Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, in an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports” set to run Tuesday night, admitted that he suffered from depression while coaching at Florida in 2009, losing 37 pounds in the season after the Gators won the national championship.
“I thought I was dying,” he said. “Mentally, I was broke.”
On Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, Meyer said he didn’t go into the interview with longtime TV journalist Andrea Kramer planning to discuss what came out.
“I didn’t know it would head in that direction,” he said. “Some people said (the interview) would be a good thing to do. I’m asked to do a lot of different interviews and usually turn them down.
“She’s a great lady and asked some great questions. That was just more toward the end of my tenure at Florida. I’m usually very health-conscious, and I’m doing that right now.”
Most of the schedule/lifestyle changes Meyer has made have come in the offseason.
“I’ll actually ‘leave’ leave,” he said. “I did research and asked my colleagues, ‘How the heck do you stay the course?’ The common denominator was to get away from it at times. Get away (for) family time.
“There was a time I would get away, but if a top recruit or something went on, I’d be right back the next day or on the phone. So when I get away, I shut it down.”
Quote of the week
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, when his eight-minute segment on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches call ended after 3½ minutes when there were no questions:
“That’s what happens when you’re 1-2.”
Players of the week
Co-offense: Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon. Abdullah, a senior from Homewood, Alabama, had 313 all-purpose yards in a win over Miami. Gordon, a junior from Kenosha, Wisconsin, ran for 253 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Bowling Green.
Defense: Maryland cornerback Will Likely. The sophomore from Belle Glade, Florida, had nine tackles and returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown in a win over Syracuse.
Special teams: Northwestern punter Chris Gradone. The junior from Cincinnati averaged 44.1 yards on seven punts in a win over Western Illinois.
Co-freshmen: Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales and Minnesota quarterback Chris Streveler. Scales, from Cincinnati, had five tackles and a sack in a win over Missouri. Streveler, from Crystal Lake, Illinois, rushed for 161 yards in his first start in a win over San Jose State.
Bits and pieces
» Northwestern defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo tied a Big Ten record against Western Illinois by forcing three fumbles. That had happened only three times previously, the last time 11 years ago.
» Rutgers is first in the Big Ten and third nationally in sacks with 17.
» Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner (knee, toe) and Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (lower body injury) are questionable for Saturday.
» Maryland has won four straight road games, and plays its first Big Ten game this week at Indiana.
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