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Report: Ohio State to name Urban Meyer head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III
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Free agent head coach Urban Meyer has agreed to become the Ohio State Buckeyes head coach. ESPN has confirmed the hire.

The school is expected to hold a 5:15 pm EST news conference at the Fawcett Center, where Meyer will officially be introduced as the next head coach. However, while they called a press conference, they did not mention Meyer.

Urban Meyer getting dumped with Gatorade (Getty Images)

Urban Meyer getting dumped with Gatorade (Getty Images)

Meyer will be coming to his alma mater with this move. He guided the Florida Gators to two national championships before stepping down.

He said he stepped down to spend more time with his family after he had health problems. This past season, he worked as a game analyst for ESPN.

This weekend, he asked the network to take some time off. That speculated that the Buckeyes hire was imminent.

Meyer is taking over for Luke Fickell, who served as interim head coach this past season. He’s expected to stay on as Meyer’s defensive coordinator moving forward.

He’s also taking over a program, who has been marred with NCAA violations, along with suspensions and a 6-6 record under Fickell.

The 47-year-old Meyer will be entering his fourth head coaching job. He had a 104-23 record in a decade with the Bowling Green Falcons, Utah Utes and the Gators.

He had five 10-win seasons from 2001-10, including the two BCS National Championships. His teams were also 7-1 in bowl games, including a 41-14 BCS National Championship win over the Buckeyes in 2007.

There was speculation that if Meyer did get a new head coaching job, he would want a seven-year, $40 million contract. At this time, it’s unknown how long the contract that Meyer has signed with the Buckeyes.

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