Will Urban Meyer Coach Ohio State in 2012? Beano Cook Thinks So


In a USA Today article posted last week, college football analyst Beano Cook predicts that Urban Meyer will be the head coach of the Ohio State football team in 2012.

“I think Ohio State has major problems and I think Jim Tressel has major problems,” Cook, whose comments were reported by The Columbus Dispatch, said during a Thursday ESPN radio interview. “I’ve said on my Podcast. . . (that) Urban Meyer will be the coach at Ohio State in 2012. That was my prediction and I stick by that prediction.”

After illness concerns, Meyer left his coaching post wil the Florida Gators last season with an eye towards rest, recover and spending more time with the family. However, Urb quickly signed up as an ESPN analyst for the upcoming season which means he’ll be back on the road, away from his family just like before.

So saying that Meyer will soon be coaching isn’t much of a stretch. If he was really serious about his health and his family would he have taken that job with ESPN?

As for current OSU coach Jim Tressel, should one more shoe fall in Columbus that could be it for the sweater. And chances are we’ll see another as more information surfaces. With key suspensions, Tressel and his tarnished team are already looking at a down 2011 season and if they fail to make a BCS or a significant bowl game that could spell the end for Tressel.


  1. ron April 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    another great coach out there is Mark Mangino…let’s not forget what he did with the Jay Hawks!

  2. Jeff April 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Why not Mike Leach? 84-43 at Texas Tech… put him in the Big X{II} w/ all the players and talent he would have at his disposal… it would be a huge step forward. And as far as all the crap you’ve heard from Adam James and his rich daddy behind the mic at ESPN… forget about it. Leach had tons of players come to his defense. And you don’t win like he did if all your players hate you. The guy can coach and his offense is nearly impossible to stop.

  3. Jayz55 April 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Meyer is a great football coach, but I’m not sure how much different he is than Tressel. Despite being a man of high values himself, he had 30+ players that were arrested during his stint at UF. To me, that’s not a paragon of managerial oversight — he just avoided any NCAA entanglements. The college athletic system is so corrupt, the stuff that comes to light is literally the tip of the iceberg. The NCAA knows it can’t uncover even 1% of what’s actually going on with players, so it draws it’s line in the sand with coaches and institutions — basically saying that if they are complicit, try to cover up or just don’t follow the proper procedures in bringing a situation to the NCAA’s attention, they will be dealt with harshly. So Tressel will ultimately be thrown to the dogs. But his replacement needs to be squeaky clean, and I’m not sure Meyer fits the bill.

  4. Chris April 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Meyer, the more I think about it, might make a good logical choice for Ohio State. Ohio is his home state, and he has a lot of connections still remaining in this state from his days as a MAC football coach before going to Utah. Additionally, I would think he has good contacts among Florida high school coaches now, and added to the quality Div I players that Ohio State gets year in and year out, that should be a good combination for the short-term future of the program.

  5. steve April 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I feel bad for jim tressel, Ithink he a great coach, but things happen. urban meyer is a great coach also and is an ohio man. we want to keep ohio coaches at ohio state so we can keep beating michgan!!!!!! and meyer would be that coach.

  6. Dan Stakley April 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Tress is a real man of integrity but not perfect,who is? Was he wrong, time is the best measure of all things.Should he be punished if wrong? Of course. All discipline is not the same It must be measured against the facts along with the impact on the victims. Maybe their fathers told them it was alright and they believed them! To even consider that Tress warrants dismissal relative to the big picture puts Ohio State of being as foolish as the NCAA in believing that Cam Newton was surprised by their investigation and discovery of his father. You must be delirious!

  7. Moss April 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Urban Meyer would be great for Ohio State as well as Ohio State would be great for him. IF Jim is to go, then he would be my choice.

  8. johnny buckeye April 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Meyer is not coming to Columbus and is NOT even a good choice for the job. Too much drama with the retire-unretire-re-retire thing, and the sour grapes that many OSU fans have (some see him as a “traitor”), because of his dominant victory when UF beat OSU so badly in Jan. 2007. Too much baggage and drama.

    Buckeye Nation needs a TRUE Buckeye now. An OSU grad. Preferably that played at OSU. Someone without baggage. Luke Fickell is that guy, and I for one sincerely hope Fickell is the next head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

  9. John Hammond April 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    It is laughable that Beano continues to make predictions. For the last umpteen years, he has been adding his two cents worth(and it is over valued at that price)on college football and he is invariably wrong. The classic was the Pennsylvania high school star who Beano assured us would win three Heismans. Whatever he predicts folks, expect something entirely different. How he continues to attract national attention is amazing and amusing. He is as relevant in college football as is Jesse Jackson now on race relations.

  10. Alan Hair April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Beano Cook and predictions! Does anyone else remember the prediction of his when it was announced Penn State was joining the Big Ten? “Penn State will dominate the Big Ten, they will win at least 2 out of 3 Big Ten Championships”. That’s not exact, but as close as I can remmeber. Beano is an idiot.

  11. bigbuckeye April 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Listen, being a huge OSU fan for life, I love Tressel but… bad choices have consequences. Even Coach Tressel would agree with that. As for Urban Meyer, YES! What a GREAT replacement it would be for the Buckeye Nation! Even when Coach Meyer was at Utah he stated OSU as one of the only attractive college programs he would coach. A proven winner (2 national championships) and sound character is what is needed right now. Another name that I thought might surface was Bo Pelini, but he just signed an extension with Nebraska. Hey, for conversation sake, what about any of the Stoops?

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