When one door closes, another opens. There's no doubt it has been a crazy year for former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, but it doesn't appear he's going to ride off into the sunset and never be heard from again. It's actually quite the opposite.
Health concerns might have shortened his coaching career, which was capped off with the Buckeyes beating the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl, but the 54-year-old with three national championships total at Ohio State and Florida could have already landed his next job.
According to Sporting News, Fox Sports is close to finalizing a deal to hire Meyer to be a star college football analyst. So much for retirement, huh?
In many ways, this is far from surprising. Meyer is still young and can provide a big name to a network looking to compete with the likes of ESPN, which Meyer worked for when he retired from the Florida Gators during the 2011 season.
Meyer, who compiled an 187-32 overall record at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, is reportedly deciding whether he wants to work as an in-studio analyst or color commentator for game coverage.
Could you imagine Gus Johnson and Urban Meyer calling a Big Ten game together? Or have him alongside host Rob Stone, Dave Wannstedt and Matt Leinart in studio? Get ready, because it's probably going to happen.
There's also a big Ohio State contingent on the Fox Sports network. Former Buckeyes running back Robert Smith is a studio analyst, while past linebackers Chris Spielman and James Laurinaitis have done color commentating for games. And, of course, former OSU wide receiver and close friend Cris Carter is on Fox Sports 1's First Things First each morning.
The past is the past. The three-game suspension, and all of the turmoil with last offseason's scandal in Columbus, is in the rearview mirror, and Ryan Day is the new coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes moving forward.
Although he cannot truly escape college football, it looks like Meyer is trying to move on with his life, too.
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