ATLANTA — In 1990 when Florida Coach Urban Meyer was the linebackers coach at Illinois State — a bad linebackers coach, he insists — he was looking to return to his native Ohio.
He called Nick Saban, who had recently been hired as Toledo’s coach, to see if he could have a job on his staff. In the days before cellphones, Meyer wrangled a home number for Saban and ended up speaking with his wife, Terry, for about 10 minutes.
“She was sold,” Meyer recalled with a smile. He told his wife, Shelley, “We’re going to Toledo.”