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.

Arizona State, Mississippi State ink home-and-home

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Arizona State and Mississippi State on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series to be played in 2024-25. Arizona State will host the first game in Tempe on Sept. 7, 2024, and the clubs will meet in Starkville on Sept. 6, 2025.

The Sun Devils and Bulldogs have never met previously.

The Arizona State trip is not Mississippi State’s only upcoming trek from the Deep South to the Southwest. The Bulldogs also lined up a visit to Arizona in 2020 and Texas Tech in 2029. Mississippi State will open the 2024 season against Eastern Kentucky and visit Southern Miss the week after its Arizona State visit, on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have no other games lined up in 2025 as of yet, according to FBSchedules.

Likewise, Mississippi State is not the Sun Devils’ lone upcoming SEC opponent. Arizona State has a home-and-home with LSU on the docket for 2026-28, per FBSchedules. The Mississippi State games complete both of the Sun Devils’ non-conference schedules for these respective seasons. Arizona State opens with Wyoming and visits Texas State in 2024, and hosts Northern Arizona and Texas State in 2025.

UCLA lands Texas Tech graduate transfer OL Justin Murphy

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Help is on the way for Chip Kelly‘s offensive line. One graduate transfer offensive lineman has the Bruins on his list, but another has already pulled the trigger for UCLA.

Texas Tech graduate transfer Justin Murphy on Tuesday committed to UCLA in a post on his Twitter account.

A native of Belton, Texas, Murphy signed with Texas Tech in 2014 and made four starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman. He again started four games at right guard in ’15 before moving out to tackle, where he started another four games. But after battling a series of knee injuries, Murphy announced in the middle of the 2016 season he had medically retired from the game.

After sitting out 2017, Murphy announced in March he planned to make a comeback.

UCLA remarkably started the same offensive linemen in all 13 games last season, but tackle Kolton Miller entered the NFL draft, guard Najoee Toran and center Scott Quessenberry graduated.

Toledo posts, then deletes, tweet offering to change mascot to Shrek

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There are plenty of annoying trends on Twitter, but perhaps the worst is the “I’ll do X if this gets retweeted X-thousand amount of times.” I blame Wendy’s.

But blanket policies are never a good way to go through life, and an exception was made on Tuesday when Toledo offered to change its mascot from a rocket to Shrek with 500,000 retweets.

Sadly, some dreams are simply too beautiful to live in this fallen world, and the tweet was outed to be a hoax. “We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA Today. “The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction.”

Meanwhile, Bowling Green gleefully hopped on the dog pile with both elbows pointed out.

UMass grad transfer lineman narrows choices to Auburn, UCLA, USC

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It’s not yet known to where Jack Driscoll will transfer, but the field has been significantly narrowed.

Earlier this offseason, Driscoll decided to transfer from UMass.  Tuesday, the offensive tackle confirmed to Rivals.com that he’s down to three schools as a potential landing spot — Auburn, UCLA and USC.

Neither football program will have to wait long for a decision as Driscoll expects to make an announcement Wednesday.  Driscoll had taken an official visit to all three of the campuses prior to whittling down his transfer to-do list.

“It will come down to one of those three schools,” the lineman told AuburnSports.com. “I feel like all three of the schools would be a good fit.”

Driscoll will graduate from UMass early next month, and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever program he selects.  The upcoming season will be the first of two years of eligibility the 6-5, 294-pound lineman has remaining.

After starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, with most of those starts coming at left guard, he started all 12 games in 2017.  All of those starts this past season came at right tackle for the football-independent Minutemen. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent first team while he earned second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors for good measure.