In what was perhaps the worst kept secret in college football, ESPN analyst Urban Meyer accepted the head coaching position at Ohio State. The financial terms call for $40 million over 7 years (I am definitely in the wrong line of work).
This is an outstanding hire on several fronts for Ohio State. First of all, the Buckeyes are going to be the unquestioned big dogs of the B1G in the foreseeable future. Meyer is a great – and an even better recruiter – and will have kids lined up to play for him. He will build an offensive juggernaut that will dominate the B1G as long as he coaches there.
This is also bad news for Michigan. There was Michigan getting that emotional win last Saturday – albeit a close one – and there was much rejoicing at the Big House. I can imagine the emotional thud that whisked through campus once the Meyer hire hit the news cycle.
I’m sorry to say this Wolverine fans, but your team will not beat the Buckeyes the next seven years. In fact, I do not think the games will be competitive. Meyer is an Ohio kid, and there is no way he will let up on Michigan.
For all of the good Meyer will bring to Ohio State, there is a risk. I do not think he will hold up medically through the life of the contract. He has had health issues while at Utah and Florida, and had to quit at Florida because of heart problems. While he will give Ohio State everything he has in coaching and recruiting, Meyer will go hard and it may take a toll on his health sooner rather than later.
In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say it wouldn’t shock me if Meyer is done in three years, no longer than four. I hope I am wrong, but I believe his health will not allow him to see this through.
Again great hire by Ohio State, but potentially bad for Meyer’s health.