Penn State Scandal: Urban Meyer Will Not Be New Coach in Happy Valley

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 12, 2011

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators directs play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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It's been a very sad week in Happy Valley for Penn State faithful.

In a matter of days, we watched the university go from one of known integrity and pristine quality to one that will be forever tarnished by the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky.

Although it is difficult, fans are attempting to start to move forward from the devastating actions allegedly committed by former coach Sandusky.

That movement will begin with finding a new head coach to replace the legendary Joe Paterno.

Many names have been thrown around as possible successors, but one has stood out among the rest. Unfortunately, it's one that isn't as likely to happen as some may believe.

The 2006 and 2008 National Championship winner Urban Meyer has been widely mentioned amongst the names of coaches to take over for Penn State.

I can't think of a more perfect fit to take over of the blue and white faithful.

Meyer is a man of high integrity. That's something that needs to be the most important thing the administration is looking at when discussing the next coach for the program.

To say he has been successful would be an understatement. His 104–23 coaching record, including a 7-1 record in bowl games and two National Championships, is just a brief look at the resume.

It seems like a match made in heaven for the Nittany Lions.

It's just not likely to happen.

On Thursday, Meyer released a statement that should take him off the minds of those at Penn State.

"I am very happy with my role at ESPN. I have no plans to return to coaching at this time."

We need to all remember that this is a man who decided to retire at a very young age because he was concerned about his personal health and well-being.

The stress had become too much for him to bear.

Don't you think taking over at a University with a tarnished image would be a bit stressful?

Nothing would make me happier than to see Meyer pack his bags and head to State College, Pa.

That doesn't mean it's going to happen.