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Urban Meyer officially joins Buckeyes

Updated: November 29, 2011, 11:28 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If Ohio State did not come calling, Urban Meyer says he was planning to stay away from coaching for at least another year.

Meyer, the former Florida coach and native Buckeye, was officially hired Monday by Ohio State, a program with a glittering past that has suffered through a difficult year of NCAA violations.

"If not for the coaching position at Ohio State, I would not have coached this year," he said.

Meyer resigned as Gators coach after last season, citing ...

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