Dodd: Meyer/OSU Marriage "Could Be Over"

Dennis Dodd believes this is Urban Meyer's final season in Columbus

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 9:42 am

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Urban Meyer is 77-9 with a national title at Ohio State, but there is growing speculation that this could be his last season in Columbus. Meyer is 16-4 over his last 20 games, with an average margin of defeat of 26.5 points.

Could Meyer leave Ohio State after the season? Dennis Dodd says yes.

“Based on what we saw against Purdue and then a bye week, all they’ve got really going for them right now is a gunslinging quarterback, and that’s Dwayne Haskins – and he’s good,” the CBSSports.com national college football writer said on Taz & The Moose. “But this was a team that thought its best player might have been Nick Bosa, who left with that core injury. So you lose your best player, you can’t run the ball, their offensive line isn’t very good – so all you’ve got is a guy who you hope throws for 400 yards and beats people.”

Haskins threw for a school-record 470 yards against Purdue – and the Buckeyes still lost 49-20. They host Nebraska (2-6) this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

“They’ll beat Nebraska, but the whole season – and Urban going forward – will be decided in that Michigan game,” Dodd said. “There is a lot of – I don’t want to say turmoil – but there are a lot of questions to be answered right now, and I don’t think many of them will be answered against Nebraska. . . . I think Michigan is the best team in the Big Ten. I think Michigan is going to go into Ohio State and win that game.”

Meyer was asked at his Monday press conference whether he plans on coaching next season. He said yes, but it wasn’t all that convincing.

“I think you have to ask (the question),” Dodd said. “There’s all kinds of speculation about his health, about his will to be there. There was a story last week speculating there was issues between him and the athletic director, Gene Smith. I will tell you this: you’ve got to do a lot to get on the bad side of Gene Smith. And boy, that wasn’t exactly an emphatic ‘I’ll be back.’ He kind of mumbled it. 

“I’ve said publicly for weeks now I don’t think he’ll be the Ohio State coach in 2019,” Dodd continued. “That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be fired. There’s all kinds of ways he can exit, but what he’s gone through – frankly, what Ohio State’s gone through to get to this point – I think the marriage might be over.”

If Meyer does leave, Dodd expects him to sit out a season before returning to the sidelines in 2020 – possibly at Auburn. Or – brace yourselves, Buckeye fans – Meyer could wait out Nick Saban and take his talents to Tuscaloosa. 

“If Alabama loses Nick Saban in the next three years, would you be surprised if he went there?” Dodd asked. “I wouldn’t.”