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Urban Meyer close to deal to be Fox Sports’ lead college football analyst, per Sporting News

Meyer previously worked with ESPN as an analyst before becoming the Buckeyes’ coach for the 2012 season.

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It didn’t take long, but just over two weeks after his college coaching career ended former Ohio State Buckeyes’ head man Urban Meyer is reportedly close to signing a deal with Fox Sports to be the networks lead college football analyst.

According to a report by The Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, Meyer will have the option of either doing color commentating for FOX broadcasts, or to be one of the network’s studio analysts. With FOX jumping into college football more in recent years, especially with its deal with the Big Ten, a source told McCarthy that Meyer would be the network’s way to add top-level credibility to its college football program in efforts to raise its profile to the level of ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

Fox Sports declined to comment for The Sporting News story, but it is important to remember that Meyer has also recently accepted a position as an assistant athletic director at Ohio State. Just this week it was reported that he would be looking to expand his “Real Life Wednesdays” program to other programs at OSU.

In the year between his time at the University of Florida and Ohio State, Meyer spent a season calling games for ESPN.