There have been some doubts about Urban Meyer’s ability to analyze college football. It’s not the experience or his knowledge that have been cause for concern, but there are questions about whether the three-time national championship coach can be critical of players and coaches.
Meyer has no doubt he can handle that aspect of being a college football analyst.
For the 2019 season, Meyer will be part of FOX’s star-studded college football pregame show, named “Big Noon Kickoff.” He’ll join Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn as analysts on Saturday afternoon, previewing some of the biggest games of the year.
A current broadcaster for FOX, Joel Klatt, has expressed some minor concerns about Meyer’s ability to be critical of players and coaches throughout the season. Klatt made that comment to the Chicago Tribune, and Meyer responded by saying he’s capable of being a fair analyst.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“I hear that all the time, and I don’t necessarily agree with all that,” Meyer said. “I’m going to focus on the game, the performance and that’s it. There’s nothing personal. It seems everyone wants to ask that question: Can you be critical?
“Being personal, taking shots at players or coaches, that will not happen. However, I can be critical of a moment, decision-making and those type of things. My job is to analyze. If to be a great sportscaster, you have to hammer people, then I’m in the wrong … I have no intent to do that. Have too much respect for college athletes, college coaches and livelihoods. If that is the death knell to being a good broadcaster.
“But there are great ones (who don’t). Jon Gruden was fantastic. (Kirk) Herbstreit does a great job. I think Joel Klatt’s awesome. I’ve dealt with those guys a lot. I’m not sure the loudest and nastiest is the … I know there are people out there who do that. But I’m not sure that’s really what people want, to be honest with you.”
This will be Meyer’s second run as a broadcaster/analyst. After retiring from Florida in 2010, he spent the 2011 season in the broadcast booth at ESPN.