Urban Meyer Ohio State
November 20, 2011 by staff
Urban Meyer Ohio State, If former Florida coach Urban Meyer plans on taking the Ohio State head coaching job, he’s not letting on right now.
Meyer, ananlyst for ESPN, said during the network’s broadcast of the Nebraska-Michigan game Saturday afternoon that he has neither been offered nor has he accepted any job.
Former Buckeye and current ESPNanlyst Chris Spielman said as far as he knows, talk of Meyer being offered and ready to accept the Ohio State job is strictly rumor at this point.
Contacted last week by the Associated Press, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said no deal had been struck with Meyer.
Meyer, 47, a native of Ohio, has been rumored to be heading for Columbus since Jim Tressel resigned almost six months ago over a scandal involving impermissible benefits and players exchanging tattoos for memorabilia. (Interim coach Luke Fickell is signed only through this season.) Meyer began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes in 1986.
Meyer resigned as Florida’s coach on Dec. 8, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and later citing health reasons. He won 104 games and two national championships over 10 years with the Gators, Utah and Bowling Green.
Florida coach Will Muschamp, who replaced Meyer in December, said he isn’t buying the Ohio State rumors.
“Yeah, it would,” Muschamp said when asked if Meyer taking the job would surprise him. “I think it would be great for college football. Urban is an outstanding football coach. He does it the right way. He did a phenomenal job at Bowling Green and Utah and then, obviously, here at Florida. He’s a first-class guy. But with his deteriorating health and his family, as important as that is to him, I wouldn’t think he would. That’s just my opinion.”
Florida junior NT Omar Hunter wouldn’t comment on if he believes Meyer will take the Ohio State job but said he expects him to return to coaching one day.
“I know he loves the game,” he said. “I think when it’s the right opportunity and the right place for him, he’ll come back and coach. Given all his health issues, when he gets that straightened out, he’ll be back.”
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