Will Urban Meyer coach again? Broadcaster partner Matt Leinart weighs in
The conversation started almost immediately after Urban Meyer announced his decision to step down as the head coach at Ohio State. Will the three-time national champion ever step back on the sideline.
Meyer never officially closed the door on a return to coaching. In the two years since retiring, he’s often said “I believe I am done.” Meyer’s new broadcast partner at FOX, Matt Leinart, believes the former Buckeyes leader has coached his last game.
“I’m gonna say no. I think he’s done,” Leinart said on The Ryen Russillo Podcast. “…Here’s my personal opinion. And I would be lying to say I haven’t talked to him about it, since he took the TV job last year. But my sense is that he’s done. I think he loves—and I know this for a fact—he loves family time. He loves that his head is not exploding. He has the cyst. It’s a real health issue for him. And now he’s getting paid to talk on TV and hang out, and we have a great group, man. We have a lot of fun. So I’ll say I wouldn’t be shocked if he ever went back, but my opinion is that I think he’s done. ”
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Meyer stepped down as the head coach at Ohio State following the 2018 season, with his last game being a Rose Bowl victory over Washington. He immediately joined the FOX Big Noon Kickoff show as an analyst and has blossomed into a fan favorite in that role.
It’s never easy for a head coach to step away, and with Meyer still being a relatively young mind in the world of coaching, there is still a possibility that he makes a return to the field.
For now, Leinart believes Meyer is done, and he’s enjoying his time with family and in a new role as an analyst.