Urban Meyer has interesting response when asked if he will coach again
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.”
Asked if this is the end of his coaching career, Meyer says, "That's a complicated question" as part of a wide-ranging answer. Also says he hopes to stay involved at Ohio State.
— The Athletic CFB (@TheAthleticCFB) December 4, 2018
Pressed further, Meyer then said he is “fairly certain” he will not coach again.
Reporter: Will you coach again?
Urban Meyer: "I believe I will not coach again."
Reporter: "Are you fairly certain?"
Urban Meyer: "I'm fairly certain, yes."
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 4, 2018
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.