Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported that former USC stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart could be inclined to recruit former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to coach their alma mater if current head coach Clay Helton gets off to a rough start in 2019. So, would Meyer actually entertain the idea?
Paul Finebaum had veteran sportswriter Tim May on his radio show Wednesday to talk about the possibility. May provided both sides of the argument, and essentially said that it’s possible.
Here’s what May had to say about the situation:
“I wouldn’t put that out of the realm of possibility, no. He stepped away at the end of the season, there were a lot of factors that came into play. We all know what happened late July, August and September. Probably don’t need to beat that around the bush again. But I don’t think he was ever happy with his three-game suspension and the fine.
Then also, what people have to keep in mind… if this ever happens, if somebody comes after him again, he’s got to pass the physical now from the standpoint of – he does have an arachnoid cyst in his brain, which everybody now knows about, between his skull and his brain.
That seemed to give him as much problem as anything else last year as things went along. He didn’t want to have a procedure done again to, in essence, drain it – for want of another term. Basically, one way he could, in essence, get away from the unpleasantness it causes him – discomfort, sometimes excruciating pain – was to get away from a lot of things that might cause him to tighten up, so to speak. Ball games. Crucial calls in games. Things like that. I think anybody who comes after him would want to know where he sits in that regard.
But you know, he’s 10 years younger than me. I’m 65. He doesn’t turn 55 until July. So the contrary argument would be – I think that’d make him younger than Nick Saban when he took over Alabama.
…the idea that he wouldn’t have any football left in him is crazy. He was at a Columbus Blue Jackets NHL playoff game a week or so ago and he tweeted that he wouldn’t mind coaching hockey one day.
…the bottom line is that I would never say never.”
May also delved into what Ryan Day is facing in his first year as head coach. You can listen to the full hour here.
Meyer has stated repeatedly that he “thinks” he’s done coaching – leaving the door open for a potential return. Many believe that USC and Notre Dame are the two schools he’d leave retirement for. It seems like the Trojans job could be open a lot sooner than the Fighting Irish job.
For now, though, Meyer is set to continue to work at Ohio State and appear on FOX’s Saturday morning college football show. We’ll see if that changes in the coming years.