November 23rd, 2011 01:51 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Ohio State, OSU, UF, WKMG
Well, forget the health and the family. All the tears of joy reportedly shed when papa retired from coaching… just bottle ‘em up, kids. Urban Meyer is heading back to the sideline at much-troubled Ohio State.
At least that’s the latest report from The Columbus Dispatch. The paper states that “two well-placed sources at Ohio State University” have confirmed that Meyer will take the OSU job though the final terms of a deal have not been decided upon yet.
Many at Florida have said that they expected Meyer to coach again someday. They’ve publicly wished him well in his future ventures. But that might change if Orlando television station WKMG has its story straight.
Last night, that station claimed that Meyer was set to take the Ohio State job and had already agreed to a seven-year, $40 million contract. The station also reported that “Meyer will bring several current UF assistant coaches with him to Columbus, including DJ Durkin, the Gators’ linebackers coach, who will be the OSU defensive coordinator.”
The station also claimed that Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti would become the director of football operations at Ohio State.
If Meyer raids the Florida athletic department it’s likely Gator AD Jeremy Foley, new coach Will Muschamp, and many UF fans won’t look quite as favorably upon the man who won two national crowns in Gainesville.
Ironically, there’s a chance Florida could face Ohio State next month in the Gator Bowl.
If this story turns out to be true — and it sure looks to be true at this point — you can color us suckered. We’d stated numerous times that we believed Meyer would remain out of coaching for more than a year (a la Jon Gruden). After reading and watching behind-the-scenes family pieces like these from SI.com, we fell for the notion that Meyer cared more about his family than football.
We were wrong.
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