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Paul Finebaum Doubles Down On His Bold Urban Meyer Prediction

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum is no longer a long-term believer in Urban Meyer at Ohio State, as the voice of the SEC has doubled down on his bold prediction for the Buckeyes' head coach.

Finebaum said earlier this season that he felt Meyer would not last at Ohio State past the 2018 season. The Buckeyes looked bad on Saturday night in a blowout loss to Purdue and there are, of course, the off-the-field issues Meyer faced this offseason.

All of this will add up to a Meyer departure following the 2018 season, per Finebaum.

“When you think about the potential of that program and of that team and where they are right now, it’s pretty scary,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morning. “I just don’t think Urban Meyer has the makeup to deal with much more adversity. I know it’s an easy thing to say with what happened at Florida. But it’s a precedent. When things get tough, he runs away and quits.”

Finebaum said similar things before the start of the 2018 season.

“I’ve thought a lot about this,” Finebaum said back in August. “And you can look and interpret and say whatever you want, but I’ve come to at least an opinion on Urban Meyer that this will be his last season at Ohio State. I just don’t know how much longer this can go on, and I say that because I strongly believe his credibility has been shattered.

"The relationship with his athletic director has been fractured, and it was pretty easy to read the body language the other night that the school president wants nothing to do with him as well. Even though I would say Ohio State fans would easily rank among the most sick of fan in college football, slowly, I believe they will bail on him as well. Then, it will touch recruiting. We’ve seen Urban’s past when he’s under the gun, he bails.”

Urban Meyer been Ohio State's head coach since 2012. The Buckeyes are off to a 7-1 start this season.