Meyer seriously considering ESPN

Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 5:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 5:45 p.m.

Urban Meyer is seriously considering joining ESPN after he officially steps down as Florida's coach.

Meyer said during the Outback Bowl press conference Tuesday he "thinks" he will be a part of ESPN in some capacity in the future after helping with bowl coverage before Christmas. The Sun first reported that Meyer met with ESPN officials to discuss possibly joining the network.

Meyer and his family were in New York for the holidays when he was asked to help ESPN. Meyer went to Bristol, Conn., to appear on SportsCenter and the pregame show for the Las Vegas Bowl.

"We went and had three of the greatest days we've ever had together and (ESPN) called up and said, 'Why don't you drive up for the day?' So I brought my son and he loved it," Meyer said.

While Meyer said he won't pursue anything with ESPN until after he coaches the Gators (7-5) against Penn State (7-5) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, he was very impressed with what he saw during his time working in Bristol.

"What I found out, what a place, what great people," Meyer said.

"I'll have to do something. If (PSU) Coach (Joe) Paterno doesn't hire me as a (graduate assistant) I'm going to have to.''

Paterno said he endorses Meyer if he decides to work for ESPN, but doesn't want him to end up like ex-coach Lou Holtz who is referred to as Dr. Lou on ESPN.

"I hope he never becomes Dr. Urban," Paterno joked. "We can only handle one doctor at a time."

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