Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Urban Meyer says there is no OSU deal
By Edward Aschoff
With the season winding down, the coaching talk is hot.
And for former Florida coach, and current ESPN college football analyst, Urban Meyer, all signs are pointing toward Ohio State.
Sources told WKMG-TV in Orlando that Meyer has agreed in principle to become coach at Ohio State and will be introduced soon. According to WKMG's sources, Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million deal.
However, Meyer told ESPN that there is no deal for him to take over the Buckeyes in 2012.
"I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place," Meyer said in a statement. "I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further."
On Saturday, sources told ESPN.com that Ohio State had been in contact with Meyer about becoming the school's coach.
Meyer, who guided Florida to national championship wins in 2006 and 2008, left Florida following the 2010 season because of family and health concerns. His .813 winning percentage (65-15) is the second-best in school history and his .750 winning percentage (36-12) in SEC play is within the top five in league history among head coaches who spent five or more years in the conference.
He also became the first coach in FBS history to post consecutive 13-win seasons (2008 and 2009) and he is also the only coach to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span.
At 47, Meyer is still considered one of the youngsters in the coaching profession and has recently told The Gainesville Sun about possibly returning to he coaching ranks.
Meyer has never denied that he has a very competitive side and most wondered when -- rather than if -- Meyer would return to the coaching sidelines.