When Urban Meyer steps away as Ohio State’s coach after the Rose Bowl, he’ll still have a view of the football program.
From across the street and 10 stories up.
Meyer’s new office won’t be in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center football building. Instead, the Buckeyes are preparing a new space for him across the hall from athletic director Gene Smith on the 10th floor of the Fawcett Center, the home for Ohio State’a administration.
It’s also quite a bit smaller than the office of the head football coach in the Woody, which seems more like an apartment than an office.
“I showed him the office, and he said, ‘Man, I’ve got a lot of stuff,’” Smith told cleveland.com in an interview this week. “I said, ‘You’ve got to take some stuff home, or you’ve got to purge.’”
Why this office location?
Because Smith is aware that a three-time national championship coach can cast a long shadow. While the AD wants Meyer as part of Ohio State athletics, he also wants to make it clear that Meyer is sticking around to help the entire athletic program, not just the football team.
Smith told cleveland.com that Meyer will hold the title of assistant athletic director, though he’s not yet sure of the specifics. He also explained how he might handle things if he feels Meyer is hanging around football in a way that could make life more difficult on new head coach Ryan Day.