Urban Meyer wouldn’t totally commit to never coaching again, when announcing his retirement from Ohio State. It doesn’t sound like its in the immediate cards, however.
We’ve seen a similar script from Meyer before.
He stepped away from Florida football after the 2010 season, and spent a year working for ESPN, before taking over Ohio State after the 2011 season.
Texas and Oklahoma have very solid coaching situations, with Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley each wrapping up their second seasons with the Red River rivals. Things move fast in the football coaching world, though.
A Texas columnist thinks that if either Tom Herman or Lincoln Riley leaves the Longhorns or Oklahoma Sooners, Urban Meyer could step in at one of those programs.
Riley already has serious NFL buzz, but he’s denied that he has interest in coaching at the pro level right now. It is hard to see Herman taking another college job, and he hasn’t really drawn NFL hype, but you never know how things will turn with that Longhorns situation.
Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News thinks the two programs are big enough to take Urban Meyer out of retirement again, if the situation arises.
Let me ask: If you were searching for a coach who’s a lock to make you into a national contender, or sustain what the former coach built, who better than Meyer?
His accessibility over the next few years will speed up timetables all over the nation. Why be patient with a coach who doesn’t own so much as a league championship if a guy who’s won 90 percent of his games and national titles at a couple of different schools, no less, is available?
Notre Dame, which Meyer once called his dream job, is the prominent program that is most often connected to the soon-to-be-“retired” national championship winner. There have been NFL rumors around Brian Kelly, but they aren’t as loud right now as they have been.
Oklahoma and Texas are certainly at the level that could attract an Urban Meyer-type coach. The questions are: would either want to deal with the baggage that he has accrued, and does he actually want to coach again?
Sherrington thinks the answer to both is a resounding “yes.”