For as long as I have been watching football, Urban Meyer has been a very successful coach. It seems as if every year, he is able to have at least one person in the running for the Heisman Trophy and in contention for a National Championship. If Nick Saban did not exist, he could possibly be at the top of college football. However, as successful of a coach as he is on the field, he can not seem to keep himself out of trouble.
When Urban Meyer coached at Florida, he was able to secure two national championships and coach a two-time Heisman winner in Tim Tebow. Everything from the surface seemed to be going wonderfully; that ultimately was not the case. After the SEC Championship game in 2009, he was admitted to the hospital and eventually retired after the season. He cited his health problems and wanting to spend time with his family as his reason for leaving. During his six seasons at Florida, a little over 30 of his players were arrested for incidents such as possession of firearms to credit card fraud. One of his most famous athletes, Aaron Hernandez, had a troubling history that many believed to have started in the NFL, but in reality, he had been doing similar activities at the University of Florida and Urban Meyer knew all along. There were statements from former players that injured athletes were mocked and both mental and physical abuse in the weight room.
After taking a year off from football, Meyer found a perfect landing spot in Ohio State. Even during years of probation, Urban Meyer was able to lead his team to an undefeated season and churn out solid recruiting classes year after year. Fresh off of probation and entering the first year of the College Football Playoffs, Meyer was able to successfully lead his team to a National Championship in a win against Oregon. Many successful years followed, and the Buckeyes looked to have solid odds to win the championship this year as well. When news came out that he had knowledge about his assistant coach alleged abuse situation, he was put on administrative leave, which he should have.
History has a way of repeating itself and Meyer is proof of it. It took Art Briles a while to find another coaching job and it’s not even on the same continent as his original. Urban Meyer cannot continue to move from college to college without any consequences, no matter how great of a coach he is. This is the perfect time for him to reevaluate his morals and change his personal life. A coach is often looked upon as a father figure in an athlete’s life. If we instill a vision of winning at all costs in the youth, we will truly lose in the end. You can be a successful coach and do it right off of the field as well. Nick Saban is a perfect example of that. Urban Meyer has Hall of Fame coaching ability but continues to tarnish his legacy by the things that he does/doesn’t do off of the field. It may be best for him to retire before he digs a grave too deep for him to climb out of.