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Ex-UF Coach Meyer: “I Went Off The Deep End”

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer is a much-talked about man these days.  His name has popped up in connection with jobs at Ohio State, Penn State and Texas.  Most believe he’ll be back on a college sideline next year.

But if he does return, he says he won’t let the game consume him the next time around:

“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 (in a baseball game), 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 (go to see his son’s game) 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.”

We continue to say what we’ve been saying for months — we believe Meyer will be in the ESPN broadcast booth for more than a year.  Super-intense Jon Gruden was expected to return to the pro game after a year of announcing games, but he found he could make good money and keep one foot in the game while not be owned by the game.

Meyer’s latest statements do nothing to change our take.

And he’s pretty good as a color analyst, too.

 


11 comments
matt
matt

penn state. thats it

GeauxBucks
GeauxBucks

UK? UK? Are you serious? Why would an established coach with the ability to go anywhere he wants and basically dictate what it'll take to get him want to go to Can't-tucky as opposed to Ohio St. where the tradition is enormously better in football, he was a grad asst. there, he's from Ohio, its one of his "dream jobs" and the facilities there are tremendous and as good as it gets in the college football world.

Granted I'm a Buckeye and admit my bias, but at least my bias has merit.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

His next job is UK, book it!

a) Going 6-6 and he has job security for life
b) Winning big at UK and he will be a football god!
c) Meyer at UK and Spurrier at USC spices that game up a bit
d) Bourbon and Keeneland in the spring
e) Awesome pickup games behind Joe Craft in the off season
f) Already knows his way around the SEC, this go round he would be Billy Donavan at Florida
g) Lexington really is a family friendly town
h) straight shot up I - 75 to his Alma Mater and birthplace

Aggiefaithful
Aggiefaithful

Meyer has nothing to prove; he should do whatever the hell he wants and enjoy it. I was under the impression coaching at Notre Dame was his dream job anyway; could see him holding out for a few years, maybe write a book, and watch what unfolds with the Irish.

Rob
Rob

I also respect his decision, but isn't that some of the reason he makes so much money? I have a hard time feeling sorry for him, when most parents I know are unable to attend their children's games, simply because they're too busy securing basic needs for their children. Not knocking Urban at all, but the irony is killing me.

UofA72
UofA72

The fans may not agree that his family is more important than the team. How many of them, in the same position, would foresake their's?

strickinms
strickinms

Urban Meyer is a class act. I hope that he gets his personal situation worked out and returns to coaching College Football. There are a lot of Colleges that would love to have him. You've got to respect his "family first" position and wish him the best.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Surprised he didn't refer to himself in the third person.

Dave
Dave

Right now, Urban's living out of a suitcase, and while that might not be as much job pressure, it's just as much stress on the family. I am sure he has protected days where he gets to be at home, but his job requires him to be in front of cameras in Connecticut and various football games across the country.

I can see him coaching again.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If he can lose 5 games at Florida without Tebow I can only imagine how bad it will be at Kentucky.

john
john

I would never call the guy a class act, he is a slimenball.

But he is a great fball coach and a great analyst for espn.

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