Tag:Urban Meyer
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:27 am

Meyer to the Buckeyes

Urban Meyer has come out of retirement again to become the football coach at Ohio State, opening himself to mocking by most of the country -- but assuring that Ohio State will make a quick return to national power.

Meyer is that good.

And his story, of course, is that bizarre.

After retiring from Florida in 2009 for a whole day, then retiring again in 2010 for a whole year -- to be with family, he said -- Meyer is back on the sideline according to his most recent employer, ESPN, which reported the deal to be worth $40 million over seven years.

Seven years, $40 million ... sound familiar? It should. Those were the reported terms of this hire a week ago, when Meyer said he hadn't spoken to Ohio State and that no offer had been made. Of course he was using semantics, which will get him crushed today, just as his "retirement for family" will get him crushed today.

Those are valid points, but do not miss the bigger picture: Urban Meyer is a damn good football coach. Ohio State is a damn good football program. Together, they will do special things.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:44 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

After a spate of firings around college football, Miami last week was the sexiest program in the country with an opening at head coach. The Canes went for Jon Gruden, got rebuffed, then reportedly set their sights on Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.

That was late last week.

Florida's Urban Meyer started to think about resigning, talking it over with friends and family. One of his closest friends is Dan Mullen. Surely they talked about Meyer's future.

That was late last week.

Miami, which rushed headlong into a courtship with Gruden, hasn't issued a peep about its search since late last week. Not a word. Why? The guess here is this: Miami approached Mullen, who told Miami he's waiting on Florida. Surely he wouldn't put off Miami, still the second-sexiest opening out there, unless he had a pretty good idea of his chances at the Florida job.

That's my theory, and I like it. What I don't like, honestly, is the idea that Dan Mullen is the best possible hire for Florida. Or for Miami. What has he proved at Mississippi State in two years? He has been good, yes. Has he been good enough to deserve one of the plum jobs in all of college football?


I'm friends with one of Mullen's closest business associates. I mean, close . And this guy, this friend of mine, insists Mullen is a rising star. I trust this friend, so I'm not here to discount the possibility that Mullen is ready for a job as great as the one at Florida, or the (lesser) one at Miami.

But with just two years as a head coach, Mullen strikes me as a Plan B hire. If he's the first (and only) guy Florida goes after, that's weak. That's like going from Mike Shanahan and Bob Stoops to ... Ron Zook -- which is what Jeremy Foley did almost a decade ago.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:41 pm

We need answers, Urban

You're here looking for the same thing I'm looking for: You want answers. You want to know why Urban Meyer is leaving Florida, why now, where's he going next, what does it have to do with Denver, what does it have to do with his health or his family.

Same here. I want to know all of that. Soon enough, both of us will get our wish. But until Meyer meets the media late this afternoon, there's no way to know how to react to this news from left field:

Anger that he would ditch a Florida program at its lowest moment since the Zooker was storming into frat houses?

Relief that he's leaving now, on his feet, instead of later, on a hospital gurney? Because this was a health issue?

Admiration that he would leave one of the best coaching jobs in all of football, college or pro, to be a more attentive husband and father?

Those are the three options on the table. But let me say this: If it's the first option -- if it's anger, because it appears that he's leaving for any reason related to his current job as well as his next one  -- my fury will be uncontained. That said, I bet it's the third. I bet this is all about the family. Whatever it is, we'll know soon enough.

Unless he tells us one thing today, then does something else in a few days or weeks.

He's done that before, as we all know.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Urban Meyer
Posted on: December 27, 2009 10:02 am

Meyer took care of himself, got lucky with Tebow

And I don't mean he got lucky to recruit Tim Tebow. I don't mean that at all.

I mean, my first thought when I read Urban Meyer's quotes that he was resigning because he had to look out for his health and future, was this:

Who was looking out for Tim Tebow's health and future when he was allowed to play in the Gators' very next game after suffering that horrific concussion against Kentucky?

If you're thinking I'll never let that story go, you're probably right: I'll never let it go. Urban Meyer gambled something that wasn't his to gamble. He gambled that the doctors, who were guessing, and that Tebow himself, who was hoping, were right. He gambled that Tebow would be OK if he played against LSU.

The gamble worked, obviously. Tebow didn't suffer another concussion Oct. 10 against LSU. But what if he had? We'll never know what would have happened next. But I know this: That day against LSU, Urban Meyer gambled something that wasn't his to risk.

That said, good for Meyer for resigning at the height of his coaching powers, putting his family and his future ahead of his personal ambition.

But shame on him for not doing the same for Tim Tebow on Oct. 10.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Urban Meyer
Posted on: November 28, 2009 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2009 3:02 pm

Urban and Tebow, and OK, this was cool

Two hours before kickoff against Florida State, Florida coach Urban Meyer was on the field, just him and daughter Gigi Nicki, greeting every Gator as the team walked through the stadium and across the field toward the locker room. By 1:37 p.m., the team was gone, but Meyer and Nicki stayed. It was almost as if one Gator had yet to cross the field.

One guess who that was.

Ten minutes later, a handful of sheriff's deputies start walking down the empty stadium steps. They are followed by a single Gator. Of course, it's Tim Tebow.

Meyer meets him at midfield with a hug. Nicki hugs him. They walk toward the locker room, and Tebow throws his arm around Meyer's shoulders as they disappear into the tunnel.

I don't care who you are or how cynical you are (guilty ): If you were here, and you didn't get goosebumps watching this, you're a cadaver.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 22, 2009 7:22 am

Kiffin's right -- Urban was a douche

Lane Kiffin deserved to be crapped on for his antics this summer, and lots of us crapped on him pretty good.

But when Kiffin is right, he's right. Which means that the dude in the dumper today is Florida's Urban Meyer.

After Tennessee put up a surprising fight Saturday, and Florida looked shockingly unimpressive, Meyer basically blamed his team's play on the swine flu. The second I heard those comments, I felt sick myself. Because that's crap.

Kiffin was out of line all preseason by saying stupid stuff about Florida, but now Meyer is out of line for saying ... stupid stuff about Florida. And stupid stuff about Tennessee, too. Blaming that game on the flu was a weak move by Meyer, and Kiffin called him on it this week by saying, "After we're not excited about a performance, we'll tell you everybody was sick."

Good for Kiffin.

Urban Meyer was a douche, and Kiffin called him on it.

Category: NCAAF
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