He just has to win

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Nick Saban said he was not going to be the next coach at Alabama, and then he was. The great ones don't have to be believable — they just have to win.

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So what if Meyer double-talked and backtracked his way out of Florida? The only stat Gator fans should care about is two BCS titles in six years.

Meyer has a right to do whatever he wants, and we have the right to think he's 10 percent genius and 90 percent disingenuous.

But this yarn makes sense. Ohio State is a great job. Meyer is from Ohio. He is a former Buckeye grad assistant. He will win big there. It is a dream job. Will he be the last coach to say one thing and do another? Dream on.


He's ready to coach again

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

The tweet came from a fellow sportswriter: "Urban Meyer announces retirement from family 'in order to spend more time with my job.'"

But we should give leeway to an athlete or coach. We're not in their shoes, and it's hard to know when to quit. Just ask Brett Favre, Bill Snyder, Michael Jordan or, uh, Brett Favre.

When Meyer left Florida, he cited health reasons and the desire to watch his kids compete in sports. The truer reason was burnout, but coaches don't like to use that word. It makes them appear weak, and it can follow them throughout a career (see: Vermeil, Dick).

So I do believe Meyer is ready to coach again. Or at least I believe that he believes it.


World changed, so did he

Dave Hyde

Sun Sentinel

Here's a scenario: Two years ago you say you'd never move back to your hometown. But in two years so much changes. Your job. Your outlook. Your family dynamics. And suddenly there's an opportunity that wasn't foreseen. Are you a liar if you move?