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New Ohio State HC Meyer in ESPN interview, 2012

Urban Meyer
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Ohio State
Conference Big Ten
Record 0–0
Biographical details
Born July 10 1964 (1964-07-10) (age 53)
Place of birth Toledo, Ohio
Playing career
1984 Cincinnati
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990–1995
1996–2000
2001–2002
2003–2004
2005–2010
2012–present
St. Xavier HS (OH) (DB)
Ohio State (TE)
Ohio State (WR)
Illinois State (OLB)
Illinois State (QB/WR)
Colorado State (WR)
Notre Dame (WR)
Bowling Green
Utah
Florida
Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall 104–23 ()
Bowls 7–1 ()
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 BCS National (2006, 2008)
2 MWC (2003–2004)
2 SEC (2006, 2008)
Awards
The Sporting News National Coach of the Year (2003)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2004)
George Munger Award (2004)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2004)
Pro Football Weekly National Coach of the Year (2004)
Woody Hayes Trophy Award (2004)
Victor Award (2004)
Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2004)
The Sporting News Coach of the Decade (2009)
Sports Illustrated Coach of the Decade (2009)
MAC Coach of the Year (2001)
2x MWC Coach of the Year (2003–2004)

Urban Frank Meyer, III (born July 10, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach at The Ohio State University, having been hired for the position in November 2011. Meyer has previously served as the head football coach at Bowling Green State University from 2001 to 2002, at the University of Utah from 2003 to 2004, and at the University of Florida from 2005 until his retirement at the end of the 2010 season.[1] He coached the Florida Gators to two BCS National Championship Game victories, during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Meyer's winning percentage through the conclusion of the 2009 season (.842) was the highest among all active coaches with a minimum of five full seasons at a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program.[2] He is a native of Ohio and an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, where he played college football. During 2011, he worked as a college football analyst for the television sports network ESPN.

Coaching careerEdit

In 2004, Meyer was recognized as the college football "coach of the year" at the University of Utah by both sportswriters (Eddie Robinson Coach Of The Year) and television commentators (Home Depot Coach Of The Year Award).[3] He has twenty years of college coaching experience, including nine as a head coach.[3] His overall record as a head coach through the end of the 2009 season is 96–18, and he is 49–14 in conference play.[4] His winning percentage (.842) through the end of 2009 season ranks first nationally among active college football head coaches.[5]

Meyer is a devout Roman Catholic[6][7] and on several occasions has referred to the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame as his "dream job," leading to speculation that he would someday wish to coach there. However, according to a July 2009 newspaper report, Meyer insisted he would never leave Florida for Notre Dame.[8] And when the employment status of Irish coach Charlie Weis came into question in November 2009, Meyer held a press conference to dispel rumors linking him to the possible opening, stating that he would remain at Florida for "as long as they'll have me."[9] The University of Cincinnati's Brian Kelly was eventually hired for the job.

On December 26, 2009, Meyer announced he would resign following the team's bowl game against Cincinnati, citing health concerns.[10] However, the following day Meyer announced that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence,[11] and he resumed his coaching duties in time for the beginning of the Gators' spring practice on March 17, 2010.[12]

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced Meyer's resignation as the Gators head football coach on December 8, 2010, but stated that Meyer would remain as the head coach through the Gators' appearance in the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2011.[1]

On November 28, 2011 Meyer accepted the head coach position at the Ohio State University.

Early coaching careerEdit

After playing as a defensive back for the University of Cincinnati, Meyer spent one season interning as a defensive back coach at Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985 under the mentorship of legendary St. Xavier head coach Steve Rasso, where he met members of the Ohio State coaching staff.[13] His first collegiate coaching position was a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under head coach Earle Bruce.[3] He then spent the next thirteen years as an assistant—two at Illinois State, six at Colorado State, and five at Notre Dame.[3] In 1990, while still the linebacker coach at Illinois State, he called Toledo head coach Nick Saban to see if a position was available on his staff. Saban, however, never returned the call.[14] In 2001, Meyer took his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.[4] In his first season there, he engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in the NCAA football history, going 8–3 and capping off the season with a 56–21 victory over Bowling Green's rival, the University of Toledo Rockets.[15] He also earned Mid-American Conference coach of the year honors. The next year, Bowling Green finished with a 9–3 record.[15] After a 17–6 overall record, Meyer left for the University of Utah.[16]

