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Michigan Insider Reveals Whether He Believes Urban Meyer Will Be Fired

A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Author John U. Bacon is one of the most prominent writers about Michigan football in the country. He has published multiple books about the Wolverines, including Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football, which chronicled the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.

Obviously, Michigan football has its own issues, but they are largely on the field. That is not the case for hated rival Ohio State right now.

In a radio spot, Bacon chronicled the Zach Smith scandal. There isn't a ton of new information, but its a decent summary for anyone not caught up.

He does, however, have a prediction for what will happen to Urban Meyer.

John U. Bacon doesn't expect Urban Meyer to be fired.

When this story broke, it looked like the three-time national champion's job was in serious jeopardy. In the days since, it seems less likely that he'll get the axe.

Bacon expects that Meyer will get a slap on the wrist, and maybe a short suspension to start the year.

"So now we’re waiting for the committee to conclude its report, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. When most pundits were predicting Meyer could never survive this, I said Ohio State will not fire Urban Meyer, because he’s simply too good a coach, with six division titles, two Big Ten titles, and three national titles at Ohio State and Florida.

Instead, they will give Meyer a formal rebuke and suspend him for a few games. But not only will Meyer be coaching in November against Michigan, I bet he’ll be coaching in September against Penn State, the second biggest game on the Buckeyes’ schedule.

Of course, the investigators could find more than we expect, or Meyer’s bosses could change their minds. But I doubt it."

Ohio State opens with Oregon State and Rutgers, two games it should be able to get through with or without Meyer. After that, it heads to Texas for a neutral site match-up with TCU. Tulane comes next, before the Penn State game. Depending on how long a hypothetical suspension is, he may miss one game of significance, if that is in fact the road that Ohio State takes.

[John U. Bacon]