To the surprise of no one, Ohio State held a press conference on Monday and introduced Urban Meyer as it's new Head Coach. In a weird twist of fate, Urban will leave the SEC (and Florida) for the team that has been haunted by the SEC for much of the recent past. After an awful off-season of lies and violations and the worst on-field performance since John Cooper went 6-6 in 1999, Meyer takes over hoping to quickly get the Buckeyes back on top of the Big Ten.
Those who follow Urban Meyer are very familiar with the success he's had in his career. He began his Head Coaching career at Bowling Green where he went 17-6. From there he went to Utah where he went 22-2 and left the program in the capable hands of Kyle Whittingham. Then it was on to Florida. Meyer went 9-3 in his first year but things really took off during the "Tebow" era as Meyer went 48-7 and won two National Championships. It was at the end of the 2009 season when Meyer famously "retired" and then "un-retired". His final season at Florida was a mess in which Florida finished 8-5 and saw Urban again retire citing his family and his health.
Many will probably attack Urban and wonder how he can feel so much better now that he can sign a six-year contract with Ohio State. What I will tell you is that guys like Urban Meyer are ultra-competitive. He's just not the type of guy who can sit around and do nothing. That being said, I don't believe Urban is going to last at Ohio State more than three or four years because of the time that he puts into the job and the stress that he puts on himself. Will it be easier than the SEC? Yes, it will. But the Big Ten isn't a push over. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan all play big boy football and will beat you if you aren't ready for them.
Look for Urban to put together an All-Star Coaching Staff like he had at the beginning at Florida. He's already been rumored to be after Clemson OC Chad Morris and former Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops (as DC). At Florida he had a staff of Charlie Strong (current Louisville HC), Steve Addazio (current Temple HC), Dan Mullen (current Miss St HC), Greg Mattison (current Michigan DC) and Doc Holliday (current Marshall HC). No wonder they were so good. If Meyer can assemble a staff anything like that the Buckeyes will be very successful, very quickly under Meyer.
I think it's a great hire by Ohio State. I'm a little shocked that Ohio State Prez Gordon Gee and AD Gene Smith were allowed to stick around and make the hire but in terms of getting "the" guy they hit a home run. Meyer will recruit and will motivate and he will be successful. How successful he will be and how long he will stick around will be predicated on the staff he puts togethe and how long he's able to keep it together.