Urban Meyer’s Health Shouldn’t Be Spring Distraction for Ohio State

The last time Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a health issue, it eventually resulted, at least in part, in his resignation at Florida.

Barring a stunning turn of events, don’t expect the same this time around with the Buckeyes.

Ohio State announced on Monday that Meyer underwent a minor medical procedure over the weekend to remove fluid from a brain cyst. The cyst was first discovered in 1998, but a recent string of headaches apparently led Meyer to undergo surgery.

The procedure and subsequent recovery time didn’t sound like a major undertaking. Meyer plans to be on the field Tuesday when the Buckeyes begin spring practice.

Along with questions about quarterback Braxton Miller’s shoulder surgery and Big Ten title hopes, Meyer will be asked about the procedure and his health.

They’re fair questions, too. Meyer has a recent history of health issues and it’s no secret he pushes himself as hard as anyone in the business. That’s what it takes to be successful at the highest level of college football. It also comes with tremendous sacrifice.

Meyer first stepped down as Florida’s head coach in December of 2009. He told Pete Thamel, then of The New York Times, that a hospital scare shortly after the SEC Championship loss to Alabama played a significant role in the decision. Depending on who was asked and when, those health problems stemmed from either a heart condition or esophageal…

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