Urban Meyer Ohio State: Buckeyes Will Enjoy Return to Prominence Under Meyer

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 24, 2011

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators watches play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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I never saw this one coming, nor did any of the Buckeyes faithful out there. 

When Terrelle Pryor's scandal turned quickly into Jim Tressel's demise, the college football world shelved the Buckeyes as a program in ruins.

As it seems, they are a program that is about to return to prominence. At least, that's the hope the latest scuttlebutt brings. Numerous reports have Urban Meyer all wrapped up by Ohio State as their next head coach. 

The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that a couple of sources issued that the deal was nearly complete. 

These reports were of course met with Urban Meyer acting like he was in some weird episode of Punk'd. The fact is these coaching negotiations are supposed to be handled confidentially, so the leaks are going to be met with denials. 

At least, that is what Buckeyes fans hope is the case when Meyer went public with the only statement we can expect for the next couple of days. 

I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place. I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further.

That statement is riddled with diplomacy as Meyer is not about to be the one to derail his perfect chance to get back into the coaching game. 

The bug bit, and it bit good. I am confident that Meyer wants to coach again, and OSU is the perfect return for one of the most successful coaches of the modern era. 

The Buckeyes were riddled by sanctions and tumult yet still had a fine campaign when you take into account the big games they won. 

The Buckeyes are still a major draw for recruits. That fact gets multiplied by a thousand when Meyer is running things. He doesn't only bring the promise of bowl wins, he brings the hope that Ohio State will again be thought of as an honorable program. 

They may be cleaning up the mess, but they need a face to lend confidence to the masses, and that's Meyer. These rumors may be all hype with no substance, but Ohio State can still cling to the dream they are concrete. If so, OSU is about to change for the better. 

Considering the last few months, nobody saw that coming. 

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