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Urban Meyer was officially introduced as Ohio State's next football coach. Luke Fickell, who's served as the Buckeyes' interim head coach, will be retained on Meyer's staff.

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Urban Meyer Introduced As Ohio State Football Coach

Urban Meyer was officially introduced as Ohio State University's new head football coach on Monday. Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee introduced their new coach.

"This is the right time for Urban Meyer to lead our football program," said Smith. "He is without a shadow of a doubt one of the premier leaders in football."

"I am deeply honored and humbled ... to lead the Ohio State University football program," added Meyer. "I plan on assembling the best coaching staff in college football and winning Big Ten championships. It's good to be home."

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Asked about his health and why he's returning so soon after leaving Florida due to health issues, Meyer said, "I didn't feel right, but I feel fantastic now."

Meyer also said, "If it were not for the coaching opportunity at Ohio State, I would not have coached this year ... A year ago, in my mind, I was convinced I was done coaching."

"I dont want to be one of those guys that sleeps in his office and thinks, 'I missed this, I missed that."

Meyer said that interim coach Luke Fickell would remain on the staff as an assistant. "Shelly and I prayed on it and ultimately I want him as part of the team."

Fickell's specific position on Meyer's staff has yet to be determined. He will remain in his current role as interim head coach through the end of the bowl season.

Meyer took special time to make note of his new quarterback, Braxton Miller. "The highlight of my day was easily meeting Braxton Miller. That was the highlight of my day ... shaking hands with that good-looking quarterback."

Meyer, who led Florida to national championships in 2006 and 2008, started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1986.

"My six years in Florida? That was my dream job. ... I will always be a Gator."

The 47-year-old Ohio native is a three-time national coach of the year with an overall record of 104-23. He took his first head coaching job at Bowling Green in 2001 and posted a record of 17-6 in two seasons with the Falcons before moving on to coach the Utah Utes, whom he guided to a mark of 22-2 in two seasons. Meyer closed out his Utah stint with 16 consecutive wins. He then spent six seasons in Gainesville and led the Florida Gators to a record of 64-15 with a pair of national championships.

Ohio State also released an official announcement of the hiring along with contract details.

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. For more college football news, stay tuned to SB Nation.


Urban Meyer, Ohio State Press Conference Set For Monday Evening

The Ohio St. Buckeyes are holding a late Monday press conference, probably just to talk about their upcoming game against nobody. Prepare to see new head coach Urban Meyer dressed in scarlet and gray in just a few hours, talking about how Columbus is his all-time, one-and-only dream destination.

Bill Rabinowitz@brdispatch #OhioState press conference will be at 5:15 p.m.    

It would be great if Meyer were to issue a formal denial at something like 5:05 p.m. that he's taken the job. He may offer clues and insights into potential compositions of his coaching staff, or he may not. The likeliest revelation there would be the pending status of current interim Luke Fickell, who's been rumored to be up for getting his old defensive coordinator position back. 

Meyer will also be asked questions about his heart and his family. Tune in to see lots of that!

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire. For more college football news, stay tuned to SB Nation.


Urban Meyer Agrees To Ohio State Coaching Deal, According To Agent

Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next coach of the Ohio St. Buckeyes, reports his agent, Trace Armstrong. The reported timeline all along, according to multiple outlets, had been for Meyer to show himself as the school's next coach shortly after the Michigan game. That game was Saturday, in case you're just now joining us.

Ramzy Nasrallah@ramzyn It"s official: Urban Meyer has accepted the Ohio State job per his agent Trace Armstrong.    

Mike & Mike@MikeAndMike Per his agent, Urban Meyer has accepted the #OSU head coaching job.    

Other reports had Meyer being introduced at Tuesday night's Ohio State basketball game against Duke. We'll see if that part happens.

 Meyer, an ESPN color analyst by trade at the moment, was placed on studio duty by the network for this past weekend's games before requesting to take the weekend off. Speculation was fueled.

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy. For more college football news, stay tuned to SB Nation.


Urban Meyer To Be Announced As Ohio State Coach Next Week, According To Report

Urban Meyer becoming the next coach at Ohio State is seemingly an inevitability at this point. All that's left for the two-time national championship-winning coach and the school he has been linked to for months are logistics and details. And the Columbus Dispatch reports that even that has been ironed out, to an extent, with two sources telling the newspaper's Tim May that Meyer will be announced as the Ohio State Buckeyes' next head coach next week.

The Dispatch is also reporting that there are no concrete details about Meyer's contract, simply because they have not been agreed upon yet. Thus, expecting Meyer's deal to be for seven years and $40 million would seem premature at this point.

