Urban Meyer seeks balance, success

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Before Urban Meyer signed his Ohio State contract, he got another one in the mail.

This contract was written on pink paper by his 21-year-old daughter Nicole, a volleyball player at Georgia Tech. In it, she listed all the things her father would have to do if he wanted to return to coaching football. It states that he must exercise at least every other day, eat three meals a day, make every effort to see Nicole and her sister, Gisela, play volleyball and limit the number of hours he spends on football.

Meyer pulled the pink contract out of his sports jacket during his introductory news conference Monday. Shelley Meyer said he has kept it with him, though she doesn't think he's actually signed it.

"At least he hasn't ripped it up and thrown it away," she said.

The concern about Meyer isn't whether he will be worth his six-year, $24 million (plus incentives) contract with the Buckeyes. This is not, in sports parlance, a home-run hire for the Buckeyes. It is a grand-slam-in-the-ninth-inning-to-win-the-World-Series hire. How many times does a school find a coach who boasts two national titles and four BCS bowl wins, who's a native of the state and fan of the program and who can start right away? Meyer is the perfect choice to lead Ohio State out of its yearlong misery and back to the top of the Big Ten, if not the country.

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