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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: CBSSports.com'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.

CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Gator Dolphins really, or are you spouting off sour grapes? Urban didn't have Tim Tebow @ Bowling Green, or Utah and his offenses did fine...and this another thing I don't get about SEC fans..if your conference is truly the best then Meyer's offense was facing the best defenses in the country right? So therefore his offense should rocket through the Big Ten, unless your saying the Big Ten is a better overall conference than the SEC and will shut down Ohio State's offense completely. Not to mention Meyer went 12-1 and won a title in '06 with Chris Leak taking 80% of the snaps..do your research sir and you'll fine just how assinine you sound



First of all, Urban is a class guy, and I am one Gator (among most) who harbor no ill- will for him taking care of his health and his familiy's interests.  He did well for us, and we wish him Godspeed and all the best.  Having said all that, it is also fair to recognize that he had Mullen and Strong as coordinators during that stretch.  It wasn't as much just the loss of Tebow, but also the Pounceys, Spikes, an all NFL secondary, Harvin, Louis Murphy, and a host of NFL stars.  I think the added stress of having to assume the coaching and recruiting duties of guys like Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong added to the health issues.  If OSU surrounds him with strong coordinators and coaches who can lessen the recruiting and preparation burden on him, he may achieve legendary status there.  If not, he may be a bottle rocket.




Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

I thought it was a very big shame when Tressel bowed out as head coach for, what I feel is, such a stupid reason. That was a fatal blow to Ohio State and their 2011 season. Fickell's tenure of holding the fort could be better, but it could be much worse. I always thought he was a quick fix that was going to just have one season as interim head coach. But I think that the Buckeyes have struck gold in snatching Urban Meyer. Two years ago, nobody but NOBODY would have saw this coming. Why would Urban want to leave what he had in Florida? Whatever his reasons might have been for leaving, there is no denying this man's credentials. Somewhere Brady Hoke, Mark Dantonio, Brett Bielema, and Kirk Ferentz (among others) just realized how much harder their jobs just got.



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:55 am
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

I find it funny how people are so quick to judge this guy about his family life. Can't people change? Isn't it possible the guy is now better equipped to juggle the demands of coaching and family than before? He himself has said that he investigated with other coaches if it was possible to do that. That shows (at least to me) humility and a willingness to learn and change. Like it or not, Ohio State is the job that Urban Meyer has always dreamed about. Florida in that sense was a stepping stone for him. When you achieve your dream, you settle down more. I think Meyer is gonna be fine. He is home. Now, as long as the freak fans leave the guy alone and let him do his job, he will be at Ohio State for a decade or more. This is the best news to come out of Ohio State since January, 2003.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:53 am
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:17

    Meyer not Ohio St. coach yet; deal appears close

Who and the hell cares until he signs as of today Fickell is still the coach so why don't you writers find something better to write about


SOUNDS LIKE A MAD, BITTER UM FAN. 




Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:53 am
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Kina like RichRod taking extra practice time @ Michigan...I mean oops when we read your post we're supposed to forget Michigan is on NCAA probabtion for um....trying to gain an unfair advantage...or otherwise cheating



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:51 am
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

Hello recruit, I am Coach Urban Meyer, come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Brady Hoke,  come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Jerry Kill, come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Bradley, come to my school

Where does the recruit go?
It's Ohio St ...It really doesnt matter who the recruiter is.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:49 am
 

Meyer to be next coach at Ohio State

But how will we know that they will not cheat at the osu?  Cheating is a tradition there!




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:42 am
 

Meyer, Ohio State closing in on annoucement

Hello recruit, I am Coach Urban Meyer, come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Brady Hoke,  come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Jerry Kill, come to my school
Hello recruit, I am Coach Bradley, come to my school

Where does the recruit go?  O  H



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:38 am
 

Meyer not Ohio St. coach yet; deal appears close

I feel bad for you...but Lebron James did the same thing to us, and there was no pity party for Cleveland...he quit on us in the Boston Series, when we had the best team in the league so in a way I feel sorry for Florida fans, but in a way I don't it's almost like karma. I know its not the same sport but it's like we traded Lebron for Urban.....I don't feel sorry for the idiots who say he won't win because everywheres hes been hes won big...and he'll win big @ Ohio State just because kids go to OSU on name brand recognition alone.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:37 am
 

Meyer, Ohio State closing in on annoucement

This is great.   Urban is great.   You can smell the michigan's fans rage, envy and fear.



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