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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has interesting response when asked if he will coach again

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer and Ohio State held a press conference on Monday to announce that the coach will step down following the Rose Bowl, and there were several questions asked about whether Meyer intends to return to coaching at any point in the future. You could argue that his responses were difficult to interpret.

When asked if his stint as head coach of the Buckeyes will be the last of his career, Meyer said the question was “complicated.”

Pressed further, Meyer then said he is “fairly certain” he will not coach again.

Given what happened after he cited health reasons for leaving Florida, it seems like Meyer knows enough to be more careful this time around. While he said the headaches he has been dealing with started to hit “real hard” last season and again this year. he is young by coaching standards at age 54. He probably is genuinely uncertain of what the future will hold.

Meyer has clearly dealt with health issues over the years, but there has also been speculation that he is not pleased with the administration at Ohio State. His reputation took a huge hit after he was accused of helping to cover up domestic violence allegations against a longtime member of his coaching staff, and that almost certainly played a role in his decision to step down.

Urban Meyer to retire as head coach of Ohio State after Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer

Ohio State’s next game will come against Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, and that will be the last one Urban Meyer coaches for the buckeyes.

According to a report from Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Meyer will step down as the head coach at Ohio State following the season. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who served as interim head coach when Meyer was suspended earlier this season, will take over as the team’s full-time coach.

Several factors contributed to Meyer’s decision to retire, but Thamel reports that his confidence in Day is foremost among them. Meyer believes the program will be in great shape with the 39-year-old taking over and views the situation as similar to when Bob Stoops left Oklahoma in 2017 and Lincoln Riley became head coach.

Ohio State is expected to announce the move on Tuesday, as the school wants to be transparent with recruits going forward. Some top recruits have already been waiting to make their decisions with rumors swirling about Meyer’s health and coaching future.

Meyer has had health issues throughout his coaching career. After he went down to his knees during a game earlier this season, he revealed that he suffers from headaches that are caused by a cyst he has had on his brain for years. He said the issue is one that needs to be monitored by doctors.

In 2010, Meyer experienced chest pains before he decided to leave his job at Florida to spend time with his family. He has been publicly accused of exaggerating the issues to get what he wants in his career, which is something his family has passionately defended him over.

Of course, Meyer’s reputation has also taken a huge hit this year after he was accused of helping to cover up domestic violence allegations against a longtime member of his coaching staff. The 54-year-old is still young by coaching standards, so a return down the line cannot be ruled out.

Urban Meyer admits Nick Bosa departure impacted Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes finished 12-1, but there were portions of the season where they looked less than impressive. That undoubtedly contributed to their exclusion from the College Football Playoff on Sunday.

After it was made public that the Buckeyes would be absent from the playoff, coach Urban Meyer admitted one key factor that made Ohio State weaker in 2018: the injury and subsequent departure of star defensive lineman Nick Bosa.

Bosa got hurt in the Buckeyes’ third game of the season against TCU and, after several weeks out, announced he’d skip the rest of the season to prepare for the NFL Draft. The Ohio State defense subsequently regressed, culminating in a 29-point loss at Purdue.

On Sunday, Meyer admitted that Bosa’s absence impacted the Buckeyes both on and off the field.

It’s fair to ask if the Buckeyes might be a playoff team today if not for Bosa’s injury. We’ll never know, but he was shaping up to be that dominant of a player, and from what Meyer says, a major locker room figure as well.

Watch: Urban Meyer livid on sideline after non-call

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was furious after what he felt was a missed call against Michigan’s Noah Furbush.

Meyer wanted Furbush ejected from the game after an apparent helmet-to-helmet collision with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins after the quarterback had seemingly entered into a slide. The only flag thrown on the play went against Meyer, who lost it on the sideline.

You can even hear Fox’s Gus Johnson in the clip worrying that Meyer’s fury will trigger one of the migraine headaches he has had to deal with all season.

Things got better for the Ohio State coach. The Buckeyes went down and scored on the drive to take a surprising 21-6 lead over their archrivals.

Urban Meyer planning to retire from coaching following season?

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer’s health once again became a topic of discussion after he was seen putting his hands on his head and looking like he was in pain during Saturday’s thrilling win over Maryland, and talk that this could be the coach’s last season with Ohio State is picking up steam.

According to Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports, Meyer is planning to retire at the end of the 2018 season. Cowherd said on his show Monday that he heard that from two separate sources, citing both Meyer’s health and his current relationship with administrators at Ohio State.

“There is a fissure there between the administration and Urban Meyer,” Cowherd said. “He doesn’t always feel that they have had his back.”

Meyer has had health issues throughout his coaching career. After he went down to his knees during a game earlier this season, he revealed that he suffers from headaches that are caused by a cyst he has had on his brain for years. He said the issue is one that needs to be monitored by doctors.

In 2010, Meyer experienced chest pains before he decided to leave his job at Florida to spend time with his family. He has been publicly accused of exaggerating the issues to get what he wants in his career, which is something his family has passionately defended him over.

Of course, Meyer’s reputation has also taken a huge hit this year after he was accused of helping to cover up domestic violence allegations against a longtime member of his coaching staff. While Meyer is still young by head coaching standards at age 54, it would not be shocking if he took some time off after this year.

Urban Meyer responds to latest disturbing allegations against Ohio State

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has once again found himself on the defensive in the wake of a report that includes disturbing allegations against the Ohio State football program, and he is responding in familiar fashion.

LeBron Grimes, the father of former Ohio State wide receiver Trevon Grimes, told Brett McMurphy of WatchStadium that his son transferred to Florida following an altercation with former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, during which LeBron says Smith called his son the N-word. Ohio State confirmed that there was an “interaction” between Smith and Grimes but said there was no racist language used. Both Meyer and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith have vehemently denied that the incident took place.

McMurphy’s report also outlines how Grimes was declared eligible to play immediately at Florida, which was by way of a hardship waiver because his mother, Leah, was diagnosed with an illness. Details were shared about how Meyer and some Ohio State players and staffers flew to Florida last year to meet with Grimes and his mother. LeBron said the meeting had to do with Ohio State trying to keep Trevon quiet about the incident with Smith, telling him they would allow him to transfer anywhere if he did not come forward about it. An Ohio State spokesman said Meyer flew to Florida because Trevon was struggling after his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

Both Leah and Trevon declined to comment on the visit, but McMurphy’s report went on to share some information about Leah’s troubled past. Meyer indicated he felt that was unethical of McMurphy and said legal action could be taken.

McMurphy was the same reporter who broke the story about Meyer keeping Smith on his staff despite multiple domestic violence allegations against the former Ohio State assistant. Meyer was defiant in responding to the original report but later ended up being suspended for his knowledge of the incidents.

Urban Meyer says he will be at Ohio State next season

Urban Meyer

Off-field controversy and a recent health scare have ensured that Urban Meyer’s long-term future at Ohio State is a bit murky, but that’s not the case to him.

On Monday, Meyer made clear that he has no intention of quitting, and he fully anticipates being the coach of the Buckeyes next season.

Meyer has downplayed his recent health scare, but rumors persist that all is not right within the Ohio State football program. That said, it’s nearly impossible to see the school forcing him out unless something publicly changes, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be walking away himself.