Does Meyer Really Want Back In?

Zach Barnett (footballscoop.com)  —  Urban Meyer woke up every morning for decades hearing the hum of The Grind — recruiting, his players, his staff, that week’s opponent, recruiting and more recruiting — ringing in his ears. Then, when he stepped down after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, he woke up one morning, the hum was gone and the silence that replaced it was deafening.

“I’m retraining my whole life,” he said back in August. “That’s probably been the hardest. Mornings are the hardest. I’m an early riser. I want to go attack something, and sometimes there is nothing to attack.”

Months later, in an interview for ESPN’s college basketball podcast with Dan Dakich and Seth Greenberg, Meyer said the mornings are still the hardest, but they’re roughly as third as hard as they were at this start of his retirement.

“The hardest part of the day is the first 30 minutes, every morning. It’s down to about 30 minutes now,” he said last week. “It used to be about an hour, hour and a half where I missed it so bad. But then I’m so into this FOX college football team that I have, I’m so into some other things, whether it be business opportunities. It’s just really intriguing, this other world. I’m also into my grandchildren and my wife and family, and we’re traveling and doing some other cool things. I played Augusta two weeks ago, who would think I would ever do that in the fall? It’s a nice life out there.”

Now, I would never, ever, ever say never about Urban returning to coaching. He’s a football addict, a competition addict, a purpose addict. His life is defined by having an opponent to attack, and some day he may wake up deciding that business, or golf, or TV can’t fill that hole in his heart.

Heck, he may get the itch this weekend, after returning to the Horseshoe for last week’s Penn State and now being on the scene at The Game as part of his FOX duties.

But, man, have you ever heard Urban say, “It’s a nice life out there”?

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LawyerJohn
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Whoever is the coach next year will have a very good SC football team with over 80% of the starters returning. The recruits coming in may be rated #76 or whatever, but of the 10 current recruits 8 are linemen, a position of obvious need for the Trojans. Besides, it is difficult to rate linemen, so this 2020 class may surprise some folks… The problem is the 2020 schedule with Alabama (heavy underdog), at Oregon (underdog), at Utah (underdog), at sucla (even?), and home versus Notre Dame and Washington (even?). So 3 underdog games and 3 even games. And even… Read more »

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As family’s get back together most household’s will have the questions …… ” How are you and anything new in your life ” ? Would USC Trojan fans like to be a fly on the wall at the Urban Meyer family get together over the next 24 hours ???????

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I hope the new administration doesn’t think it’s ok to keep Clay and make him replace Clancy and Baxter and everything will be fine. It won’t. It will be an admission that we are all ok with 8 win seasons on a consistent level, with yearly excuses as to why they lost the games they did. First of all, you won’t get any upgrade in assistants who will know they are year to year with Clay, unless it’s to take a chance on a promising guy from a mid-level program, who wants to use the exposure of being at USC… Read more »

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You are right San Diego, no coach worth hiring would hitch his career to Clay Helton. If Clay Helton is off the hot seat, it’s because Bohn replaced the one that Clay burned through this season. The head coach’s job includes coordination of the team. While it is the special team coach’s responsibility to send the correct number of personnel on the field that coach is also accountable to the head coach. To have 10 men on the field for a special teams play, at the end of the season is an indictment of the head coach.

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One coach who has done a good job is Graham Harrell. The offense has steadily improved despite having a lot of injury problems. He deserves to be kept on the staff for the good job he did. But can’t say the same thing about Baxter and Pendergast. The special teams made a lot of penalties despite the good kicking. The defense did not improve on tackling although the DL was ok. And Burns did a good job bringing the green secondary up to speed. All that is needed now is a new head coach who can really change the culture… Read more »

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I wonder if Bohn has even talked to Meyer. A part of me thinks that since Clay is still our coach that Meyer coming to SC won’t happen. Either that or watch for a big announcement on Sunday morning.

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Clay Helton is a Jeff Fisher clone- mediocre coach-nice fellow

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Allen needs to be congratulated on picking the final SC record at 8-4. He was one of the few that got it correct. Should have done it earlier as I went with 6-6 after the UW game. Turns out, though, that he was off on Clancy. That is probably the only time in a disagreement I was correct on. I will now make another prediction: Clay is gone. Bohn is playing the game very well. IF Clay was coming back, Bohn would have already announced it, primarily to help recruiting. He has to wait until after the Utah slaughter of… Read more »

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Good call

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Howdy RJJ. I too tend to lien to the theory that if Bohn was going to keep Clay he would have already announced it. I do disagree with you on one point. If Bohn lets Clay go, it would remove another remnant of the SC culture of the last few years. Haden, Sark, Swann, et al. A new President & a new AD, sends a pretty clear signal that change is afoot.

