ESPN’s Wright Thompson: Urban Meyer Will Coach Again ‘For Sure’

first_imgUrban Meyer speaking to the Ohio State media.COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 04: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer describes how he believes Ohio State University is one of the few institutions that has both elite athletics and elite academics during a press conference at Ohio State University on December 4, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. At the press conference head coach Meyer announced his retirement and offensive coordinator Ryan Day was announced as the next head coach. Meyer will continue to coach until after the Ohio State Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)ESPN’s Wright Thompson, known for his excellent long form profile pieces, has a new book coming out titled The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business. Among the book’s subjects is recently retired Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.For the second time in his career, Meyer has stepped away from a giant program at which he captured a national title. The first time, it was Florida, citing health concerns.After a year away, Meyer reemerged at Ohio State, which was coming off of the tattoo scandal that led to the ouster of fellow title-winning coach Jim Tressel. After a trying season, which was preempted by the scandal involved longtime Meyer assistant Zach Smith, he stepped down at year’s end.Many people don’t believe Meyer is done though.Every year, there are big jobs that open. USC is one that many have pointed to that could woo a Meyer-level coach.Wright Thompson doesn’t even think it is much of a question that Urban Meyer will return to the sideline.In a recent interview with The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Thompson says that he thinks Meyer will coach again “for sure.”Via 247Sports:At the end of the interview while discussing Meyer, Thompson is asked if he believes the former Buckeye head coach will be back in the future.“Oh yeah, for sure,” Thompson replied without missing a beat. “Oh, yeah. And by the way, I don’t think he’s lying. I think right now he absolutely believes he will not coach again. And I think that he loves to be a coach. To be great as a modern coach, he has to be really a different — he has to be somebody he doesn’t like. And so I think you’re just seeing something incredibly private play out in public.”Thompson previously profiled Meyer when he took over Ohio State in 2012 as part of ESPN: The Magazine‘s college football preview that year. It is unclear what kind of inside info he has now, but he has clearly spent a lot of time with Meyer in the past.[247Sports]last_img