Knock me over with a sledgehammer: Urban Meyer told the Gainesville Sun that if Ohio State makes an offer, he’ll “have a decision to make.” Let’s take a leap of faith and say that Ohio State will make an offer if it hasn’t already, and that the Urbanator will decide he’d very much like to coach the flagship university of his home state. (Which would mean this latest Meyer retirement-from-coaching will have lasted a year, as opposed to a day.)
With that out of the way, we move to the next question: How long would it take Urban M. to win a national championship at OSU?
Consensus holds that Nick Saban is the best in his business by some distance, but that changes the minute Urban Meyer says yes to the Buckeyes. At worst, Meyer would be co-No. 1 with Saban, and I’m thinking Meyer is a hair better. Let’s face it: The Urbanator went undefeated at Utah.
Each has two national championships, though Saban took his at different schools and his first was one of those bizarro split titles with Southern Cal. Each has proved he can rebuild a program at the drop of a Lee Corso expletive. Each is driven in a way mere mortals are not.
There aren’t many jobs that would be the equal of Florida. Ohio State is among those few. (Texas would be up there, and Alabama, too. But that’s about it.) Ohio State has everything a coach could want — big stadium, rabid fans, tradition, a big-state recruiting base, even a snazzy little fight song. And Meyer admitted before Florida played and whipped Ohio State for the 2006 BCS title that he and his wife know all the arm gestures for “Hang On Sloopy.”
This is a job Meyer can’t refuse, and he won’t. And once ensconced in Columbus, he’ll have his third BCS title in …
Three years. I figure it took him two at Florida, and he’ll need a third to clean up after Tressel and the Tattoos, and then he’ll be the man to end the SEC’s run of consecutive national championships at eight.
By Mark Bradley