It's Official: Urban Meyer to Step Down

By Jason Priestas on December 8, 2010 at 2:46p
88 Comments

Blew up on the Twitterwebs and was later confirmed by Florida's AD.  A presser is scheduled for 6pm ET, but Meyer did release the following statement:

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” Meyer said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.

“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”

Quick thoughts:

  • Mississippi State's Dan Mullen would figure to be at the top of the list for Meyer's replacement. Some thought there'd be an interim coach in the Gator Bowl, but not many figured it would be on Mississippi State's side.
  • Bob Stoops also has some ties, but the job is good enough to get just about anyone they want (talent base, AD budget and all). Anyone but OC Addazio (and the ever shopping Ron Prince) seems to be the sentiment coming from Gator fans.
  • When Joe Paterno squares off against Urban in the Outback Bowl, it will be the 46 year old, not the 84 year old, coaching in his last game.
  • OSU is battling Florida for at least three recruits: Curtis Grant, Ryan Shazier, and Jabari Gorman.
  • Spencer seems to be holding up pretty well.
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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Warning: do not contribute to rumor mongering to the effect that Florida is (or might be) interested in talking to Bobby Petrino. Surreptitiously planting any such "information," guerilla style, via some of the new social networking media, would be unethical.    

Luke's picture

To be fair, he was the first call Jeremy Foley made the last time Meyer retired (not a joke).

Run_Fido_Run's picture

By the standards of SOME of the new media outlets - not including 11W, of course - your factoid pertaining to UM's 2009 two-day "retirement" is PROOF that Florida is on the phone with Petrino as we type. Disregard what I wrote above. If we don't want to get scooped, we must get the word out now . . . Petrino to Florida! I'm just kidding.    

Mike Sanders's picture

Exactly. It would be just as unethical as repeating the unfounded rumors that Bob Saget raped and killed a girl in 1990. (proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f26tqqbvj3MSo)

So please, if you have evidence that BOBBY PETRINO IS RESIGNING TO TAKE THE FLORIDA JOB, stop gossiping and go right to the media with it!

Johnny Ginter's picture

hell no, if we somehow get evidence of that before anyone else, we're breaking that news.

tomcollins's picture

Worked well against LSU IMO.

Codeezy's picture

I heard that Sharif Floyd had a dream that God told him Urban Meyer should resign...

tomcollins's picture

Hope this time its for real.

btalbert25's picture

So, he is going to be a family man for 3 years until Tress retires is my guess.  That or Dickrod gets another year and well I don't want to think about that possibility.

Jason Priestas's picture

Every additional year RichRod receives adds 5 years to Tressel's life.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Frightening. Maybe this will force Michigan/Harbaugh, together. Then, maybe we'll get Meyer to come home...

Johnny Ginter's picture

i half seriously think that OSU head coach has always been urban's ultimate goal, and honestly i would not be surprised if that ended up happening some day.

with that said, if excessive pressure and a strain on family commitments are concerns of his uuuhhhhh maybe OSU head coach is not something he should be thinking about

NW Buckeye's picture

So whatever happened to "God wanted me to coach you"?  Is he now breaking his contract with God?  Heaven forbid!  

Hoody Wayes's picture

Urb to replace Tressel in 2014? He's a Buckeye.

Dean's picture

Hope not.  He's not the class act that I want, nor the caliber of coach I want (I can barely imagine a 7-5 season at this point... that would be so painful to watch!).  We  should look into artificially extending Tressel's life somehow.

-3 HS
nickma71's picture

He is just the kind of jackass to be in a 5 wide formation late so the score doesn't look as close as the game was, instead of handing off, or taking a knee. No different that BB at Wisconsin.

Winning with out ole Zookers players seems to be getting difficult. Last years 13-1 team played two teams that didn't have 4 or more losses. LSU, which they won 13-3, and the ass kicking from Alabama. The Natti were frauds, just like TCU/Boise State, and don't count.

-1 HS
741's picture

I said it last year, and I guess I'll get to float this one out there again: Chris Peterson to the Gators.

tomcollins's picture

I want no part of him at Ohio State.

