Urban Meyer back on the sidelines? Matt Leinart gives his thoughts on a potential coaching comeback
Urban Meyer retired after the 2018 season, and despite periodic rumors about a potential return for the 56-year-old since then, the former Florida and Ohio State head coach has stayed away from the college football coaching ranks.
While retired, Meyer has been part of the broadcast team on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, a preview show that also includes former college football greats Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Brady Quinn. And it appears Meyer is happy doing that and staying away from the sidelines.
During a recent appearance on The Ryen Russillo Podcast, Leinart was asked if he thought Meyer would return to coaching at some point.
“I’m gonna say no. I think he’s done,” Leinart said on the podcast (h/t Dan Lyons of The Spun). “… Here’s my personal opinion. And I would be lying to say I haven’t talked to him about it, since he took the TV job last year. But my sense is that he’s done. I think he loves — and I know this for a fact — he loves family time. He loves that his head is not exploding.
“He has the cyst. It’s a real health issue for him. And now he’s getting paid to talk on TV and hang out, and we have a great group, man. We have a lot of fun. So I’ll say I wouldn’t be shocked if he ever went back, but my opinion is that I think he’s done.”
Meyer had brief tenures as the head coach at Bowling Green (2001-02) and Utah (2003-04) before taking the position at Florida, where he coached from 2005-10 and won a pair of national championships. He went on to coach at Ohio State from 2012-18, also leading the Buckeyes to a national title.
There’s been some speculation that Meyer would have interest in the USC job if it became open, but Clay Helton has held the position since 2015. Although if Leinart is right, perhaps Meyer wouldn’t take it even if he was offered it at some point.
But anything can happen in college football, so who knows, maybe a Meyer return could still happen at some point down the line.