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Inside Urban & Shelley Meyer's Central Ohio Home

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Shelly Meyer takes Colleen Marshall through their Central Ohio home. Shelly Meyer takes Colleen Marshall through their Central Ohio home.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just weeks after Urban Meyer as announced as the next head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes, NBC4’s Colleen Marshall visited the Meyer’s Gainesville, Florida home to see just what they would be giving up for their move to Columbus.

Now with two seasons under Coach Meyer’s belt, his wife, Shelly, is showing us what life is like back in Buckeye country.

The Meyer family still looks out their windows at pink flamingos, but these days, the pink flamingos are shivering.

“Yeah, I don’t like that kind of white stuff. I like the sand. I like white sand. Five degrees is not making me happy,” said Shelly in regards to the Central Ohio winter.

Shelly says their pink flamingos were an anonymous front yard gift they later learned were from former major leaguer Kent Merker, who planted the ornaments just hours after Urban Meyer’s very first victory against that team up north.

“And I got a letter from the home association that I was violating the lawn ornament code and needed to take the flamingos down,” said Shelly.

It’s the only problem the Ross County native says she has these days. She says she is busy building her life back at home, teaching spinning and a nursing class at The Ohio State University.

She believes her family is where they were meant to be. Exhaustion previously forced Urban to walk away from his head coach position at Florida, making him available when his dream job unexpectedly opened up a year later.

“I mean, if that’s not what’s supposed to happen, what is? I’ve always been a believer that there’s a path we’re supposed to take. God has a path for us. We’ve always followed the path,” said Shelly.

During the tour, Shelly showed Colleen their Key West Room, a touch of Florida in a house that clearly belongs to a football family.

A family -- that is used to winning.

Colleen asked Shelly what it was like when the team experienced its first loss.

“Well that was what I was waiting on that whole time. I mean, at the end of that first season I said: ‘Really? You had to go undefeated the first year?’”

Shelly said she was waiting to see how her husband would handle the first loss. “Because that’s what really sends him over the edge. Losing. He can’t stand losing.”

She says he was okay; he had a different perspective. He understands it is a game – a game he and Shelly both love, and he is at the only place he wants to be.

“This is the last job. I mean, no matter what people say on Twitter, or message boards, or what – THIS is the job.”

Shelly said she doesn’t believe his tenure will rival that of Jo Paterno or Bobby Bowden.

“I really honestly don’t believe he will coach that long. It’s just too hard. He just goes too hard.”

Down the road she says she wants to be able to travel with her husband, and enjoy grandchildren, and watch the games from the comfort of their home.

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