Jim Tressel Resigns: Would Urban Meyer Want to Replace Tressel at Ohio State?
After Jim Tressel’s Resignation, OSU Would Love To Hire Urban Meyer
The resignation of Jim Tressel as Ohio State head coach creates a sudden vacancy in one of college football’s most coveted jobs. There isn’t a higher-profile coach available than ex-Florida head man Urban Meyer, and rampant speculation places Meyer at the top of OSU’s wish list.
Whether Meyer, who won two national titles with the Gators and is currently a TV analyst, would be good for the Buckeyes is pretty much beyond question. Whether the Buckeyes would be good for Urban Meyer is another issue altogether.
Meyer started his coaching career as a graduate assistant in Columbus from 1986-87. He’s an Ohio native who has previously listed Ohio State as among the best jobs in college football.
Under the present circumstances, however, Meyer seems at least as likely to tell OSU, “thanks, but no thanks.” The violations that have already cost Tressel his job are likely to leave the Buckeyes’ program crippled with sanctions on postseason play and scholarships for several years.
Meyer said he was leaving Florida to spend time with his family, but many observers have wondered if his much-publicized health problems were the primary factor in his decision. Either way, for Meyer to return to coaching only to spend his first several years rebuilding an embattled program seems an unlikely move.
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