Urban Meyer will be Ohio State's next coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
The 47-year-old Meyer comes to one of the most promiment football programs in the country with a proven track record. He has been successful at every level as a head coach -- Bowling Green, Utah and Florida where he won two national chamnpionships. The Ashtabula, Ohio native had been out of the game for a year after resigning at Florida on Dec. 8.
Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million deal according to at least two reports. The seven-year contract may have something to do with Meyer's ability to dig out from NCAA penalties which are expected to be handed down soon.
The school has scheduled a 5:15 p.m ET press conference.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State AD Gene Smith was to meet with the current coaching staff Monday morning.
The program is awaiting sentencing on two fronts. Ohio State has been charged with “failure to monitor” in the Bobby DiGeronimo booster case. The school thought it had wrapped up the situation involving Tattoogate and Jim Tressel during an infractions committee hearing in August.
The school already has vacated all its wins from the 2010 season and will dock itself five scholarships over the next three years.