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By Matt McCoy
Mack Brown hasn't even officially resigned at Texas but the list of reported potential candidates to replace him includes Urban Meyer.
According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com Meyer is one of the top three on the Longhorns wish list along with Alabama's Nick Saban and the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin. Appearing on Fox Sports One Tuesday night, Brown also said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would be considered. Talk about aiming big.
Brown has been on the money with his reports on the Texas situation so I would imagine that someone associated with the Longhorn administration floated Coach Meyer's name out there at some point but I would be stunned if he even considered leaving Ohio State. Not only has he been here only two years, but it also is a destination he's dreamed about since starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce 27 years ago.
Having said that, I suspect Meyer and other top coaches nationally will soon be getting raises. Meyer makes $4.6 million...a huge amount but it ranks only sixth nationally among college coaches. Saban headed into this year with the nation's top salary at more than $5.5 million. With the Texas rumors swirling, Alabama is working on a new, more lucrative deal to try to fend off the Longhorns.
Brown is currently the second highest paid coach at $5.4 million and Arkansas' Bret Bielema is third at $5.1 million. Arkansas went 3-9 this year so Bielema made $1.7 million per victory.
Texas has the deepest pockets in college football, and there are reports that they're willing to pay Saban $10 million a year. Whether the salary actually gets that high, it's clear the market value for a top coach is about to go up, which means Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith will have to pony up to keep Meyer's salary competitive with the best coaches in the nation. Bottom line: The big money business of college football just keeps getting bigger.
By Matt McCoy
When Urban Meyer was hired in 2011 and put together his coaching staff he asked his assistants to give him a two year commitment. Now that those two years are up, don't be surprised if Meyer loses some of his coaches.
WTVN has learned that running backs coach Stan Drayton has met with Florida Atlantic about its head coaching position. The Director of Athletics at FAU is Pat Chun, who spent 15 years as an administrator at Ohio State.
Meanwhile, after leading Bowling Green to a 10-3 season and a win over previously unbeaten Northern Illinois in the MAC title game, Dave Clawson is leaving the Falcons to become head coach at Wake Forest.
With Clawson leaving, it would not be surprising to see Bowling Green look towards the Ohio State staff, especially since Urban Meyer is a former Falcon head coach. Offensive coordintor Tom Herman, co-defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Everett Withers and offensive line coach Ed Warinner are names frequently mentioned as potential head coaches in the near future.
WTVN's Dave Maetzold and Jeff Rapp of Sportsrappup.com were live from Hollywood Casino Monday night with the final Buckeye rewind. The postmortem on the Michigan State game and the upcoming Orange Bowl match-up with Clemson were among the topics. You can listen to Monday's rewind show click here:
Since they were both at Ohio State together former Buckeye basketball star David Lighty and Taylor Hill who finished her career on the OSU women's team last year, have been an item. Clearly, they continue to be. Lighty, playing professionally in France and Hill, a guard with the WNBA's Washington Mystics are expecting their first child in May. Hill even took to Twitter and Instagram to announce her pregnancy.
Daddy (@the_lighty) & I (our little one) agree mommy (me) is the BOSS! Favorite bib already! Yes yes yes Dave & I are having a little one!
The tweet included an ultrasound photo of the child and a bib that read "Daddy and I agree. Mommy is the Boss."
That will make a big Buckeye family, as Hill's older brother P.J., a soon-to-be uncle, was a teammate of Lighty's at Ohio State. Congrats to the happy couple.
By Matt McCoy
The longest win streak in Ohio State history is over and the Buckeyes are out of national title contention.
Michigan State ended OSU's chase for a championship with a 34-24 victory over the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game. Ohio State dug a 17-0 hole, scored the next 24 points to take a 24-17 lead, but then saw the Spartans score the last 17 to end the nation's longest winning streak at 24.
At 12-1, Ohio State will likely advance to a BCS bowl...but not the BCS title game which is expected to feature Florida State against Auburn. The Buckeyes meanwhile will find out their bowl fate when BCS selections are announced Sunday night.
Following the game, Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier addressed the media. To listen to their comments click here:
By Matt McCoy
For weeks Ohio State has been on the outside looking in with regards to the national championship picture but the Auburn upset of Alabama last week changed that. Now No. 2 in the BCS, the Buckeyes are a win over Michigan State away from playing for the national championship. At the Woody Hayes Facility this week, the signs of "The Chase" were enhanced to ready "The Chase Is Real."
On the eve of the Big Ten title game, Urban Meyer tweeted the following. It included the video below: "Best Fridays in Football-Week 13 Championship style. The Chase is on & its real! Best part about 12-0 is...."
Meyer Benches Hall
At Friday's media session in Indianapolis, Urban Meyer said that offensive guard Marcus Hall would start the title game against Michigan State on the bench. Hall was ejected during the brawl at Michigan last week and then made an obscene gesture as he headed to the locker room.
"I'm just very, very disappointed in his actions," Meyer said. "He paid the penalty for the fight...he missed three quarters in our rivalry game...but I'm just really disappointed in his actions after the fight."
Redshirt freshman Pat Elflein, who filled in for Hall in Ann Arbor will start. Meyer did not say how long Hall would be held out.
To listen to all of Coach Meyer's Friday press conference in Indianapolis click here: