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Updated: Report says Meyer to take OSU job amid denials from Meyer himself

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Another day, another Urban Meyer denial.  And, honestly, we’d expect nothing less.

For the umpteenth time in the past week or so, a media outlet has reported that the former Florida coach has agreed to become Ohio State’s next head coach.  This time it’s Orlando television station WKMG doing the honors, reporting that Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million contract — previous reports had the number pegged at $35 million over the same number of years, so Meyer has apparently earned a raise before ever coaching a game in Columbus — and will be introduced as Jim Tressel‘s permanent replacement in the coming days.

The report goes on to state that Meyer “will bring several current UF assistant coaches with him to Columbus, including D.J. Durkin, the Gators’ linebackers coach, who will be the OSU defensive coordinator”.  Previous reports had suggested that interim head coach Luke Fickell would stay on as Meyer’s coordinator; the TV station says that Fickell will stay on Meyer’s staff as an assistant.  Additionally, UF strength coach Mickey Marotti is expected to become OSU’s Director of Football Operations, the station reported.

One source with knowledge of the situation told CFT earlier this week that while it’s not a signed, sealed and delivered deal — still — it will be in short order and that an official announcement will come next week.  Meyer, as he’s done on at least a couple of occasions over the past couple of weeks, has denied reports that he has landed the job, but did so in an open-ended statement that’s very much open to interpretation.

I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further,” Meyer said in his latest statement.

(Translation: let my family and I enjoy the holiday before I jump headfirst back into the coaching game.  Thanks in advance. Urbz)

Meyer can deny the reports and speculation all he wants, but one thing has become crystal clear: barring an unexpected development, the Ohio-born coach will become the next head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes at some point in the not-too-distant future, likely, as we’ve noted previously, before the calendar flips from November to December.

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UPDATED 12:05 p.m. ET: The conflicting reports keep rolling in. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting via “two well-placed sources at Ohio State” that Meyer will be announced as the new head coach at tOSU sometime next week. The details of Meyer’s supposed contract haven’t been decided upon yet.

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40 Responses to “Updated: Report says Meyer to take OSU job amid denials from Meyer himself”
  1. blitz4848 says: Nov 23, 2011 10:30 AM

    Mickey Marrioti will be a “real get” for Ohio State and a BIG loss for the Gators.

    Marrioti is one of the best strength coaches in the country and the players believe in him and his strength programs.

    As Director of Football Operations he will put in place a stellar program that you Buckeyes will soon grow to respect.

    Being a long time Gator I have to admit this will be a huge loss to the Gator program………….

  2. 10kmp says: Nov 23, 2011 10:31 AM

    If true, and I believe it’s inevitable that Meyer becomes the next HC at Ohio State, it will be a lethal combination. Everyone from Saban, to Kiffin, to Stoops… and yes, most especially Brady Hoke, should sit up and take notice because the Buckeyes are about to start a(nother) blistering run through college football… like it or not. Tressel put up a recruiting fence around Ohio during his decade long run, and this year Michigan made some inroads in that area. I hope you enjoyed it Hoke, because that success will be very short lived. There’s a new HC here at “Ohio”, and he’s about to punk you, both in the living room and on the football field. Get ready…

  3. lbijake says: Nov 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    Meyer livcs and dies based on his assistants. Unless he puts together a great staff, this is a non-story.

  4. steelersandladyboysfan says: Nov 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    pretty underwhelming staff to be honest

  5. gatorays says: Nov 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    Great hire. However if the pressure in Gainesville got to him…..think what C bus will do to him.

  6. soflatrojan says: Nov 23, 2011 11:19 AM

    Far more pressure to win in the SEC than the B10.

    Agree 100% after Mullen left the offense was never the same in Gville.

  7. 8man says: Nov 23, 2011 11:34 AM

    I absolutely hate this guy. And being a Wolverine fan, it’ll steam me to no end to see him on the opposing sideline every year.

    As much as I hated seeing the Buckeye’s pound Michigan each year, at least I knew Tressel was a decent human being and ran a clean program…oh wait..


  8. kupski says: Nov 23, 2011 11:44 AM


    Accordiong to the Plain Dealer

  9. redsoxaa says: Nov 23, 2011 11:56 AM

    Yeah, he will have a real easy time recruiting. “As long as you guys are winning I will be your coach, but if you start to lose….”

  10. jaggedmark says: Nov 23, 2011 11:58 AM

    OSU, meet the option read spread offense. Hope you enjoy it as much as Michigan did.

  11. kupski says: Nov 23, 2011 12:03 PM

    hey jagged !

    Urban is a GREAT COACH
    Not some fat, gravy stained pig of an Otis from Mayberry that Michigan has as a coach..

    Whats Otis’s record at Michigan b.t.w. ? hell, whats his record total ?


  12. BrownsTown says: Nov 23, 2011 12:27 PM


  13. harleyspoon says: Nov 23, 2011 12:31 PM

    Someone wrote: “(Translation: let my family and I enjoy the holiday before I jump headfirst back into the coaching game. Thanks in advance. Urbz)”

    When in the hell are people who write for a living going to get this “I” & “me” thing right. The above should have been, “(Translation: let my family and ME enjoy the holiday before I jump headfirst back into the coaching game. Thanks in advance. Urbz)”…

    We don’t say “let I enjoy the holiday…”

  14. thefiesty1 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:13 PM

    How long and how many times did Saban deny all reports that he was going to Alabama before announcing that he was the new coach? Same thing for Meyer, just give it a break until it’s done.

  15. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: Nov 23, 2011 1:23 PM

    @BrownsTown hearts counting

  16. canetic says: Nov 23, 2011 1:25 PM

    Urban Liar strikes again!

  17. buckifan4life says: Nov 23, 2011 1:36 PM

    HAHA,..Haters abound!

    I love haters because you know they hate because at some point you broke their hearts. Urban Meyer will lock down Ohio recruiting and one or two of meatchickens recruits from Ohio may be wanting to take another look at OSU.

    I know one thing,…it’s gonna be FUN!

  18. superfbfan says: Nov 23, 2011 1:39 PM

    Hey OSU fans…be careful what you wish for! Dan Mullen isn’t coming to Columbus…or Charlie Strong…neither is Tebow. Again, why would any team want a liar as their coach? OSU is a national power and they should be looking for a long term solution…Meyer is not the answer. Look at that huge mess he left at Florida…do you want that in Columbus?

  19. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2011 1:51 PM

    What a GREAT weekend this is going to be!!! Hanging out with 200 plus rabid Buckeye fans in an alumni bar here in Scottsdale, AZ – enjoying the fantastic weather, drinking an amazingly cold beer, and watching the Buckeyes put up another W against the ugly helmet team. Then, immediately after – an announcement that Urban Meyer has accepted the head coaching job at The Ohio State University!!!
    NOT to mention eating leftover turkey sammiches all weekend!!!

    Let’s drop the whole Urban was only successful because of Tebow – BULLSH!T! Tebow was an awesome college QB but there were just a few other players on both sides of the ball that had quite a bit to do with it as well. And NO, Ron Zook’s recruiting was not the reason for Urban’s success either – had they been so great, Zook wouldn’t have been run out of town to Illinois – where he isn’t doing all that great either.

    Urban has been successful everywhere he’s been and I don’t see a reason that trend doesn’t continue!

  20. akmgoblue says: Nov 23, 2011 2:54 PM

    Wolverine fans do not despair, we have beat down Meyer before
    Ohio is courting Meyer to serve as a stabilizing force when Ohio is handed their sentence in Jan. No bowl game for one year lose .25 scholarships for three years. Remember Ohio has been charged for failure to monitor and the HC and AD both committed purjury. Ohio is one step away from the death penalty. With Meyer on board Ohio might be able to keep some of the recruits for 2023 to keep from jumping ship as the 2012 has already done. As far as a tactician he is like Rich Rod, only knows one style and cannot make adjustments at half time. So buckeye nation you get whay you deserve another coach who looks the other way when playing inelegable players

  21. pbolyard says: Nov 23, 2011 3:03 PM

    Hey OSU recruits do you really want to play for a guy that just quits on his program? Have fun!!

  22. irishfan109 says: Nov 23, 2011 3:33 PM

    Just had to get a picture of Tim Tebow in here…

  23. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2011 3:47 PM

    @amk – congrats!!! You get the award for the stupidest post from an ugly helmet fan today – which is not an easy task given what I’ve seen being burped out. One step from the death penalty is about as real of a possibility as coach Flounder Hoke is to Jenny Craig spokesblob!

  24. florida727 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:26 PM

    Haters can hate all they want. Meyer won at Utah, and he won at Florida. No reason to think he won’t win at Ohio State. Attribute it all to Tebow (or any other great player; don’t forget Percy Harvin)? No sh*t Sherlock. When you WIN, you typically have great players and other great players want to come and play for you. Go figure. It’s called “building on your success”.

    I’m now officially an Ohio State fan (except if/when they play the Gators :) ). Good luck, Urban. Screw the naysayers. If you suddenly became the head coach at THEIR school, you’d be the greatest thing ever to put a whistle around your neck. Face it… Ohio State wins.

  25. gatorprof says: Nov 23, 2011 4:36 PM

    While I appreciate the two titles at UF, I wouldn’t be excited if I were a OSU fan.

    Here are a few things…

    1) 30+ arrests were and continue to be an embarrassment to UF.

    2) He was fickle and quit on the Gators leaving the cupboards somewhat bare. How long will he last before he quits again?

