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Meyer Says He Hasn’t Interviewed With OSU, But What’s The Real Story?

If you flipped by ESPN this weekend, you likely saw reports that “sources close to Urban Meyer and Ohio State” had told the network that the former Florida coach — and current ESPN employee — had been talking with OSU officials about their head coaching position.

But Meyer told The Gainesville Sun today that that’s just not true.

“The concerns are still there,” he said.  “Number one, my health.  Number two, my family.  Number three, the state of college football.”  But then he told the paper the following:


“I’ve done some research into the second one.  I’ve found that it is possible to have balance between your job and your family, that there are coaches out there who are doing it.

I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically.  So if something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make.  But there has been no interview.  There has been no offer to make s decision about.”

Well that’s as clear as mud.  We find it hard to believe that ESPN would run a story about one of its analysts before actually checking with that employee.

So it’s possible the Meyer has spoken with OSU and he’s simply splitting hairs as to what should and should not be considered an “interview.”

It’s also possible that word got out before Meyer told his family of his talks.  That’s pure speculation, of course, but Meyer decided — before speaking with his family — to return after a one-day retirement from Florida in December of 2009.

Regardless of what Meyer specifically says, it certainly sounds like he’s getting that old coaching itch again… and that if Ohio State makes him an offer he’ll strongly consider it.

We wonder, however, if OSU officials have paid attention to:

1.  What Meyer did at Florida without Tim Tebow (not much)

2.  What Meyer left behind at Florida (a team capable of struggling with Furman)

 


8 comments
James
James

Florida people are turning on Meyer the way Kentucky people turned on Pitino.

maximinus
maximinus

I'm just shocked that a team with ethical problems would even entertain Myer. While he might not have gotten on probation, his player's arrest record was truly abysmal. I realize that being next to Tebow gave him a halo, and he is named after a Pope, but he really ran one of the dirtiest programs the SEC has seen in 30 years (arrest wise). Hiring him to fix a program with institutional control problems is like hiring Pete Rose to fix a program after a betting scandal.

Rowdireptile
Rowdireptile

Why don't you check his record at Bowling Green and Utah against BCS opponents and get back to me about how Tebow "made" him, Jeff Driskel and Meyer would be 9-2 right now headed to Atlanta. Chris Leak didn't run a "spread option" in 2006. We were pass happy, five wide sets, our guy is faster than your guy, crossing routes, all day! Big ole Deshawyn Wynn rumbled down the field out of the shotgun but Leak ran VERY few option plays, he ran a ton in 2005 and got his head knocked off and slid three yards before the first down six times a game, we scraped that in 06. Tebow came in when the game was out of hand or we needed third and a foot, without Tebow Florida still wins the BCS that year, LEAK was the one who came back from being down 17-7 in the forth in Neyland to win 21-20, Tebow converted a fourth down, Leak made the other 99% of the plays.

Coming from a guy who watched all but three Meyer coached Florida games in person, the man is a liar. He likes to portray himself as a "family man, all about the kids, yadda yadda" but in reality he is a perfectionist mercenary of a coach who just wants the higher winning percentage in NCAA football, no matter what.

The reality is you have to have alot of "entitled" athletes to win championships in college football today ( see Scam Newton, Trent Richardson and his 2011 brand new Yukon, mama lives in a Dentist's old home in B-Ham, never had a job making more than minimum wage now makes 60k with a blank page for job description, Half our Team in the recent glory years smoked weed regularly, etc. etc. etc.)

Point is Meyer let it happen, I'm tired of giving him the Avery Atkins defense, he let it happen. And then the "Oh, I wanna spend time with my kids" The man doesn't need to earn another dollar for the rest of his or his kids lives. He lives in Gainesville, perfectly situated in the center of where his two daughters play college volleyball (one at Georgia Tech, five hours away, one at Florida Gulf Coast, roughly three hours away) PERFECT!! ALL THE FAMILY TIME HE WANTS!! Then he takes a job that has him in Bristol four days a week and the other three days, flying around the country hitting major programs spring football. Well... hmm... maybe he'll settle down come football season, NOPE! Does Big Ten games, 1500 miles away. Ok ok... well footballs about over, he'll chill... NOPE!!!! Goes to Arizona to hear a offer from there AD to coach there! ARIZONA! Thats 2500 miles from where his girls play volleyball! To lie is one thing, to use your family as your lie is sick!

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

There is a major difference between interviewing and talking about the position. Meyer has a lot of coaching contacts and understands the pressures of the job, issues that the program faces, and what possible sanctions may be coming down the pike from the NCAA. OSU and Meyer could have talked about the job and coaches that would be good for the search committee to consider, while never officially tossing his hat in the ring. It could end up being a lot like Cheney vetting all of George W's VP choices before deciding in the end that he was the best man for the job. So OSU knowing that it is about to get hammered by the NCAA could be looking to go cheap on the next coach. Why pay top dollar for a coach that will not have a high chance for success? Hire a good steward for the program. Someone that will recruit solid kids that will play hard, build a solid foundation for success, and will be cheap to fire in 3-4 years. Then go out and pay top dollar for a coach.

Joe
Joe

"What Meyer did at Florida without Tim Tebow (not much)" - Ummm, won a National Title in '06. And don't say that "he was on the team" - was just a freshman backup. Meyer is a liar, but can coach

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Joe...

Uh, actually, Tim Tebow made a world of difference in that team's offense. In 2005, the Chris Leak led attack went 9-3. The following year, with Tebow, Meyer was able to run more of his spread-option game. Tebow, if you recall, became the team's short-yardage specialist, converting attempt after attempt.

No surprise, it was THAT year in which Meyer went 13-1 and captured the national crown.

So again I say, without Tebow, Meyer didn't accomplish much at Florida. He was 17-8 without Tebow, 48-7 with him.

John

Ross
Ross

3rd and Tebow! Damn, I miss those days...

Andthensome
Andthensome

It's hard to know what the truth is. I truly believe that Meyer was going to take some time off from coaching (probably at least 2+ years). We have to remember the timeline. Urban Meyer told Florida he was done in December 2010. Tressel didn't come clean about the lie until March/April 2011 and then everything blew-up and Tressel resigned. There was no way Urban Meyer knew that the Ohio State job would open up. He grew up in Ohio and idolized Woody Hayes. His first coaching gig was a Grad Assistant at Ohio State. It's probably his dream job. Just like a kid growing up in Alabama and idolizing the Bear and all of a sudden the Bama job opens up unexpectedly. You would have a really, really hard time turning that down. I think Urban is going to have his toughest decision in life yet in the next week or two.



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