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Ohio State vs. Maryland: Watching Urban Meyer was just uncomfortable

No. 10 Ohio State kept itself alive in the College Football Playoff race, just barely, with a 52-51 overtime win…

No. 10 Ohio State kept itself alive in the College Football Playoff race, just barely, with a 52-51 overtime win at Maryland on Saturday. Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome missed the receiver Jeshaun Jones in the end zone on a decisive two-point attempt to end the game.

Ohio State had trailed 17-3 in the first quarter, 24-10 in the second, and 31-17 in the third. The Buckeyes were also down in the last minute of regulation by a touchdown, but they scraped together just enough plays to beat an underdog that played its heart out.

The win will probably leave Ohio State fans more relieved than happy.

Urban Meyer’s sideline demeanor and expressions were a story of the game, as ESPN’s cameras and the internet watched him closely.

At various points, Meyer just looked furious with his team and the game’s officiating crew. After the Buckeyes, he got his headset:


After a turnover in the third quarter, he looked aghast:




And he did again after a bad-looking pass interference call on The Buckeyes with two minutes left, which set a crucial Maryland score:


But at other points, Meyer looked like he might be in physical pain.

Cameras caught him keeled over several times.


This was during A timeout in the fourth quarter, when OSU trailed by a score:

Meyer’s medical history is well documented and one of the biggest reasons why his future at Ohio State does not seem certain right now.

His mental health has suffered at different points.

He has been diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst in his brain and dropped to the ground on the sideline during one 2018 game. He has been dealing with “aggressive headaches” in the last two years, his doctor recently told Yahoo Sports:

Meyer decided to outline his medical history because of persistent questions about his future as Ohio State’s coach. He reiterated to Yahoo Sports, at han ikke har planer om å gå ned på Ohio State, men ønsket å være helt transparent om hans helseproblemer for å lette spørgsmål om hans fremtid. “I just want people to know what’s going on,” Meyer said. “I’ve been dealing with this for several years.”

“As with many medical conditions, the issue with his cyst is incurable and progressive,” Cleveland .com wrote after Meyer talked in late October with local media about his health.

These issues have been lingered for a while. Ohio State investigators found Meyer did not lie at a press conference on his knowledge of abuse allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. De onderzoekers legden geheugenverlies en medicatie als mogelijke explanaties.

Meyer is 54 and has spent all but one of the last 18 years as an FBS head coach, working absurd hours and dealing with huge pressure all that time.

For that reason, watching him labor more and more throughout the Maryland game has been deeply uncomfortable.

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