Urban Meyer fighting history with OSU

August, 15, 2012
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Winning a title is hard enough, but history is not on Urban Meyer's side in his quest to win another title at a second school, Ivan Maisel writes.
Urban Meyer left Florida in December 2010 and searched his soul to determine if he could return to coaching without ruining his life.

He asked his peers, men such as Mack Brown and Bob Stoops, how they coached at a national championship level and maintained their relationship with the real world of wife and family. As my colleague Wright Thompson reported last week, now that Meyer has returned to his home state to take over the Ohio State Buckeyes, the coach keeps a rock on his office bookshelf on which is etched the word, "Balance."

In his search to achieve that balance, however, Meyer overlooked one piece of the task before him. If he's going to win his third national championship, this time while coaching in the Horseshoe, Meyer must dislodge the rock in his way called "History."

Of the 11 men before him who left the school where they finished No. 1 and returned to college football as a head coach, only one won another national championship. Nick Saban, who won at LSU in 2003, has held up the crystal football twice at Alabama, most recently in January.

Read the rest of Maisel's story here.

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