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Urban Meyer Should Choose Penn State over Ohio State

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2011

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)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

There have rumors flying about the possibility of Urban Meyer returning to the college football head coaching ranks since his departure from the Florida Gators in 2010, but they have kicked up recently when two premier jobs opened up.

Ohio State and Penn State.

While neither is ideal because of their involvement in scandals (although Penn State’s is far worse), the jobs are still as prestigious as you can get when it comes to college football programs.

Most of the rumors circulating now have Meyer heading to his home state of Ohio to become the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but he has vehemently denied that rumor.

It looks inevitable that Meyer will be heading to Ohio State, but there is a chance that the Thanksgiving spirit will make the star coach reconsider his options.

In the spirit of giving, Meyer should take on the biggest challenge of his life by assuming the position of head coach at Penn State.

The Ohio State job is just as prestigious as the one at Penn State, but it would be taking the easy way out selecting the Buckeyes over the Nittany Lions.

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Meyer is looking for a program he can make his own. There is no program in the nation that is more ready, willing and able to make Meyer the new face of their program than Penn State.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions greets coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators before play in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium January 1, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Ima
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Following a legend like Joe Paterno isn't easy, but the manner in which he left makes the transition for Meyer much more welcomed.

While the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal is a burden that Meyer would have to deal with, the shock will wear off after time and Meyer’s recruiting skills will have the kids rushing to Happy Valley.

It’s safe to say that Ohio State is definitely the safer route to take, but life is about taking on challenges and making a name for yourself. If Meyer comes back and wins two more championships over 15 years coaching, will fans remember that more if he was at Ohio State or Penn State?

People would remember how Meyer saved a program in Penn State. That could stroke his ego like nothing he could accomplish at Ohio State would.

Check back for more on the NCAA Football as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s College Football Page to get your fill of College Football.

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