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Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm
 

TAMPA, Fla. – On Oct. 12 back when Urban Meyer was still retired from coaching and just a television analyst, he was in Tampa to speak at an Outback Bowl function.

Chris Sullivan, founder and director of Outback Steakhouse, walked up to Meyer inside the Belvedere Ballroom in the A La Carte Event Pavilion and embraced his friend.

“What are you doing next?” Sullivan said. “We could sure use you.”

Sullivan is a Kentucky graduate. Of course, Meyer will not be coaching at Kentucky, he is headed to Ohio State.

Less than a year after "retiring," Meyer is back

Seven weeks ago I asked Meyer what it would take for him to return to coaching.

“If I ever went back, I'd have to get back a little bit of balance I used to have,” Meyer said. “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 (Nathan) was playing that (Friday) night and 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”

Meyer is now officially back under the brightest of spotlights, replacing Jim Tressel and interim coach Luke Fickell at Ohio State.

After the 2009 season, Meyer took a three-month leave of absence. The following a 7-5 regular season in 2010, Meyer announced his retirement from coaching on Dec. 8 because of health concerns and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Meyer said then he had suffered chest pains and severe headaches, related to stress.

So how will he be able – as he says – not let the job control his life?

“It's discipline, personal discipline,” Meyer said on Oct. 12. “You've got to hire great people, but I can blame everybody else I want. At the end of the day, you have to have discipline: go work out, eat right, still have balance in your life.

“What I've experienced, because I do a lot of public speaking now, I don't think I'm a lone wolf that has that issue. Guys right here have that issue, balancing that. You can blame your job, you can blame your boss or you can blame the media. At the end of the day, it's you that has to take a hold of that thing. I didn't do that.”

In six seasons at Florida, Meyer was 65-15. He won national championships in 2006 and 2008. His final game was a 37-24 victory against Penn State in last season’s Outback Bowl, which turned out to be the final bowl game for Joe Paterno.

Now Paterno is out of coaching and Meyer is back in.



Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

There is certainly no question that coaching in the big 10 will be a much eaiser job than the SEC. Meyer will win there easy and with half the work. It is truely a DIFFERENT league. I'm sure he will be back in the BCS (the little 10 get a free bid), but getting a win there... good luck!!!



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

All Meyers recruits were great athletes some with poor life skills that were embarrassing to the school and the athletic department.
What planet are YOU inhabiting? There was no more such at UF than any top-flight school has.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

Well my Ohio fans, you may grief your U of M angst towards me. I will answer all rivalry questions and pot shots as intelligently as I receive them. So first off, (darn it) good hire. You did something we couldn't do with Les Miles. Second of all - your recent success this decade makes up for the 3 - 12 record of previous years. Now things are gonna get real good next few years. I think ol UM (she had a choice to give him a different first name- and he can't help it those are his initials) has his work cut out. His spread offense against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn and Michigan states and U of M will keep the Commonwealth Kid 9-3 . I will cut him some slack for improprieties in FL. I can't take another Sandusky story.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

To Revan: He may have won two national titles while at UF, however the first NC was won with Ron Zooks players.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

To Hokiehen: No, I am not a moron. I just believe that he saw that the post-Tebow era at UF was not real bright and he got out while the getting was good, if for no other reason than to protect that great winning percentage and success that he had. He left that program in shambles. And furthermore, what I stated was an opinion, there is no right or wrong, or smart or dumb about it. If you disagree with me I would believe you could find a better way to state your case than by calling me a moron. Happy holidays.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

jwk50......Urban wins 3 SEC championships in 6 years and has a conference .755 winning percentage...and the SEC is too tough for him ?????????????. Seriously, why are you a moron ?



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

Wish Urban Meyer the best in his new head coaching job at Ohio State. He left the Gators in shambles with his win at all cost attitude. I don't think Ohio State fans can stand much more in recruiting problem players. All Meyers recruits were great athletes some with poor life skills that were embarrassing to the school and the athletic department. Being an Ohio native should be the incentive to lead OS to another BCS championship.



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

That isn't it at all, he allowed his job to consume his entire life, effect his health, and come between him and his family.  There are millions of people across the world who have similar situations.  He took a break to get his life back in order and now feels like he can manage his responsibilities better.

He won 2 national titles while coaching in the SEC, so the idea that the SEC was too tough for him has no merit.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

"Then following a 7-5 regular season in 2010, Meyer announced his retirement from coaching on Dec.8 because of health concerns and he wanted to spend more time with his family."

Ladies and Gentelmen, that's code for "Wow, coaching in the SEC is a lot harder than I thought, maybe I should take some time off til something opens up where the competition isn't so fierce."

Meyer and Ohio State deserve each other.


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