Urban Meyer Reportedly Denies Ohio State Agreement As Speculation Runs Rampant

In the last 24 hours, we've seen reports ranging from Urban Meyer agreeing to a deal in principle with Ohio State to the former Florida head coach signing a contract. There have even been detailed reports of the staff Meyer is bringing to Columbus (more on those in a minute). However, despite the swirling rumors, Meyer is denying any deal with the Buckeyes, according to a report on Friday night.

The report comes from Pat Dooley, who received a text from Meyer about the latest round of rumors.

Mugofpatdooley_normal I can only tell you what Urban just texted me back about rumor that he has accepted job at Ohio State -- "No truth to it." @pat_dooley via Twitter
So a typical denial, if the report is true. Just about everyone is expecting Meyer to take the job, so his denial may very well be a "for now" situation. Eleven Warriors explains, citing multiple sources:
Ohio State and Meyer are waiting for the NCAA to deliver their verdict, after which time, the announcement of Meyer as the new head coach will take place.
Back to those staffing rumors. Two different reports -- one from Eleven Warriors and one from Sports by Brooks -- have emerged detailing possible candidates joining Meyer if he hypothetically takes the Ohio State job. Both agree on LSU assistant Greg Studrawa, but that's where everything diverges. Take it away, Brooks!

Of that staff, sources indicate Meyer’s intial plan is to retain current Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell and current Buckeye wide receivers coach Stan Drayton.

Meyer also aims to add Chris Spielman, Kirk Herbstreit, current North Carolina State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta and current LSU offensive line coach Greg Studwara to his Ohio State staff.

Wait, what? The ESPN All-Stars are coming to Columbus? All right! Aren't coaching rumors in November fun?

Right now, it would seem Eleven Warriors' assessment is correct. Just about everyone expects this to happen, but nothing is official at all right now -- and that includes whatever hypothetical staff he's bringing to this job he's hypothetically accepted. Settled? Good.

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