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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Urban Meyer to Ohio State rumors bubbling but no offer yet


What’s your take on the sweater vest, Urban? (Charles Krupa - AP)
Speculation is swirling around Urban Meyer and the soon-to-be open head coaching position at Ohio State.

ESPN has pulled Meyer from his usual broadcasting team with Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman for Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game.

Those two facts might lead one to surmise that the Buckeyes will be knocking on Meyer’s door sooner rather than later and that Meyer will be waiting for them.

On Monday, the former Florida coach told The Gainesville Sun that he has not been offered the job, and that he did not interview for the Arizona job accepted by Rich Rodriguez.

“If something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make,” Meyer said. “But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about.”

So why will Meyer be spending Saturday’s Big Ten rivalry back in Bristol instead of in the press box at The Big House?

“We felt the studio in Bristol was the best place for him given the many storylines and top matchups going on in college football this weekend,” ESPN said in a statement.

Perhaps the Worldwide Leader knows something the rest of us can only suspect?

Meyer resigned from Florida for one day in 2009, then stepped down again in December or 2010 citing health concerns and the desire to spend more time with his family. But now he appears ready to get back in the game.

The coaching situation aside, Michigan will be eager to strike while the iron is hot — or when the 6-5 Buckeyes are ice cold.

David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press believes it’s the Wolverines responsibility to beat up on the Buckeyes, and send them to an ignominious postseason destination like the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit. Here’s an excerpt from his Tuesday column:

“Contrary to general public settings, kicking a downed opponent — figuratively, of course, and repeatedly, if possible — not only is acceptable behavior in competitive sports, it is a mandate.
“Ohio State did it to Michigan the past few years.
“It is Michigan’s obligation to return the favor now.”

No matter what happens in Ann Arbor this weekend between the No. 17 Wolverines and Buckeyes fans should keep their eyes glued to the Ohio State Twitter feed — because apparently that’s where all coaching announcements are made (see Arizona, University of).

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