Urban Meyer to Penn State: 5 Reasons It Will Never Happen
The Penn State Nittany Lions have struggled to a 4-1 start—a big loss to Alabama at home, a four-point nail-biter against Temple and a six-point slug-fest against Indiana—and coach Joe Paterno seems more disengaged than ever.
Health problems have kept him off the sidelines and in the press box for much of the season, and when he is on the field, he doesn't seem to be doing much.
Alas, it is that time of the year again: who will replace JoePa?
Even though the Penn State faithful would love to see Urban Meyer in the Blue and White (whose fans wouldn't want him?), it's not going to happen. Here are the five major reasons why.
Health and Family
When Urban Meyer left Florida at the end of the 2010 season, he said goodbye to one of the nation's premier programs as the envy of the college football coaching world.
To leave all of that behind, you have to believe the man was serious about his health concerns and his desire to spend more time with his family.
He may very well coach again one day, but don't expect to see him on the sidelines again so soon.
Right now, Urban Meyer is a well-paid TV analyst.
In the future, he is going to command a lot of money to take the reins of a school's football team.
While it's possible that Penn State could dole out the cash, there are a lot of high-profile teams out there that are likely to offer more.
The ESPN Factor
It's likely that Urban Meyer will coach again, but who can say for certain?
Plenty of teams—at both the college and pro level—have put out feelers to Jon Gruden since he left the field for the Monday Night Football booth, and he's turned them all away.
There's something to be said for trading in hours of film study and sleepless nights for a tie and a microphone.
Ohio State, Texas, Etc.
Again, Penn State is hardly alone in their desire to have Urban Meyer run their football program.
Ever since Meyer won his first national title with the Gators, his name is instantly mentioned any time there's a coaching vacancy.
With Tressel gone in Columbus, Mack Brown on his last legs in Austin, and countless other teams constantly on the verge of looking for new direction, the Nittany Lions will no doubt have some competition should they pursue Meyer in the future.
Joe Paterno might never leave Penn State, and if he does, Urban Meyer certainly doesn't want to be known as the guy who forced him out.
It's not easy for any coach to follow in the footsteps of a legend, and JoePa is Penn State football.
If Meyer or any other high-profile name is the eventual successor in Happy Valley, you can bet that it's going to be on Paterno's terms.