    3) First national title = credit to Charlie Strong. That defense was all him, nothing to do with Meyer. Meyer did everything that he could to screw up Chris Leak by forcing him to run the spread option (incidentally, he succeeded in killing Brantley).

    4) He had more to do with the second national title, but the D was sick with Charlie Strong (again) and you had two once in a generation athletes in Harvin and Tebow. Once one left, the success wasn’t as great. When both left, it was a crash landing.

    5) Yes, Meyer can recruit, but don’t underestimate how great Strong was as a recruiter on the defensive side of the ball. The Gators never recovered once he left.

    6) He will not be able to recruit the south GA and FL kids to OSU, period. On average, they are homebodies and want their parents to watch them play. They cannot, on average, afford to fly everyone up to Ohio. They don’t like snow and they don’t like Parkas….yes, this changes once they are making millions of dollars a year in the NFL. In summary, don’t expect the same quality of athlete he had at UF to show up at OSU….especially with NCAA sanctions on the way.

    7) Meyer NEVER established a power running game at UF sans Tebow. He didn’t have the offensive line and he liked midget RBs. There was zero inside running game except Tebow. Will this work in without a Tebow or Newton type of guy in the Big Ten?

    Time will tell, but Meyer has shown himself to be a fickle man who changes the facts to suit his current desire (health issues, family issues, etc.). I wish him well, but think that he was a bit overrated at UF and really didn’t like his exit.

  26. larry9991 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:45 PM

    Are OSU fans blind, dumb and stupid? How long do they really feel that Meyer will be head coach. There is no way he will make it 7 years, check his track record. Also is everyone forgetting the 30+ arrests of Meyer’s players while at Florida. Funny how everyone including ESPN forgets that.

    Do yourself a favor and find a new head coach.

  27. 10kmp says: Nov 23, 2011 5:15 PM


    In summary, don’t expect the same quality of athlete he had at UF to show up at OSU….

    I think you’ve logged too many hours in that hot Florida sunshine… and yes, I’m jealous. But, check the numbers and see which program sends more players to the NFL and you’ll find that it’s Ohio State. Again, not my opinion, just the facts. So, how is it that Meyer shouldn’t expect the same quality athlete at Ohio State that he had at Fla.? That’s the same B.S. I heard about Miami before the 2002 national title game. Ohio State beat up Miami on the line of scrimmage that night, and the following spring the Buckeyes had 14 players drafted. Don’t get me wrong. The SEC has more talent, top to bottom, than the Big10, PAC12, Big12, et al. Ohio State, however, is a Big10 program that holds its own in the annual recruiting wars. Numbers don’t lie…

  28. rtw1 says: Nov 23, 2011 5:19 PM

    Maybe PSU will hire Tressel now the Meyer looks to be out of the picture.

  29. gatorprof says: Nov 23, 2011 5:38 PM


    Re: “NFL Players”….Maybe so, but the domination on the football field doesn’t lie either. OSU was flat out embarrassed by UF and then LSU. They looked slower and less athletic than their SEC counter parts. Just saying.

    There just isn’t the same combination of team speed and power up north that there is down here.

    Yes, the recruiting wars do lie. Number 1 classes do not equal titles all of the time. Five star kids don’t always work out. What doesn’t lie is the last 5, soon to be 6, national titles being owned by the SEC.

    The world will likely find that out again just how far ahead the SEC is in the upcoming BCS title game unless it is a SEC West playoff.

  30. cbass59 says: Nov 23, 2011 6:01 PM

    Fat Joke better enjoy his one win this Sat over OSU because OSU is going to repeat the 7-IN-A-ROW after this year.

    michigan wins over OSU is like Haley’s comet, once every so often…..

  31. cbass59 says: Nov 23, 2011 6:04 PM


    When your hot girlfriend dumped you did you make a ridiculous list of why she really wasnt that great. If it makes you feel better, good for you. Fact is, coaches leave UF (even Spurrier). And I’m pretty sure Urban has more titles than him.

    Why is it that grown men have to rationalize everything to make things seem better in their view?

  32. 10kmp says: Nov 23, 2011 6:06 PM


    There just isn’t the same combination of team speed and power up north that there is down here.

    Agreed. Never said that wasn’t the case. What I said is that Ohio State has similar talent, and the number of former Buckeyes playing on Sunday proves it. I’m talking about pure talent, ability. I’m not referring to team chemistry, the competitions talent level, or north vs. south. Yep, OSU was embarrassed by Fla in 07, and lost to LSU the following year. There are plenty of teams who’ve lost games over the years to less talented, or equally talented opponents. Many, many things, talent being one of those, go into championship teams. Coaching, chemistry, what league you compete in every week… We’re not far apart in our assessments of the SEC, what a talent laden league it is, or even in recruiting evaluations. We are, however, far apart in our opinions about Ohio State. I dislike the SEC as a college football fan, but I certainly appreciate the talent in that league and enjoy watching those teams compete. However, it seems that your dislike for all things Ohio State prevents you from appreciating their talent, and that’s too bad. You don’t have like a player or team to appreciate their talent. I couldn’t stand the Miami teams. No team in the country I would have rather had OSU beat in 02 than Miami. But man were they talented. Unbelievable talent.

