Meyer reveals price of his balancing act
NOV 26, 2012 2:07p ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A year after he returned to coaching and took the job at Ohio State, Urban Meyer revealed that there have been no issues with his "other" contract — the one signed with his family upon his return.
It just cost him a little money.
Speaking Monday at his season wrap-up news conference, Meyer revealed that he got two traffic tickets on the same day when Columbus-area traffic cameras twice caught him running red lights.
He was late for his son's CYO football game.
Meyer said the tickets "just showed up" at his house, and he first blamed Ohio State staffers who he had given permission to use his vehicle.
"Then I thought about it," Meyer said, "and it was September whatever, on a Sunday at 12:30 p.m., and I was 15 minutes late. I was getting texts from my wife that said, 'You'd better get here.' "
Meyer's three children — college volleyball players Gigi and Nicki and son Nate — made him agree to take better care of himself than he did before he resigned at Florida in 2010. The deal included spending more time with the family and making sure he was eating right.
The contract was signed on a piece of pink paper, and Meyer had it with him at his introductory news conference last Nov. 28.
Meyer was able to attend Gigi's Senior Night volleyball game at Georgia Tech during Ohio State's bye week earlier this month, and he revealed he missed only one of Nate's football games this season.
"Every Sunday at noon, I busted out of here and went to watch my son play football," Meyer said. "That would have never happened (before). I missed one game. I think we got back late or something, I can't remember why.
"That's just an example. I knew there'd be heck to pay if I (missed more)."
As for his overall health, Meyer said: "I felt great. I feel great."
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