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By Matt McCoy
**Buckeye coach Urban Meyer was on the Dan Patrick show Thursday on our sister station AM 1230 Fox Sports Radio. You can listen to the interview by clicking here**
Oregon coach Chip Kelly is a wanted man. The Browns, Eagles and Bills will interview him about their head coaching positions Friday. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien drew the interest of the Browns as well, reportadly interviewing with Cleveland this week before announcing Thursday night that he'll remain at Penn State.
Those are two college coaches drawing NFL interest. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone is another being mentioned. What about Buckeye coach Urban Meyer?
Meyer is more decorated than any coach in college football not named Saban. On the Dan Patrick show Thursday, the Buckeye coach said he's had some NFL teams inquire about him in the past but it never went very far because his heart is with the college game.
"I love college football and I made that decision that that's where I wanted to be," Meyer said. "There was a time at Florida that I made some phone calls and had some conversations about (the NFL) but never to the point where I became serious about it. I'm just intrigued with the collegiate atmosphere. I don't know much about pro football. You start talking about salary caps and those types of things...I'd much rather talk about recruiting and the part that I love about college football and that's the development of young players so I've really never had an interest."
As for Kelly, Meyer called him a good friend, telling Patrick he recently visited an Oregon practice and came away understanding why Kelly is in such high demand.
"What makes him special as a coach is not the fact that he runs an up tempo, no huddle offense, it's the fact that he has everyone in that organization believing from the top down that's the way to win a game," Meyer said. "I watched that practice and walked away saying 'that's incredible,' because from the managers to the defensive coordinator, all the way up to the head football coach, there is one way of doing it...and they believe in it."
Meyer and the staff study RGIII and others
With no bowl game to prepare for, Meyer and the Buckeye staff have been mostly focused in on recruiting but that's not all. During his Dan Patrick Show appearance, the conversation turned towards the berth of Meyer's collegiate spread offense in the NFL.
Washington runs spread option with superstar rookie Robert Griffin III. Seattle does the same with Russell Wilson as does San Fransisco with Collin Kapernick. All three teams made the playoffs. Meyer told Patrick that he and the offensive staff studied those teams, plus Carolina with Cam Newton, to see if there were any new ideas the Buckeyes could put to use next year with Braxton Miller.
"It's phenominal what they're doing...it's pure spread offense," Meyer said. "The San Fransisco team was the one that really (impressed me.) They actually do some things we don't do. I can assure you we're going to do it next year...that's how good they were. I just give credit to guys like (49ers) coach (Jim) Harbaugh and some of those other guys."
Meyer said Washington coach Mike Shanahan visited him years ago at Florida and spent two days studying the spread he was using with the Gators.
"To see him doing it now with RG III, I just think that's a brilliant coach."
Meyer the analyst
When Alabama and Notre Dame meet for the national title Monday, Meyer will be a guest analyst on ESPN's telecast. He was asked by Patrick which team he thinks is better.
"I think Alabama probably has a little more depth but I think it's going to be very close," Meyer said. "Top to bottom I think Alabama's better but your first 22, I think Notre Dame is right with them."
Patrick also asked Meyer if his 12-0 Buckeyes could compete with the two championship game participants.
"Early in the year I would have said no chance...middle of the year, I'd say probably not...by the end of the year, I'd say we' be right in the middle of it."