Everyone and their mother in the college football rumor world has said Urban left because he was having an affair with a grad asst in the athletics department and his wife gave him an ultimatum to quit or get a divorce. Makes ALOT more sense than the "I'm sick and leaving, but wait, I'm coming back but then a year later I'm leaving again" dog and pony show we've been sold.
OT: Urban Meyer issues
...but when I type "Urban Meyer a" into a google search one of the recommended searches is "Urban Meyer affair 23 year old coed".
It's obviously out there, true or not.
Yes. For the record, I'm not saying that Urban was/is having an affair, but that is a legitimate rumor that's been reported on radio stations (including the be in Gainesville) for over a year. NOT something I made up.
I've never heard it either but I don't find it the least bit surprising.
Um, don't you think that they would find a way to have the 23 year old grad assistant leave instead of the National Championship winning head coach?
Hell, it would not even have to be anything sinister. Have some booster give her a dream job that is too good to refuse.
badmouthed Denard most of the broadcast. Not cool.
It was ridiculous! Meyer kept going on and on for the entire next drive after the interception on the screen about how it was unnacceptable to throw that many interceptions, and that if he was the coach he would bench Denard. Meanwhile, Denard was busy driving down the field for a touchdown. Give me a break! Denard played a great game, IMHO.
If you had told the guy to come play corner while handing the keys to your program to John Brantley, you might want to justify that dumbass decision in your own mind as well.
I guess he's bitter that Denard didn't want to play there... Or he hates dilithium and dreads.
I think he was making a point that revealed his coaching style - and nothing more. You make a mistake while playing for him, you sit.
By playing Denard, Hoke was showing his style, which seems to be to say, "We believe in you. Keep going, you'll be fine." Positive reinforcement.
I know which coach I'd rather play for.
OSU. You want Urban Meyer as coach. Fine. Bring it. I ain't afraid of him or anyone he puts on his staff.
I think this is the way to approach it if Meyer is indeed hired. Michigan now has an elite coaching staff and I am confident that sooner rather than later they will be able to play with anyone in the country (Alabama and LSU included). Plus Meyer would at least make OSU good enough so that The Game would be back to getting great national attention. This would make the B1G and Michigan stronger.
I am at a complete loss for why Urban would retire from coaching at Florida (where things were going pretty well recruiting and on the field) to take a job at Ohio only a year later, with NCAA sanctions looming. It makes zero sense.
- See JClay post above.
- Visit Columbus.
- Draw obvious conclusion.
With all the shit that probably got covered up at florida during the urban meyer years, i'd be shocked if they couldn't cover up a few dead hookers. craig james did.
Florida went 8-5 last year. They just beat the mighty Furman Whateverthefuckthey'recalleds (in a game that was 37-32 going into the 4th quarter) to improve to 6-5 this year. It is quite possible Meyer realized he wasn't going to have anywhere close to the team he had in the Leak/Tebow years any time in the near future.
And sanctions aside, now wouldn't be a bad time to take the OSU job (less pressure following crappy season, buffer between you and Tressel, and sanctions/scandal as an excuse for any short term troubles).
I don't think it is going to happen, but it isn't the craziest move in the world.
Turn off the ESPN commentary or listen to Beckmann and Brandstatter. Meyer and Speilman are just OSU trolls. Really, its sickening to listen to them. I can't wait to beat the fuck out of OSU next weekend and see how those hopeless homers spin it positive.
Herbie and Muss are no better. Our options are not good here. Just plug your ears and watch the victory.
I think Meyer left because he was afraid that the competition would tarnish his legacy. He wasn't going to beat LSU or Alabama with Florida's current roster, especially with Miles and Saban playing dirty. I think he is overrated as a coach.
A guy with 2 National Championships in 5 years being called overrated....
some mgoblog people amaze me
Last I checked this wasn't WebMD
Bourbon Meyer is prolly gonna coach at Ohio. MICH is undefeated against Bourbon. Logically we can expect that trend to continue.
Mr. Meyer's name is name is "Urban." Urban.
I don't think there is any way he takes the job, with the burden of having to follow Jim Tressell, and the threat of serious NCAA sanctions. Penn State would be a more attractive option, it would seem to me.
What gets me is the timing of this: why in the world was tOSU conducting meetings with Meyer, with two big games left on the schedule, and no real threat that Meyer is going anywhere else until after the season? The only thing that makes sense is that Penn State may have been doing the same.
[Edit: ESPN article suggests Penn State is starting a search... http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7256032/penn-state-ad-for... ]
use the practices to start installing his offense, and we can probably beat whichever MAC team we face in the toilet bowl even with a brand new playbook. Hell, using an actual playbook would be a big step forward from what OSU is doing now; Bollman uses his flippers to throw walrus dung at a 360 controller and calls whatever play results.
before he himself gets canned as a final OSU penance to the NCAA.
It would be a failure as well, but I don't want to see the tsio job kill him.
To be fair, Florida with Urban Meyer was one of the only SEC schools that actively spoke out against a lot of the dirtier practices in the SEC.
