Urban Meyer has denied a report late Tuesday from WKMG-TV in Orlando that he has agreed in principle on a seven-year, $40 million contract with Ohio State and will be introduced as the school’s next coach soon.
The championship-winning former Utah and Florida coach said the report was not true, according to ESPN.
“I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place,” Meyer said in a statement, according to ESPN. “I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.”
WKMG-TV reported that Meyer would bring several Florida assistants to work on his staff and keep interim Ohio State coach Luke Fickell on as assistant head coach.
On Wednesday, the Columbus Dsipatch also cited sources that said that Meyer will be named Ohio State’s head coach as early as Monday. However, the newspaper said that terms of the deal haven’t been finalized.
An Ohio native, Meyer started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes in 1986. He reportedly is still considering health and family concerns, but there appears to be interest from both he and the school.
We think that Meyer, 47, is telling the truth when he says there isn’t a deal in place, but we wouldn’t be shocked if there will be one soon. He still has a lot of coaching left in him.