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Urban Meyer sounds ready for a coaching return next year

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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.

During a lengthy interview with Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises that was published on Thursday, Meyer expressed how difficult it is to live each day without coaching to drive him.

“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.”

There has been plenty of speculation that Meyer will end up at USC. A 2020 timeline might not fit with the Trojans if they wish to fire Clay Helton after this season and hire a new coach later this year.

Whatever the case, it seems like we can expect Meyer taking over a program late next year.

H/T Sports By Brooks

Urban Meyer brushes off latest question about potential coaching return

Urban Meyer

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.”

Meyer is only 55, and one of his former colleagues recently said he cannot see the former Ohio State and Florida leader staying away from coaching. That same colleague speculated that Meyer would only return to a program he believes has a shot at winning a national championship, and one job on the West Coast would seem to make a lot of sense if he does get the itch again.

Urban Meyer, wife Shelley attend Florida game in Gators gear

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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.

Meyer will be working as a TV analyst for FOX this season and has already taken a jab at Michigan in that capacity. Many still expect the 55-year-old to return to coaching at some point.

Urban Meyer takes funny jab at Michigan on FOX college football show

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Urban Meyer took a funny jab at Michigan during FOX’s college football show on Saturday.

Meyer, who stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach after the season and made way for new head coach Ryan Day, is now a part of the show. One of the topics that came up was the Michigan Wolverines.

Meyer was asked: “Is this finally Michigan’s year?” The former Buckeyes coach answered bluntly, “year for what?”

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.

Maybe Meyer gave his zinger as revenge for what Harbaugh said in July.

Colleague expects Urban Meyer to return to coaching at some point

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The start of the upcoming college football season will mark the first time since 2011 that Urban Meyer is not leading a program.

Meyer retired from his job at Ohio State and has been replaced by Ryan Day, who served as an interim head coach last year while Meyer was on leave over the Zach Smith matter.

Meyer won national championships at Florida and Ohio State, and also had an undefeated season at Utah. He is among the greatest college football coaches ever, though as Jim Harbaugh noted, Meyer is involved in controversies wherever he goes.

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.

H/T The Spun

Urban Meyer text messages show how many programs tried to poach Buckeyes coaches

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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.

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.

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 shades Jim Harbaugh over comments

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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.”

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.