Then again, this could all change in the next hour. And before the week is up, it is likely that everyone you know will have filed a report about Urban Meyer becoming the next coach at Ohio State.

For more on Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy.


Urban Meyer Denies Deal Is In Place With Ohio State

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have been involved in quite a few rumored deals over the past week, but the former head coach of the Florida Gators and current ESPN college football analyst is still denying any sort of contract agreement. Meyer's latest denial came just a short while after the newest report regarding the Buckeyes' head coaching job.

Meyer was reported to have agreed to a deal that would pay him $40 million over the course of seven seasons to become the new Ohio State head coach on Wednesday morning, according to Orlando sports station WKMG. The television station even had details on Meyer's coaching staff, but the retired Meyer has once again went on record to deny anything involving the Buckeyes.

"I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place," Meyer said in a statement to ESPN. "I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further."

There are several rumors circulating that Meyer will be introduced as the Buckeyes head coach when Ohio State plays Duke in a men's basketball game next week. Until then, it seems Meyer will continue to deny all reports connecting him with the Buckeyes.


Urban Meyer To Ohio State After Michigan Game, According To Report

Last week, word somehow circulated that Scout.com was reporting Urban Meyer had agreed to become the next Ohio St. Buckeyes coach. Nobody could actually find the report anywhere on Scout.com. Eleven Warriors did report it, however, with ESPN adding a few days later that Meyer had indeed been in touch with the school. (ESPN would know.)

Scout's Bill Greene is now, finally, reporting the news. Noteworthy, since Greene has been described by an Ohio State media associate as "a mother------ in the know."

Bill Greene@BillBankGreene Meyer and OSU reach deal. Formal announcement next week. Signs deal after Michigan. It's done.    

Other reports have had Meyer being announced at an Ohio State basketball game -- Clay Travis and Sports by Brooks mentioned the upcoming Duke game, which would indeed follow the football game against Michigan.

Meyer himself has thrice denied the reports, which may help explain why ESPN is keeping him in the studio this Saturday.

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy. For more college football news, stay tuned to SB Nation.


Urban Meyer, Ohio State Have Been In Touch, ESPN Reports About ESPN Employee

Has ESPN analyst Urban Meyer agreed to become the next Ohio St. Buckeyes head coach? He denied it earlier in the day during an ESPN broadcast when asked by an ESPN associate, though neither of the other ESPN broadcasters in the booth asked whether he's been in touch with Ohio State in the first place.

Luckily, ESPN is now reporting he has. The network's report lines up with what Buckeyes blog Eleven Warriors reported earlier in the week -- that Meyer is waiting to see just how hard the NCAA comes down on Ohio State, but that there's strong interest on both sides.

No word from ESPN on whether half of ESPN will be joining Meyer in Columbus, as another Internet report alleged. But now that the network is reporting Meyer is in talks with Ohio State, you can go ahead and pencil it in as a done deal. Pencil, I said.

For more Ohio State, head to Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy.


Urban Meyer Denies Ohio State Reports During Michigan-Nebraska Game

The Urban Meyer to Ohio State rumors have been running rampant for a little while now, but the former head coach of the Florida Gators is still serving his duties as a college football analyst for ESPN. While working Saturday afternoon's game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Meyer addressed the rumors that he will be the Ohio State Buckeyes' next head coach.

Dave Pasch, one of the other men in the three-man booth for Saturday's game, took time during a break in the broadcast to have the following exchange.

"Urban, I just want to ask you, there have been reports indicating that you have accepted the Ohio State head coaching position," Pasch said.

Urban replied quickly and emphatically.

"Well there's no truth to that," Meyer said of the rumors. "I know it's that time of year, but I have not been offered any job and I have certainly not accepted any job."

This probably won't stop the rampant rumors from circulating until the Ohio State head coaching position is filled on a permanent basis. For those claiming it isn't true, however, at least there's now a public denial on the record from Meyer.


Urban Meyer Discusses Arizona Job, Declines

Former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer met with officials at the University of Arizona last week to discuss their vacant head football coaching job but declined the offer, according to the New York Times.

The person said that Meyer, who has expressed his desire to return to coaching, was intrigued but informed Byrne in a telephone call Monday night that he was not going to pursue the job.

Meyer is arguably the No. 1 free agent candidate for any college football program looking for a head coach. He is considered the leading candidate for the Ohio State and Penn State positions, which are both expected to be open after this year. Both positions are currently held by interim head coaches (Luke Fickell and Tom Brdley, respectively).

