Urban Meyer now coaches the premier team in one of the worst football conferences in the country, and he’s setting Ohio State up hopefully to make a run at a national championship behind the legs (and arm) of QB Braxton Miller.
Most predict OSU to run straight through the Big Ten and play a team from the SEC for the national championship.
And he sat down with CBSSports’ Jeremy Fowler to talk some college football, and he ended up talking more about Florida and the SEC than the Big Ten. Here are the better excerpts from the interview as it pertains to the SEC:
Meyer regrets the way his Florida tenure ended
“I didn’t at first. I thought we did a good job. We did our best. I look back now, the way it ended was certainly a regret. Does that mean it haunts me? Not at all. I’ve always felt our job is to do a good job and do it the right way, do it ethically and for the best interest of the student-athlete — check, check, check. I’ll always be associated with the school, and my great friends are there and all that. Absolutely none with that. It just wasn’t a normal way to move on. There would have been if I would have stayed out. I was worried about survival for a little bit.”
Meyer said there’s no question he’d still be at Florida if the health issues hadn’t surfaced
“I realized not too long after [around February 2011]. I called Jeremy [Foley] and said, ‘I made a mistake.’ Once I felt like everything was under control, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what did I do?’ I just told Jeremy as a friend in conversation. The talk was more about one day getting back into it. He was very supportive. Then I started at ESPN and had a ball with that, but is that enough? Is that what I was called to do? I planned to take more than a year [off] though.”
Meyer said Alabama should have lost three games in 2012.
“You look at , [Alabama] should have lost three games. Georgia had them beat. LSU, I watched that one, it was over. Obviously they ended up beating them. I thought they’d be really good. I think there are some really good teams in the conference.”
The SEC’s recruiting success
“Just look on a map where the players are. There’s certainly a population shift. I also think that’s cyclical. There was a time New Jersey was loaded with potential NFL players. There are other times it’s not. Maybe we just got caught in a little bit of, you know, I think some of the good players from the Northern part or Eastern part went down South. When you’re losing Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley, those are usually guys who would stay up [in the Northeast].”
I know I’m not alone in hoping Meyer’s Buckeyes play an SEC team in 2013.
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