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Urban Meyer's Daughter Rips ESPN Host For "Family" Comment

Urban Meyer celebrating with his family.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer with wife Shelley Meyer, son Nathan Meyer and daughter Gisela Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

ESPN SportsCenter host John Anderson is under fire for a quip he made about Urban Meyer during the Ohio State-Clemson Fiesta Bowl game highlight.

Meyer was shown on ESPN moments prior to Justin Fields' game-ending interception in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

"Look at Urban Meyer," Anderson says. "He was going to spend time with his family, but went to this game instead."

Meyer has admitted in the past that he didn't spend enough time with his family while at Florida. He made that more of a priority while at Ohio State and has been enjoying more free time since retiring from the Buckeyes.

The former Ohio State head coach was at the Fiesta Bowl with his entire family. His son-in-law, Corey Dennis, coaches on Ryan Day's staff. His son, Nate, was standing right next to him on the sideline.

"How is this type of commentary even acceptable? The entire family including grandkids went to support my husband and the buckeyes. We had the best week in Arizona," Meyer's oldest daughter, Nicki, wrote.

"(ESPN) have some class. This is bad. I’d @ this guy but don’t know who it is. Pass it along friends."

Meyer's other daughter, Gigi, also weighed in:

Meyer spent time in 2011 doing analyst work for ESPN before taking the job at Ohio State.

The three-time national title-winning head coach is now at FOX, where he's been widely praised for his transition into TV. FOX's Big Noon Kickoff is starting to rival ESPN's College GameDay.

Meyer is expected to draw interest from NFL teams this offseason (most notably, the Dallas Cowboys) but it's unclear if he's interested in returning to coaching.