Urban Meyer to Ohio State: Reports Say Deal Is Done, Why Won't Meyer Admit It?

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2011

Don't bother asking Urban Meyer about Ohio State, because you won't get an answer out of him
Don't bother asking Urban Meyer about Ohio State, because you won't get an answer out of himEliot J. Schechter/Getty Images

The Internet has been abuzz with the rumor that former Florida head coach is set to be the next leader of the Ohio State football program.

Whether it's a foretelling tweet from Eleven Warriors, one of the most reliable Ohio State blogs, or breaking news reports from WKMG’s David Pingalore, all signs seem to point to Meyer taking the job with the Buckeyes.

No official announcement has been made yet, though, and from the way Meyer has been talking recently, it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to discuss the situation.

Meyer has completely denied the reports that there is a deal in place and that there is any type of agreement.

He could be denying all the rumors and reports for a variety of different reasons.

The two parties may not have agreed on all of the financials of the contract just yet. And you also have to factor in that Meyer might be concerned about the possible NCAA sanctions the team could face, and he probably wants to do his proper homework on the potential penalties that could be coming in the future.

Plus, you’ve got interim head coach Luke Fickell trying to prepare his team for its biggest game of the season against Michigan on Saturday.

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It wouldn’t be fair to Fickell to hijack this week from him, since it sounds like it will be his last regular season game as Ohio State head coach.

If the reports are indeed true, though, Meyer can't let this drag out much further.

The announcement should be made no later than Sunday or Monday.

If Meyer does end up taking over Ohio State, he’s going to have some work to do to restore this program back to being the face of the Big Ten, and that all starts on the recruiting trail.

Meyer is a master recruiter and he’ll likely want to dive right in and get to work as soon as he can.

He may be diverting the attention right now out of respect to Luke Fickell, but if the deal really is in place, you would have to expect that he'll be in Columbus by this time next week.