Reactions to Urban Meyer being hired by Ohio State
Reactions to Urban Meyer returning to college coaching with Ohio
State on Monday.
We will always be indebted to Urban Meyer and his contributions
to the University of Florida. He elevated our program, winning
multiple national championships and made a strong impact in this
community. Over the past 11 months, he has clearly had an
opportunity to determine that now is the right time to return to
coaching. He is good for college football and we knew he would
return to the sidelines to coach again. We wish nothing but the
best for him and his family as he embarks on a new chapter in his
career.” – Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley.
”He’s a very good recruiter. He’s a very good teacher of
football. He works everybody hard, coaches and players, hard. He
has tough practices. I mean, really tough, Southeastern Conference
practices, is what I call them.” Former Ohio State coach Earle
”He was a friend of mine and I’m not worried about his health.
He was healthy all year, looked good and we worked out. He was
fine. I’m not his doctor, though.” – ESPN analyst and former Ohio
State linebacker Chris Spielman.
”I’m sure he’s excited about it, and I’m excited for him that
he has an opportunity to go back to his home state and be the head
coach here. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity and I think he’ll
do a great job.” – Alabama coach Nick Saban.
”There are times you can pause in your career. You want to look
and see what’s important to you. He decided to re-enter the
profession he loves. I’m glad he’s back.” – LSU coach Les
”I knew this – I didn’t think he’d be out very long. I didn’t
know how soon he would be back, but he’s a football coach and
that’s what he needs to do.” – Louisville coach, and former
Florida defensive coordinator under Meyer, Charlie Strong.
”He makes you feel important. He brings in good coaches. He
wins wherever he goes. He makes you feel like it’s about more than
just football.” – Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Florida
players Joe Haden.