Urban Meyer (far right), who was born in Toledo and raised in Ohio's northeastern corner, served as a graduate assistant on Ohio State's 1987 team. [Ohio State University Archives]
Urban Meyer (far right), who was born in Toledo and raised in Ohio's northeastern corner, served as a graduate assistant on Ohio State's 1987 team. [Ohio State University Archives]
Meyer was introduced as University of Florida coach on Dec. 7, 2004, agreeing to an initial seven-year deal worth $14 million. At the time of the formal announcement, his Utah squad was 11-0, and he remained with the Utes through the Fiesta Bowl, where they completed their perfect season with a 35-7 romp of Pitt. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Meyer was introduced as University of Florida coach on Dec. 7, 2004, agreeing to an initial seven-year deal worth $14 million. At the time of the formal announcement, his Utah squad was 11-0, and he remained with the Utes through the Fiesta Bowl, where they completed their perfect season with a 35-7 romp of Pitt. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Meyer received a Gatorade shower after UF's 34-7 romp of FSU in 2005. With that triumph, Meyer became the first Gators coach to defeat Tennessee, Georgia and FSU in his first season. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Meyer received a Gatorade shower after UF's 34-7 romp of FSU in 2005. With that triumph, Meyer became the first Gators coach to defeat Tennessee, Georgia and FSU in his first season. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Meyer and Gators quarterback Tim Tebow embrace following UF's 24-14 victory against Oklahoma in the BCS national title game in Miami on Jan. 8, 2009. The championship would be the Gators' second in three seasons. A year before, Tebow had won the Heisman Trophy as college football's top player. [Times file photo]
Meyer and Gators quarterback Tim Tebow embrace following UF's 24-14 victory against Oklahoma in the BCS national title game in Miami on Jan. 8, 2009. The championship would be the Gators' second in three seasons. A year before, Tebow had won the Heisman Trophy as college football's top player. [Times file photo]
Citing health reasons, Meyer initially resigned as Gators coach on Dec. 26, 2009, citing health issues aggravated by stress. He retracted that announcement a day later, saying he'd instead take a leave of absence. He returned in time for spring practice, then agonized his way through an 8-5 season, his worst as a head coach. On Dec. 8, 2010, he announced his retirement, effective after UF's game against Penn State in the Outback Bowl. [Times file photo]
Citing health reasons, Meyer initially resigned as Gators coach on Dec. 26, 2009, citing health issues aggravated by stress. He retracted that announcement a day later, saying he'd instead take a leave of absence. He returned in time for spring practice, then agonized his way through an 8-5 season, his worst as a head coach. On Dec. 8, 2010, he announced his retirement, effective after UF's game against Penn State in the Outback Bowl. [Times file photo]
In his final game as University of Florida coach, Meyer's team defeated Penn State, 37-24, in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011. The contest also would be the final bowl game for legendary Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, whose 46-year tenure came to an abrupt end later that year amid the child sexual-abuse scandal involving former longtime Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky. [Times file photo]
In his final game as University of Florida coach, Meyer's team defeated Penn State, 37-24, in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011. The contest also would be the final bowl game for legendary Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, whose 46-year tenure came to an abrupt end later that year amid the child sexual-abuse scandal involving former longtime Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky. [Times file photo]
After only a one-year layoff, Meyer accepted his dream job at Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to a national title by his third season. In this photo, Meyer's wife, Shelley (center), reacts as he's presented the College Football Playoff trophy by CFP executive director Bill Hancock following Ohio State's 42-20 victory against Oregon in the inaugural CFP championship game in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2015. [Cal Sport Media via AP images]
After only a one-year layoff, Meyer accepted his dream job at Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to a national title by his third season. In this photo, Meyer's wife, Shelley (center), reacts as he's presented the College Football Playoff trophy by CFP executive director Bill Hancock following Ohio State's 42-20 victory against Oregon in the inaugural CFP championship game in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2015. [Cal Sport Media via AP images]
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State on Aug. 1, 2018, after Ohio State's Board of Trustees (following a review by an independent investigative panel) found that Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith
Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State on Aug. 1, 2018, after Ohio State's Board of Trustees (following a review by an independent investigative panel) found that Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith "did not uphold the values" of OSU. The suspension came in the wake of reports that Meyer knew of spousal-abuse allegations against one of his former assistant coaches, yet kept him on staff. Meyer missed the first three games of the '18 season. [AP photo | Darron Cummings]
Job stress (some self-inflicted) clearly aggravated Meyer's lingering health issues. The former Gators coach, 54, has an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches and reportedly required surgery in 2014. Health issues (he was hospitalized for chest pains after the 2009 SEC title game) also prompted him to walk away from his job at UF in 2010. [AP photo | Nick Wass]
Job stress (some self-inflicted) clearly aggravated Meyer's lingering health issues. The former Gators coach, 54, has an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches and reportedly required surgery in 2014. Health issues (he was hospitalized for chest pains after the 2009 SEC title game) also prompted him to walk away from his job at UF in 2010. [AP photo | Nick Wass]