Urban Meyer said Saturday he has not been offered a job to coach the Ohio State football team.
Meyer, who earlier Saturday had declined comment to The Associated Press, then said during ESPN’s broadast of the Nebraska-Michigan game he hasn’t been offered or accepted any job.
Dave Pasch, who was in the booth Saturday with Meyer and Chris Spielman, addressed the Meyer-to-Ohio-State rumors during the broadcast.
"Urban, I just want to ask you, there have been reports indicating that you have accepted the Ohio State head coaching position," Pasch said.
Urban replied quickly and emphatically.
"Well there’s no truth to that," Meyer said. "I know it’s that time of year, but I have not been offered any job and I have certainly not accepted any job."
Spielman, a former Ohio State player, is well aware of the building speculation that Meyer will end up leading Ohio State, but he said it is just a rumor at this point.
”We were in Bible study last night, he and I were, and it was news to us,” Spielman told the AP before the game in Ann Arbor. ”There’s no deal.”
Contacted earlier this week by the AP, Ohio State AD Gene Smith said no deal had been struck with Meyer. Other Ohio State athletic officials have also denied the reports.
Meyer, 47, is an Ohio native. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 1986.
He resigned as Florida’s coach on Dec. 8, 2010, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Meyer won 104 games and two national championships over 10 years with the Gators, Utah and Bowling Green.
Ohio State promoted Luke Fickell to interim coach nearly six months ago when Jim Tressel resigned in the wake of a tattoo-parlor scandal.
Meyer hasn’t even said if he’s ready to return to coaching anywhere.
”I miss a lot of things about it, but I also am really enjoying another part, that’s I get to watch my kids play sports,” Meyer said in an AP interview earlier this month.