Urban Meyer stepped away from coaching at Ohio State and has gone into the TV business, but questions persist about how long that will last. Meyer is one of the best college football coaches in history. He has a competitive drive matched by few others. Can he be fulfilled doing TV and teaching a class at Ohio State in the same way that he was leading a team to victory each weekend during the fall? Probably not.
“I’ve been in a fight for 33 years, and now you’re not in that fight,” Meyer told Lesmerises. “So how do you fulfill that fight? And I feel that every morning. Every morning.
“It’s all about a win and a loss for 33 years. I mean every day was. Not just you’re getting ready for a game. No, no, no, no. You’re recruiting every day. You’re going against Alabama and Clemson every day, The Team Up North every day. Now you’re not. That’s the number one void, is you’re not in a fight.”
Meyer sounds like a guy who’s hungry to jump back into coaching. But he says getting into the coaching mix later this year might be too early and that 2020 could be more the timing he’s aiming for.
“I’m not there at the moment,” Meyer said of a possible return to Lesmerises. “Like you said, next year can I say that? We’ll talk again next year and we’ll see.”
Urban Meyer seems to be enjoying his first season as a college football analyst for FOX, but speculation about his return to coaching is not going to stop at any point in the near future. The three-time national champion knows that, but he insists he has not given it any thought.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post asked Meyer this week what the circumstances would have to be for him to consider a return to coaching, and Meyer said his focus is solely on fulfilling his duties with FOX.
“I’m not even there. I’m not even in that space. My focus is being the best for my employer at FOX,” Meyer said. “I’m on the phone every day with them. Not so much what we did well, but what we can do better. That’s how I’ve always have been trained. That is my focus.”
While he is obviously one of the best of all time at coaching players, Meyer said he loves working as an analyst and providing insight for fans.
“I think there are so many people out there talking about this game and it is complete theory. They think this is what is going on instead of the testimony of a mindset of a coach or an athlete,” he said. “That is why I think our show is so good.”
Urban Meyer and wife Shelley still have positive feelings towards the Florida Gators several years later.
Meyer, who coached Florida from 2005-2010, and his wife attended Saturday’s season-opening game between the Gators and Miami Hurricanes in Orlando. Both were wearing Florida gear, according to reporters. Meyer was later shown by ESPN on TV in his Florida gear.
Meyer led the Gators to two national championships. He stepped down after the 2010 season, citing his health and a desire to spend time with his family.
Meyer returned to coaching after a year off and led Ohio State for seven seasons before stepping down after last season. Now that he has time on Saturdays and is not coaching a team, he and his wife are able to take in games and made Orlando their first stop of the season.
The question was likely asking whether this was Michigan’s year to win the Big Ten, reach for the College Football Playoff for the first time under Jim Harbaugh, and compete for a national championship. Meyer asking for a clarification wasn’t so much about specificity so much as it was about minimizing the Wolverines’ chances of winning a championship. Urb was obviously downplaying his former rival team.
Though his response was humorous, now that Meyer is not at Ohio State, Michigan has its best chance of winning the rivalry game since Harbaugh’s been the head coach. Harbaugh has gone 0-4 against Ohio State and is 1-3 in bowl games.
Meyer has made the move to TV and is now an analyst for FOX’s college football programming. Will that be enough to satisfy the 55-year-old? One of his former colleagues does not think so.
“I just don’t see how he sits out the rest of his life,” a former Meyer colleague told Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde. “That’s who he is, that’s what he does.”
That same colleague also said he believes Meyer would only return to college football at a program where he believes he could win a national championship. One specific job on the West Coast would seem to make a lot of sense if Meyer ever returns to coaching.
Text messages and emails relating to the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith case were released on Friday for public consumption. The documents made available include 1,840 pages of emails and 225 pages of text messages. Most of the content is redacted, but Ohio State made sure to leave content pertaining to recruiting available for consumption. Other nuggets that made the Buckeyes look good have also been left in.
One text message seems to show Urban Meyer asking whether Ohio State should leak news that Alabama tried to hire Greg Schiano, Alex Grinch and Zach Smith in early 2018 but got turned down. Meyer seems to have thought the leak would make the Buckeyes look superior to recruits.
Scanning the Ohio State email/text dump, and found this one in which Urban Meyer appears to propose leaking that Alabama tried to hire Greg Schiano, Alex Grinch and Zach Smith. pic.twitter.com/mIaHACCkdC
Another message from Meyer in January 2018 shows him touting all the job offers coaches on his staff turned down from other schools. He was thanking the school for being supportive with pay raises for his staffers to keep them with the Buckeyes.
Text message exchange between Urban Meyer and Ohio State President Michael Drake from Jan. 24, 2018. Meyer thanked Drake for staff salaries. Apparently Ryan Day was also offered job under newly hired Chip Kelly at UCLA: pic.twitter.com/A2RwSjeuzm
Mississippi State, Alabama and UCLA all seemed to be pretty aggressive in trying to poach coaches from Meyer’s staff. That makes sense considering Joe Moorhead and Chip Kelly were forming staffs for their first years at their respective programs.
Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, stood up for her father with some shade thrown at Jim Harbaugh on Twitter.
Harbaugh made a few headlines with some comments about Meyer on Tim Kawakami’s podcast this week. The Michigan Wolverines coach said Meyer has a great record but also is involved in controversies.
“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”
Harbaugh’s comments are factual, but some don’t like the source of the remarks and feel like it’s Harbaugh’s way of taking away from his 0-4 record as a head coach against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Nicki certainly thinks so.
She called Harbaugh’s remarks “a deflection strategy.”
Wait guys maybe this is a deflection strategy! Throw a little mud to avoid answering why you always lost. #RespectTheRivalry 7-OH (0-4 lol)
The Meyer girls are always quick to come to Urban’s defense over social media, as we’ve seen many times in the past. Nicki’s not alone here as many other Buckeyes fans defended Meyer in response to Harbaugh.