Earlier reports by ESPN that former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer had agreed to a deal to become Ohio State’s next head coach were premature, Meyer’s agent Trace Armstrong told CBS Sports.
“I can’t,” Armstrong told CBSSports.com “There’s no hangup. I’ve got to leave it at that out of respect to Urban and the school. This is not my style to be out there in public like this. It’s to be discreet. Those folks [ESPN] have made a decision. I'm so disappointed that ESPN would go forward with something like this."
ESPN currently employs Meyer as a college football analyst and had previously been quick to squash the many rumors that emerged last week about the former Florida head coach, including one as late as Wednesday which asserted that Meyer had agreed to a seven-year, $40 million contract with the Buckeyes. That morning ESPN quickly posted a statement from Meyer that came through Armstrong, indicating that no offer had been made.
While Armstrong would not deny to CBS that a deal was being worked on between his client and Ohio State, he again affirmed that nothing had been completed yet. "In the spirit, we've tried to keep them in the loop, they've jumped the gun a couple of times. It's most unfortunate," Armstrong said.