by Milton Kent
Once Urban Meyer stepped down for good as Florida‘s head football coach in November, the clock began counting down to when some broadcast entity would bring the man who won two national titles in six years into the fold as an analyst. It just seemed too obvious that the youthful, telegenic Meyer would make a pit stop in a booth or studio before heading back to the sidelines.
And sure enough, the most likely suitor, ESPN, announced Monday that it has signed Meyer to join its ranks, with his first appearance coming during Wednesday’s marathon ESPNU show for National Signing Day.
Meyer developed a taste for television work after serving as a guest analyst for the Worldwide Leader for the national title game in January. That experience helped Meyer get past a desire he might have had to sit relaxing on his couch for a year or more.
“There’s a lot of time, and I don’t sit very well and I want to stay around college football,” said Meyer on a conference call Monday. “There was time (to ponder sitting out) , but not much time. I was really hoping something like this would materialize after the national championship game.”