-2 HS
Johnny Ginter's picture

why is that mr collins

tomcollins's picture

Almost entirely personality.  Just comes across as super sleazy and slimy and holier than thou.  I'd rather have Saban.  At least you know he's a scumbag.

Can't my finger on exactly what it is, just can't stand the guy.  The Brett Favre'ing isn't helping his case.  I mean good for him if he actually wants to spend time with his family.  It's a hugely stressful job and I can see after getting enough money to be set for life not wanting to do it anymore.  Just too much Hollywooding from him.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the thought of having Urban succeed Tressel, either. He's always rubbed me the wrong way. That said, I value winning above all else so if Urban gave OSU the best chance to win once Tress decided to hang up his whistle, I'd be on board.

btalbert25's picture

I really don't like Meyer either, but for whatever reason people always think the grass would be greener with him at the helm.  I don't want to see Tress take off basically ever, but if he were to go, is there another name out there people would want taking over?  I agree about Saban, but if Meyer were here he would either win a couple of championships, or prove that maybe Tressel didn't squander talent because winning multiple championships isn't easy.

tomcollins's picture

I don't have any names, but I had no idea who Tressel was when he was hired.

I want someone who is about to peak, not someone who already has.  Preferably someone younger as well.  Or maybe after Tressel, we need to get an "old pope" for a short time period, a la Bruce, before getting a more long term solution.

Stoops is one name that came up and I don't mind him too much.  Or even one of his brothers.  Hopefully it's at least a few years off.

OR GUS MALZAHN!

btalbert25's picture

The last year or so when I thought of successors for Tressel I've though I would love to see Bob Stoops.  He's a good guy, good coach, great recruiter.  I'd have no problem with him here.  I know other people may not like the idea, but Oklahoma is rarely a bad team.  I too, had never heard of Tressel when he was hired on, so agreed there could be someone out there off the radar a bit.

Jason Priestas's picture

Yep. If and when JT decides to retire, I'd welcome Meyer with open arms. Opposing coaches always appear slimy, but never your own. Especially when the guy is collecting crystal footballs (don't forget about the 12-0 Ute team he had before heading to Gainesville and the success he had with BGSU).

KenK's picture

".. I value winning above all else.. "

What the hell is this, an SEC blog? I'm with TomCollins on this one.  

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

741's picture

I would not be psyched to see Meyer succeed Tressel at OSU because of what I consider to be reasonable doubts as to whether he has the ability to stand up under the pressure of running a program like Florida or Ohio State... His track record in that regard is not good.

That said, I feel the need to respond to Chris' "I value winning above all else" comment... I hope you don't actually mean that literally! Winning in the absense of integrity, to me, is meaningless.

(This is not an meant to be an indictment of Meyer's integrity as a coach - to the contrary, as far as I can tell he seems like a pretty solid human being.)

BacknBlack's picture

Anything to distract from the sCam Newton mess.

M.Slive paid Urban to "re-retire" to generate a story. 

Kyle Rowland's picture

I've thought for quite some time that Urban Meyer would be the next coach at Ohio State. I still think it will happen. Take it to the bank. 

Hoody Wayes's picture

ESPN did a pre-season interview, this year, with Meyer. They just replayed it on College Football Live. Meyer said that - in the day or so after a loss - he doesn't eat and he doesn't sleep. Given that the Gators lost 5 times this year, I'm sure he heard from his wife about this. 

So, it seems a respite is in order. 

I agree. Urban Meyer should be well-rested, in 2014 and ready to assume command, in Columbus.

Hell, he could be the coach-in-waiting...to be named later.

GoBucksOSU's picture

And it looks like you were right.

Denny's picture

Dan Mullen 2 Florida, bringing Cam Newton in tow.

Taquitos.

Natty Light's picture

hope we nab some of those recruits.  we really could have used sherif floyd from last years class as a big strong DT against wisconsin. 

do people really want urban to replace Tressel, despite his 2 MNCs, look at Florida this year? bad team despite arguably the best jr and sr recruiting classes, numerous off the field issues (what if he still had cam newton? lulz)  I think he had so much success early cause his game plan was new to the top level of CFB, and it took people a few seasons to adjust. 

