Urban Meyer and Joe Burrow Remain Close Despite Burrow Narrowly Losing Quarterback Battle and Transferring to LSU

By Kevin Harrish on July 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Urban Meyer looks on as Joe Burrow throws a pass.

Urban Meyer opened up a bit about Ohio State's offseason quarterback competition during Big Ten Media Days, revealing just how close it was and how tight the battle was between Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins, and how close he remains to Burrow despite the transfer.

"Joe Burrow, the last two weeks of spring practice, did about everything he could to win that spot," Meyer said. "I really haven't talked much about this, but it was right there."

Obviously, Burrow did not win the job in the spring and ultimately chose to transfer to LSU, where he'll be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer – a rule Meyer said he fully supports.

Meyer said communication was open through the entire process and he thinks all parties did a great job handling the situation.

"Joe and his family and I had open conversation all the way throughout, including conversation after the season about how we're going to handle the spring," Meyer said. "Ryan Day did a phenomenal job. Even Joe and his family were very gracious and thankful."

Though Burrow will finish his college career in Baton Rouge and not Columbus, Meyer that won't hinder their close relationship going forward.

"Do I wish he was still with us? I do. I love Joe Burrow," Meyer said. "I love his family and have great respect for him. And that's not going to stop. That relationship will continue for many years."

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