Urban Meyer to Ohio State Speculation: Health Concerns Will Be a Serious Issue

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent INovember 23, 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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On Tuesday, Urban Meyer to Ohio State seemed like a done deal. But now, according to the man himself, no deal has been reached and no position has been offered.

While many people in the college football world think that he is just trying to buy time before the actual announcement occurs, there may be some validity to what he is saying.

Meyer was hospitalized shortly after the 2009 SEC Championship Game with chest pains and a tingling sensation in his side, which are telltale signs of a heart attack. According to his wife, these symptoms were brought on by anxiety.

Medical problems like this simply do not go away overnight, and they don’t disappear because a person wants them to go away. It is no secret that Meyer has longed for the head coaching job in his home state for a long time, saying that it was one job that his wife had no say over whether he took.

The want to coach never leaves, but reality has to supersede what a person wants to do with his or her life.

Being the head coach at Ohio State will be no less stressful than coaching at Florida, and it probably will be even more stressful because of the recruiting overhaul necessary for this year’s class and all of the sanctions that are at the university.

Plus he will have to be even more vigilant about keeping his players out of trouble—it was a problem for Meyer down in Florida, and the Buckeyes simply cannot afford more players getting into trouble.

If he is going to take this job, he will have to be just as careful with his game-planning as he is with his health.