Report: Urban Meyer close to TV deal with Fox to serve as an analyst

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could be getting into the broadcasting business again. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could be getting into the broadcasting business again. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

College football fans could be seeing a lot of Urban Meyer on their television sets in 2019.

According to a Sporting News report, the recently retired Ohio State coach is close to a deal with Fox to become a part of the network’s college football coverage in 2019. Fox has television deals with the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12.

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Meyer announced his retirement in December and cited a number of factors, including his health. He dealt with headaches during the 2018 season that were triggered by the presence of an arachnoid cyst.

It was the second time Meyer had left coaching for reasons that included health-related ones. He left Florida after the 2010 season following severe chest pains. And this would also be the second time Meyer has gone into TV after leaving coaching.

He spent the 2011 season as a game analyst for ESPN before he returned to the sidelines in 2012 at Ohio State. His teams went 83-9 in seven seasons with the Buckeyes, including a final win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.

The Sporting News report said Meyer is being given a choice to be either a part of Fox’s studio or game coverage at the network. Fox’s No. 1 game crew is Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt while Joe Davis and Brady Quinn have served as the network’s No. 2 announcing duo.

Meyer has said multiple times that he believes he will not coach again after Ohio State.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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