Ever since Urban Meyer announced his retirement as the head football coach at Ohio State, there’s been speculation about whether or not he’d ever return to the sideline. Count athletic director Gene Smith on the side that believes Meyer is done.

Smith recently spoke with George Schroeder of USA TODAY to talk about Meyer’s future after former USC standout Reggie Bush mentioned that he’d “recruit” the former Florida and Ohio State head coach to become the next leader of the Trojans, should they struggle again under Clay Helton. Smith doesn’t believe there’s much of a possibility that Meyer takes that opportunity if it becomes available.

“I have a hard time believing that,” Smith told Schroeder. “Is it possible? You can never say never. He’s still young.

“People disregard the health issue. I’d ask that you keep that in mind.”

Meyer retired from Ohio State following the end of the 2018 season. He cited health concerns as a major reason behind his decision to step away from coaching. But this is the second time Meyer has stepped away from the game, also retiring in 2010 at Florida due to health issues.

After a year away from the game, Meyer took the job at Ohio State.

Meyer said at his retirement press conference that he believes he’s done and will not coach again. And he left Ohio State on a pretty good note, at least from an on-field accomplishment standpoint. He was 83-9, won three B1G titles, a national championship and was a perfect 7-0 against rival Michigan.

But the speculation continues to swirl around Meyer and whether he’ll ever be under the headset again. And since he’s only in his mid-50s, those conversations will continue with every head coaching job that comes available for several years.

Only time will tell if Meyer has a change of heart and decides to return to the sideline.