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Urban Meyer: I still don’t get why Tim Tebow isn’t in the NFL

Urban Meyer Tim TebowUrban Meyer is Tim Tebow’s biggest fan. Tebow and Meyer won two BCS National Championships together and enjoyed as much success as any coach-quarterback combination in NCAA football history. When Meyer thinks of Tebow, he must still think of the dual-threat quarterback who threw 83 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions and rushed for nearly 2,500 yards in his three years as a starter at Florida.

How do we know this? Because Meyer is somehow surprised that Tebow no longer has a job in the NFL.

“I still don’t get that part of it,” Meyer said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days, via Dan Parr of NFL.com. “He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.”

Yes, Urban, college football. There have been countless NCAA superstars who have amounted to nothing at the NFL level (Eric Crouch, anybody?) and Tebow is another one of them. NFL coaches don’t have it out for Tebow. If he had what it takes to contribute, he’d still be in the league.

The reason Meyer gave for not understanding Tebow’s lack of employment is that there are plenty of offenses in the NFL now that are similar to spread college offenses.

“He had really good personnel around him (at Florida) and we utilized his skill very well,” Meyer added. “I think in a traditional setting, it is difficult, but there’s a lot of non-traditional offenses now in the NFL.”

At the end of the day, Tebow is a victim of the speed of the NFL. His delivery is too slow and his passing is below average. He doesn’t have enough speed to make up for that on the ground, so designed running plays could only be so effective. Meyer must see that. He’s just trying to be nice to his favorite player.

Urban Meyer: Tim Tebow still hoping for NFL shot

Urban Meyer Tim TebowTim Tebow did not play in the NFL last season, but he’s still hoping for another shot in the league, his former college coach says.

Urban Meyer, who was Tebow’s coach at Florida, gave a really good interview to CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler in which they mostly discussed the Ohio State program. But one subject that came up was Tebow. Meyer says his former QB is still hoping for an NFL shot.

“You’d imagine how he works. Works every day. He’s hoping. There are some conversations about it. I don’t know too much. There’s hope and he says there’s stuff going on,” Meyer said.

Tebow was traded to the New York Jets for the 2012 season and hardly played. He was disappointed about his lack of a role in the offense and even supposedly refused an assignment. He remained unsigned throughout the 2013 season and accepted a job as a broadcaster with the SEC Network.

[Previously: Urban Meyer - Tim Tebow needs team whose system lets him play]

Though Tebow may be intriguing enough of as a player to have in camp, most teams probably figure he’s not worth the media distraction.

Meyer did say many other things during the interview that were of interest. He didn’t seem to be a fan of the proposed 10-second rule, saying that you “don’t just start making rules.” He admitted that the prospect of going to the NFL was “intriguing at one time,” but it no longer has as much of an appeal. And Meyer also says he’s reached out to Jon Gruden to see if he would be willing to come to Ohio State to work with their quarterbacks, but he has been unable to make that happen.

It’s definitely a good interview that’s worth a read. And we won’t completely close down Tebow’s NFL career yet, but it’s not looking good, especially if he goes through 2014 without a gig.

Urban Meyer’s wife strikes down rumor of Urban-Mike Vrabel fight

Mike VrabelOne of the more surprising and possibly overlooked coaching moves of the offseason was Mike Vrabel leaving Ohio State for the Houston Texans.

Vrabel, a former linebacker with the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs, got into coaching after retiring from the NFL in 2011. He started off under former teammate Luke Fickell’s staff and was retained by Urban Meyer, who was hired that December as the program’s permanent coach.

Vrabel switched from linebackers to defensive line coach for the Buckeyes. He may have had his biggest impact in recruiting; he earned a reputation for being one of the best recruiters in the country and was instrumental in building the Buckeyes’ 2014 class, which was viewed as one of the best in the nation. So why did Vrabel, who seemed to be having so much success, leave for the Texans? Did he leave by choice because the NFL is where he wants to be, or because he was told by Meyer to look for a new job?

Bucknuts, a premium 247 Sports Ohio State board, posted that there was a verbal fight between Meyer and Vrabel following the Michigan game. According to the report, Urban was pretty ticked about the Buckeyes allowing 603 yards and 41 points to the Wolverines in a game they barely won. Meyer supposedly told Fickell he wasn’t doing a good enough job getting his players ready for their games. Vrabel didn’t like Meyer and another coach going after Fickell and supposedly went off and even got physical with Meyer. The report says that Vrabel was eventually told he would need to find a new job after the season.

That was the rumor that was going around among Buckeyes fans, and Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, didn’t like hearing the nonsense at all. She addressed the rumor in a couple of tweets sent on Thursday.

