COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer pulled a pink slip out of the inside breast pocket of his suit coat, a small square of paper his wife Shelley called a contract that "takes precedent over any other one he signs."
Even though he might not have scribbled his signature in agreement yet.
It was the brainchild of the new Ohio State football coach's 21-year-old daughter Nicki, a volleyball player at Georgia Tech. Nicki Meyer mailed it to their home in Gainesville, Fla., before Shelley Meyer and their children sat down for a family discussion, firing questions at Urban about whether he could avoid the stress and his insistence on doing everything himself that prompted him to twice step down because of health issues at the University of Florida. He spent the past 11 months away from the game, working as an analyst for ESPN.
It's a contract about balance, about family priorities, about taking care of himself.