Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he's fine after health scare

During the second half of Ohio State’s win over Indiana on Saturday, the FOX broadcast showed Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer drop to a knee on the sideline. Meyer, who had his left hand on his head, had to be tended to by OSU medical personnel.


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From there, per Cleveland.com, the 54-year-old Meyer then stood and walked down the sideline and kept his headset off for “a few minutes” while often putting his left hand against the left side of his head.

After the game, Meyer said he was dealing with a headache while refuting FOX’s report that he collided with a staff member.

Meyer has a history of medical problems

Meyer offered a bit more detail on Monday, attributing the scare to a cyst — something he’s had issues with in the past.

Here’s the back and forth he had a with a reporter:

Q. The headache episode on Saturday, it looked to me like you had a similar situation come at Penn State. And it seems like they come and go quickly. Is it an issue?

Meyer: I’ve been dealing with that cyst for many years, and we had the surgery several years ago. And when it does take place, it’s just, you know, they give me some medicine and I feel fine now. Just something I’ve got to monitor.


Meyer had surgery to drain a cyst back in 2014. As explained by Cleveland.com:

Meyer has been diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst, which is a fluid-filled sac that can put pressure on the brain and in some cases cause headaches.

Later in Monday’s press conference, Meyer was asked if another procedure to address the cyst has been considered.

“I’ll get by with what we’re doing,” Meyer replied.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Tulane Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is returning to his coaching duties after a three-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Tulane Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is returning to his coaching duties after a three-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Meyer spoke about his cyst problem earlier this season

Meyer’s issues with cysts came up earlier this season amid the Zach Smith drama. The investigative report that resulted in a three-game suspension for Meyer said the coach “sometimes had significant memory issues” and has “periodically taken medicine that can negatively impair his memory, concentration and focus.”

When asked about the memory issues, Meyer pointed to the cysts.

“I’m very healthy. I’ve had cyst issues in my head over the years. And I’ve had a couple of procedures and actually one surgery, also very intense medicine,” Meyer said Sept. 17.

“I’ve had some pretty heavy meds at times but it certainly doesn’t impact the way I coach.”

Meyer once retired because of health issues

In December 2009, when Meyer was the head coach at Florida, he was admitted to the hospital with severe chest pains:

Hours after Florida lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 5, Gators Coach Urban Meyer awoke in the middle of the night with severe chest pains.

He had experienced similar pains the past two years, but this time was different. He lost consciousness, went to a hospital in an ambulance and had more than nine hours of testing. That night was the tipping point for Meyer, 45, who stunned college football on Saturday by announcing that he was stepping down from coaching.

He took a leave of absence until returning to his role full-time in March 2010. However, following the 2010 season, Meyer announced his retirement from coaching in order to focus on his health and family.

Meyer served as an analyst for ESPN during the 2011 season before returning to coaching at Ohio State in 2012. Entering this season, Meyer had a 73-8 record with the Buckeyes, including the 2014 national title. OSU, now 6-0, has won all three of its games since Meyer’s return, extending his OSU record to 76-8.

The Buckeyes host Minnesota (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday in Columbus.

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