Despite an emerging story Wednesday morning that former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer had reached a seven-year deal to become the next head coach of Ohio State University, the 47-year-old issued a statement to ESPN insisting that he has not reached any agreement with the school.
"I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place,” Meyer said. “I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further."
A source had told Orlando television station WKMG 6 that former Gators head coach agreed in principle to a seven-year, $40 million deal to become the next head coach of Ohio State University.
According to the report from WKMG, Meyer would bring to Columbus several of his assistant coaches from the University of Florida. Current Gators linebackers coach D.J. Durkin would become Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, and Mickey Marotti, the current strength coach at Florida, would become the Buckeye’s director of football operations.
Earlier this week, Meyer denied any reports of a potential deal with Ohio State but told The Gainesville Sun that if the Buckeyes offered him their coaching job that he’d “have a decision to make.”
“I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically. So if something happens with Ohio State, I’ll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about,” Meyer told the paper. In six years as the head coach of Florida, Meyer posted a 65-15 record while claiming two National Championships. He has a 103-23 record as a head coach overall, and is 7-1 all-time in bowl games.