After Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigned this morning, many turned to the short list of candidates who could replace him this season. According to Urban Meyer, you can take his name off the list.
The former Florida coach released a statement through ESPN saying he will not “pursue any coaching opportunities this fall.” In its entirety:
“I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the people at ESPN this spring and remain very excited about my role with the network this fall.
“Jim Tressel has been a respected friend and colleague for a long time. I wish Jim and his family the very best now and in the future.”
That statement is in line with what Meyer has said since he resigned in December. On Dec. 9, a day after announcing his resignation, Meyer responded to speculation by saying “I’m not coaching next year.”
Many, including UF athletic director Jeremy Foley, believe Meyer will coach again. An Ohio native who idolized legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes, Meyer might have interest in one day coaching in Columbus.
But given the unknowns at Ohio State with a date before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, a Columbus Dispatch story published late Monday afternoon indicating that QB Terrelle Pryor is the subject of further investigation and sanctions likely coming OSU’s way, it doesn’t make sense for Meyer to go there now.
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