Shortly after we wondered whether some NFL team would call Ohio State’s Urban Meyer to gauge his interest in a head-coaching job, Meyer himself said he’s staying put.
Asked at a press conference this morning if he could leave for the NFL, Meyer didn’t rule it out — but only some time in the future. At the moment, he’s committed to his current team.
“Not right now. I have a commitment to Ohio State and these players,” Meyer said.
Of course, Meyer also had a commitment to Bowling Green and his players when he left that job for Utah, had a commitment to Utah and his players when he left that job for Florida, and had a commitment to Florida and his players when he left that job to take one year off and then take the job at Ohio State.
And coaches aren’t known for being scrupulously honest when asked about their plans. If Meyer says he’s staying where he is only to leave as soon as he gets the offer he wants, he won’t be the first coach to do that.
So Meyer sounds like he’s committed to Ohio State for the 2015 season. But don’t be surprised if Meyer ends up on an NFL sideline. He has always sought out new challenges, and he’s already accomplished everything there is to accomplish at the college level. His next challenge may be in the NFL, even if it’s not right now.