Urban Renewel: Meyer takes coaching job with Buckeyes

Apparently Urban Meyer has a clean bill of health and is tired of spending time with his family – the reasons he gave for leaving Florida as its football coach last year.

Regardless of his reasons, Meyer has accepted the head coaching job with Ohio State, according to media reports.

Meyer had long denied any connection to the Buckeyes vacancy, but has been linked to the job by numerous sources. Meyer, who works as an analyst with ESPN, requested off this week – presumably to finalize a contract with Ohio State.

An Orlando television station reported last week that Meyer and the Buckeyes had agreed in principle to a seven-year deal worth $40 million.

The 47-year-old Meyer is an Ohio native who started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach with the Buckeyes in 1986. He resigned from his post at Florida last season, citing health and family concerns.

Meyer won 104 games over 10 seasons and captured two national championships with Florida, Utah and Bowling Green.

Meyer will take over for Luke Fickell, who has coached on an interim basis since Jim Tressel was let go for his role in a tattoo parlor scandal.

The Buckeyes wrapped up a 6-6 season with a 40-34 loss at the hands of rival Michigan on Saturday – its first loss to the Wolverines since 2004.

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