked unsubstantiated rumors left and right attempting to insinuate that UF was somehow better off without him.  Now that Newton and Auburn, after an intense 14 month NCAA investigation which included questioning and deposing close to 100 people with any knowledge or connection to anyone or any school involved, has been completely, YES COMPLETELY 100% ABSOLVED OF ANY WRONGDOING, conspiracy theory fireball launching malcontents like urself want to paint a picture based on fictional characters and events.  We will not Yield to that. WAR EAGLE!  Spend ur free time thinking about Oregon, which has actually received a letter of inquiry, Ohio State, or Penn State..

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:36 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

Meyer has spent 12 years coaching in the midwest, out of 26.  That's not "most".

Isn't it more likely Byrne was talking to Meyer before settling on Mullen?

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:02 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

Arizona would have to get approval from ESPIN in order to give any thought of hiring Mike Leach.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:27 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

this comment is crazy! im a bigger LSU fan than you maybe but Meyer has accomplished a lot without tim tebow. look at omar jacobs and the success at bowiling green and alex smith at utah bcs birth and victory! he is a great coach and can win with his system! maybe the pressure of the sec added stress and health issues to meyer and he thinks he can manage them better now, i dont know of course and im merely speculating but this guy can coach!

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:24 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

In my opioion, if The Ohio State Univ. loses to both PSU and Michigan over the next two weeks....Urban will be coaching the Buckeyes in 2012.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:13 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

Based on Meyers own comments last year, I am surprised that he is even meeting with anyone from any team about any coaching positions.  What happened to his health issues?  Did he and his wife get a divorce, because I thought spending more time with the family was important.  Maybe he is going to put in less effort and that will make things OK for him.  Then again, that is what it looked like he was doing his last year at UF, and that did not work out very well for him or the school.  I would think there are better options out there for the school instead of Meyer.  Meyer without Tebow accomplished absolutely nothing at Florida. 

Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:53 am

Report: Meyer tells Arizona he's not interested

 Mullen is in the best football conference and making quite a bit more than Stoops was.  Why would any coach want to leave the SEC for a job at Arizona?  Child Please

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