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 replacingJoe Paterno following the 2011 season.
The website, Sports RappUp.com, 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 Philly.com‘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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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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