With the Michigan State Spartans looking for a new head coach after firing head coach Mel Tucker earlier this season, many fans had speculated that perhaps three-time national champion head coach Urban Meyer might come out of retirement to coach their team. But Meyer made it very clear that he’s not interested in coaching the Spartans, or any other college team for that matter.
During an appearance at the Knoxville Quarterback Club this week, Urban Meyer was asked if he would consider coming out of retirement one more time to return to coaching college football, and he had a pretty clear response: “No desire.”
“I am good,” Meyer said according to Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I never really took a day off. People, when I say that, they scratch their head. I am like I never took a day off. I had some health stuff go on. I became addicted to sleeping pills. I was just a maniac worker. … So no. No desire.”
In addition to simply enjoying the time off that comes with a much more part-time studio job with Fox Sports, Meyer also made it clear how difficult it is to coach in college football these days.
“It has never been harder I am telling you right now,” Meyer said. “Every coach, every player has an agent. Think about that. Remember those days? Maybe a coordinator every once in a while had an agent. There is nothing wrong with agents. They’re great.
“But when I am the head coach having to deal with a high school player that (says) meet with my agent first. I am going I want to meet with your family because you are talking about recruiting and other stuff.”
So when Michigan State announces its next head coach, it won’t be Meyer.