Sunday, November 27, 2011

MEYER WILL BE NAMED HEAD COACH MONDAY, TO MEET WITH TEAM TODAY

Urban Meyer
(AP)
COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer will be announced as the new head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, an individual with inside knowledge of the situation told The Buckeye Times Sunday.

The former University of Florida head coach will meet with the team sometime today, according to the individual, and will be officially named as the new Buckeyes' mentor on Monday.

Meyer, who usually teams with Chris Spielman and Dave Pasch in the booth as an analyst during ESPN college football telecasts, elected to skip Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game so he could prepare for his new job in Columbus — which will include putting together a new coaching staff as well as deciding which men, if any, he would like to retain.

According to the source, interim head coach Luke Fickell has been asked to remain on the staff as a "defensive coach." He still has two years remaining on his original contract.

However, the source isn't sure if Fickell has or will accept the position Meyer is offering him. Fickell, who replaced long time Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel this season after he resigned in May amid an NCAA violations firestorm, has led the Buckeyes to a 6-6 overall record, including a 3-5 campaign in the Big Ten — the team's first losing season in conference since 1999.

Meyer brings proven success to the sideline in Columbus.

He's won 82-percent of his games as an FBS head coach — at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida — has a 7-1 record in bowl games (4-0 BCS) and two national championships to his credit.

In 10 seasons as a head coach, Meyer has never won less than eight games, and has racked up at least 12 victories four times.