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Kudos to Allen, and not to steal glory, but I predicted 8-4 as well! (Pats self on back). I remember that Allen and I disagreed about just about everything with USC Football except 8-4. My concern, which I think in many ways has come true, is that we would take a step backward defensively because the Air Raid taxes defenses (the defense is back on the field whether you go three and out or you score quickly). As it turned out, our offense was different than what we are used to with the Air Raid — we at least tried… Read more »

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I predicted 4-8. For those of us with dyslexia isn’t that 8-4 for the rest of you? wink

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Someone needs to tell Bruce Feldman to stop writing about USC.

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I cannot get myself to subscribe to anything coming out of interviews or articles written by media wonks. When and if Meyer comes out and says no, I am not coaching anymore, but I will cherish the USC offer, then I will set my mind on another HC. What Bohn says, taken at face value without reading anything into it shows he is a polished politician/businessman. He is holding everything close to the vest and not giving any real clue as to what he has decided or will decide. At least we now have an AD that will do interviews… Read more »

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Agreed. Tired of national media guys saying something 180 degrees out from local guys.

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If USC does not grab Urban, some other elite program will.

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What other programs would you think Meyer would be interested in, seeing as how he has a new home in So. Cal.

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Steveg, there is apparently no truth to that rumor. Urban didn’t buy a house here — he stays in a hotel when he comes out to do Fox broadcasts (confirmed by the USCFootball.com folks in a podcast the other day). And Kirk Herbstreit thinks Urban is not likely to be ready to come back, but may instead have his eye on the ND job whenever they are done with Brian Kelly or he is done with them.

All the more reason to back up the brinks truck now and take him off the market.

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I would think that with his ego, Urban wouldn’t want to be remembered for the way things ended at Ohio State. He could hit the ground running at SC with enough talent to win at least 10 games right away, and put in 5 or so more clean program years with the prestige that comes with restoring USC, and being the only coach to win a National Championship at three different schools. I think the challenge of that may work in our favor

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Well, he’s not dying tomorrow! Who knows, he could work 30 years as a broadcaster and become known for that. The thing is, USC is a place he KNOWS he can turn around, and fairly quickly. ND, with the cold and academics hurdles? Dallas with, well, the fact that it’s Dallas (and in the No Fun League)? No guarantees there.

And nobody, absolutely nobody, looks as shiny as a coach winning a national championship at USC.

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I think he would be interested in the Cowboys, like he admitted on Colin Cowherd. Maybe he’s tired of recruiting, but I thought I heard him say on a Fox pregame show that he missed the challenge of things like recruiting. Some guys love the ego boost of collecting four and five star talent, and being your own GM basically, with the control you have in college. I know Pete did for his run.

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Not sure if anyone else updated this, but Bohn was on the 10pm news last night for a sit-down with Jim Murray, the latter of whom came off as extremely clueless about the state of USC Football. Murray actually suggested through his questioning that recruiting might be HURT if Clay were let go! Anyway, Bohn played it up the middle, leaving all doors open but also making statements that will scare the “no more Helton” camp. That includes pointing out that Clay himself has some good ideas about ways SC’s program can be improved, and that Clay has done some… Read more »

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It truly is Rock, and we just have to patiently wait for it to play out. I can see no matter what Bohn does, he will not please everyone. There is a point that we have to trust he may know what he is doing and go with it. Just bring in a guy that demands a strong work ethic, demands 110% at practice, gets respect, knows HOW to be a HC, and can influence recruits to come to USC.

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If through his questions he thinks letting Helton go will hurt recruiting tells me this Murray guy hasn’t a clue of what’s under his nose pertaining to USC football! Whew

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Who am I to tell the USC administration how to go about attracting Urban Meyer as the next USC HC, even if people question their intelligence in making decisions in the recent past. However, first of all, you want to make Urban and his wife feel comfortable and wanted. At this stage of their lives, they certainly don’t need the money being multi-millionaires. Second, you don’t insult them by trying the old USC method of lowballing an offer for the “privilege” of coaching the trojans. He is at the level of excellence you will most certainly have to pay the… Read more »

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The Lighter Side:… Are you serious? Well, you possibly are, but one Poster got it right when recently stating the three most important things in his Life: “SC football…sex…breathing.” Although probably not in that order… If Clay Helton aka Ton-o-Hel were asked his assessment of this season: “Well, it went pretty good, we were only 4 losses away from being in the National Championship hunt. But I’m not worried because Bohn aka Bone and I are pretty tight, but I thought buying him a ring might be overdoing it”…. And what is Bone to make of all this?– He probably… Read more »

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I have a blood clot in my right lung and a growth in my left so breathing is cherished and I’m thankful to be alive. Sex is overrated and so is SC Football lately, except for Michael Pittman Jr. I’ve seen the guy play since HS as he went to the same school (Oaks Christian) as my son who played Water Polo. Michael is an exceptional young man as well as football player. Whoever selects him in the NFL Draft will be getting a great human being! And don’t forget to throw the dog a Turkey Bohn, oops, Bone!!

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Clever play on words there rlee