Meyer denies hiring deal as OSU’s coach

Published 11:41 pm Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Associated Press


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Urban Meyer isn’t interested in answering questions about Ohio State.

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Meyer declined comment to The Associated Press on Saturday morning, then said he hasn’t been offered or accepted any job during ESPN’s broadcast of the Nebraska-Michigan game.

Former Buckeye Chris Spielman is well aware of the building speculation that Meyer will end up leading Ohio State, but said it is just a rumor at this point.

“We were in Bible study last night, he and I were, and it was news to us,” Spielman told The AP before he and Meyer worked as ESPN analysts in Ann Arbor. “There’s no deal.”

Contacted earlier this week by The AP, Ohio State AD Gene Smith said no deal had been struck with Meyer. Other Ohio State athletic officials have also denied the reports.

The 47-year-old Meyer is an Ohio native. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 1986.

He resigned as Florida’s coach on Dec. 8, 2010, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Meyer won 104 games and two national championships over 10 years with the Gators, Utah and Bowling Green.

Ohio State promoted Luke Fickell to interim coach nearly six months ago when Jim Tressel resigned in the wake of a tattoo-parlor scandal.

Meyer hasn’t even said if he’s ready to return to coaching anywhere.

“I miss a lot of things about it, but I also am really enjoying another part, that’s I get to watch my kids play sports,” Meyer said in an AP interview earlier this month.