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Buckeyes' Urban Meyer reiterates lack of interest in jump to NFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At least one NFL team reached out recently to gauge Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's interest in leaving the college level.

But Meyer isn't going anywhere.

Meyer wouldn't identify the NFL team that had contacted him about a potential job, but he confirmed there had been interest in him as a candidate.

The feeling obviously wasn't mutual.

"I was reached out to," Meyer said. "[They] asked if I would be interested, and I'm not."

Meyer was asked if the team was the Cleveland Browns, but he again declined to specify a team.

At the end of last season, Meyer seemed to leave the door slightly open for himself to try his hand at the next level, saying only that he didn't have any interest "right now" when asked during a January news conference if he might ever want to coach in the NFL.

Meyer had also earlier this month issued a statement saying he was not interested in any other job after a report surfaced that the Browns would go after him.

It appears nothing has changed for Meyer since then as his No. 7 Buckeyes prepare to wrap up their season on Friday against No. 8 Notre Dame in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.

"I really enjoy where I'm coaching and who I'm coaching," said Meyer, a three-time national championship coach. "At this point, my son's in high school. We're where we need to be. I really love my athletic director. I think the future's bright. We're recruiting well. I'm very happy with where we're at.

"The NFL, Chip Kelly is one of my closest friends, Greg Schiano is one of my closest friends," Meyer said, referring to the former Eagles head coach and former Buccaneers head coach, both of whom were fired in the NFL after having coaching success in college. "I think sometimes they say college coaches don't make it very well. I don't know who makes it well. People are getting fired left and right. Pete Carroll has done very well.

"So I don't know. I do get those questions sometimes. I don't study it enough. I know that it's not just college coaches that are struggling in the NFL."