Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde says he'd 'bet against' Urban Meyer's return to Ohio State
The “will he stay or will he go” debate surrounding Urban Meyer has died down a bit over the last few weeks. With Ohio State posting a win over Nebraska on Saturday, the conversation has shifted back to the Buckeyes’ chances as a College Football Playoff contender.
On Tuesday, though, radio host Dan Patrick spoke with Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports and had to ask the college football writer for his thoughts on the Meyer situation. There’s been plenty of speculation regarding the Ohio State head coach’s future, with many believing he’ll step away when the 2018 season concludes.
Forde is one of those who believes we won’t see Meyer in Columbus in 2019.
“I would be against [Urban Meyer returning next year],” Forde said during his appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. “I don’t think he will be back. I can’t say that with any great certainty but I don’t think his health is good. Whether it’s mental, whether it’s physical, whether it’s a combination thereof. I think the melodrama from August took a toll on him. Especially if this season doesn’t end will. If they lose to Michigan State and/or lose to Michigan, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him step away.”
The Buckeyes are 8-1 this season with a 5-1 mark in conference play. The only loss was a 49-20 loss to Purdue.
Meyer’s future with Ohio State has been highly debated since the loss to the Boilermakers, but through a bye week and after a win over the Huskers, those talks have quieted down. But with two major tests remaining — Michigan State and Michigan — you can bet the conversations will resurface if things don’t end well.
In October, Meyer was asked if he planned to return to Ohio State in 2019.
“I am fully committed to Ohio State, the football program, as long as I can,” Meyer said.