If anybody would know whether Urban Meyer has accepted the Ohio St. Buckeyes job, it's ESPN. Not because they know everything about sports, but because they know much more about Meyer's current plans than does any other outlet. Meyer works for them, you see.
So while many publications are tumbling over each other to confirm the news that Meyer's agent has revealed a deal is in place, ESPN's confirmation actually matters much more than it would otherwise. There's simply no way the network would get this story wrong.
A conflict of interest and weird lack of transparency (SOURCES:), sure, but at least the observer got something useful out of it in the end.
Urban Meyer will be the next head coach of Ohio State football, meaning he took a one-year break from the sidelines. In recent weeks, as he's denied even having contact with Columbus brass, he's listed his life priorities as his family and his health.