Urban Meyer Ohio State Speculation: Meyer Would Aid Buckeyes' Recovery

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 18, 2011

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The coaching carousel is not something that just exists in the National Football League. We see it just as often in the college football world.

This year, it appears that the No. 1 sought-after head coach is going to be Urban Meyer.

Now, it also appears that word on the top bidder may be clear.

It's an unusual year in college football. Guys like Jim Tressel and Joe Paterno are out as head coaches, and suddenly prestigious programs need another big name to take over.

After news broke on the Penn State sexual-abuse scandal and Paterno was removed as the team's head coach, rumors immediately emerged that Urban Meyer could be taking over next season.

Although the Nittany Lions may not be completely out of the hunt, Meyer seemed pretty clear on his decision to stay away from Happy Valley.

It's the other Big Ten program in the midst of a scandal that could land the huge acquisition.

There have been rumors that Ohio State wants Urban Meyer as head coach. Rumors are also circling regarding Meyer heading to Ohio, but no credible sources are confirming anything.

Meyer was born and raised in Ohio. His college coaching career actually began at Ohio State. In 1986 he coached the tight ends for the team. In 1987 he coached the wide receivers for the team.

He has a history with the program and a possible return may be the best place for both he and the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State scandal has been all but forgotten by the media following the sudden crisis at Penn State. The only remaining question will come with the NCAA investigation. If Ohio State is penalized by the NCAA, that could impact their chances of getting Meyer.

It's doubtful he wants to come to a school that won't have the ability to play in the postseason right away. If the Buckeyes are cleared, then chances are Meyer will be leading the team next season.

If he is, you can bet that Ohio State will be right back on top of the Big Ten in a matter of time.