  33. buckifan4life says: Nov 23, 2011 7:18 PM

    See… All the haters, doing what they do best. LOL!

    Go Bucks!

  34. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2011 8:32 PM

    @10kmp – all great points – however, you are talking to beings far superior in all aspects, including the smugness and arrogance factors. I don’t even remotely get involved in the inane Big 10 vs SEC dribble – it is just a total waste of time and I really don’t give a sh!t!

    OSU is about to land a great coach and the rest is all 2nd fiddle!!!

  35. akmgoblue says: Nov 23, 2011 11:25 PM

    For those of you that have a short memory Michigan is 5-0 againsttene SEC
    Citrus Bowl 45-31 Arkansas
    Orange Bowl 35-34 against Alabama
    Citrus Bowl 31-28 against Auburn
    Outback Bowl 38-30 Florida
    Capital One Bowl 41-25 Heisman Trophy winner Tebow and coach
    Oh yea bring it on and his Florida Recruits
    How is he going to sell playing up north without scholarships
    Second OSU has much higher academic standards than FL

    And for you buck fans don’t forget OSS couldn’t beat
    Michigan without ineligible players. Tressel style since Youngstown. As far as sanctions why is it taking the NCAA so long? Because they are extending the investigation as far back to Maurice Clarett. You better hang on because it’s going to be one bumpy ride

  36. gators56 says: Nov 23, 2011 11:55 PM

    Urb will be great for Ohio State. You have someone who will lie to anyone to get what he wants.

    This Gator fan knew he didn’t leave UF for family reasons and now these stories prove it. He will deny the job right up until the press conference.

    Good luck with him bolting when he loses a few good assistant coaches. Unless he gets some quality asst, ohio state is going to hate this hire like UF hates Weis.

  37. overratedgators says: Nov 24, 2011 8:30 AM

    I love seeing all the same Gator fans who swore up and down two years ago that Urban was the greatest thing since sliced bread, was leaving to focus on his family because he was such a great man, would always be a Gator, would never move to Ohio because it’s “so cold”, “overrated” and there is no talent there.

    Suddenly, as these rumors get louder, many of their empty little Gator heads are exploding with anger, betrayal and sour grapes: “He’s a liar”, “He left Florida bereft of talent”, blah blah blah.

    It’s like they just can’t accept that UF was irrelevant for decades, enjoyed a brief blip of success, and is now irrelevant once more, likely for decades again.

    It’s OK, Gators. I understand. Perhaps you’d do well to put Meyer out of your head, and just focus on trying to beat another former program – Bowling Green – in your opener next year. Based on how you played Furman, it looks like you’ll need all the help you can get.

  38. overratedgators says: Nov 24, 2011 8:32 AM

    “Another former MEYER program – Bowling Green”.

  39. gatorprof says: Nov 24, 2011 9:57 AM


    Re: “It’s like they just can’t accept that UF was irrelevant for decades, enjoyed a brief blip of success, and is now irrelevant once more, likely for decades again.”

    Huh? Do you actually pay attention to what you write or are you just plain stupid? How do you define BRIEF? Do you call the run since 1990 brief? Any objective person would look 11 SEC East titles, 8 SEC titles and 3 national titles in a 20 period and call that a pretty nice program. In fact, over that period, the Gators have to be one of the top 5 programs period when you look at achievements. I know, overrated. We have to go back many years to find a time when the Gators weren’t relevant.

    Facts are facts, the Gators lack sufficient talent to compete right now due to the two year sabbatical Meyer took when he was waffling about his health. If you watched and understood football, this would be obvious to you.

    Like I said, I love the two titles. I hate the way that he exited and carried on…he is proving to be a hypocrite now. It would have been much easier to say, I don’t want to coach the Gators anymore. I have done everything that I could have done…enjoy your two titles.

  40. dkhhuey says: Nov 25, 2011 3:18 PM

    @akm – stop, please – I thought you had the stupidest post earlier, I stand corrected with you last one… Seriously?!?!? Try to keep up, sober up, and smarten up – I love how you some of you ugly helmet fans attempt to justify your team getting bitch slapped 9 out of the last 10 years by whining about ineligible players… yeah, right! Again, if that is what you need to repeat over and over to yourself in order to sleep on your tear stained pillow – by all means, keep saying it. The actual players on those teams and the rest of the world know better!

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