Urban Meyer to be next Ohio State football coach, sources confirm (The Columbus Dispatch)
When Urban Meyer resigned from the University of Florida a second time, well all knew it was a matter of time before he ended up coaching for another school.
Meyer has continually been linked to two schools as possible future coaching jobs: Notre Dame and Ohio State.
With the tattoo scandal involving Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel, the OSU coaching job opened up sooner than expected.
Meyer only took one year to spend time with his family and get his health in order, the reasons he stated for leaving UF.
The general consensus when Meyer resigned in 2010: He will coach again. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
And most people assumed it would be two or three years down the road. Not one.
I think that’s where the bitterness from Gator Nation originates. Either that, or that he bolted from Florida when the going got tough, leaving Will Muschamp with a depleted roster (Meyer left Florida late in the recruiting period, leaving Muschamp with little time to develop relationships with prospects).
Gator Nation fully supported Meyer as an ESPN college football analyst. Even if it didn’t necessarily coincide with the whole “spending more time with family” premise.
As Meyer-to-be-named-coach-at-School-X rumors continued — especially throughout the Tressel/OSU ordeal — Gator fans brushed the rumors to the side believing that Meyer genuinely need the time away from football to get healthy.
And now, after spending one year away from coaching, Meyer has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State University.
Yeah, I can see how some Gator fans would be bitter.
Am I? Nah, not in the slightest. You see, Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow are the only two people in all of sports that I will have a homer-ish view of. And that’s not going to stop.
It may be ridiculous. No, it is ridiculous. But, in my mind, those two guys can do no wrong.
That’s what happens when you win two titles, or you win a Heisman, or you connect with your fan base in a way that no one has in a long, long time.
So, no, I won’t be mad at Meyer for taking the OSU job.
Meyer became the head coach when I started to approach the apex of my Gators fandom. I have always liked the Gators, but I was fairly young during the Spurrier and Zook eras.
When Meyer took the job, I started becoming obsessed. Before the No. 1 recruiting classes, before the titles, before the awards, Urban Meyer had me hooked.
But that’s just me. I can’t speak for every Gator fan.
Meyer did leave Florida when the going got tough, whether he intended it to be that way or not. He did have health problems; he wasn’t lying about that. He did leave the new coaching staff with a depleted roster, void of talent and depth after a poor recruiting class and transfers.
But would you turn down an opportunity to get paid $40 million at a school you have a deep connection to?
Ex-Gator LB Dee Finely said it best this morning on Twitter: “I bet…For 55 million a lot of these die hard fans and alum would get a fsu tat on they forehead…let’s jus keep it 100.”
I, for one, am excited to see what Urban Meyer can do with Braxton Miller. As a sports fan, it’s going to be fun to watch.
As a Gator fan, I’m just thankful for a coach who brought my favorite team two national championships, three BCS bowl wins, a Heisman winner, numerous wins over rivals and countless memories for me to share with my future children.