Urban Meyer still receives paychecks from Ohio State, but seeing the former Florida coach in a Gator polo in Orlando has some Buckeyes seeing red.
Meyer, of course, coached Florida to national championships in 2006 and 2008 before retiring due to health issues after the 2010 season.
Meyer, who spent six seasons in Gainesville, initially took a leave of absence a few weeks after suffering chest pains following the 2009 SEC title game.
At first, Meyer said he would resign from his position but then changed it to a leave of absence.
A few months later, however, he returned to his position full-time ahead of the 2010 campaign.
Florida had some uncharacteristic struggles that year, and Meyer announced his retirement in December 2010, citing his health and the desire to be more present in the lives of his family members.
Meyer’s tenure at Florida had a ton of success on the field, but was full of issues off the field.
The Gators have been plagued by mediocrity in the years since Meyer’s departure.
It had to be a strange sight for UF fans to see him donning the Gators polo.
After his time at Florida ended, Meyer spent most of the 2011 season working as an analyst for ESPN.
But that was short-lived. He ended up returning to coaching, this time at Ohio State, by November of that year.
Meyer coached the Buckeyes for seven seasons, notching three Big Ten titles, a national title and an 83-9 overall record, before again announcing his retirement after the 2018 season.
Meyer, who again pointed to his health as his reason for stepping away from coaching, is now working as an analyst for Fox.
Meyer made his 2019 college football analyst debut for FOX on Saturday, taking part in the network’s season preview show ahead of Week 0’s games.
One of Meyer’s comments during the show has gone viral, too.
Unsurprisingly, it has to do with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.
Meyer was asked by FOX host Rob Stone if this will finally be “the year” for Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
“Year for what?” Meyer said with a coy smile.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 24, 2019
Meyer never lost to Michigan or Harbaugh during his time in Columbus, going 7-0 against his main rival.
The former Ohio State head coach is picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, though he is a fan of the Wolverines’ roster.
“They certainly have the players. They have some of the best unknown players in America,” Meyer said. “The question is are they going to be able to transition to a spread offense fast enough to not lose a game.”
Michigan has had struggles on offense in games against Ohio State, though the Wolverines have brought in former Alabama assistant Josh Gattis to run the offense, and expectations are high heading into 2019.
The Wolverines and the Buckeyes are set to meet in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 30.