1990: Nick Saban spurns a young coach; Urban Meyer

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January 22, 2013 at 1:48a

I was reading a wikipedia biography of Urban Meyer and saw where in 1990 a young coach Meyer while still the linebacker coach at Illinois State, called Toledo, Ohio head coach, Nick Saban to see if a position was available on his (Saban's) staff. Saban, however, never returned the call. According to an article written by Pete Thamel and published in the New York Times, Dec. 4, 2009, Urban Meyer was looking to return to his native Ohio. Meyer called Nick Saban who had recently been hired as Toledo's coach, to see if he could have a job on his staff. The article says that Meyer wrangled a home phone number for Saban and ended up speaking to his wife, Terry, for about ten minutes. Meyer recalled, "she (Terry Saban) was sold,"  he told his wife Shelley, "we're going to Toledo."  Saban never called, and the Meyers went to Colorado State. The article goes on to say that Terry Saban has not forgotten and Nick says she was right about that and that she lets him know from time to time, that she was right. Interesting article and I didn't know that they had this little history between them. Do you think this is all water under the bridge and let by gones be by gones or do you think this is something that would still tweak Urban and his always wanting to gain an edge on someone? Let me know your thoughts.

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