Urban Meyer Un-Retires, Accepts Ohio State Head Coaching Job
Urban Meyer's short-lived retirement is over, according to his agent. Meyer has accepted the not-yet-vacant head coaching job at The Ohio State University.
Meyer, who won two BCS National Championships while coaching at the University of Florida, retired after the 2010 season citing health problems and a desire to spend more time with his family. He worked in the broadcast booth this season for ESPN, but apparently got the itch to coach again.
Meyer is a native of Ohio and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. His spread shotgun offense has been a tremendous success both at Florida and at his previous head-coaching job at the University of Utah.
Luke Fickell is currently in his first season as Ohio State's coach. He replaced the disgraced Jim Tressel, who resigned after it was learned that players, including former star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, had accepted impermissible benefits. Some reports are suggesting that Fickell will be offered a job on Meyer's staff and that Meyer may invite ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit to be is quarterbacks' coach. For what it's worth, Herbstreit said while broadcasting the Stanford-Notre Dame game this weekend that he had no interest in leaving his job at ESPN.
Both Ohio State and Florida have had disappointing seasons. Both are perennial powers but finished their regular seasons 6-6.
Meyer has had a lot of success developing college quarterbacks. He helped Alex Smith become the No. 1 overall draft pick in the NFL draft and he also coached Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida.
Terms of his contract are not yet known, but rumors are that he will become the highest paid coach in the NCAA.
Hopefully Meyer is healthy enough to coach. He was forced to take a leave of absence after the 2009 season after being hospitalized and then his health was in issue when he retired in 2010. In terms of family, his daughter is now a libero on the Georgia Tech women's volleyball team.
Meyer's move to Ohio State likely will anger Gator fans, who may feel betrayed that he is headed to another big-name school (and the school he beat in the 2007 BCS National Championship game while with Florida).