Urban Meyer, the former University of Florida coach, has accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, according to his agent, Trace Armstrong.
Rumors had been burbling for over a week and Meyer, who has been an ESPN game analyst, asked to take the weekend off rather than broadcast the Ohio State-Michigan game. ESPN reported Armstrong’s comment and added that its sources had confirmed the report. Ohio State is expected to introduce Meyer as the new coach at a 5:15 p.m. press conference.
Last Monday, Meyer, who is from Ashtabula, Ohio, and grew up an Ohio State fan, told the Gainesville Sun that if he were offered the Ohio State job, “I’ll have a decision to make,” but said that nothing had been offered. WKMG-TV in Orlando reported last week that Meyer would take the job, with a seven-year, $40 million contract. On Thanksgiving, however, Meyer denied the report.
In six seasons at Florida, Meyer won two national championships and had a 65-15 record (104-23 overall). Citing health and family reasons, he stepped down in December 2010. Although he said he still has concerns, he has found that elusive thing called balance.
“The concerns are still there,” Meyer said last week. “No. 1 — my health. No. 2 — my family. No. 3 — the state of college football. I've done some research into the second one. I've found that it is possible to have balance between your job and your family, that there are coaches out there who are doing it. I'm in a good place right now mentally and physically. ... I've found that it is possible to have balance between your job and your family, that there are coaches out there who are doing it.
“I love football. It's what I am. I miss it.”
His first order of business will be restoring Ohio State’s image. Coach Jim Tressel stepped down on Memorial Day in the wake of allegations of NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor and booster scandal. Luke Fickell was named interim coach and the Buckeyes finished 6-6 (3-5 in the Big Ten).
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