Bad Idea for Texas A&M Football: Urban Meyer
Please let me know why anyone is even suggesting this one. Well, I know why some people are suggesting it—Urban has won a national championship and has a reputation as a good recruiter. Be that as it may, this would be a monumentally stupid idea for Texas A&M football. Urban has a history of scandal in his programs that have to be huge red flags when you’re evaluating a head coaching candidate. He self-professedly doesn’t handle losing well at all, which would be a huge issue if immediate success doesn’t manifest. He had a terrible tenure in Jacksonville as their head coach, and apparently kicked an Aggie in Josh Lambo. Not cool!
I get it, in a way. The fans suggesting this kind of thing are in a sort of “let’s make a deal with the devil!” mode. But if that’s what you’re wanting, then why Urban? Things had started to decline at Ohio State by the time he was headed out, and I already mentioned how things were headed down in Jacksonville. This is not a slam-dunk, sure-to-win-big hire by any stretch. In that respect, it’s a bad perspective to take on it. If we’re using the analogy of making a deal with the devil to sell your soul, the return here is less likely to be untold riches and knowledge and more likely to be a coupon for a free cheeseburger from Sonic. Cost-benefit analysis would not seem to recommend this move.
This hire doesn’t need to be a splashy one. I don’t think DeBoer or Schumann would necessarily be splashy. Urban is a big name, but the substance just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. I would be very hesitant when it comes to this hire—I don’t think Meyer is a guy the brass for Texas A&M football should give a call.