A college football coaching insider has a troubling update about Urban Meyer and his Ohio State football program in the wake of the Buckeyes' loss to Purdue on Saturday night.
FootballScoop is reporting that there is talk of "friction" between Meyer, the Buckeyes' football program and the athletic department.
The past few weeks industry sources have mentioned to FootballScoop issues at Ohio State between the football staff and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself. Multiple times, the term “friction” has been used to describe issues between Urban Meyer and Gene Smith (and their respective key lieutenants). Within the football program itself, it has been said there is a tension that hasn’t been present in previous years.
Purdue’s beat down of the Buckeyes brought considerable additional attention on the program and has many talking about the issues within the program.
That doesn't sound good, but it's not very surprising, either.
Meyer and Ohio State went through significant issues this summer surrounding the Zach Smith saga. Meyer was suspended for the first four games of the season and while Ohio State hadn't lost until Saturday night at Purdue, the team hadn't been playing great.
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum doesn't believe Meyer will last at Ohio State past 2018:
“I’ve been suggesting that Urban Meyer has been done for awhile, because based on the bad marriage and based on body language and the admission by him that he is still struggling with some health issues,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morning. “Saturday night, he looked like the saddest man in America. He probably was.”
Meyer and Ohio State have a much-needed off date this week. The Buckeyes return to the field the following Saturday against Nebraska.