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Jim Tressel Resigns: 5 Reasons Urban Meyer Should Not Coach the Buckeyes

Jamal WilburgCorrespondent IMay 30, 2011

Jim Tressel Resigns: 5 Reasons Urban Meyer Should Not Coach the Buckeyes

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Urban Meyer is the most popular candidate to replace Jim Tressel as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    According to reports, Jim Tressel has resigned as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He has been at the center of the NCAA investigation of his knowledge of the improper benefits received by his players.

    His resignation will close the chapter on Tressel’s phenomenal career wearing his trademark sweater vest on the Buckeyes’ sideline.

    Once the news broke that Tressel resigned, the Internet exploded with one name as a possible Tressel replacement. That name was Urban Meyer.

    The former Florida Gators head coach has many ties to the school and region and will be the name thrown around unless someone else gets named the Ohio State head coach.

    Here are five reasons Urban Meyer shouldn't coach the Buckeyes in 2012.

Urban Meyer Doesn't Stay for Long

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    TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 1:  Utah head coach Urban Meyer is doused with Gatorade after his team's 35-7 victory over Pittsburgh in the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium on January 1, 2005 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images).
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    Ohio State is a destination job for a college coach.

    Urban Meyer's longest tenure at any coaching position is six years. He spent each with Colorado State and Florida.

    Is there any reason for a rational person to believe that if Meyer were to accept the position at Ohio State that he would stay there for 11 years like Tressel?

    Most likely not.

Health Concerns

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches the action against the Miami University RedHawks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    During both of Urban Meyer's resignation announcements at Florida, he cited health concerns as one of the reasons for leaving.

    He was hospitalized following the 2009 SEC Championship Game with dehydration and chest pains. Although he returned to the Gators following the incident, he lessened his work load upon return.

    He didn't travel as much during recruiting, and he reduced his involvement during the offseason.

    It wouldn't be in the best interest of his health to return to the sidelines.

    It also wouldn't be in Ohio State's best interest to hire a coach that isn't able to fully commit to recruiting.

Family Time

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators hugs his wife, Shelley, after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty
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    The other reason Urban Meyer cited in his resignations was his desire to spend more time with his family. Returning to coaching would be a complete reversal to that statement.

    Meyer accepted a position with ESPN since it allowed him to stay close to the game as well as the flexibility to be around his family.

    At least that was the intention.

    Meyer's daughters have taken to social media in the past to vent their feelings about spending time with their father. This includes his daughter Gigi's May 4th tweet, "Dear ...can I please have my dad back?? Tinks."

    In what has become standard post-controversial tweet protocol, she later said that message was a joke.

    If he were to take the job in Columbus, I wonder what the family reaction would be.

Possible Sanctions

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Jim Tressel walk on the field during the game against the Southern California Trojans on September 12, 2009 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Trojans
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    The NCAA has not completed its investigation into the improper benefits Ohio State's football players received. After looking at the sanctions they gave other institutions, it is highly doubtful that Ohio State will emerge from this issue unscathed.

    There will probably be some scholarships taken away as well as no postseason play at a minimum.

    If these sanctions are indeed enforced due to the infractions, why would Urban Meyer want to take the position?

    Ohio State is an elite coaching position, but it will be hard to attract an established coach with those sanctions hanging over the program.

Urban Meyer's Player Conduct History

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators hugs his head coach Urban Meyer after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    Tim Tebow is the exception, not the rule about the character of Urban Meyer's players. Although he experienced a lot of success at Florida, he had his own share of controversy.

    During his six seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators, 31 players were arrested.

    Most notably was running back Chris Rainey, whom Meyer allowed back on the team after he threatened to kill his girlfriend.

    The hire would not make sense for a program trying to rebound from scandal and NCAA investigations. Essentially, there is nothing to suggest that had Meyer been in the same position as Tressel that he wouldn't have made the same decision.

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