Many, many people dismissed the latest wave of speculation connecting Urban Meyer to the coaching job at Ohio State, due in large part to the fact that it “only” came from blogs or message boards. Those feelings were further buttressed by Meyer’s on-air denial Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after that denial was issued, however, some of Meyer’s co-workers jumped straight into the rumor mill fray.
According to Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low of ESPN.com, Ohio State has been in contact with Meyer about becoming its head football coach and there is strong mutual interest on both sides. No contract is in place, though, the report states.
As for the timing should the two sides consummate what many feel will be the inevitable, ESPN.com reports that an announcement likely wouldn’t come until after the regular season ends. The Buckeyes close out the 2011 regular season next weekend against archrival Michigan.
The report also notes that impending NCAA sanctions on the football program are a “potential issue.” How extensive those sanctions may or may not be could indeed play a role on whether Meyer takes a job that, from all appearances, is his for the taking.
During the course of Meyer’s on-air denial, the former coach was never asked whether he had engaged in conversations with the school. Rather, he simply denied that he had been offered or accepted the job.
“I know it’s that time of year. I’ve not been offered any job, and I’ve certainly not accepted any job,” Meyer said
We said it yesterday and we’ll say it again: there’s too much smoke for there not to be some flicker of truth burning underneath all of this speculation, especially when an arm of Meyer’s employer begins reporting on it. Whether it turns into a full-blown, five-alarm blaze in the coming days or weeks remains to be seen, although the signs are certainly pointing in that very direction.