Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the announcement Tuesday that he will be retiring following the Rose Bowl.
As a part of his announcement, Meyer indicated that health concerns were a primary factor in his decision. Meyer has battled a cyst on the brain which has produced severe headaches off-and-on for some time now.
Though some have pointed towards a similar pattern between Meyer’s departure from Florida and his announced departure at Ohio State, at least one person close to the coach was gravely concerned for Meyer’s well-being. Cris Carter addressed Meyer’s announcement on “First Things First,” and he indicated that Meyer is physically unable to continue coaching:
“It’s been an unbelievably tough season for Urban,” said Carter. “His biggest problem is he wants to coach, but physically he can’t.”
Carter, who played wide receiver at Ohio State during Meyer’s time coaching the unit with the Buckeyes, went on to explain the excruciating details of the headaches Meyer deals with. He went as far as to say that Meyer should not have been coaching over the final month of the season:
“I thought something else was going to happen on the sideline before we were able to get to this day,” Carter explained. “Urban Meyer, he really can’t coach. He shouldn’t be coaching, and I would argue he shouldn’t have been coaching the last month for what he went through.”
How bad were Carter’s concerns? “I was worried I was gonna have to speak at my friend’s funeral,” he said.
You can watch Carter’s full comments below, courtesy of First Things First:
“He wants to coach, but physically he can’t. He can’t do this anymore. Urban Meyer is a good man, and he’s had a tremendous impact on young people.”@criscarter80 on his former WR coach & friend to step down at Ohio State pic.twitter.com/hlqO0eVU9j
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) December 4, 2018