Paul Finebaum weighs in on latest Urban Meyer news
There’s going to plenty of Urban Meyer drama over the next two weeks.
With Ohio State entering a bye week, the lingering taste of a bitter 49-20 loss to Purdue is going to be at the front of several conversations over the next few days. While the Buckeyes need a bye, Meyer probably wishes his team had a chance to rectify its poor performance Saturday.
Instead, several are weighing in on Meyer’s future in Columbus. And rumors of “friction” between the Ohio State head coach and athletic director Gene Smith only added fuel to the fire.
Tuesday, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum joined Outside the Lines to talk about Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes. And the college football analyst says he’s been hearing “whispers” that it’s the last season for Meyer.
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“I’m hearing a lot of whispers that this will be Urban Meyer’s final season in Columbus,” Finebaum said. “You go back to August with the controversy over Zach Smith. You talked about Gene Smith, the tension between them, you saw it at that press conference…A member of the board of trustees wanted a more severe punishment and ended up resigning. That was before the season started.
“Urban Meyer’s demeanor on the sidelines has been curious. He has complained several times of headaches. And, having covered Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, this looks like a rerun. This looks like deja vu. Urban Meyer walked away down there when the pressure got too much and I believe he’ll do the same thing at the end of the season here.”
Finebaum has said multiple times that Meyer is planning his exit from Columbus.
Meyer denied any friction between he and Smith, and also denied any tension among the coaching staff. He did say there was “urgency” among the coaches during the B1G weekly teleconference.
Finebaum’s full interview can be viewed below.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) October 23, 2018