Urban Meyer Gets Millions to Come Out of Hibernation and Coach Ohio State
Urban Meyer has been hired as the head coach of the Ohio State football program, the AP reports. Multiple sources have estimated that Meyer, who won two national championships while coaching the University of Florida, will sign a multi-year contract paying him $6 million per year. Meyer, an Ohio native, will be formally announced at a news conference at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.
When he announced his departure from Florida nearly a year ago, Meyer cited health concerns and the desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for leaving. Meyer, 47, has since been working at ESPN, where he was an analyst for college football games.
Meyer steps in as head coach of the Buckeyes at a time when the school still faces potential NCAA sanctions related to alleged rules violations and booster involvement, which forced the resignation of longtime coach Jim Tressel earlier this year. Ohio State completed its 2011 season on Saturday with a 40-34 loss to rival Michigan, which gave the Buckeyes a 6-6 record under interim coach Luke Fickell.
Meyer has a 104-23 record in his 10 seasons as a head coach: two at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida. He has won three national coach of the year awards. Meyer's teams have gone a collective 7-1 in bowl games, including Florida's 41-14 victory over Ohio State in the 2007 Bowl Championship Series title game.
[via The Huffington Post]