Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MEYER TO BE NAMED OSU HEAD COACH, MAYBE AS EARLY AS SUNDAY

Urban Meyer (AP)
(Updated) COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer will be named the new head football coach at Ohio State — possibly as early as this Sunday — according to an individual with inside knowledge of the situation.

The individual stated via text message that the former University of Florida head coach has agreed in principle to become the new Buckeyes' mentor, and that the university will wait until sometime after its regular season finale Saturday at No. 15 Michigan to announce the news.

According to the text message, finances have not been formally discussed.

The person with knowledge also stated that interim head coach Luke Fickell would remain on the Buckeyes coaching staff, but wasn't aware which title he would hold. Fickell was named the National assistant coach of the year in 2010 by the American Football Coaches Association.

Meyer issued a statement on Wednesday, though, denying that any deal has been made with Ohio State.

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

Meyer, who usually accompanies Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman in the booth during ESPN college football telecasts, will not be joining the group this Saturday in Ann Arbor when the network provides coverage of the Ohio State-Michigan game.