That said, a lot of his players got arrested.
He is happy with his family and has not spoke to OSU. Maybe he is LYING. Perfect for ohlio. Go red and silver!
My issue is that a program crippled by scandal is going to hire a coach whose previous team had 40+ arrests in three years.
Yes, they do seem to be preparing for precisely that possibility.
It means you have previous experience in handling difficult management situations.
Actually, he revealed that "health problems" were esophageal spasms. It's a stress related condition that causes intense chest pain, but is completely benign. There is no risk to returning to coaching other than dealing with the annoyance of having them.
....then that's OK. I feel confident we could beat a Meyer-coached OSU too.
Is the coaching job really worth dying over?
If he really is in bad health and he's ignoring his families wishes by coaching, he might as well start filling out the divorce papers.
But, if the whole health issue was b.s. in order to move on in coaching, then this guy really has some mental issues.
No matter which way you look at it, Urban looks like a huge douche unless he sticks with NOT coaching.
Now that I think about it no matter what he does he still looks like a huge douche.
Why is it that only broadcasters with OSU ties are allowed to work the Michigan games? ESPN really does hate the Wolverines!!
Nobody wants to beleive that Michigan Football is back
Meyer coached at OSU, is from Ohio and has his Master's Degree in Sports Admin from OSU.
But I agree that following Tressel, upcoming sanctions and scholarship losses and a far more disagreeable fanbase than he's ever encountered at BSGU, Utah and Florida, I can see Meyer taking a miss on the whole damn thing. They're paying him big bucks to be on ESPN right now too. No pressure.
Meyer would make a nice fit at Ohio. So would Mike Leach.
You're kidding, right?
If there was ever a team that needed to be locked in a closet for a few hours, it is the Buckeyes.
I know you're joking but for those who don't know, he didn't lock anyone is a closet or do anything wrong at all actually. The player has said that he made everything up...
Actually, Leach is a good football coach. Look at his track record and all of the offenses around the country he has built.
He also has issues that make him almost unemployable, and I'm not talking about the James crap. There are reasons he wasn't getting interviews even when he was on top of the world at Tech.
Even in the best of circumstances, I only see him lasting 2-4 years... Too much stress and pressure. He probably coached 2-3 too many years at Florida.
Meyer said today he hasn't been offered a position and certainly hasn't accepted one. I know Urban is a competitive guy, but I think he's done coaching. We all know the next coach of tsiO is going to be Dantonio (I bet he buys his contract out). And when he leaves there won't be a couch in East Lansing safe from a pack of matches.
But when he got red in the face and used the specific words "offer" and "acceptance," I became pretty convinced that he wasn't being forthcoming. You can get very far in a negotiation without a true "offer" or "acceptance," thereby preserving deniability.
Urban is not denying a return to coaching. Looks like he will just pick his best option. Will piss-off he gator fans if he gets back to coaching so soon. He could just wait for notre dame to open up again.
done. If the rumors about the grad asst are true (which I had no clue about up to this point) then that could've been a reason. If he goes anywhere I think it's tOSU. Which is irrelevent because of the whole sanctions thing + the power of Hoke.
Yeah, he won 2 championships. One with Zook's players and the other with Tebow and a lot of luck. Nobody is out there anointing Chizik for winning with Cam Newton. No coach is unbeatable - Meyer managed to lose to Michigan in the same year as The Horror.
If having Urban Meyer as your head coach guarantees a NC every year, then why the hell isn't every team in the country firing their existing staffs to get him?
2008 was not lucky, that was a great team. They completely destroyed every team they played except for Alabama, Oklahoma, and Mississippi (the team they lost to by one after they blew a 10 point lead). They ended up beating Alabama by 11 and Oklahoma by 10, both of whom were the #1 team in the country at the time when they played Florida.
181 points allowed and 611 scored in 13 games.
These coaching changes rarely turn out like the fans first anticipated...
11W said it was 99.7% that it would happen!
And my friend who knows someone who knows something says that he left Florida for a cheating scandal, no wait, I mean an affair, no wait, it was health right?
Or maybe the future will unfold without our help. I wish Urban Meyer well no matter what he chooses and think he would elevate the competition in the B1G if he joined Ohio or Penn State. With that said, I think it must be flattering for him but I also think if his health was really the reason to step down that he wouldn't last very long as a head coach role reprised.
That's a bit intense, that's been a nagging issue for us all throughout Big Ten play up until today. And a majority of his broadcasts have featured two-QB systems, so it's become a go-to topic.
Urban knows rythm busting first hand from when he put Tebow in for Leak. /s
I have heard that hiring a big name doesn't always work out.
I almost feel sorry for Fickel. Almost.
Every single Ohio State coach since World War II has been forced to leave in disgrace. Every single one.
No pressure there.
They may humiliate him, but he hasn't done anything to disgrace himself.
Not to rain on your parade, but it was later discovered that Urban Meyer doesn't have heart problems. He's been diagnosed with Esophagal Spasms. They made him feel like he was suffering from extreme hypertension, but so far as I know, he doesn't not have any serious heart problems....