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Urban Meyer wants Nick Saban’s coaching staff to be raided

urban meyer ohio stateOne could sense the bitterness and jealous coming from Urban Meyer as he spoke on ESPN’s postgame show following Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide had just won its third national championship in four seasons, and it was clear the program had done something Meyer did not think was possible.

“There was a time where I really believed that couldn’t be done because of the parity in college football,” Meyer said on ESPN’s postgame show. “The SEC — you saw Georgia, LSU and A&M take Alabama right to the ropes, so I really didn’t think that could be done.”

Meyer, whose Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-0, understands how difficult it is to build a dynasty in college football. You have to bring in the top recruits each year, hope they develop properly, and you need little calls or plays go your way in several games. There is also a lot of turnover to overcome; players graduate, transfer, and turn pro, and assistant coaches leave for other jobs. Knowing all this, Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida, can’t believe that Nick Saban has been able to build such a dominant dynasty at Alabama. He even made it clear after Bama beat Notre Dame that he hopes Saban’s coaching staff gets raided in order to weaken the program.

“He doesn’t lose coaches. I’m still trying to figure that out. We had that thing going at Florida and it was a turnstyle — head coaches here, head coaches there. How do you not go hire one of those assistant coaches at Alabama?” Meyer asked.

Meyer is not entirely accurate; Saban lost offensive coordinator Jim McElwain after last season, but he has managed to keep Kirby Smart as his defensive coordinator since 2007.

What’s amusing is that this is the second prominent college football coach in a week who’s tried to weaken the Bama program. These guys have a hard time topping Bama on the field, so this is all they can do to take down Alabama. It was pretty weak of Meyer to use his platform on ESPN for that purpose.

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  • SpinMax

    You want to weaken their program? Then actually enforce rules against the SEC oversigning players and taking away scholarships from others. 

  • williered

    Urban Meyer is a jealous jerk. Ohio State is fortunate they play in a weak conference.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IUXPYULTSBYNA6JD6ILDTPRP7Y Mike36fan

    Asking “How do you not go hire one of those assistant coaches at Alabama?” does not equal “I would like Alabama’s staff to be raided.” It’s a legitimate question. Certainly if I were an AD looking for a coach, that’s a place I’d look. That’s just good sense. Meyer has built a good staff and will likely lose Tom Herman, Luke Fickell, Everett Withers and Ed Hinton in the coming years. It happens.

  • Syd M

    Are you legitimately retarded? Saying “we’re trying to figure out how he does what he does” does not mean “I hope he fails”/”has his staff raided”. Please enroll yourself in a reading program

  • Syd M

    Saying “He doesn’t lose coaches. I’m still trying to figure that out.” does not mean he wants the staff to be raided. The guy who wrote this is literally mentally retarded.

  • HarshTimes

    Jealousy is a green eyed monster., SpinMax.

  • dixhandley

    I’m still trying to figure out how this jerk, Meyer wins. What a goon!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VYHIGUMEWTWPMGDEDRQANDV6TI E

    Meyer was being ironic. For those who went to SEC schools, Google offers a dictionary that will help you understand the meaning of the word. Chill out – you sound overwrought and undersmart.

  • jaydub97

    that why meyer got out of the sec. its to hard to win there. but in the weak 10 you win one game and they let u guys play for the bcs big game and u lose everytime. its not even close…..lol

  • SpinMax

    jealousy? Feh. All I want is fairness and a level playing field. That doesn’t exist at this time. Well yea it does, in the NFL. The current FBS situation is like an NFL division getting more salary cap space, more draft picks and getting to play all postseason games in their own territory.

  • Luis Alicea

    Didn’t Ohio State win their last two BCS Bowl games?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LBQ7ZKATVHHFNF6RJ7RUVYW3YI mic the guy

    OSU 6-3 in BCS Games with a title.  Its easy to root for 14 teams why not pic a team.