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Meyer says ‘no truth to’ report of contact with Penn State

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On Friday, an Ohio-based blog reported, among other things, that former Florida head coach Urban Meyer had met with the president and athletic director at Penn State about possibly replacing Joe Paterno following the 2011 season.

The website, Sports, went so far as to report that the discussions between the two sides were “productive”.  The only problem?  Both sides are doing the expected and denying the validity of the detailed report.

When asked by‘s Joe Juliano about the report as he was making his way through the Beaver Stadium parking lot Saturday, Meyer, who is part of the ESPN broadcast team for the PSU-Iowa game this afternoon, dismissed the notion that he’s had conversations with the school about replacing JoePa.

“I’m not going to say anything. There’s no truth to [the report],” Meyer was quoted by Juliano as saying.

PSU’s president, Graham Spanier, has also described the report as inaccurate.

Of course, with it being the middle of the season and a living legend still patrolling the sidelines, it makes perfect sense for both Meyer and, especially, the school to deny, deny, deny.  It will be interesting, though, to watch how this plays out in the coming months because you can rest assured this will be far from the last report attaching Meyer’s name to Penn State — or any other prestigious job in the country, for that matter.

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8 Responses to “Meyer says ‘no truth to’ report of contact with Penn State”
  1. lbijake says: Oct 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    Standard replies all the way around. Cannot expect them to say anything else while Joe is still coaching, or at least standing, on the sideline. The main sticking point is Meyers demand to be able to fire Jay Paterno, while Joe is agreeable to retire if his son is named OC.

  2. stairwayto7 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    Tell me this on NOT TRUE! Meyer will have PSU on probation within 3 years then retire!

  3. unclemoobaa1911 says: Oct 8, 2011 4:17 PM

    Urban Meyer just said referring to PSU’s quarterback troubles, “someone needs to help our quarterbacks, i mean penn states quarterbacks.” this was live on the ABC broadcast of psu vs. iowa

  4. be4bama says: Oct 8, 2011 5:03 PM


  5. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 5:20 PM

    Oh, well, if Urban has denied it, then it couldn’t possibly be true. 😀

  6. hook3724 says: Oct 8, 2011 6:05 PM

    Come to Texas… lol!

  7. tigersgeaux says: Oct 8, 2011 8:27 PM

    If Meyer unretires there will be a large number of schools interested and more than a few VERY interested. There are not too many coaches which have his resume and there are not too many SEC coaches who won a BCS NC who are available.

  8. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 8, 2011 10:18 PM

    Please go anywhere but tOSU, quitter. We need fundamentally sound adult leadership!

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