UtahEdit

After two seasons at Bowling Green, he took the job at Utah in 2003.[17] In his first year there, Meyer was named the Mountain West Conference's Coach of the Year with a 10–2 record, the best ever for a coach's first season at Utah.[17] He also earned honors as The Sporting News National Coach of the Year, the first Utes coach to do so.[18] Meyer's success can be attributed to his unique offensive system, which is an offshoot of Bill Walsh's West Coast Offense, relying on short pass routes.[19] Meyer's base offense spreads three receivers and puts the quarterback in shotgun formation.[20] Then, he introduces motion in the backfield and turns it into an option attack, adding elements of the traditional run-oriented option offense.[20]

In 2004, Meyer led the undefeated Utes to a Bowl Championship Series bid, something that had not been done by a team from a non-automatically qualifying BCS conference since the formation of the BCS in 1998.[21] He remained at Utah long enough to coach the team to a Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh,[4] capping off the Utes' first perfect season (12–0) since 1930.[22]

FloridaEdit

In the wake of his accomplishments at Utah, both the University of Florida and the University of Notre Dame vied for his services.[23] Meyer chose to become Florida's head coach for the 2005 season, signing a seven-year contract worth $14 million.[23] He later signed a six-year contract extension with the Gators on June 7, 2007; the extended contract paid an average of $3.25 million per year.[24] On August 3, 2009, Meyer received another contract extension that made him the SEC's highest paid coach during the 2009 season; his 2009 extension is worth $24 million over six years.[25] At the time of the latest contract extension, Meyer was the third highest paid college football coach, behind only Pete Carroll and Charlie Weis.[26] Meyer has been criticized by some commentators because 30 of his players were arrested during his nearly six years as the Gators' coach.[27] The seriousness of the charges varied widely, from minor offenses such as possession of alcohol by a minor to the charge of possession of a concealed weapon, and many of the charges were ultimately dismissed.[27] Meyer's punishments also varied with the severity of the charges, with some players never missing game time and others being kicked off the team.[27][28]

In September 2010, after Gator receiver Chris Rainey was arrested for sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend, Meyer stated that he was "real upset about that. After a while, enough's enough. If there's something that we can improve on, we're certainly looking into that. It's like if our graduation rate stinks then we gotta improve that. If there's other issues in a program, that's our job to get it better. It's people making stupid mistakes, that's something we gotta correct."[29]

2005 seasonEdit

Template:Rellink In 2005, his first season at Florida, Meyer's Gators team finished the season 9–3 (5–3 in the Southeastern Conference). The season included an undefeated record at home and a bowl victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. The Gators would have faced LSU in the Template:Year event,[30] but they lost to South Carolina and former Florida coach Steve Spurrier in the SEC regular season finale.

2006 seasonEdit

Template:Rellink In 2006, Meyer coached the Gators to a 13–1 (8–1 in the SEC) record, with the one loss coming to the Auburn Tigers. After clinching the SEC East, the Gators won the Template:Year event on December 2 over Arkansas by a score of 38–28. The Gators defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 41–14, in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game to win the national championship.[31] It was the first BCS bowl berth for the Gators since the Orange Bowl that capped off the 2001 campaign,[32] and Florida's first national championship appearance and victory since winning the 1997 Sugar Bowl.[31]

Meyer has been known for winning big games. In addition to his 5–1 record in bowl games (as of 2008) at Florida, Meyer has an 11–1 record (through the end of 2008) against three of the Gators' biggest opponents—Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida State—and a 14–2 home record.

2007 seasonEdit

Template:Rellink The Gators managed a 9–3 regular season record in 2007, including blowout wins over rivals Tennessee and FSU but once again losing to Auburn. During his tenure at the University of Florida, Coach Meyer never defeated Auburn. [33] Quarterback Tim Tebow also became Coach Meyer's first Heisman Trophy winner. The team led the conference in scoring,[34] but struggles on defense made it difficult for the Gators to reach a BCS bowl game.[35] The Gators lost the Template:Year event to Michigan 41–35 on January 1, 2008.[33] Meyer served as a pre-game and halftime analyst for the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.