In other tweets, Shelley called the rumor “lies” and said Vrabel moving to the NFL was a career decision.

As I’ve said many times before, when it comes to far-fetched rumors, the best thing to do is ignore them. I wouldn’t have even known about the story if she hadn’t addressed it. But I guess when it gets big enough, sometimes you want to step out and deny it.

On Wednesday Vrabel was officially named the new linebackers coach for the Texans. He joins Bill O’Brien’s staff in Houston. O’Brien was an offensive coach with the Patriots at the end of Vrabel’s time there. The move does make some sense: if Vrabel wanted to go back to coaching linebackers and make the step up to the NFL, this was a good opportunity.

Urban Meyer’s daughters hung out with LeBron James

LeBron James Gigi Nicki Meyer

Urban Meyer’s family is enjoying the trip to the Orange Bowl in South Florida.

On Thursday night, the day before Ohio State would play Clemson in the bowl game, Urban’s daughters attended the Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game with their boyfriends, and they got to hang out with LeBron James. In the picture at top, you can see from left to right: Gigi Meyer (Urban’s younger daughter), Nicki Meyer (his older daughter), Gigi’s boyfriend Brian Pruett, LeBron, Nicki’s boyfriend Corey Dennis, and Urban’s son, Nate.

Gigi and Pruett even met Johnny Manziel, who also attended the game:

Apparently LeBron’s business manager Maverick Carter hooked the Meyers up with their tickets and great access:

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Sad Urban Meyer eats cold pizza after loss to Michigan State

Urban Meyer sad

Urban Meyer embodied the look of utter sadness after Ohio State lost 34-24 to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.

There he was, in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium, sitting on a golf cart and eating a slice of cold Papa John’s pizza after the game:


That’s how you look when an entire year’s worth of work is wasted after an upset loss. We’ve all been there before.

Does this make Urb an emotional eater? There are cures for that, you know.

Florida Gators enjoy Urban Meyer’s loss to Michigan State

Urban MeyerThe schadenfreude was strong following Ohio State’s upset loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.

After a week of debate about who should play in the national championship game, the Buckeyes went out and lost 34-24 to the Spartans, rendering a discussion moot about whether a one-loss SEC team deserved to be in the title game over an undefeated Buckeyes squad.

The reaction from Florida senior offensive lineman Jon Halapio pretty well summed things up for the anti-Ohio State and Urban Meyer faction:

Halapio quickly deleted the tweet.

Redshirt junior wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, whose first year with the Gators was Meyer’s last, took a shot at his former coach:

Meyer infamously left Florida citing medical issues and the desire to spend time with his family, so that’s what the “play sick” was referencing. Meyer returned to coaching after taking a year off.

Current sophomore tight end Kent Taylor tweeted this:

Former Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins tweeted this:

Kicker Brad Phillips, who started at Florida in 2010, had this to say:

Halapio was at Florida in 2009 and 2010 when Meyer was the coach, so it’s understandable why he had some delight in seeing his former coach lose a shot at the national championship. Shoot, I know I’m happy that the Buckeyes lost, and that’s for the same reason — I didn’t want to see Urb in the title game.

And if you’re wondering how Meyer handled the loss, well, he sadly ate some pizza inside Lucas Oil Stadium with his family around him:

We’ve all been there before.

Urban Meyer rips Evan Spencer for his comments about Alabama, Florida State

urban-meyerOhio State wide receiver Evan Spencer expressed confidence in his team’s BCS National Championship Game hopes on Monday by telling reporters he feels the Buckeyes would “wipe the field” with either Alabama or Florida State. The comments may have seemed like innocent smack talk to some, but Urban Meyer was infuriated by them.

“I’m very disappointed. I can’t stand that,” Meyer said during a teleconference on Tuesday, via The Plain Dealer. “He certainly is not the spokesman for our team. As a result, Evan won’t talk to the media for a long, long time.

“You don’t do that. That’s not good sportsmanship and that’s not what we expect. I understand he’s a young man and made a minor mistake, but we just don’t do that. You talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on.”

Spencer, who obviously received an earful from his coach, apologized on Twitter Monday night.

“I did not mean to disrespect any FB team today,” the junior wrote. “I am confident in my team, and as is evident in the video, I was having fun with the media answering their questions. I should have chosen my words more wisely. There was no intent to disrespect any other team.”

In his defense, Spencer had a smile on his face when he was answering questions. It didn’t seem like he was trying to stir the pot at all or be disrespectful, but you can understand why Meyer was upset. Alabama and Florida State are No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings for a reason. All the Buckeyes can do is focus on their own schedule and hope someone slips up. Beating their chests won’t accomplish anything.