The most visible coaches’ wife in college football is, technically speaking, no longer a coaches’ wife. And she wants to keep it that way.
Urban Meyer officially retired from Ohio State when the final horn sounded on the Buckeyes’ 28-23 Rose Bowl win over Washington on Tuesday, and afterward Meyer maintained the same stance he’s had since his retirement was first announced back on Dec. 4: he thinks he’s done. He believes this was his final game.
It’s an answer that, while technically the most honest one he can give, understandably drew groans and eye rolls. Meyer retired once before, then came back to coach seven more seasons.
So, reporters went to another voice that matters in the Meyer household: Shelley.
“I would be ecstatic if he didn’t (coach again),” she told ESPN. “I’m done. I want him to be done. He’s too intense.”
Meyer walked away with a career 188-32 record. His .855 winning percentage is the highest in college football history for any coach who deposited at least 220 games. He won three national titles and seven conference titles. In 17 seasons, he posted 12 10-win seasons. Ten of his final 13 teams finished the year inside the AP top 5.
Meyer is a first ballot Hall of Famer who just walked away from his dream job. There’s simply nothing left to prove.
If the 54-year-old does come back some day, it’ll be in spite of his own legacy, his personal health and — most importantly — the wishes of his wife.