Sports by Brooks is reporting that Ohio State University has come to an agreement with former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer to become the next head coach for the Buckeyes.
The deal between Meyer and Ohio State was consummated in principle earlier this week in Columbus but not signed. It includes a multi-year contract that will make Meyer once again one of college football’s highest paid coaches.
In additon to Meyer’s generous compensation package, sources said a major factor in the coach’s decision to agree to take the position was the school promising him the budget to assemble what is expected to become the highest-paid assistant coaching staff in college football history.
Meyer would replace Jim Tressell who resigned earlier this year after getting caught up in an ugly scandal with the NCAA regarding Buckeye players trading memorabilia for tattoos.
Meyer is 104-23 in his coaching career and 7-1 in bowl games. He won two national championships while the head coach at Florida. Before that he was the head man at Utah and Bowling Green.
Meyer is rumored to be interested in adding Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Spielman, Jon Tenuta, and Greg Studwara to his staff.
This is the best hire OSU could make. Urban wanted time off, but the opportunity to coach in the state he was born in and played his college football in was likely too much to pass up.
[UPDATE: Still rumors floating both ways about Urban accepting the job.]