Meyer released a statement last week stating that he was not interested in the Penn State position and was happy with his current position as a commentator at ESPN.

The Arizona Wildcats fired head coach Mike Stoops earlier this season after the team's 1-5 start.

Meyer won 65 games and two national championships in six seasons with Florida before leaving to spend more time with his family.

For more on the Arizona Wildcats, head over to the blog Arizona Desert Storm and SB Nation Arizona. For comprehensive coverage around the NCAA, check out SB Nation's College Football hub.


Urban Meyer Denies Report Of Penn State Contact

Former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer was reported to be in casual touch with the Penn St. Nittany Lions about a potential upcoming coaching vacancy. The ESPN analyst denied the report to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"I'm not going to say anything about it," Meyer told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette upon arriving at Beaver Stadium to work the ABC/ESPN telecast of the Penn State-Iowa game. "There's no truth to the rumor."

Meyer has been linked via rumor and speculation with Penn State and with the Ohio St. Buckeyes job since, well, the moment he left Florida both times he left Florida. Though he's never really made a public comment that would lead one to conclude he's interested, it's hard to imagine he won't itch to coach another program at some point, especially one with which he already has personal connections.

For more on these schools, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe DiariesOhio State blog Along The Olentangy and Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation.


Urban Meyer Press Conference: Gators Coach 'Stepping Down To Focus On Family'

After resigning as head coach of the Florida Gators and releasing a statement in which he mentioned his family as a prime motivator, Urban Meyer spoke to the media Wednesday night.

He opened with, “I have great love for the University of Florida. I’m stepping down as head coach to focus on family and other interests away from the sidelines,” and then he took questions from the media. He did appear relieved and set in his decision.

On when he decided to step down: “Earlier this week i vist with [athletic director] Jeremy [Foley] about some thoughts I was having and made the decision yesterday.”

On how the timing is different this time around: “I love Florida. I’ve got the best bosses in the country. I’ve got a great staff, and that was a knee jerk reaction. The timing wasn’t right. The timing’s never perfect, but this way you get a new coach who can help recruiting and move forward.”

On how his family’s involvement in the decision is different this time: “Last year my daughter came home from college and found out what happened [and was surprised and upset]. This year is completely different. I’m doing what’s best for Florida, Florida players, and obviously for myself and my family.”

“Sometimes we make it far too complex. At the end of the day, you’re gonna be judged on how you are as a husband, as a father — not on how many bowl games you win. I’ve never seen my girls play sports, so I’ve missed those years. I made a commitment to them that I'm gonna enjoy the best years of their lives.”

On the impact of his resignation on recruiting: “I talked to a handful and I’m gonna make a bunch of phone calls tonight and tomorrow. Florida is Florida. We’ve put together a great class. I’m sure the coaching candidates will be great. Full speed ahead.”

On stepping down right before facing Joe Paterno, who may never step down: “Someone made a comment that if Joe Paterno stepped down at my age, it would be 1972. We’re actually great friends. I think I’m gonna see him tomorrow.”

On how Florida can turn it around: “The way you fix it is hard work. It’s because of a constant attrition of assistant coaches. [There are ten coaches throughout college football who were Florida assistants.] You lose five juniors to the NFL Draft, there’s a void. It’s Florida. We have the facilities. This is gonna be a great young team.”

On whether he consulted with associates: “Yes I did, and family discussions. My best friend’s up at Georgia Tech [presumably his daughter, not Paul Johnson], and my other best friends are high school seniors.”

On whether it’s hard to leave after a bad year: “I think Florida deserves the best, and I’m not sure we gave them the best this year. But there’s never a perfect time to leave.”

On breaking the news to players: “It was tough. I met with them today at 2. For the most part they were very gracious.”

On his legacy at Florida: “You look at the ‘06 team, they’ll go down as one of the most overachieving, hard working teams. The ‘08 team, you look at the stats, it’s hard to say that’s not one of the three best teams in the history of the game.”

On why he changed his mind last time: “I changed my mind as far as staff and players — the timing for my boss was not appropriate. It was not a good time.”

On Florida’s 2010 struggles: “I saw a dropoff. There’s a multitude of reasons from injuries to lack of execution.”

You can fix struggles. If it was different timing, and my family wasn’t involved in sports and all the things a dad should be at [I would stay]. My daughter is playing golf at Florida Gulf Coast, and I’ve not seen the school yet. I’m gonna go see it."

On his plans for the future: “Im gonna put a resume together, and I’m gonna try to be a Gatorball baseball assistant coach this spring.”

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