Ohio State and Urban Meyer are reportedly close to two-year contract extension that we keep him at the school through the 2022 season. Why such a short term?
It has been widely stated that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Athletic Director Gene Smith have been working on a contract extension that would reportedly take him through the 2022 season.
The Problem At Hand
At his National Signing Day press conference, Meyer was asked about negative recruiting and the perception of him winding down his coaching career. To answer that question, Meyer let the cat out of the bag.
“I feel great. I don’t know where that’s coming from. We’re getting ready to sign an extension and get more years put on my contract.”
Smith said the impact of the questions surrounding the recruitment of five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman and the impact that it could have on recruiting led to him approaching Meyer about an extension.
At that time, Carman reported that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made a statement that he:
“also kind of mentioned that Urban was on the back half of his career, which he is, and that Dabo is just starting up…”
At the time of the early signing period, Carman ended up choosing Clemson over Ohio State, so OSU has decided to vote on a contract extension for Meyer in April.
An Interesting Solution
All that being said, one has to wonder why only a two-year extension for one of the game’s most revered coaches of a generation. In the day and age when big-time college coaches are getting locked up for much longer terms, this one falls way short.
I’ll be the first to say that I am not a big fan of these long-term deals because it hamstrings the programs handing them out, but in the competitive world and rising salaries of coaches everywhere, I understand why programs are doing it.
Heck, at Iowa, Kirk Ferentz seems to get a contract extension every time he puts his pants on the correct way in the morning. Or coughs into his sleeve. Or drives his car into work without getting into an accident (I could go on).
But I get that we are talking about Ohio State here, and not Iowa. The Hawkeyes have shown much more loyalty to their head coaches than maybe any program in history.
So, should we read between the lines here, or is it OSU and Meyer simply leaving options open for accelerator type of extensions in the future if the Buckeyes continue to be at the elite level they are today?
In one breath, I’d say a deal of this length is somewhat refreshing, but on the other side of the coin, I’d say it opens the door for more questions, and we’ll all be back in the same place all over again a year or two down the road.
Welcome to the Scarlet and Gray version of Groundhog Day.
We May Never Know Until We Know
If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that there’s dialogue ongoing that we’ll never be a part of. And if I had to venture a guess, it would be that Meyer and Smith are both committed to this thing, but that Meyer is not a fan of long-term contract extensions because of his past health issues.
We’ll know more in April, but it would be nice to at least know what the thought process is on both sides of this one. I’m not trying to spread rumors, and there probably isn’t anything to it anyway, but it does make you raise your eyebrow just a bit.
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