Urban Meyer Retiring As Ohio State Football Coach
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 06, 2018,
Dec 06, 2018, 0:48
One of Ohio State's biggest commitments in the 2019 class is ESPN 300 wide receiver Garrett Wilson, the 13th-ranked prospect overall out of Texas, who said that Day's openness and coaching style were things that drew him to the Buckeyes.
I can still hear the anger and disappointment in the voice of UF football legend and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jack Youngblood after Meyer accepted the job at Ohio State.
He says the headaches he suffers from the cyst that he has in his brain became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season. Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1.
Meyer was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles. He said the move needed to be made before the early signing period opens on December 19. If that's true, it will be the end for one of the most successful coaches of his generation. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.
Meyer led UF from 2005-10.
The three-time national champion skipper's announcement comes two days after Buckeyes fans learned that their squad narrowly missed the four-team College Football Playoff.
In addition to the domestic abuse scandal, Meyer "has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst", member station WOSU reports, adding, "The chatter increased after he looked more distressed and beleaguered than usual on the sideline during the 49-20 loss to unranked Purdue on October 20". If Florida State is mired in mediocrity for the next two years, they could pull the plug and chase Meyer to see if he'd be interested in returning to the Sunshine State.
Pressed further, Meyer then said he is "fairly certain" he will not coach again. So does Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. "[Brian] Kelly, Coach Meyer, everybody has been eyeballing him since he was a young graduate assistant".
"Brown added: "(Meyer) told me that he couldn't be animated at the level he needed to to energize the team and stay healthy". Meyer won a title in Columbus as well.
Florida State - Willie Taggart just finished his first season at Florida State and it resulted in the Seminoles 36-year bowl streak being snapped. He wouldn't be going back to Bowling Green or a program like Utah when he took that job in 2003 and the National Football League doesn't appear to be an interest. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million.