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New Report: Meyer To OSU Next Week

Well, forget the health and the family.  All the tears of joy reportedly shed when papa retired from coaching… just bottle ‘em up, kids.  Urban Meyer is heading back to the sideline at much-troubled Ohio State.

At least that’s the latest report from The Columbus Dispatch.  The paper states that “two well-placed sources at Ohio State University” have confirmed that Meyer will take the OSU job though the final terms of a deal have not been decided upon yet. 

Many at Florida have said that they expected Meyer to coach again someday.  They’ve publicly wished him well in his future ventures.  But that might change if Orlando television station WKMG has its story straight.

Last night, that station claimed that Meyer was set to take the Ohio State job and had already agreed to a seven-year, $40 million contract.  The station also reported that “Meyer will bring several current UF assistant coaches with him to Columbus, including DJ Durkin, the Gators’ linebackers coach, who will be the OSU defensive coordinator.”

The station also claimed that Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti would become the director of football operations at Ohio State.

If Meyer raids the Florida athletic department it’s likely Gator AD Jeremy Foley, new coach Will Muschamp, and many UF fans won’t look quite as favorably upon the man who won two national crowns in Gainesville.

Ironically, there’s a chance Florida could face Ohio State next month in the Gator Bowl.

If this story turns out to be true — and it sure looks to be true at this point — you can color us suckered.  We’d stated numerous times that we believed Meyer would remain out of coaching for more than a year (a la Jon Gruden).  After reading and watching behind-the-scenes family pieces like these from SI.com, we fell for the notion that Meyer cared more about his family than football.

We were wrong. 

 


13 comments
Randy
Randy

Urban Meyer - Tim Tebow = 7-5 seasons. Ohio State better hope Timmy hurries and loses that virginity because Urban needs another Timmy to win ballgames.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

He won't need the same talent level to win at OSU. Give him a decent mobile QB and a few decent skill players and he can make it work. His Utah teams were pretty good with no top shelf talent. The biggest thing that hurt him was the quality of SEC defenses.

benzadawgfan
benzadawgfan

Of course they go home.... They can't hack it down here with the big boys!

RoadTrip
RoadTrip

Where's Bob's goober hat when I need it? What the fans say is, "See - we told you so." If The Vest doesn't get in trouble Urban does the ESPN gig until he retires, then he goes. Bred an Ohio kid; this and ND are the dream jobs, period. UF was a great spot to go for a time and prove himself until the timing was right. All Buckyeyes love to visit the Sunshine State - then they go home.

Dave
Dave

No way Herbstreit abandons his current gig to be a QB coach. He's the #1 talking head for the #1 sports network in the nation's #2 sport. You have no idea what that pays or what it takes to climb that mountain.

Meyer's a complete fraud. He can coach, no doubt about that, but the family stuff had as much authenticity behind it as the "state of college football" whining - this from the man who set new lows for tolerating criminal behavior in his program.

All of which makes OSU and Urban the perfect fit: phony moralists.

FYI
FYI

I don't deny the man was ill or that he wanted some time with his family, but his time at Florida was done and he knew it!

Bill
Bill

He's taking the job. That's why ESPN took him of the UM/OSU game on saturday and that's why they've been using Pollard and Palmer more on Gameday because he is probably taking Kirk Herbstreit with him to be the QB coach.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

That would be shocking and probably stupid. Herbstreit has never even been a coach has he?

Some Yahoo
Some Yahoo

Little surprised he would be interested in a program that may be facing some NCAA issues. It wont be that tough on his family obligations, coaching BIG 10 is like coaching JV, isnt it?

Joe Malaria
Joe Malaria

Meyer through ESPN has released a statement that no offer has been made in response to the "news" from today. This would seem to contradict any "well placed" source that has said that a deal has been struck.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Joe Malaria...

His release -- which we noted earlier today -- came before the report in The Columbus Dispatch. I used to work for that company. I trust their reporting.

And please, no links in the comment area.

Thanks for reading,
John

gdsfg
gdsfg

he has had a whole entire year of vacation...... Im a blue collar working guy and if I get off 3 days straight Im like a whole new person... but a year....that could do wonders for anybody..... so I believe he got what he wanted.... a break..... and long enough to get his life rite...... after 2 decades of working hard the man got a year long break.... how would you feel after a year long break..... I would want to get back to work and get the hell away from my family..... leave the guy alone.... he made a good decision for him... and now he is better and ready to come back to work..... different job.... oh well..... but he is a good person...and we at Florida had a great run with him.... and now it is the Muschamp era.... and he shall be great!!!!

AtlJS
AtlJS

What??!? I didn't think we Gator fans were allowed to feel anything but betrayal and outrage....you must not have gotten the memo. Congrats on your mature and evolved perspective, gdfsg. I too am appreciative of what Meyer did for UF, enough so that i'm going to give the man the benefit of the doubt as he goes home to coach again. It is what it is, and he's Gatorbait now.



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