Urban Meyer's Reported Ohio State Contract Doesn't Include Hiatus Years

Former Florida Gators (AND BOWLING GREEN) coach Urban Meyer will become the next head coach of the Ohio St. Buckeyes, according to his agent and his current employer. That much we know. We don't know when he'll be introduced and who will make up his staff. We know the contract figures that have been thrown around, which also happen to be the numbers still being reported now that the deal's 99.9 percent official, so it would appear we have a good handle on that part, as well.

SXM College Sports@SiriusXMCollege Urban Meyer has accepted the Ohio St job. 7 yrs, 40 mil    

That's $5.7 million per year, which would make him the highest-salaried coach in the nation by about a half a million dollars if accurate. Ohio State has the money to pay absolutely anybody, not to mention needed a hire like Meyer to scoot the end of the Jim Tressel era a little further out of sight. That kind of money would bring pretty much anybody out of retirement, you'd think.

Meyer has proven himself an instant winner virtually everywhere he's been. He'll have the Big Ten's best set of resources to work with, plus a Meyer-friendly quarterback in Braxton Miller. And he's returning to his midwestern roots. If he were to stick around for all seven years of that reported contract, might he win the Big Ten in most of those seasons? He might!

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

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