Urban Meyer Hopes the Ohio State Job is His Last

December 16, 2011 – 7:30 am by Chris Fedor

Urban Meyer has had an incredible amount of success at every job he’s had during his college football coaching career. He turned around a Bowling Green program that was awful when he got there, he put Utah in the national spotlight and guided Alex Smith to be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, and then he turned Florida into the most dominant power in the toughest conference in America.

After 11 months of embarrassment, a disappointing 6-6 season, and the program being in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons, Meyer will be looking to the same things at Ohio State. The conditions are not ideal in Columbus. The NCAA has still has to decide what punishment will be handed down to the Buckeyes after a scandal rocked the program earlier this year and the expectations will be enormous for Meyer as he will have to fill the shoes left behind by Jim Tressel. However, if there is any coach in the country who can not only reach the bar set by Tressel but leap over it, it’s Meyer. The two-time national champion is the best coach the game of college football has to offer and will have the Buckeyes back at the top of the college landscape and in the national spotlight once again very quickly. This time for all the right reasons.

Urban Meyer joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about why he decided to keep Luke Fickell on his staff at Ohio State, whether or not he had any doubts about taking the OSU job, if he thinks he will have a lot of pressure to win at Ohio State, whether or not he believes this is his last job, if he was surprised by the way people in Florida reacted after he was hired by OSU, and what he would do if he was coaching against Tim Tebow.

Why he decided to keep Luke Fickell on his staff:

“Yeah Gene Smith the Athletic Director asked if I would meet with him. I knew Luke from before. He actually came down when he was an assistant at Ohio State and visited our staff at Florida. We kinda knew of each other so when we met, we met for about four hours. He brought his wife over and my wife was there and it couldn’t have gone better. It was like we knew each other a long time. He’s a Buckeye, he handled the situation as well as he could and that’s all important but the reason he was kept on is because he’s a great football coach. We got to talk football the next morning and we’re fortunate to have him stay with us.”

Whether or not he had any doubts about taking the OSU job:

“Oh yeah. The contact was made on that Sunday but I kinda was watching all Fall and this whole NCCA you just don’t know until you know. I’ve always been an Ohio State fan as far back as I remember but I’m not gonna do something that’s not the right time. Once I was able to visit with people and do the homework I needed to do it was kind of a no-brainer.”

Whether or not he thinks he will be under a lot of pressure at Ohio State:

“I think there is a misunderstanding of pressure. I think there’s pressure at Bowling Green, I think there’s pressure when I was a linebacker coach at Illinois State. The pressure for me is to keep focused and keep it in centerfield and doing what I like to do. I love coaching players, I love teaching, and I love building teams. I’m not a big fan of dealing with all the nonsense in college sports. I can’t stand that and I’m not gonna do it. I’m not dealing with it. The NCAA has their job to do and the recruiting if I get involved with someone who is not doing it the right way then I’m gonna walk away. If that means we’re not gonna get a great player I’m not gonna deal with that. The pressures I’m gonna deal with are gonna keep everything in centerfield, focus on doing what I love to do and what I’m actually pretty decent at, and then I’m going home. I’m gonna be with my family and do the best I can to go watch my girls play sports.”

If he thinks this will be his last job:

“I think so. I’m never gonna make those, I’ve made some comments before that came back to haunt me because you just don’t know. I hope so.”

Whether or not he was surprised at the backlash from Florida fans:

“I was. I tried to say I didn’t watch or listen but I did. Not from Jeremy (Foley), the president, and the people that know that we put every ounce of everything we had for six years in there but there were fans that were upset when we beat Tennessee only by ten points. I mean like really upset. I tried not to let that bother me but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say it did bother me a little bit. I heard the word dishonest and that couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth. (Host: Yeah traitor. I heard that too.) Yeah that’s a shame.”

If he is surprised at Tim Tebow’s success:

“I’m not surprised at all. I think what he has done in the NFL from what I understand hasn’t really been done very often and to win that many in a row I knew he’d be successful but I am a little surprised that it happened so fast because the team was so bad for so long. I couldn’t be happier. Quarterbacks are a product of what’s around them. Tim has made an impact, but don’t forget those other guys. That defense is playing at a high level and that kicker walked out there and hit a 59-yard field goal. Tim’s a magical player and a magical person but Tim, I tell this to Tim, I tell him to cool out now and realize he’s just a cog in the wheel. I’m really happy for that team to experience the success they have had so far.”

On the game plan he would use if he faced Tebow:

“I’d force him to throw it. I’d force him to throw it. I’d load that box and force him to beat ya. I don’t know his receivers very well yet but I’d force him, like most people, I’d force him to beat ya throwing the ball. I think he can beat ya throwing it but I’d force him to throw it.”

