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Video: Urban Meyer TV interview gets crashed by shirtless man

Urban Meyer had an unwanted guest during a TV interview on Tuesday.

Meyer joined Big Ten Network from his boat to discuss the cancellation of the Big Ten’s fall sports. His interview setup appeared to be in front of a mirror, and one of Meyer’s shirtless boat buddies seemingly picked the wrong time and place to hang out close to the shot.

Meyer’s attempt to desperately shoo the guy away is absolutely hilarious. That said, it seems to work, so there’s no arguing with the methodology.

Such are the perils of live television. It gets even riskier when you’re on a boat doing an unscheduled Zoom call on live television. It did provide a bit of levity in an interview that didn’t provide a lot of great news for sports fans, though.

Urban Meyer explains why there is ‘no chance’ of spring football happening

Count Urban Meyer among those who think that postponing college football until spring may as well be the same thing as canceling the season.

The former Ohio State coach does not think spring college football is feasible. He believes it would be too much to ask students to potentially play two seasons in one calendar year, even if one or both of those seasons is abbreviated.

Meyer makes a good point. It’s asking a lot of athletes to play in spring and then presumably once again in the fall a few months later. In a typical year, the spring is when the players begin to regroup for a new season, not when they’re in the middle of playing one.

For now, conferences that are postponing seasons are saying they will assess the possibility of playing in spring. They may find what Meyer believes is the case.

Urban Meyer’s daughter starts campaign to get father in Florida’s Ring of Honor

Urban Nicki Meyer

Urban Meyer led the Florida Gators to two national championships during his six seasons as the team’s head coach, so he may seem like an obvious choice for the program’s Ring of Honor. Hid daughter Nicki thinks so, but will others agree?

On Monday, Nicki Meyer started a campaign on social media using the hashtag #UrbanLegend. The goal is to convince Florida to induct Urban into its football Ring of Honor. Nicki tagged a number of former Gators players in her tweet, including Tim Tebow.

Meyer also tweeted that she doesn’t feel like her father’s entry into the Ring of Honor should even be a difficult decision for Florida.

On paper, Meyer is the greatest coach in Gators history. He went 65-15 in his six seasons with two national titles, two SEC championships and a 5-1 record in bowl games. However, there are still some open wounds from the way he left the program. Meyer stepped down following the 2010 season, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. He then took a year off before returning to coach at Ohio State.

Meyer and his family have shown strong support for Florida since Urban stepped down at Ohio State, so it seems likely that he will eventually be a part of the Gators’ Ring of Honor. The question is whether or not it is still too soon.

Urban Meyer confused by Michigan’s recruiting strategy

Urban Meyer

It’s safe to say Urban Meyer doesn’t get Michigan’s recruiting strategy these days.

The former Ohio State coach is surprised that the Wolverines are no longer major competitors for the top talent in Ohio, where coach Jim Harbaugh has struggled to beat the Buckeyes to top recruits.

“If you look a their history, and I know their history very well, two Heisman Trophy winners from Ohio, great players from Ohio,” Meyer told David Briggs of the Toledo Blade. “Coach [Ryan] Day and myself and our recruiting guy, we monitor them. Even to this day, I’ll ask, ‘what’s going on [at Michigan]?’ That usually was a street fight when we first got there, with Brady Hoke and even coach Harbaugh. It was a street fight, because they were into Ohio everywhere.”

Now, Meyer doesn’t feel the same about the competition.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I don’t feel the street fight at all.”

For the third time in five years, Michigan didn’t sign a single player from Ohio as part of their 2020 recruiting class. That’s hard to fathom, and goes against what has historically been successful for them.

We know Meyer likes to take shots at Michigan, but this doesn’t seem like one of them. It genuinely surprises him that the Wolverines aren’t playing in Ohio, and it puzzles him too.

Nate Meyer switching from baseball to football at Cincinnati with eye on coaching career

Nate Nicki Meyer

Urban Meyer may not be in college football currently, but the Meyer coaching legacy may be living on.

Urban’s son Nate has spent the past two years as a baseball player for the Cincinnati Bearcats. However, he is now switching sports and will be a member of the Bearcats’ football team as a walk-on, Yahoo Sports reports. Nate Meyer is joining the football team with an eye towards a college football coaching career.

Nate played high school football and baseball at Bishop Watterson in Ohio. He appeared in 23 games as a freshman for the Bearcats baseball team and actually made a catch that sent them to the NCAA Tournament. He appeared in 10 games during his canceled sophomore season and batted .250 (3-for-12). He had two doubles and five RBIs in his college baseball career.

Interestingly, this is the same career path Urban took.

Urban Meyer was a 13th-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in 1982 and played two seasons in their minor league system before going to college. Urban played defensive back at Cincinnati and then began a college football coaching career.

Oh, and if all that doesn’t sound familiar, Urban majored in psychology in college, which is what Nate changed his major to after his freshman year.

According to Yahoo, Nate has already participated in video conference calls with Cincinnati’s wide receivers group and is most likely to see playing time on special teams. He will be playing for Luke Fickell, who was a defensive coordinator under Urban at Ohio State prior to taking the Cincinnati job.

Urban Meyer recognized Derrick Henry’s Tim Tebow-like jump pass

Derrick Henry jump pass

When Derrick Henry threw a jump pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Tennessee Titans’ divisional playoff game at Baltimore on Saturday night, many football fans immediately thought of Tim Tebow.

During his career at Florida, Tebow became known for running the jump pass to perfection on short-yardage and goal-line plays, including one to clinch the 2009 championship game. That’s certainly where Urban Meyer’s mind went.

After Henry’s touchdown pass, Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida, tweeted “A Tebow”.

That’s exactly what it was.

Here’s a look at Henry’s touchdown pass.

Here’s Tebow’s against Oklahoma for comparison:

That touchdown pass gave Henry more TD passes this postseason than Tom Brady. Henry also had a 66-yard run to set up his touchdown pass.

Urban Meyer’s son-in-law Corey Dennis reportedly to be promoted to Ohio State QB coach

Corey Dennis Nicki Meyer

Urban Meyer isn’t the only impressive football coach in his family.

Meyer’s son-in-law Corey Dennis, who is married to Urban’s oldest daughter, is set to be promoted to Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach, according to a report from Pete Thamel. Dennis would replace Mike Yurcich, who left to become Texas’ offensive coordinator.

Dennis played wide receiver at Georgia Tech from 2011-2014 and met Nicki Meyer there (she played for the school’s volleyball team).

Dennis has been with Ohio State’s football program since graduating from Georgia Tech. He began as an intern in 2015, served as a graduate assistant on offense in 2016 and 2017, and he was promoted to senior quality control coach prior to the 2018 season.

Dennis, who played quarterback in high school, has helped out with Ryan Day in coaching the team’s quarterbacks. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, was asked about the report of Dennis’ promotion. Burrow praised Dennis as a great person, hard worker, and excellent recruiter.