Two weeks after stunning the college football world — again — by stepping down as the head coach of the Florida Gators, Urban Meyer appears to be eyeing a new position that would allow him to remain a part of the game.
According to the Gainesville Sun, Meyer met Wednesday with officials from — naturally — ESPN to discuss the possibility of landing a gig at the network. It’s unclear in what capacity he would be utilized at the Worldwide Leader; perhaps a clue could be gleaned from his work this evening as he appeared on both SportsCenter and the Las Vegas Bowl pregame show.
As it has been for more than a handful of coaches, the move into television is a natural segue for Meyer, albeit a temporary one if you listen to the behind-the-scenes chatter.
Meyer has continued to maintain after his latest resignation/retirement that he will not coach in 2011. The coach seems resolute in sticking to that, although nothing as far as a return to coaching has been ruled out. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as Meyer is expected to return to the sidelines sooner rather than later.
Of course, the same was said about coaches like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden, and they remain firmly ensconced — for now — in their cushy TV jobs even as they’ve had multiple opportunities to returning to the coaching game over the years.
Could Meyer find that his niche is in front of a camera instead of the day-to-day rigors of leading a major college football program, especially given the health concerns that reportedly led to his retirement? Stranger things have happened, but a full-time, long-time TV move would surprise the hell out of us at this point in time.