SEEKER OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE
The two-time national champion coach at Florida spent the last 10 months as an ESPN analyst. The 47-year-old Ohio native took over the Buckeyes on Nov. 28.
How did the conversation go with your wife when you took the Ohio State job?
URBAN MEYER: Last February, I said I didn't know if I could [be out of coaching], and she looked at me like I had seven heads. She said, "Give it time." I was planning on giving it more time than one year. But when things started to move [at Ohio State], it all changed.
Did you find that after you stepped down at Florida, everyone in your family was busy living their own lives?
UM: It was horrible. My two girls are in college, so that was awful. I only worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday [for ESPN]. For me that was unreal, the amount of free time. I was doing sets of 225 pounds on the bench press, which I hadn't done in 25 years.
Were you mowing the grass?
UM: I refuse to mow the grass—especially down there in that heat.
How much pressure will you feel at Ohio State compared to Florida?