A health scare — and more family time — prompted Urban Meyer to walk away from Florida in 2010 and into what turned out to be a brief coaching sabbatical. A little over three years later, the current Ohio State head coach is once again facing a medical issue, although this time around it’s not something serious enough to again push him to the sidelines.
OSU confirmed Monday night that Meyer underwent a minor medical procedure at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center over the weekend. The procedure involved the removal of fluid from a congenital arachnoid cyst.
Meyer has been dealing with that particular condition since he was an assistant at Notre Dame late last century and it was the source of headaches the coach has been dealing with of late.
The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin spring practice Tuesday. According to the school, Meyer’s coaching duties will not be limited and he’ll be on the field from the start.
Meyer stunned the college football world by stepping down as the Gators head coach in December of 2009 shortly after experiencing a health scare. Meyer’s “retirement” turned into a brief leave of absence, but he once again stepped down following the 2010 season.
At the press conference announcing his second, and final, departure, Meyer stated that “it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.” It was subsequently reported that Meyer had been dealing with heart issues, although the coach himself would only allow that the health concern was esophageal spasms.
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.