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Report: Penn State contacted Urban Meyer

Could Urban Meyer be Penn State's next head coach? Hmmmm. Getty Images

Penn State interested in Meyer IF they need a coach

Could Urban Meyer be Penn State’s next head coach? Hmmmm. Getty Images

Urban Meyer is a popular name in college football, and many suspect that he will be back in the coaching game in a short amount of time after taking off this year to work for ESPN instead of taking on the high pressure job of coaching a major college football program, such as Florida. Many feel as though he would be a top candidate for the job at Ohio State if the Buckeyes decide that Luke Fickell is not the right choice.

Penn State fans have mentioned Meyer in a number of conversations over the past year as well. Now, it appears, Penn State brass aren’t shy of the possibility if they are in position of need to find a new head coach.

Seasoned Ohio State reporter Jeff Rapp reported on Friday that Penn State contacted Meyer about the possibility of pursuing him as a new head coach back on September 25, when the ESPN analysts was on campus to interview Michael Mauti for a featured segment. According to a source close to Meyer, there are three jobs that would have Meyer jump at the opportunity to return to coaching: Ohio State, Texas and Penn State.

“Urban would love to have that job,” the source said. “Keep in mind, though, that he doesn’t want to be known as the guy who forced out Joe Paterno. It would have to be done in the right way. I think they could appeal to Joe Pa’s best interests and allow him to be the king-maker.”

Meyer will also be in town this weekend as part of the broadcast team for the ABC/ESPN coverage of Penn State’s game against Iowa.

Joe Paterno has not said he will be stepping aside after this season, his final year under contract.

HT: Sports RappUp

Originally posted on Examiner.com.

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Russ Carnes
Russ Carnes

This would be the greatest tribute to Coach Peterno to be able to pick his own NEW head coach. Coach has brought millions to Penn State and has turned out some superior football players during his tenure at Line Backer University. He deserves this chance of his liftime. May God bless him in with the decision he has to make about his future.

Jackie Bradford
Jackie Bradford

I am a Papa Joe fan,and have been for years, Papa Joe is and will always be a man of impeccable character. His love for Penn St, as well as the game of football will forever be his trademark. You will never see another coach in collage football, coach for decades at the same college as papa Joe did at Penn St. There comes a time in every coaches life, when he realizes it's time to step aside, and let a younger, more vibrant coach, take the reins and move the program forward, keeping that tradition of winning conferences, Championships, year after year. Papa Joe has always been a winner, and knows a winner when he sees one, so, when his predecessor is chosen, he will no doubt, have to be a proven leader, on and off the field. l know the shoes of "Joe Paterno" will never be filled, so if your lucky enough to even be considered, count it a monumental moment, to have that level of respect. It's like your nominated for an Academy Award, you may not win, that nod of nomination, makes it worth it all, because it tells you, that you are a great actor in the eyes of millions. Two coaches meet, one being the greatest coach in NCAA College football, ("Papa" Joe Paterno), second being Urban Meyer, a proven leader on and off the field, knowing the thrills of conference Champions,as well as, BCS Champions. A coach that is well respected by coaches, NCAA full circle, a coach, a man who will and can continue that winning tradition at Penn St. Last, but not least, recruits have a very hard time saying no to coach Meyer, just ask Tim Tebow, everything about coach Meyer recruits love, in thier own conscience, it will not let them play for another coach. You would not normally hear this sermon from a devout Alabama Fan, and have been for over 35 yrs. l've watched Papa Joe Paterno win for that 35 yrs, Penn St., like Alabama (Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant) has a winning tradition, just like coach Bryant spoiled Ala fan's, Papa Joe did as well. In closing, l wished we would have had the chance to have an Urban Meyer, Penn St. does. If Penn St. offers, Coach Urban Meyer accepts, "The Winning Tradition Lives On" Roll Tide!!!!

shootingstar
shootingstar

Alright Joe,enough is enough! Time tostep aside and let fresher,more updated minds take over!

Jim
Jim

Imagine the gaping hole in the ozone layer when the maestro goes to the locker room for the last time. I can't think of a better patch then coach Meyer. You can try to ask Lou Holtz to come out of retirement again but there is a good chance you might not make it out of his office alive.

JOHN CURTIS
JOHN CURTIS

I BELIEVE THE DEAL WAS MADE A WHILE BACK AND MEYER WILL BE THE COACH OF PENN STATE AFTER THIS SEASON. IT ALL MAKES SENSE AND THERE'S NO ONE ELSE THAT JOE PA WOULD RATHER TURN HIS PROGRAM OVER TOO! SO, PENN STATE FANS, YOU WILL BE THE WINNER OF THE URBAN MEYER LOTTERY! WE SUREE APPRECIATED HIM WHILE HE WAS AT UF AND WISH HE COULD HAVE STAYED FOR MANY MORE YEARS! WE WERE FORTUNATE, THOUGH AND WE GOT A COACCH THAT WILL LEAD US TO HIGHER GROUND! I HOPE MEYER LEARNED A LESSON ABOUT THE FINE LINE BETWEEN LOYALTY AND NECESSITY. HIS LOYALTY TO AN INCOMPETENT ADDAZIO MADE HIS LAST YEAR AT UF A JOKE! BEST OF WISHES URBAN! WE WOULD RATHER SEE YOU GO TO A QUALITY SCHOOL THAN THAT SEWER, CALLED OHIO STATE! GO GATORS

Jy D
Jy D

It's common knowledge that JoPoop wants to pass the crown to his son JayJay. Everyone knows it. Why do you think that Tom Bradley who has been on the staff for over 35 years went begging for the Pitt job last year? By the way, read Paterno's book. For 42 years he's been crying and complaining about not being named National Champions in 1969. In the book he offers an absurd explanation behind PSU's second place finish. He said that his friend, Coach Royal, of #1 ranked Texas invited him to come to the Cotton Bowl and play for the title. JoPoop goes on to say that he asked his team about playing Texas. Unbelievable as it my seem, Paterno claims the six black players on thePSU team didn't want to go to Dallas because President Kennedy was killed there! In turn, #1 Texas beat Arkansas instead and retained their #1 ranking and rightfully so. Ever since, JoPoop has been crying the Blues and blaming President Nixon, college football, and - in his book - the six black players who supposedly turned down the chance to play for the championship because Kennedy was killed there SIX YEARS earlier. Read it for yourself. To this day, I can't believe an African-American player would go to PSU and play for such a liar and hypocrite. Why hasn't someone in the media called him out on his blatant falsehood?

Brian
Brian

Maybe, to ease the transition from JoePa to Meyer, Meyer can be an assistant coach for the Lions for the next 2...3...8 years. I bet he'd learn a few things from Paterno. :)

Hawk7458
Hawk7458

Iowa will beat PSU again for the 9th time in a 11 years.Everyone will scream for Jo Pa's head again. Jo Pa is going to go no where ! He will leave when Jo Pa says he is ready to leave !Not until then.This is different then Bobby Bowden.Jo Pa owns the place ! Remember Iowa's coach Ferentz played at PItt . Grew up in Pa.and is also always mentioned as Jo Pa's replacement.

Hawk7458
Hawk7458

After Iowa beats Jo Pa for the 9th time in the last 11 years,the cry for Meyer will be heard through out the country.However,nothing will change till the "legend"say's so ! Jo Pa is one of a kind ! Don't forget Iowa's coach grew up in Pa.