Former University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next head coach of Ohio State, according to an ESPN report. The 47-year-old had previously served as an analyst for ESPN’s college football coverage after stepping down from his position with Florida in 2010 as a result of health concerns.
Last week several reports emerged that Meyer, an Ohio native, would soon announce his decision to accept the Buckeyes head coaching job. Most recently Orlando television station WKMB 6 reported that Meyer had agreed in principle to a seven-year, $40 million deal that would allow him to bring several members of his former Florida staff with him to Columbus. On Wednesday, Meyer denied those reports.
“I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place,” Meyer told ESPN at the time. “I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.” 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.