Johnny Ginter's picture

the reason why florida was bad this year is because urban delegated a lot to his assistants, and his offensive coordinator is a huge idiot. i somewhat agree with you about their scheme, theyve had problems in the running game for a few seasons now as teams have realized that tebow was their only threat up the middle, but its still solid and can be adjusted.

also keep in mind he's only one season removed from the SEC title game; good coaches can have down years without it changing the fact that they're good coaches (speaking as someone who was an OSU sophomore in 2004)

Bucksfan's picture

Quitter.  Just like Pete Carroll...when the going gets tough, get out of town.

-1 HS
btalbert25's picture

Can't say why He's leaving but with health and family issues, I'm not going to call him out.  Here's to hoping the hire another Ron Zook and he crashes the program lol.

BacknBlack's picture

Crash the program? Who do you think recruited all the players Meyer won with?  

Jason Priestas's picture

Little harsh, don't you think?  Sounds like there's a well documented history of medical concerns and he touched on that in his statement.

Bucksfan's picture

I know I'm being a bit of a douche.   I also don't care that I am, either.  He's an SEC coach, I don't care what state he's from, or where he got his start.  He went to Florida so he could sit back and let the program recruit itself...that's what he's said in multiple interviews in the past.  Medical issues?  Fine.  Tell that to fellow Ohio coaching product Bo Schembechler.

He's 7-5, and knows Joe Paterno is going to kick his ass this January.

-1 HS
Johnny Ginter's picture

this is ridiculous, you have no idea of the pressures and work that goes into being an upper tier college football coach, and to call him out isnt being "a bit of a douche," it's being ignorant. would you go up to a steelworker doing 12 hour shifts at a mill and call him out for being a wuss for trying to find another job? how about a schoolteacher working 60 hours a week and getting paid peanuts?

meyer is very well compensated but like i said on tuesday, pretty much none of us have any concept of what it means to be under that much pressure while working that hard. i for one am not one to throw stones in glass houses

Bucksfan's picture

You're right, I don't know the high pressure world of being a college football coach first hand.  But I do know that there are jobs with far MORE pressure, with far MORE life-and-death consequence, and with far MORE time committment, and far LESS yearly compensation than what Urban Meyer makes in even 1 month.  And those people don't quit.

Fine, his heart is giving out.  Don't feed me a line that you want to go home and cut the crusts off of your teenage kids' PBJ's.  Just more bullshit from the master bullshitter.

He's 7-5.  And he's quitting.  At least, until the next big thing comes along and can win some more national titles with others' recruits...maybe Notre Dame.

tomcollins's picture

LOL @ thinking that a schoolteacher or mill worker is more stressful than being head football coach.  It's probably less stressful and less time consuming to do both jobs back to back.

Remember, he "quit" the first time for the same reasons when he was coming off of a 13-1 season.  It looks like he gave it one more shot, realized that its even more work when you have to keep rebuilding with new assistants every year since yours keep getting hired away, and had enough of it.  I don't blame him one bit.

+1 HS
Denny's picture

Um, anybody making under about $330,000 makes less in a year than Meyer in a month. So, the President's salary is just a bit more. We're not exactly talking 'schoolteachers and millworkers' here.

Taquitos.

tomcollins's picture

Who cares if it's more money?  I agree he makes a ton.  And it very well might not be worth it if you have enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life and it's taking a toll on your health.

With the President, you are forgetting expense account and how much money they will gain just from being President after they are out of office (speaking engagements, book sales, etc...).

But I guess we can just ignore Skip Prosser, Randy Walker, Mark D'Antonio, etc...

Calling him a quitter for leaving after 25 years is silly.  Dude is set for life.  If I had as much money as him, I'd probably quit my non-stressful job as well.

Bucksfan's picture

Why am I not shocked that YOU are rushing to UM's defense?

Never said school teacher or mill worker were more stressful.  Referring to other jobs.  Also not surprised you screwed up the readin' part.

