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Meyer is not working at ESPN, fuels speculation about Ohio State

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Urban Meyer will not appear on ESPN today. This fuels even more speculation that he’s returning to college football as the new head coach at Ohio State.

Meyer was supposed to work as a studio analyst all day from Bristol, Connecticut. In previous weeks, he has called college football action or assisted College GameDay on location.

Former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer directs a play from the sidelines against the Penn State Nittany Lions
Urban Meyer directs a play from the sidelines against the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

“Urban Meyer won’t be appearing on ESPN this weekend,” said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz. “He requested off his studio assignment and we obliged.”

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Meyer has denied reports that he’s been offered the Buckeyes’ head coaching job. Yet, he’s not the only coach who has denied being offered a coaching position in the past, and then eventually gets hired by that particular school.

Brian Kelly, when he was the Cincinnati head coach, denied that he was being offered the Notre Dame job. He eventually called it his dream job when he was hired by the school.

Nick Saban, when he was the Miami Dolphins head coach, denied that he was being offered the Alabama job. He eventually left the Dolphins for Alabama and has won a National Championship at Alabama since becoming head coach a few years ago.

Meyer has reportedly been offered a 7-year, $40 million deal. He is expected to be announced as the Buckeyes head coach next week.

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Meyer has previously coached the Bowling Green Falcons, Utah Utes, and the Florida Gators. In his final season with the Gators in 2010, he guided the team to an 8-5 record.

He guided the team to BCS National Championships in 2006 and 2008. Each season, the team went 13-1 in the regular season.

Meyer was hired by the Gators before the 2005 season. He spent two seasons at Bowling Green and two seasons at Utah before leaving for the Gators job.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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