Urban Meyer denies any deal with Ohio State University as head football coach

CLEVELAND - The Urban Meyer mystery continues to heat up. SPORTSbyBROOKS has been reporting a deal will be made next week, making Meyer the next head football coach at Ohio State. On Wednesday, an Orlando TV station came out saying Meyer agreed to a $40 million, seven-year deal with the Buckeyes. However, ESPN quoted Meyer as saying late Wednesday morning that he has not been offered any job at OSU and there is no deal in place.

What Meyer hasn't denied is that he's interested in coaching the Buckeyes in 2012 and Ohio State is interested in having him lead the team.

Meyer was supposed to be calling the big rivalry Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday in Ann Arbor, but ESPN pulled him off and is having him spend the day in Bristol instead, as a studio host. ESPN said it's because of the big matchups this weekend in college football. Or is it foreshadowing something fans at OSU could only hope for?

"This is the worst kept secret in America. If it's not true that Meyer is coming to coach OSU, we'll all be floored," said NewsChannel5 Sports Director Andy Baskin.

Back to Saturday's big game, Ohio State doesn't see themselves as the underdog.

"That's not the way we approach things, but whatever people want to say. We believe we have a great football team," said head coach Luke Fickell. "We believe we haven't performed as well as we could in the past few weeks, but that's what Saturday's for."

Ohio State has won the past eight matchups against Michigan. You can watch the OSU-Michigan game on NewsChannel5 Saturday. Kickoff is at noon.

Meyer was formerly the head coach at Florida. He resigned after the 2010 season because of health issues and to spend more time with his family. Earlier this week, Meyer said, "if something happens with Ohio State, I'll have a decision to make."

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