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Reports Finally Confirm Meyer To OSU; Might He Coach In Bowl Vs UF?

ESPN — Urban Meyer’s employer for the last few months — is reporting today that the ex-Florida coach has indeed been hired as head coach at Ohio State.  Forget the talk of family and health, Meyer is heading back to the sideline and he’s going to do so at a program that’s about to be bombed by the NCAA.  (OSU has already sacrificed 5 scholarships over the next three years as a self-induced, “please don’t hit us anymore” penalty.  It’s likely the NCAA will take away several more scholarships.)

We finally went with the “done deal” view on Meyer-to-OSU when The Columbus Dispatch reported the matter closed last week.  The reason: Yours truly once worked for The Dispatch Broadcast Group and having lived in Columbus, I know there are three mega-boosters of the Buckeye program: the Wexners, the McConnells, and the Wolfes.  The Wolfes own The Columbus Dispatch.  If the Dispatch reported Meyer was all but hired by OSU, then you can bet the paper’s source was one of three folks in Columbus who knew for sure.  Thus, we bought that paper’s story immediately.

Meyer had denied a deal with OSU for more than a week.  But anyone familiar with coaching searches knew that the coach’s claims that no deal was in place and that he hadn’t interviewed were likely a matter of semantics only.  Is a lunch an interview or just a lunch?  Depends on the person telling the story.

At 6-6 following a loss to Michigan, OSU is expected to fall no lower than the Gator Bowl in the Big Ten’s bowl pecking order this holiday season.  Guess who’s expected to land in the Gator Bowl from the SEC’s side of things?  Yep, Florida.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported last week that Meyer was planning to take UF’s current linebacker coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marrotti to Columbus with him in new roles.  So the love in Gainesville for Meyer already might be dimming just a bit.  If the ex-Gator coach takes over OSU and coaches against Florida in a bowl game, you can bet Meyer’s popularity in the Sunshine State will take another hit.

Will Muschamp — the man who led Florida to a 6-6 record with Meyer’s leftovers this year — said, “It’s good for college football” that the ex-coach is dropping the “ex.”  “If it’s what Urban wants, I’m happy for him.”

And if Meyer and OSU whip Muschamp and Florida in the Gator Bowl, just how happy do you think he and Gator Nation will be?

 


10 comments
gatorbait
gatorbait

Wish him the best,but i think the best thing is for Meyer to coach Osu vs Uf,it's fair that way he can lineup across the field and look those kids like Elam who flipped on the notion he would be Matts coach,or the family's of the last two of his recruiting classes.The moms he promised he would personally make sure succeded in college.He owes us fans nothing,two rings.The players are who he owes an explanition.Like any employer when a good employee quits once you feel lucky to have him back.Twice,you feel the need to make a change.Meyer and Uf needed change.I'll support him but i'd like nothing more than to let this freshman,sophmore class to get a chance to stick it to him once.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

gatorbait...

A very mature, fair view. Kudos and best of luck if UF gets a chance to stick it to him.

John

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Something deeper than what we know was going on at Florida. He clearly wanted out of there even after 2009. I don't know what it is or if we'll ever find out, but something is fishy about Meyer's seemingly desperate bid to leave Florida, especially now that he has immediately taken a job elsewhere.

AGator
AGator

I'm a physician and it appeared to me that Meyer behaved like someone who was concerned about their health. I'm glad to see him get back to work and wish him good luck coaching in his home state. He did a great job while he was at Florida.

john
john

i always thought he was scared of Kiffin. j/k

james
james

This is NOT True, the report has been denied by meyer. HE is still worried about the sanctions from the ncaa. Don't expect an announcement until after the bowls

James
James

Urban asking to be taken off the weekend games was a strong indication he was taking the job....

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

james...

I'm still waiting for you to come back and apologize for suggesting that we were either wrong or lying about this story. It's been 7 hours at this point.

John

Andthensome
Andthensome

Meyer's agent, Trace Armstrong, confirmed the report and informed ESPN. I'm sure ESPN let him off this weekend but asked for the courtesy of 'officially breaking' the story.

Listen, John has sources all over this country, including the B1G. If he reports something on this site, you can rest assured he knows what he's talking about.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

james...

We'll go along with everyone else and you continue to believe Meyer. If/when Meyer turns down OSU, we'll give a mea culpa. If/when Meyer inks his deal with OSU, we'll expect you to come here and do the same.

John

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