Updates From Tuesday, March 4
Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch has the latest on Meyer:
Urban Meyer said on ESPN just now he is feeling fine after procedure he underwent. "I'm good to go."— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 4, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had fluid removed to ease an arachnoid cyst during a procedure this past weekend, per ESPN.com's Austin Ward:
Urban Meyer underwent procedure to remove fluid related to "congenital arachnoid cyst" over the weekend. He'll be on the field tomorrow.— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) March 4, 2014
Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch reported that this was a problem during the season, and it led to Meyer acting calmer on the sidelines:
It was diagnosis of arachnoid cyst that caused Meyer to become calmer on sidelines. Stress made symptoms flare.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) March 4, 2014
Ward offered some more info:
According to the school, Meyer had a small collection of fluid removed that was tied to a congenital arachnoid cyst that was first discovered when he was an assistant at Notre Dame in 1998 and had been recently been causing him headaches. Meyer is expected to be back to work in time to lead the Buckeyes as they open camp on Tuesday.
Clay Hall of ABC 6 in Columbus reported that the head coach will be at spring drills on Tuesday:
Meyer will be on field for start of spring drills Tuesday that will include media availability.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) March 4, 2014
Many Gators fans have yet to forgive Meyer for the way he left Gainesville, but the fact that he continues to have health procedures in Columbus at least lends credibility to his claims.
It will be interesting to see if this might impact Meyer's job with the Buckeyes. When he was initially hired by the school, he emphasized that it was only after he consulted his family that he took the job at Ohio State.
"Every time I hear something like that, I just pray for their families and the coach," Meyer said Tuesday on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. "It's something you have to drastically watch. I sought counsel from guys I have great respect for. The bottom line is, it's just keeping things in order, as far as balance.
"There are only so many hours you can put into this job. Our staff, at times we've tried to overcome any issues we have by just spending more time in the office and more time at work."
Meyer's current problem sounds rather innocuous, and it goes back over a decade, so you wouldn't think that it speaks to some larger problems that might crop up in the future. In fact, he may even be much better off without the headaches he suffered from during the 2013 season.
This does emphasize how Urban Meyer's health will always be a major story line, though, and he's possibly one malady away from leaving for good.