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2008 season Edit

Template:Rellink In 2008, Meyer led the Gators to a 13–1 overall record and the BCS National Championship over Oklahoma, including wins over six ranked teams. The team's lone defeat came at the hands of Mississippi on September 27, 2008, a game in which Florida led in time of possession and passing yards, but turned the ball over three times. Eleven of the Gators' twelve wins in the 2008 regular season were by 20 points or more. On December 6, 2008, Meyer led the Gators to a 31–20 victory over then No. 1 ranked Alabama in the SEC title game. Leading in time of possession, rushing yards, and passing yards, the Gators would come from behind after a third quarter deficit to score two touchdowns and hold Alabama scoreless in the fourth quarter. The victory would vault Florida to No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll, No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, and No. 2 in the BCS rankings, setting up a showdown against Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game on January 8, 2009, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Gators won 24–14, securing their second national championship under Meyer.

2009 seasonEdit

Template:Rellink In 2009, Meyer's Gators began the season ranked No. 1 by the largest margin in the history of the AP preseason poll. Though the team struggled on offense at times and quarterback Tim Tebow suffered a scary concussion in a September victory over Kentucky, Florida finished the regular season 12–0 and still ranked No. 1. The winning streak ended in the SEC Championship Game, when they lost 32–13 to Alabama.

Florida was selected to play the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl. The Gators won 51–24 to finish the season with a 13-1 record for the second consecutive year.

Leave of absenceEdit

In the early morning of December 6, 2009, soon after returning home following his team's loss in the 2009 SEC Championship Game, Meyer was quietly admitted into a Gainesville hospital suffering from chest pains and dehydration. He was released later in the day, and the incident was not announced to the public at the time.[36]

On December 26, after discussions with his family, Meyer revealed his medical scare and announced that he would resign as Florida's head coach due to health and family concerns following his team's New Years Day Sugar Bowl appearance .[10] Meyer stated: "I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family." He also said: "I'm proud to be a part of the Gainesville community and the Gator Nation and I plan to remain in Gainesville and involved with the University of Florida."[36] Meyer admitted that he had suffered frequent chest pains (later discovered to be caused by esophageal spasms) and occasional severe headaches due to an arachnoid cyst for years, and that they were related to stress.[37]

On December 27, Meyer announced that he would take an indefinite leave of absence instead of resigning. He was unsure if he would return for the 2010 season but stated that, "I do in my gut believe that will happen."[38] Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio would serve as the interim coach in Meyer's absence.

On January 1, 2010, Meyer coached the Gators in their 51–24 Sugar Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. In a post-game interview, Meyer again suggested that he would return to coach the Gators at some point by saying: "I plan on being the coach of the Gators."[39]

Meyer took significant time off from his coaching duties after the bowl game in an attempt to improve his personal health.[40] While he did stay in touch with potential new players during the busy recruiting season, Meyer did much less traveling to visit recruits than usual.[41][42] Nevertheless, the Gators still signed the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in February.[43][44][45][46]

On March 17, 2010, Meyer returned full-time to his position for the start of the Gators' spring practice and continued in that role into the 2010 season.[47]

2010 seasonEdit

Template:Rellink With his victory over Kentucky on September 25, 2010, Urban Meyer achieved his 100th career win as a coach. With that win, his record was at 100–18 over the course of 10 seasons. He became the sixth fastest NCAA coach to reach that record, following Gil Dobie (108 games), George Woodruff (109 games), Bud Wilkinson (111 games), Fielding Yost (114 games), and Knute Rockne (117 games). He was also the second-fastest to reach 100 wins since Wilkinson in 1945.[48]

Despite reaching this milestone, the season was a difficult one for the Gators, and their 7–5 regular season record was the worst in Meyer's tenure at Florida. On December 8, 2010, Meyer again announced his retirement from coaching for much the same reasons he mentioned in December 2009: his family and his health.[49][50]

Urban Meyer's last game as Florida's coach was a 37–24 win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl on January 1, 2011.

ESPN careerEdit

After resigning as the head football coach of the Florida Gators, Meyer worked as a college football commentator and analyst for the American television sports network ESPN.

