Urban Meyer is several months into his first year as a retired college football coach, and the former Ohio State head coach plans on staying retired, but that’s not stopping anyone from speculating about a potential return to the sport.
The three-time national title-winning head coach will be doing a pregame show for FOX Sports 1 with Reggie Bush and Matt Lienart this fall.
Of course, that’s led to speculation about Meyer taking the USC job in 2020, assuming Clay Helton has another disappointing season.
“We’ll definitely be recruiting him,” Bush told the LA Times. “What makes you think we won’t be recruiters? Nothing is off the table.”
Meyer has responded to the speculation in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.
With speculation about USC coach Clay Helton’s job security already rampant, Leinart and Bush have already spoken of trying to persuade Meyer to take over if Helton is fired.
Did Meyer have any interest in nipping that in the bud or in opening the crack to the door?
“I learned my lesson long ago,” he said. “All I’m going to say is I believe I’m done (coaching). I think I’m done.”
That’s a fair response, but it’s not one that’ll completely eliminate any speculation about the job.
He does appear to be quite happy in retirement, though.
“I am good with it,” Meyer told The Dispatch, “but it’s still a process.”
Will that process eventually include a return to the sideline?
We’ll find out.