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Ohio State football: Urban Meyer accepts Buckeyes’ coaching job

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ESPN reported today what we have suspected for some time, Urban Meyer has accepted the head coaching job with the Buckeyes. Ohio State will hold a press conference at 5:15 today with the formal announcement.

Meyer will bring to Columbus a coaching pedigree that’s quite impressive.

This will be Meyer’s fourth head coaching job. His first stint was at Bowling Green where he was 17-6 in two seasons. In 2003, he became Utah’s head coach and led the Utes to a BCS bowl, a first for non-BCS schools. In 2005, he took over at Florida, where he led Florida to two national championships, one in 2006 and his second in 2008. He’s earned the National Coach of the Year twice and he is one of the innovators of the spread offense. His overall record is 104-23.

Urban’s roots began in the Buckeye state. Meyer was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, played college football at Cincinnati and was a graduate assistant under Earl Bruce at Ohio State. He now comes back to reign in a new era in Ohio State football.

His impact should be evident immediately. After a season in which the offense couldn’t establish an identity, Meyer should be able to improve the unit immediately. Additionally, he does a great job of recruiting so the Buckeyes shouldn’t miss a beat, in fact with Urban’s ties, it could improve.

Ultimately, Meyer brings hope to Buckeye Nation. He was easily one of the top coaches of the past decade and if his track record is any indication, many good things are in store for Ohio State.

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