Listen to Urban Meyer on The Dan Patrick Show here (Audio begins 22:20 into the podcast)

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  1. 14 Responses to “Urban Meyer Hopes the Ohio State Job is His Last”

  2. I FOR ONE WAS VERY SHOCKED TO HERE THAT YOU OF ALL COACHES TOOK THE JOB AT OHIO STATE! REASON BEING I HAVE ALWAYS THOGHT THAT YOU WHERE A MAN OF GREAT MORALS. BUT I GUESS I WAS WRONG! IN MY OPINION ANY COACH WHO WITH YOUR BACKGROUND TO TAKE A JOB AT SCHOOL WHO FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER HAS BENT THE RULES AND ALWAYS GOT A WAY WITH IT, YOU DECEIDE TO GO THEIR AND MAKE THINGS BETTER I DON’T THINK THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN NOT AT OSU. I JUST HOPE YOUR MORAL SELF BEING DOESN’T GET HARMED. OH BY THE WAY WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF YOUR HEALTH ISSUES? IN CLOSING I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT HAVEN’T SET YOUR SELF UP TO FAIL.

    By Bruce Dale on Dec 17, 2011

  3. bruce don’t be jealous. He’s from Ohio, he’s always been an Ohio fan, he was only in Florida for 6 years, That’s not a long time at all for a college coach. The closest this man has ever come to being a traitor was when he beat the his hometown buckeyes in the championship. But now he has returned to make up for it and bring us a few more championships! So pumped for the next few years of buckeye football.
    O-H-I-O

    By Scoooootter on Dec 17, 2011

  4. I don’t think Ohio State is any different than any other college football program when it come to stretching some rules. In fact, there violation seem small compared to other schools violations. The problem is, Jim Tressel didn’t report it when he found out. If you’re a competitor I can see why you might feel up set that a great coach is stepping in to straighten the program out. But, be fair. The players and college has a right to succeed. Mistakes were made in judgement. We all make mistakes. Don’t we have the right to learn from them and go forward? God bless Urban Meyer for his courage to step up to the plate and help this university, student body, and Buckeye fans.

    By Ron on Dec 17, 2011

  5. The statement written by Bruce Dale sounds like sour grapes. Also, he ought to try to spell things correctly. “There” and “here” were used incorrectly in his post.

    By Dennis on Dec 17, 2011

  6. Urban has simply come full circle back HOME where he belongs. I believe if the job was open he would have come to OSU instead of Florida…but Tressel was here..nuff said on that.
    Your disappointment at Urban Meyer leaving Florlida not doubt prompted your sour comment about Ohio State’s program. Actually Ohio State has one of the most “squeaky clean” football programs in all of the NCAA over the entire life of college football period. When OSU gets investigated there will be many others looked at, and that’s what’s happening now. The NCAA figures if OSU is being looked at,as clean as OSU has alwyas been, then many others must bear watching. Be thankful that Urban caoched UF to 2 NCs most div1 schools don’t have ANY NCs.

    By Randy McInerney on Dec 17, 2011

  7. Bruce,
    WRITING IN ALL CAPS DOESN’T GIVE YOUR STATEMENT MERIT. When you cannot spell “hear” and “there” correctly, it is difficult to respect anything you have to say. The bottom line is, the man has the right to coach anywhere he wants to. Ohio State is one of the top five coaching positions in the country. As far as morals and bending the rules, which team has had the most arrests since 2000? Oh yeah, Florida.

    By Mike on Dec 17, 2011

  8. Hey Bruce,

    Great grammar! Your lame message was lost in your horrible spelling and grammar. Anyway, Urban is a Buckeye and always has been a Buckeye. Nuff said

    By Not Bruce Dale on Dec 18, 2011

  9. @bruce dale. You should probably never express your opinion again until you gain some real knowledge. The SEC never cheats you are perfect. Hahaha

    By Scott on Dec 19, 2011

  10. Based on Bruce Dale’s spelling and OSU envy he must be a Michigan fan.

    By BuckDawg on Dec 19, 2011

  11. Or a Michigan grad! Seriously Bruce, Ohio State is the perfect next (final?) step in Urban Meyer’s already brilliant career. Regrettably no program is immune from player misconduct and the real problem was Jim Tressell’s inexplicable lapse of moral judgment and courage. Urban Meyer will have to maintain those great morals you refer to to put Ohio State back on the right track. That is even more important than the football coaching skills he brings to the job.

    By Steve on Dec 21, 2011

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