Former Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is reportedly close to landing a new job in television.
Meyer, who’s retired as the Buckeyes’ head football coach, is reportedly close to a deal with Fox Sports.
Sporting News broke the news.
Sports TV viewers may see a lot more of Urban Meyer on TV this year than they thought they would. Fox Sports is close to finalizing a deal to hire the former Ohio State head coach as its star college football analyst, sources tell Sporting News.
Meyer, who won three national championships between Ohio State and Florida, is being given the choice to work either as a color commentator in the game booth or as a studio analyst at Fox, sources said. Citing serious health concerns, the 54-year-old Buckeyes coach retired after the 2019 Rose Bowl.
A Fox Sports spokeswoman declined comment to Sporting News Thursday night.
Meyer worked in television during his time away from football after leaving the Florida job, though that was with ESPN.
The former Ohio State head coach has a couple of jobs lined up for his retirement.
Meyer will be teaching a class in Ohio State’s business school and he’ll also be an assistant athletic director for the Buckeyes .
The former Ohio State head coach’s wife, Shelley Meyer, is happy with his retirement plans. She wants him to be done with coaching.
“It’s an end to something that we’ve been doing for a long, long, long time,” she told ESPN. “I’m sad, but I’m really happy for him because this is what needed to happen right now.
“He’s been fun again. He’s back to the Urban I knew when he wasn’t so stressed out and anxious and having headaches.”
It’s unclear at this point if Meyer will be working as an in-studio analyst for FOX or if he’ll be working games as an analyst.
FOX has the rights several of the Big Ten’s biggest games. It’d be pretty cool to hear Meyer doing analyst work during a major Ohio State game (though fans of the opposing teams would probably not like it).