Urban Meyer on why he took Ohio State job and his advice on how to defend Tebow
Meyer made it clear he will not be involved with the team during the Gator Bowl out of respect to current head coach Luke Fickell.
Dan asked about hiring Fickell for next season as defensive coordinator. Meyer said he met Fickell before, and then they had a four-hour meeting when Meyer took the gig. He said that it went great and he thinks Fickell is a great coach.
Meyer talked about his year off from coaching. He said he has two girls that are off at college and he was bored. He said he worked out all the time and benched up to sets of 225, which he hadn’t done in 25 years.
Dan asked if this was his last job. “I hope so,” Meyer said, but he admitted you can end up regretting statements like that down the road.
Meyer said that he was bothered by all the Florida fans who were upset he was going to Ohio State. “I heard the word dishonest,” Meyer said. “That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Meyer talked about recruiting in today’s world. He said he’s just not going to deal with issues. If there’s a problem with the NCAA, he’s walking away.
Meyer said that he isn’t surprised Tim Tebow is succeeding. But he is a bit surprised it was so fast. Meyer said Tebow has to realize it’s not just Tebow in Denver. “Tim is a magical person,” Meyer said. “But I tell him to cool out and realize he’s just a cog in a wheel.”
Dan asked how he’d defend Tebow if he was coaching against him. “I’d force him to throw it,” Meyer said. “I’d load that box. I think he can beat you throwing, but I don’t know how good the receivers are.”
Meyer said his first reaction to Tebow’s openness to religion was “no way.” He feared hyprocrisy. But when he got to know him, that changed. Meyer said that Tebow’s spirituality has worn off on the people around him and led to a lot of good things.