As first reported by BuckeyeSports.com's Jeff Svoboda, Urban Meyer underwent a medical procedure this past weekend to "remove a small fluid collection related to a congenital arachnoid cyst" that was first found in 1999. Meyer is expected to coach tomorrow and be active throughout spring. Also according to Ohio State, Meyer had been suffering intermittent headaches the past two weeks that ultimately led to the procedure.
Meyer's cyst is nothing new. As then Florida coach, Meyer revealed to Sports Illustrated that he'd known about the arachnoid cyst for over 12 years. A doctor told the Palm Beach Post at the time:
"It's a benign cyst on the membrane tissue that covers the brain," says Dr. Robert Brodner, a board-certified neurosurgeon at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. "They occur congenitally in about 5 to 6 percent of the population - with the vast majority being asymptomatic."
Though Meyer's health (including an anxiety disorder that ultimately resulted in hospitalization during his time in Gainesville) had been the subject of criticism from cynics upon his return to the rigors of being a head football coach in major college football, this is the first such instance to this point that it's reared its ugly head during his Ohio State tenure.
We'll have more as it's available.