Ohio StateEdit

On November 23, 2011, The Plain Dealer reported that Meyer would become the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.[51] Meyer denied the report publicly.[52] Meyer then asked ESPN to be taken off assignment during the weekend of the Ohio State–Michigan game, adding more to the speculations that he might be named the next head coach of Ohio State.[53] [54] On November 28, WBNS Columbus, confirmed that Meyer had accepted the job as Ohio State's head football coach, and was introduced as head coach later that night.[55] The school said Meyer would receive a six-year contract that pays $4 million annually, plus another $2.4 million total in "retention payments." [56]

2012 seasonEdit

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Spread offenseEdit

Meyer is widely considered one of the most accomplished practitioners of the spread offense. When Meyer got his first head coaching position at Bowling Green, he took trips to visit John L. Smith and Scott Linehan at Louisville, Randy Walker and Kevin Wilson at Northwestern, Bill Snyder at Kansas State, Joe Tiller and Jim Chaney at Purdue, and Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia, all of whom ran some version of the spread offense[20]

Meyer's teams at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida all ran the spread, chiefly utilizing a run-first variation most similar to Rich Rodriguez's formerly at West Virginia with tweaks to fit the offensive personnel (for example, Meyer's first two years at Florida skewed toward a drop-back passing attack led by Chris Leak, while Alex Smith and Tim Tebow led an option run-based spread).[20] Using this offense, he has won two BCS titles, has become the first coach to lead a non-BCS conference team (Utah) to a BCS bowl,[57] has coached a Heisman trophy winner (Tim Tebow),[58] and has graduated a player who became a number one overall pick in the NFL draft (Alex Smith).[59]

Personal lifeEdit

Meyer was born on July 10, 1964 in Toledo, Ohio,[3][60][61] and grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio.[62][63] He graduated from Ashtabula's Saint John High School in 1982.[64] Meyer was also selected in the 13th round, as a shortstop, by the Atlanta Braves in the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] Meyer spent two seasons playing minor league baseball in the Braves organization.[17] He concurrently played defensive back at the University of Cincinnati before earning his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1986.[3] During his undergraduate studies, Meyer also became a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity (Zeta Psi Chapter), and met his future wife at Sigma Chi's Derby Days philanthropy event.[65]

Meyer went on to earn his master's degree in sports administration at The Ohio State University in 1988.[3]

Meyer married Shelley Mather Meyer in 1986.[3] The Meyers have three children: Nicole ("Nicki"), Gisela ("Gigi") and Nathan ("Nate").[3] His two daughters currently play Division I volleyball: Nicki plays for Georgia Tech[66] and Gigi plays for Florida Gulf Coast.[67] He is a practicing Roman Catholic.[68]

PhilanthropyEdit

In October 2008, coach Urban Meyer and University of Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan were named co-chairmen of an effort to raise $50 million to support the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.[69][70] This scholarship was designed for first-generation students that have unique needs and financial challenges.[71] The Florida Opportunity Scholars Program was created by President Bernie Machen in 2006, and is intended to increase the opportunities for academically prepared first-generation students.[72]

In December 2008, Meyer and Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham were the first people to donate money to the Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Family Scholarship, an endowed scholarship which will benefit the Utah football program.[73][74]

Head coaching recordEdit

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Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (2001–2002)
2001 Bowling Green 8–3 5–3 2nd
2002 Bowling Green 9–3 6–2 3rd
Bowling Green: 17–6 11–5
Utah Utes (Mountain West Conference) (2003–2004)
2003 Utah 10–2 6–1 1st W Liberty 21 21
2004 Utah 12–0 7–0 1st W Fiesta 5 4
Utah: 22–2 13–1
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (2005–2010)
2005 Florida 9–3 5–3 2nd (East) W Outback 16 12
2006 Florida 13–1 7–1 1st (East) W BCS NCG 1 1
2007 Florida 9–4 5–3 3rd (East) L Capital One 16 13
2008 Florida 13–1 7–1 1st (East) W BCS NCG 1 1
2009 Florida 13–1 8–0 1st (East) W Sugar 3 3
2010 Florida 8–5 4–4 2nd (East) W Outback
Florida: 65–15 36–12
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Ohio State 0–0 0–0 (Leaders)
Ohio State: 0–0 0–0 ‡ Ineligible for Big Ten title, bowl game and Coaches' Poll
Total: 104–23
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also Edit

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