COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three days removed from surgery to relieve pressure from a cyst on his brain, Urban Meyer supervised Ohio State's first day of spring practice on Tuesday.
He did just about everything he usually did. He just wasn't quite as loud doing it.
Asked if he was limited in any way by the operation to alleviate recurring headaches, Meyer said there was one bit of advice from doctors.
"Just watch how long I scream," he said. "I'm not kidding you. And how long I blow the whistle. So I had (operations assistant Fernando Lovo) blowing the whistle today and it didn't sound very good. It didn't sound the same. So I'll be back after spring break. You'll hear it again."
A cyst on the surface of his brain was drained during a procedure at Ohio State Medical Center. He said it wasn't the first time he'd encountered problems with the congenital growth.
"Not great, I feel good," he said after the three-hour practice. "I've had it for several years. It's a cyst, an arachnoid cyst. It surfaced a couple of times, once in '98 and once in '04 and a couple of other times. It's just something you've got to manage."
Meyer had health problems that caused him to step down twice during his tenure at Florida, where he won two national championships.
Before taking the job at Ohio State in November 2011 in the wake of the ugly Jim Tressel/tattoo scandal, Meyer's family forced him to sign a contract pledging that he would not overdo it and would try to remain healthy.
He still has that framed contract in his office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
"I'm not going to be ignorant like I was before," Meyer said. "If something happens, I'm going to get it fixed. I just put it off, put it off, put it off. It had reached that point" where something needed to be done.
Meyer wore a white Ohio State ball cap, scarlet windbreaker, khakis and white running shoes as he walked from position group to position group.
He has a boomerang-shaped scar a few inches long on his left temple. At one point during Tuesday's practice, his injured star quarterback Braxton Miller walked up to him in the middle of Ohio State's indoor practice facility and asked to see the scar, which was hidden under his cap.