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11/23/2011 09:55 am ET Updated Nov 23, 2011

Urban Meyer To Ohio State? Football Coach Reportedly Agrees To Deal With OSU

On Tuesday evening, WKMG Local6 News in Orlando tweeted that former University of Florida football coach had agreed to a deal with the Ohio State University to become head coach.

A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Meyer has long been rumored to be eying the Buckeyes gig ever since longtime coach Jim Tressel resigned in May as NCAA violations swirled around the program. Meyer had stepped down as Florida coach in December 2010, citing health reasons.

On Monday, two separate developments involving Meyer may have foreshadowed this deal. First, Meyer informed the Gainesville Sun that he felt physically able to return to the sideline.

"I'm in a good place right now mentally and physically," Meyer told the Sun. "So if something happens with Ohio State, I'll have a decision to make. But there has been no interview. There has been no offer to make a decision about."

Also on Monday, Meyer's current employer made a move that indicated the former coach's contact with OSU was further along than he portrayed. ESPN pulled Meyer from the on-site broadcast team for this weekend's Big 10 clash between the Buckeyes and the University of Michigan.

"We felt the studio in Bristol was the best place for him given the many storylines and top matchups going on in college football this weekend," ESPN said in a statement.

Sources speaking with WKMG Sports Director David Pingalore indicated that Meyer had agreed to a seven-year pact worth $40 million.

UPDATE 10:08 AM: Meyer has issued a statement via ESPN denying that he has been offered or accepted the head football coaching job at Ohio State.

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

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