Urban Meyer indirectly addresses Cleveland Browns rumor in statement
Ohio State fans have been dealing with an unsettling rumor all week.
There was swirling notion that the Cleveland Browns were set to pursue Urban Meyer and woo him with a monster contract. It sounded far-fetched, but it gained enough traction for “Pardon the Interruption” to talk about it, and NJ.com reported that the deal could potentially include “small ownership equity.”
Urban Meyer heard about those rumors. That’s why he sent The Columbus Dispatch a statement refuting those reports, and that he was only focused on coaching the Buckeyes.
“I am proud and honored to be the head football coach at The Ohio State University. I have no interest whatsoever in any other position outside of my job coaching the Buckeyes,” Meyer said in the statement.
Meyer statement to Dispatch via school spokesman was to refute report that Browns are coming after Meyer with mega deal.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) December 5, 2015
At the very least, it means that Meyer was aware of the rumored deal.
His attempt to quiet those rumors with a statement will likely be appreciated by Buckeye fans, but you can bet the talks will resurface if and when Browns coach Mike Pettine is fired at season’s end.
Meyer is under contract to stay in Columbus through the 2020 season, and will receive $6.5 million per season to do so.
Right now, Meyer and the Buckeyes have more important things to worry about. They need a crazy championship weekend to hurdle two teams to crack the College Football Playoff field.