The Urban Meyer “Retirement” Carousel

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Ah, yes. It is that time of the year in college football. The season has ended and bowl games haven’t started yet. Schools are dumping their football coaches left and right, all working to find the coach that can change the landscape. 

Amid a year of nothing but controversy for Ohio State football, Meyer has decided to “retire”, once again. I would like to just go on record by saying that this is a thing that Urban Meyer does. 

Urban Meyer is a scumbag. Plain and simple. Urban Meyer embodies everything that is wrong with institutionalized football. He prioritizes winning over everything else. No matter how wrong the offense, it is never enough to keep players from playing, or coaches from coaching. 

For those playing the home game: Urban Meyer tends to do this. 

During his time at Florida, he ran a very successful program, racking up records and accolades left and right. Meyer had Tim Tebow as his QB and a cast of absolute weapons around Tebow to make him look legitimate. (Enough to fool John Elway but we won’t go down that rabbit hole) Meyer lead the team to a BCS Championship in 2007 and 2008.

The revisionist history is always 20/20 but there was one particular person on this team that should tell you exactly what you need to know about Urban Meyer’s judge of character during recruiting: Aaron Hernandez. During his time at Florida, Aaron Hernandez literally shot someone in the face. 

To be fair, Urban Meyer, just like many others, did not find out about the depth of Aaron Hernandez’ dealings until later, just like everyone else. But the character part is what I have an issue with. When it comes to recruiting players, coaches have to get a feel for the kid’s disposition and character to understand what kind of person they are bringing in to their program. When the only question is “will this person help us win?”, there is an issue. 

After the 2009 SEC Championship game, Urban Meyer was admitted to the hospital for chest pains and high blood pressure. Meyer decided that coaching was no longer in his best interest, health wise, and retired. I have no issue with that. I would never want to see anyone take that risk. 

From the year 2005 to 2010, 31 different players from Meyer’s Florida teams were arrested for breaking the law. That is an absurd number. The charges ranged wildly from minor in possession of alcohol to aggravated assault. 

Meyer joined ESPN for a year, but mainly stayed out of sight. But, without fail, Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State in 2011. 

It has always been awfully convenient that whenever Urban Meyer is portrayed in a negative light, in any way, he slithers out the back door with some sort of excuse. 

He’ll be coaching at USC by 2020, no doubt about it.