Irricoir's picture

I agree. Try being a Law Enforcement Officer in one the nations most dangerous towns or being a member of our military overseas. Its rewarding in other ways but when you lose in a gun fight, those other rewards don't take care fo the family and life insurance only goes so far.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Johnny Ginter's picture

also coach bruce might have a few things to say about your dismissal of his past and where he's from

JakeBuckeye's picture

No, I didn't like Meyer the coach or anything, but supposedly coaching was subtracting 15 years from his life. I can't possibly call him out for leaving that.

Denny's picture

At least you're self-aware.

Taquitos.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Funny cause I was thinking about this stuff a few days ago:

1. John Cooper had a high flying, never dull offense for a while; where did that get us?

2. For all the Tressel doubters/ complainers, what was our worse year? 2004. 8-4 and a bowl win. I remember when we lost to scUM in 2003; people where on NATIONAL MEDIA calling for his head cause he sucked blah blah blah. Dude wins and loses with class, and never never has excuses.

3. I hate to say it, but when they where talking about his age (Meyer) first thing that popped into my head was that he was gonna relax and re-charge until JT hangs them up, and jump at the chance to come home...how do I feel about that? Not Sure. You can win all you want, but if the inmates are running the asylum, well imho that's f*cked up.

4. For all you TP and Tressel haters think about this: IF they can pull off the win against Arkansas, they will have won the Rose Bowl and beat an SEC team in a bowl game at their place, in back to back seasons...a first in Buckeye history.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Jason Priestas's picture

Not only that, but Tressel would have wins at the following:

  • BCS MNC
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Rose Bowl
  • Sugar Bowl

That's 80% of the big ones and he's never had a chance to win the Orange.

tomcollins's picture

Tressel is 0-2 in BCS MNC games.  It was the Fiesta Bowl then.

Nittery, sure, but on paper it's a Fiesta Bowl *.  But he has 3 of them, so I won't complain.

Johnny Ginter's picture

this is extremely pedantic

Denny's picture

There's also a shiny crystal trophy in the case at WHAC from that game. 

Beyond nittery.

Taquitos.

btalbert25's picture

I totally agree, but also wish so many people would be in agreement of Tressel's greatness all the time, not just when people kick around the idea of another coach taking over when he retires. 

Matt's picture

Darrell Hazell to Kent State, Urban Meyer becomes Ohio State's offensive coordinator, we win 8 national titles in the next 5 years. Just go with it.

Captain Buckeye's picture

I say F' him.  He rubbed our noses in it in the MNC and laughed about it.  The game was well in hand and he was throwing late in the 4th.  He's a prick.

Hoody Wayes's picture

That's what you'd expect him to do, if the roles were reversed.

Jason Priestas's picture

Some names mentioned as successors for Meyer:

  • John Gruden
  • Dan Mullen
  • Chris Peterson
  • Bobby Petrino
  • Bob Stoops
  • Charlie Strong

Sadly, no Ron Prince.

(http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/17744/whos-on-the-short-list-at-florida)

costinjr's picture

John Gruden - I think he wants a pro job.

Dan Mullen - Definitely could him see taking the job, especially with his ties to Meyer and the program.

Chris Peterson - After Boise's regular season loss, I could definitely see him taking off. Then again he's always talked about Boise St. being the hidden gem in the west.

Bobby Petrino - I could see him leaving Arkansas if he was offered the job, only because he's an idiot and is one of the only coaches with that kind of sleaze. With that stated, I don't think Florida offers him a job.

Bob Stoops - The only reason I could see him leaving is because of some weird nostalgia toward Florida for jump-starting his head coaching career. I would imagine Oklahoma would match any salary Florida would put on the table if they offered him the job.

Charlie Strong - Could definitely see this as a possibility, but at the same time something makes me feel like it won't happen.

 

Personally I think If Mullen wants the Florida job, and I can't see why he wouldn't, he'll get it. He'll be able to fit into what Meyer leaves behind at Florida, and I think Florida retains most, if not all of their recruits with this move. If Mullen doesn't take it then I think it'd be pretty epic if they gave Spurrier a call...

