Since Urban Meyer's paid administrative leave was handed over in August, some speculated that this would be his last season in the state of Ohio.
They saw in the lack of support of the University of Meyer a significant blow the relationship between the coach and the school. Meyer has denied any kind of schism every time he was asked this year, explaining that his love for Ohio State is stronger than ever.
A few months ago, a pay site reported that Ohio and Ryan Day had agreed to queue Day OSU. Soon after, almost all the people named in the report denied such an agreement.
Since then speculation has surfaced again about Meyer's future, but for quite different reasons than it did in the summer.
Health concerns were added to the equation, and the math is not insignificant. Meyer was out in the field this year, suffering from severe headaches. Even before the headaches were revealed, people read every single Meyer mannerism they could find.
Mostly they read too far into things because, for years, Meyer has been marginalized for quite some time
However, a month ago, there was further speculation with Paywall about Meyer's future, including the same mentions of health concerns , Meyer responded to this speculation indefinitely.
"I plan to exercise," he said.
Then he was asked if he would come back safely next year. His answer?
However, there are rumors that raised even more questions on Monday.
"I plan to train."
It was not the most detailed or emphatic answer, but it was still an answer. Meyer then added his standard Answer Diversion technique by seamlessly answering the undisputed question about Northwestern's special teams.
Meyer has essentially done so since his arrival in the state of Ohio. When asked a question he does not want to answer, he answers instead a question he would rather answer. He laughs, Reporters laughs, it's an understood method of progression.
The real question then becomes why he felt the need to reject a question he had just answered.
FootballScoop.com's report came on Friday Meyer told OSU AD Gene Smith that he did not plan to train beyond the upcoming season, and OSU and Ryan Day feel the coach's atmosphere again.
Smith debunked the report and said it was not a deal place with one of the coaches. Meyer could also have debunked the report, but when asked about it on Friday in Indianapolis, he instead issued a muted "No comment".
As we all know, when it comes to answers, "No comment" can almost be seen as a confession of guilt. Guilt in this case would simply be that Meyer knows what his future holds and does not want to talk about it a day before the Big Ten Championship Game.
It's perfectly understandable that Meyer wants his The team focused on the task ahead and did not care about its future, but if there were no plans to leave the state of Ohio at short notice, he could have just said that.
When planning When he was leaving soon and did not want to interfere with his team's mindset, the only answer he could give in this situation was the exact answer he offered ̵
Urban Meyer's Only Wish Is Now
Nothing in Meyer's statement of a month ago contradicts Friday's report, which could make credible the growing belief in the mission Program t Meyer's future is undoubtedly in question.
But now is not the time to deal with such things. Not a day before the second biggest game of the year.
Right now, Meyer's team is fed up with speculation about his future being a distraction.
After this game, however, a "no" comment "will not be enough.
Players are asked coaches will be asked, Meyer will be asked until a response is given that is final enough to answer the questions once and for all
Or at least until another report about a rumor pops up, that is.