COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer is back on familiar turf, fit and rarin' to go as Ohio State's new football coach.
Without question, he'd like to add to the national titles and success he had at Florida — only this time with a better ending: No burnout.
A match that seemed obvious for months was made Monday, when the Buckeyes hired Meyer to take over a glamour program struggling through a year of well-publicized NCAA violations.
Meyer resigned as Gators coach after last season, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family.
"A year ago in my mind I was convinced I was done coaching," the 47-year-old said.
He's now convinced he can balance a healthy life and a high-pressure job.
"I've been checked out and I'm ready to go," he said. "I've been to a place and I don't want to go back."
He did, though, yearn to be back on the sideline at the Horseshoe.
"If not for the coaching position at Ohio State, I would not have coached this year,' said Meyer, who grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, about 200 miles away from campus.
Meyer will become one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, along with Alabama's Nick Saban and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas' Mack Brown. He was given a six-year contract that pays $4 million annually, plus another $2.4 million total in "retention payments." He also can qualify for supplemental bonuses.