Reggie Bush may be preparing to make his best sales pitches to Urban Meyer in an attempt to lure the national championship head coach to USC at his earliest convenience, but Meyer’s previous boss doesn’t seem to think that will be happening. In a report from USA Today, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith says he doesn’t think Meyer will make another return to coaching despite what seems to be a pretty popular idea floating around the college football world.
“I have a hard time believing that,” Smith said in the story from George Schroeder of USA Today. Although, Smith did concede that it would be unwise to suggest with 100% certainty Meyer is done coaching for good.
“You can never say never,” Smith added.
Meyer retired from his position as head coach of Ohio State after the Rose Bowl victory over Washington last January. The retirement came at the end of a season that saw a Big Ten title defense and a late bid for a potential spot in the College Football Playoff, but was otherwise marred by the distraction off the field regarding the handling of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Regardless of the circumstances, Meyer capped his time at Ohio State with a Rose Bowl victory to go along with a number of other achievements in Columbus, including multiple Big Ten titles and a College Football Playoff national championship.
Meyer is now preparing for a new job as a college football studio analyst with FOX Sports, where he will be working alongside Bush. Bush has joked he plans to help convince Meyer to return to coaching to take over as head coach of the USC Trojans, with a cloud of uncertainty hovering above current Trojans head coach Clay Helton. Now that Meyer is already getting cozy in Los Angeles, the rumor mill could be in full operation soon enough, as if it isn’t already.
But for now, Smith feels confident in suggesting we may have seen the last of Meyer coaching on the sidelines. Time will tell, and a quick return to coaching after retirement is not abnormal for Meyer. Meyer spent one season working for ESPN after retiring from Florida before he was hired to be the head coach at Ohio State.
This probably to be expected. Just as he did the last time he retired from coaching college football, it appears Urban Meyer could be heading back to covering the sport in front of a TV camera.
According to a report from Sporting News, Meyer is working on closing on a deal to join FOX Sports as an analyst. It is not yet determined if that means Meyer will be working in a broadcast booth as he did previously with ESPN following his retirement from coaching at Florida or if he will be a studio analyst for FOX broadcasts.
FOX has been feverishly working the past few years to improve its overall college football presentation. FOX has been a broadcast partner for the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 and has been the only network to air the Big Ten and Pac-12 conference championship games. However, FOX has yielded its rights to the Big 12 championship game for 2019, 2021 and 2023. FOX also has rights to broadcast Conference USA games as well as the Sun Bowl. While ESPN continues to be the leader in the college football broadcast game, FOX has come along nicely and continues to find ways to improve their coverage.
The possible addition of Meyer would be a good one, whether it places him in a booth or in a studio to breakdown the games for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. His first year in the broadcast game in 2011 went fairly smoothly, and he may be able to have a smooth transition back into the game in either role if he closes the deal with FOX.
Meyer retired as head coach of Ohio State following Ohio State’s Rose Bowl victory over Washington, although he remained a part of the athletics program with a role still to be ironed out in full. However, if Meyer does return to TV, that may be the official end of his time with Ohio State completely. Of course, Meyer only spent one season in the booth after his last retirement before accepting a job offer from Ohio State. Will this be another short-term gig for Meyer? We’ll see.
Justin Fields appears to be settling in fairly quickly in his new surroundings in Columbus, Ohio. Fields took to Twitter Friday night to confirm his decision to leave Georgia for Ohio State, and on Saturday he took in a men’s basketball game with Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer.
Meyer, who coached his final game for the Buckeyes earlier this week with a victory in the Rose Bowl just hours before Fields’ former team lost in the Sugar Bowl, was being honored at the Ohio State men’s basketball game against Michigan State. And although Meyer will no longer be the head coach of Ohio State (Ryan Day is now officially the head coach of the program) Meyer still has some influence in Columbus as he takes on a new role with the university and athletics department. That role is still being ironed out, but it stands to reason Meyer can have some pull with the football recruiting process when needed.
Fields shared a statement on Twitter Friday night confirming what had been reported rather thoroughly throughout the week when he explained he had decided to transfer to Ohio State. He thanked Georgia head coach Kirby Smart for the opportunity to come to Georgia and be a part of the program. However, the quick departure of one of the top recruits from the state of Georgia in the entire Class of 2018 after just one year, and to lose that player to a Big Ten program, should raise some questions about Smart on the recruiting trail moving forward.
It still remains to be seen when Fields will be eligible to play for Ohio State. The normal transfer policy means Fields should not be eligible for the Buckeyes until 2020, although he seems to think he has a chance to be ruled eligible immediately. We’ll see. In the meantime, Tate Martell is expected to be the next quarterback in line if Dwayne Haskins chooses to leave Ohio State for the NFL. That decision, however, has not been made just yet, which means the quarterback situation in Columbus is pretty interesting right now.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will coach one more game for the Buckeyes before stepping aside into retirement from coaching after the Rose Bowl on January 1. What’s next for Meyer? Teaching, apparently.
Meyer discussed what’s next for him at Ohio State in a local TV interview with 10TV reporter Don Tiberi, in which Meyer said he is planning on co-teaching a course on character and leadership in Ohio State’s business college.
Meyer was suspended at the start of the 2018 season for three games after an investigation determined Meyer “made significant misstatements” about his knowledge of 2015 events related to former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was accused of domestic abuse against his wife. Meyer later admitted to making poor decisions due to his loyalty to former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, Smith’s grandfather. Meyer was defiant and combative over initial reporting of the Smith incident and how much Meyer may or may not have known when addressing the story at Big Ten media days over the summer.
Meyer will step aside from coaching, for a second time, with his legacy now a talking point with Ohio State’s Big Ten championship season clouded by the incidents from over the summer and the ongoing coverage that has followed. Meyer’s personal experience with challenging character and leadership issues can certainly make for good teaching points to some degree.
Meyer isn’t the only college football coach that has discussed the idea of teaching a class in 2019. Washington State head coach Mike Leach has also expressed an interest in teaching a class on leadership lessons in insurgent warfare & football strategy.
Much has been made about the future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, but the head coach of the Buckeyes says he is no planning on stepping aside.
“I plan to coach,” Meyer said during a media session on Monday when asked about his plans beyond this season, according to Eleven Warriors.
Meyer’s future has been an ongoing subject of conversation this season given the stress and drama surrounding him and the entire program this season starting back in the summer with the fallout of the Zach Smith storyline. Meyer has never mentioned the possibility of stepping down as head coach though and has always said he intends to keep going, even if there were odds released on who will be Ohio State’s coach in 2019.
Meyer resigned from coaching at Florida due to stress-related concerns in 2010. After a season off from coaching, Meyer returned to the sidelines as Ohio State’s head coach in 2012, where he is now wrapping up his seventh year on the job. It is the longest he has coached in one spot in his coaching career.
Meyer will coach Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game this Saturday.