Urban Meyer Denies Ohio State Rumors

Florida head football coach Urban Meyer announces his resignation (AP Photo/John Raoux)

When a university is looking for a head football coach, Urban Meyer’s name is usually thrown out there as a possible hire.

In recent days, rumors have been swirling that Meyer, an Ohio-native, will be the next head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but the former Florida coach said on ESPN that he hasn’t been offered the job just yet.

“There’s no truth to that,” Meyer, 47, said during the telecast of the game between Nebraska and Michigan on ESPN.

When an Associated Press reporter approached him Saturday morning, Meyer declined to comment.

Meyer’s broadcast partner Chris Spielman did answer a question concerning Meyer, telling the AP “there’s no deal.”

“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 told the AP earlier this month.

But ESPN reported Saturday afternoon that Ohio State has contacted Meyer about coaching at the university, according to sources close to Meyer and the school.

The network said there is no deal and if there is an announcement, it wouldn’t come until the end of the regular season.

Meyer resigned from Florida in 2010, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Since leaving, he has spent time with ESPN working as a college football analyst for the network.

Meyer won 104 games and two national championships during his time in Florida.

Luke Fickell has been coaching the Buckeyes since Jim Tressel resigned amid a tattoo-parlor scandal that involved Ohio State players who received improper benefits from the owner of that tattoo-parlor.

-With Associated Press