ESPN: Urban Meyer asked off game

Updated: November 27, 2011, 11:21 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

An ESPN spokesman says Urban Meyer will not be appear on the network this weekend after the former Florida coach requested he be taken off his assignment.

Several media outlets have reported that Meyer is set to become the new coach at Ohio State.

On Friday, ESPN spokesman Mike Humes posted on his Twitter account: "Urban Meyer won't be appearing on ESPN this weekend. He requested off his studio assignment and we obliged."

Meyer has been working as a game analyst this season for ESPN, and the rest of his usual broadcast team will be covering the Buckeyes' game against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, ESPN announced Meyer would work in the studio Saturday.

Sources told WKMG-TV in Orlando that Meyer has agreed in principle to become Ohio State's coach and will be introduced in the coming days. According to WKMG's sources, Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million deal.

The Columbus Dispatch reported two well-placed sources at Ohio State said Wednesday that Meyer will be announced next week as the next head coach of the Buckeyes. But the Dispatch's sources also said final terms for a deal -- such as length of contract and financial remuneration -- have not been decided.

Contacted Wednesday by ESPN, Meyer denied that he had a deal with Ohio State.

"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."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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