 

I got a laugh out of the Ron Prince comment

BuckeyeChief's picture

While funny, why all the Ron Prince jokes?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Jason Priestas's picture

His ouster at K-State and the reasons behind it were just so awesomely outrageous that for whatever reason, college football bloggers have been trying to get the guy a job ever since. The higher the profile of the job, the better.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I knew he shouldn't have got the K-State job in the first place, quick google showed some funny stuff.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I missed that story altogether. Now, all I can find in a quick Google search that's "funny" is KSU's crazy, secret buyout deal with Prince. Is/was there even more craziness involved before, or in addition, to, the weird financial aspects? Thx.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Goggle Ron Prince power towel

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yeah, that power towell stuff is funny. Ron Prince would fit right in with this.

Johnny Ginter's picture

ron prince best prince. except maybe for prince. love purple rain.

Denny's picture

These are not jokes. 2 Princes will be coaching UF soon enough.

Taquitos.

Powers's picture

I want someone who will have a similar offensive scheme to tressel's... just with a little more aggressive.  none of this spread offense shit

Johnny Ginter's picture

my dream offense is basically a mid 90s nebraska/navy/georgia hybrid where we pass it like 10 times a game max and gain like 400 yards on the ground

luckynewman13's picture

I don't really care what offense we run, I just want us to recruit players who would rather die then fumble the football or throw a pick.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Don't we already have that? TP has thrown 11 INTs this year, but he's always really pissed off when he does so. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are leading the nation in the other relevant category, which I won't specify so as not to disturb the superstitious football gods.   

luckynewman13's picture

not saying we don't...just as long as that continues to be our priority.

tomcollins's picture

Pretty much this, but the main aggression problems are poor 4th down decisions and poor decisions in the red zone leading to FGs instead of TDs.  That alone has cost us at least a few games.  Everything else is fine with me.  Tressel will switch things up based on his talent and flexibility is the most important part.

Sofa Kingdom's picture

2014 The Senator will be moving to new AD role. Meyer is Ohio born and raised. Remeber the story of him finding seat 45 (as in Archie 45) to wait out the Tebow commit? I'm just sayin'.

ATL Buckeye's picture

Urban Meyer= overated coach. Since def. coord and offensive cord. left, Gators look sorry. Now, I get on Tressel about conservative play-calling than anyone in the country, but at least I know if the coordinators were to leave (such as Dantonio), Tressel would still steer the ship pretty good. My respect for the Snator just went up a few levels.

Luke's picture

Someone doesn't remember how Ohio State looked after losing Dantonio in 2004.

costinjr's picture

I get chills thinking what Dantonio could've done with some of our recent defenses. I love Heacock and wouldn't ever trade him, but Dantonio was on another level in terms of defensive mindset.

costinjr's picture

"On December 8, 2010, it was reported that the University of Florida offered Mullen the head coaching position of its football team, which will be vacant upon current coach Urban Meyer's retirement. However, no replacement for Meyer has been announced or confirmed." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Mullen#cite_note-4

 

ohhh wiki

JBuckeye's picture

What is with all the whiney girls posting now on this site?  Never used to be that way. 

 

Some of you talk about what a class act Tressel is and then turn around and dog Meyer, yet you don't even know anything about him other than what has been reported online.

I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he chooses.  And if that course leads him to OSU I will cheer for him just like I did for JT even though I didn't know him from Adam.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

And you guys would be cool w/him bouncing after not making the MNC, coming back, posting a close to. 500 record w/top 5 recruiting classes, then really quitting again? Would you guys be OK w/him running a program w/25+ arrests in less than 6 seasons? Like someone mentioned before, he is just as bad as Pete Carroll. He's amazing when he's winning, then so unhealthy when he's losing. Sorry, but tOSU deserves better than that. And, f*ck his gimmick offense. Its junk. And he knew the stresses that come w/such a high profile job. To me, the health argument is BS. I do respect the wanting to be involved w/his kids, but do you think that would be the case if he were undefeated, SEC champ, and preparing for the MNC game right now? No.....dude is a SNAKE!

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

BacknBlack's picture

+1 That my friends is the bottom line, well said Vest.

JakeBuckeye's picture
+3 HS
GoBucksOSU's picture

Look at all the Urban hate in these comments. This just shows that winning changes everything. Especialy for Bucksfan it seems.