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Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 11:46 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE:'s Dennis Dodd confirms that Urban Meyer will be the next football coach at Ohio State, ending weeks of speculation about his future and the Buckeyes' coaching position.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that a football-related news conference is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

Weeks of speculation and denial have reportedly come to an end, and Urban Meyer officially will be the next coach at Ohio State.

Meyer's agent reportedly confirmed to ESPN on Monday morning the former Florida Gators coach had accepted the Ohio State coaching job, the first official confirmation after reports from local throughout last week were vehemently denied.'s Dennis Dodd confirmed that was no official deal in place as of last Wednesday. It makes sense that Ohio State would not move forward crossing "t's" and dotting "i's" until the Buckeyes wrapped up their regular season. Ohio State fell to Michigan 40-34 on Saturday in the Big House, their first loss in the last seven years of the rivalry.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that interim head coach Luke Fickell will have the opportunity to remain on staff, but the former defensive coordinator may choose to pursue other opportunities. Assistance coach Stan Drayton, a former Meyer colleague, is also expected to have the opportunity to stay in Columbus.

This is Meyer's second return from retirement. The former Gators coach retired then immediately returned in 2009, before retiring for good in 2010. Citing health and family reasons, Meyer decided to take some time away from coaching and has spent the last year serving as an analyst for ESPN. Ohio State is bowl eligible, though the Buckeyes will not be officially extended an invitation until after the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:09 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Did you forget about his past at Florida. He had no control of the players there at all. How many arrests did the football team have during his tenure? Every year there was some type of bad exposure. Look what Dabo Swinney has done at Clemson. Nothing but upside there. He has control of his team and they play up for him. Here Urban goes to another university filled with speculation of pay for play and eligibility issues.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:48 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Gmbunk...I was responding to the original post in this thread stating that Ohio State is getting what they deserve blah, blah. Just my rebuttal saying we are taking great pleasure in your demise as well. I think it is apparent the true idiots are the Florida fans acting like losing Meyer was somehow a good thing for them. I am assuming you fall under that category. The funny thing is it took tons of issues/suspensions for Ohio State to have a poor season. Florida just had to lose Meyer. By the way how did you enjoy that basketball game a couple of weeks ago? Go Bucks.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:29 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State


I will start by saying that I really don't know what to expect from Urban Meyer, but really how are Les Miles' players any better prepared for the NFL than Meyer's? I'm trying to think of what players LSU has produced on offense in the NFL. Help me out. Joseph Addai has been OK, but he was a Saban guy. Patrick Peterson was a defense guy. JaMarcus Russell was probably the biggest QB bust of the last 10 years. Matt Flynn is riding the pine in Green Bay. Early Doucet maybe? I might be missing some, so sorry if that's the case, but it seems that the SEC in general doesn't produce much on the offensive side in the NFL compared to other conferences.

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:33 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Well here you have it, the truth comes out, good luck Ohio State, just have to wonder how long it will take this liar to show just how little integrity he really has. He has flat out lied to the University of Florida and all of the fans. Be leary Ohio State Fans, if you see his lips moving he most likely lieing. So I say good riddance you Phoney piece of crap. How you can stand in front of cameras and talk about what an outstanding couch and mentor to youngmen is beyond me pal. People said all long you were full of crap but we gave you our trust and support even when you lied to us the first time, then came back and lied again . So in my book your a disgrace and I for one am so glad you have moved on.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:22 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

First, I hope Fickell lands on his feet, he did a top notch job in an impossible situation - not having all his players for much of the season, the distrations, and all the rest. 

But I'm a little confused... weren't some 25-30 players at Florida  arrested on Meyer's watch?   Is this really what Buckeye fans deserve?

And why would UM fans be overly concerned?  UM beat the gators under Meyer. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:40 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Anyone else find it interesting that OSU (Ohio State University) had to go to UM (Urban Meyer) as a coach?  (Now watch, Urban Meyer will get a pretentious stick up his posterior and want to be called THE Urban Meyer).

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:16 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

I dont think that any Michigan fan is shaking in our boots or anything like that.  We got a good coach that has both Midwest (ie Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania) and West Coast recruiting ties (California, Arizona)  As many buckeye fans have noticed, Hoke is doing really well in Ohio getting top talent and I dont think that will just stop.  RichRod never got the Midwest which helped Ohio State, but Hoke not only knows the Midwest, he knows where to get the best talent.   Besides, Michigan already has Urban Meyers best recruiter in Greg Mattison when they were at Florida together.

Urban Meyer is one heck of a coach, but Michigan isnt just going to go away.  So all thoughts that Ohio State is just going to run over everyone else isnt going to happen.  But one thing you have to think about, is Meyer going to be able to get the same kids into Ohio State that he could at Florida.  I think its pretty safe to say that Ohio State and Michigan have much higher academic standards then what Meyer had to do with at Florida, and you just wonder if all the kids he got at Florida could qualify for the Big Ten standards. 

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:14 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Gotta love reading all these comments. You can really tell who the haters are. They despise having a great coach ending up at The Ohio State University. Sadly, Jim Tressel had a brain fart and made a monumental error in judgement forcing this move. What the heck was he thinking? But, one man's mistake becomes another man's great opportunity. This is probably the only job Urban Meyer ever dreamed of one day having while growing up in Ohio. Now, it's his. And, he's earned it given his remarkable resume. One thing I think will be interesting is to see him impliment the spread offense at OSU. Here's a team traditionally known for it's power football suddenly morphing into a team utilizing it's speed on the edges. Not that OSU's players haven't been fast. That's been a myth that OSU was slow as is proven by all it's NFL 1st round draft picks and lately becoming known as WR U. To all you haters I suggest you get a life. It's only a game. It's meant to enjoy while watching, not cause you all this pain and disgust you seem pent on having. You are truly jokes. And, that's really a sad commentary on your lives.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:13 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

As both a Buckeye and a Gator fan (it's been a loooooong season) I have very mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand I hope OSU gets what they think they are getting, a top flight coach that will bring in strong recruiting classes and enable the team to compete annually for conference and national titles. If OSU gets the Urban of a few years ago that could very well happen.  

However, given what I viewed in Gainesville in last couple of years of the Urban era (you could see the hand writing on the wall during Tebow's 13-1 season, without Tebow the Gators were less than stellar and the offense lacked its dynamic personality without Percy Harvin) it was clear Urban was, well something, I'll say distracted.  While I am forever grateful for what Urban brought to the Gators the way it all ended was strange to say the least.  Is it possible for a man to recoup after only 10 months and come back with the commitment necessary to lead a program like OSU, I don't know.  I don't pretend to know what is going through Urban's mind or what is happening with his health or his family.  I do feel he was less than straight with Florida and while he may bring W's to OSU he could very well end up breaking hearts.  I just don't trust him.  So I will remain grateful for the addition of 2 Crystal Footballs in the trophy case at Gainesville and I will be hoping for the best in Columbus, go Bucks!


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:08 pm

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

I am not sure if Meyer brings any sort of recruiting advantage with him or not.  You know that every competing coach will mention his health issues and how he quit on Florida and its recruits.  Plus, Meyer's system does a pretty poor job of preparing these players for the next level, so he will not have a cakewalk with it comes to recruiting by any means. 

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