Urban Meyer's employer, ESPN, has reported the current TV analyst will become the next coach of the Ohio St. Buckeyes. A flurry of reports broke all at once earlier in the morning, citing Meyer's agent Trace Armstrong, who was said to have confirmed the news.
Not so fast, says Armstrong himself to CBS Sports:
When asked if he had told ESPN the deal was done, he responded ...
"In the spirit, we've tried to keep them in the loop, they've jumped the gun a couple of times. It's most unfortunate."
If you'd like to read between the lines, it appears Armstrong and Meyer were making the network aware of the coach's ongoing negotiations with Ohio State, but not necessarily relaying to ESPN news of a done deal, at least according to this side of the story. The matter of the NCAA's final verdict on Ohio State is still factoring into Meyer's decision, as had been reported last week.
But, again, if ESPN says an ESPN employee is taking a coaching job, it's happening.