As soon as possibly Sunday, Urban Meyer will be named as the next head coach at Ohio State, multiple sources have informed Scout.com. Meyer, now 47-years old, has denied reports he has reached an agreement with Ohio State. He would replace current Buckeye head coach Luke Fickell, who has held the job since the resignation of Jim Tressel last May.
Tuesday afternoon, following much media speculation, Scout.com reported that Meyer had indeed agreed in part to take the Ohio State job. Two sources close to the situation confirmed that Meyer and Ohio State had reached an understanding, and that only the timing of this weekend's game with Michigan stood in the way of a formal announcement.
"Ohio State and Meyer have definitely reached an agreement, and it is a done deal," a source inside the Ohio State athletic department told Scout.com. "The timing of the announcement will depend on the outcome of the game, and if Ohio State loses, it could come as early as Sunday. The coaches will learn their fate Saturday evening, or early Sunday morning. The announcement will be no later than Monday, barring anything out of the ordinary happening."
"Coach Fickell will be given an opportunity to be part of Meyer's staff, and it's unclear if he will accept another position with the new staff," the source continued. "Even though Ohio State has said they will accept a bowl invitation, I'm hearing they will deny any invitation if they lose to Michigan, but that could be up in the air. The players will be told where things are this weekend, more than likely Sunday morning."
Meyer, currently employed by ESPN, has ties to the state of Ohio, having played college football at Cincinnati, and growing up in Ashtabula. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1986, working for Buckeye head coach Earle Bruce, who Meyer often refers to as his mentor. He was named head coach at Bowling Green in 2001, before heading to Utah and then to Florida, where he won two national championships.
Meyer resigned from Florida a year ago for health reasons, a factor he discussed recently with a former Buckeye player.
"He (Meyer) feels like he has made the changes in his lifestyle that will allow him to return to coaching," a former Ohio State player told Scout.com. "He is reaching out to former Ohio State players, looking for their support before the announcement is made. He is excited about the opportunity at Ohio State, and he said this will be finalized by early next week."
Scout.com will continue to monitor the Meyer situation, and will update as circumstances warrant.