Urban Meyer Ohio State: Latest Rumors Have Meyer's Contract All But Signed

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Either Urban Meyer really is becoming the next coach at Ohio State, or he's just playing a really cruel practical joke on Buckeye Nation.

Rumors have continued to swirl about Meyer's future as a coach, and if he'd make the move to Columbus, and thanks to WKMG-TV, the latest talk is about a contract, which the network believes he has signed.

Per FoxSports.com:

Former University of Florida coach Urban Meyer has agreed in principle to a seven-year, $40 million deal to become the new coach of Ohio State, according to a WKMG-TV report Tuesday night, which cited sources.

The report said Meyer, 47, would be introduced in the coming days.

The sources said Meyer would bring a number of Florida's current assistant coaches with him, including Gators linebackers coach D.J. Durkin, who would become defensive coordinator.

At this point, there is so much smoke around this story, it's impossible to believe that it's just talk.

Meyer loves coaching, and has obviously been torn about his future in the game thanks to complications with his health. However, based on watching his broadcasting career, it's clear he has a fire burning inside of him and still believes he can do what it takes to win national titles.

Obviously, he would command a high salary, and making more than $5 million a year would fit right in line with his pay grade. Ohio State needs some good news after last summer and the departures of Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel, and hiring Meyer would give the Buckeyes and their fans the spark needed to change the culture in Columbus.

Meyer has been evasive about his future, but it wouldn't be the first time that a high-profile coach led the media astray about his thought process and career arc.

There will be plenty of talk about this in the coming days, but now, all we can do is wait for the day that Meyer stands at a podium and talks about his vision for Ohio State.