Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer told reporters he was mentally broke when he coached at the University of Florida in 2009 and relied on a mixture of alcohol and Ambien to sleep, according to an upcoming report from HBO's 'Real Sports' cited by ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Meyer said he became depressed and lost 37 pounds during the season in which the Gators went 13-1 and won the Sugar Bowl. After his team's loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game, Meyer said he was admitted to a hospital with chest pains and thought he was dying.
Meyer even had difficulty enjoying his 2008 team's national championship win.
Meyer said after Florida won the national title after the 2008 season he didn't -- and couldn't -- enjoy the victory. He began recruiting literally minutes after the 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game in Miami ended.
"I was in a panic situation," Meyer said. "We just won it. We got to do it again. I close the door. And I started just recruiting. One of my friends came and said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'Enjoy, what's wrong with you, man? Enjoy this.' I tried."
Meyer resigned from Florida at the end of the 2010 season. He leads an Ohio State Buckeyes team that is 2-1 and faces Cincinnati next Saturday.
- Will Green