Is the nature of the Ohio State job destined to take Urban Meyer back to the dark days he experienced at the end of his 2009 season at Florida?
Yes. Despite his best intentions and his brave attempt to redefine his place in the world, are Meyer and Ohio State the perfect storm?
If you’re thinking, “Hey, Meyer is one season and two games into the high pressure job in Columbus, and he hasn’t shown signs of falling apart.” Don’t forget that Ohio State has yet to lose a game in the Meyer era.
And a loss—the ultimate knock on perfection—is what preceded Meyer’s health scare in 2009.
According to a December 2009 report from ESPN.com news services, Meyer, “who was admitted to the hospital because of chest pains following the Southeastern Conference championship game” quit the Florida job “because of health concerns.”
The SEC title game resulted in a 32-13 loss to Alabama, and besides ending the Gators’ hunt for a second-consecutive BCS crown, it marked the end of a 22-game winning streak.
In the same ESPN.com news services report, Meyer identified the cause of his health problems, “It was a pattern of what I was doing and how I was doing it. It was self-destructive.”
Meyer’s relentless pursuit of perfection had come at a cost—to his health and to his family.
The more he achieved, the more he felt the pressure to achieve again and again. The desire and…
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