Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OHIO'S OWN URBAN MEYER WOULD FIT PRETTY NICELY IN A SWEATER VEST

Urban Meyer (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
There is a lot of football to be played between now and the beginning of the 2015 season, but who will be patrolling the Ohio State sideline is an important question to ask.

With former Assistant Head Coach Darrell Hazzel accepting the Kent State head coaching position this month, the question is an interesting one to dwell on now that a potential in-house candidate like Hazzel has moved on.

Who will fill the mammoth-sized tennis shoes of Head Coach Jim Tressel in 2015?

The answer could very well be Tressel considering he will only be turning 62 years old when his current contract expires. By that time, Tressel will be the second-longest tenured head coach in Ohio State history with 14 seasons under his belt (Woody Hayes, 1951-1978). And we all know Tressel still has the fire for coaching based on his weekly sideline double fist pumps.

Jim Tressel
(The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
So, if the situation plays out where Tressel steps out of the coaching world, where would the university look for a replacement?

One candidate who has caught my eye has already accumulated two BCS National Championships.
Urban Meyer.

Yes, I said it. The happily unemployed Urban Meyer.

Meyer, a native of Ashtabula, recently stepped down (for good this time) from his post as head coach at the University of Florida. In a span of six seasons, Meyer put together an impressive 64-15 record at UF that included two SEC Championships, one Heisman Trophy award winner and helped 26 players get selected in the NFL Draft.

With the foundation that Tressel has laid at Ohio State, Meyer would be an excellent fit with his winning pedigree and his past relationship with the university.

I’m not really sure how most of the OSU fan base would take to this sort of hire, being that one of Meyer's national championship rings came at the expense of embarrassing the Buckeyes on a national stage. But most might forget that Meyer earned his master’s degree at Ohio State in Sports Administration in 1988 while serving under Earle Bruce as both a tight ends and receivers coach from 1986 to 1987.

I know it may be a stretch at this moment because we’re talking about a position that might not even be available when 2015 turns the corner. But it sure is hard to argue against Meyer, mainly because he would be an ideal hire given his outstanding coaching resume and the 46-year-old’s connections to the state of Ohio.

One of the central reasons behind Meyer’s recent resignation at Florida involved a lack of quality time with his family. Meyer said he wanted to watch his children finish college. Guess whose daughters graduate around 2014?

Whenever Tressel decides to hang up the sweater vest, I would be shocked if Meyer isn’t at the top of Ohio State’s list of candidates.