Ohio State coach Urban Meyer tried to dispel rumors Monday that he planned to resign at season’s end, simply stating, “I plan on coaching.”
Many college football analysts have said they have seen signs that Meyer could step away from the Buckeyes. Meyer 54, has coached Ohio State since 2012.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum has cited health concerns as the reason he thinks Meyer could leave his job. His network colleague, Kirk Herbstreit, has said Meyer looks unhappy. He said this on The Dan Patrick Show a week ago:
“If you watch him on the sidelines since he has been back, he looks — the word I have used is ‘anguished,’” Herbstreit said. “He looks frustrated, he looks very emotional and erratic.”
Meyer: No health issues
When reporters pressed Meyer on Monday about his health, he said he had no health issues. When further asked about his attitude on the sidelines, he said frustration with his team’s play has affected him.
“The games have gotten me for 30 years,” Meyer said. “We’re not playing well, and I’m one of those guys that I want to help fix the issue, like all coaches do. I’m not sure what anguished means; pissed, upset. When you see some of the things we’re doing, it’s really uncharacteristic of our teams.
“That might be what it looks like.”
Meyer served a three-game suspension at the beginning of the season for the way he handled the tenure of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The Buckeyes are 7-1 and ranked No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, but Meyer hasn’t been happy with the team’s play, especially on defense.
Ohio State will face Nebraska on Saturday in its first game since a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20.
–Field Level Media