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Urban Meyer to Ohio State Rumors: Deal Looks Done, What's Meyer's 1st Move?

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after play against the Penn State Nittany Lions January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Johnathan CaceCorrespondent INovember 22, 2011

The rumors of Urban Meyer heading to Ohio State to become the head coach of the football team appear to be very real. According to Scout.com’s Bill Greene, Meyer has reached a deal with the university and will sign all the necessary documents shortly after the big rivalry game with Michigan.

This would obviously be a huge get for Ohio State, but what will the legendary coach do once he takes over the team from Luke Fickell?

The first order of business has to be taking care of recruiting. Getting a big name coach like Meyer can do wonders for a recruiting class, and that is exactly what the Buckeyes need.

Their class currently ranks a pedestrian 23rd and only has 14 signees, which is tied for the second smallest class in the Top 25. They also don’t have a single prospect on board who plays on the defensive line, so that will obviously be a point of emphasis.

The next thing Meyer needs to work on is the development of quarterback Braxton Miller. He has improved dramatically since arriving in Columbus in January, but the offense still only ranks a pathetic 118th out of 120 teams in passing yards per game.

Meyer was the main orchestrator behind Tim Tebow’s fantastic offense down in Florida, and Miller certainly has all of the qualities of the now Denver Bronco. He is 6’3” and 210 pounds and has more quarterback runs than passing attempts on the season, including a game against Illinois where he only completed one pass.

If anyone can help out his development, it is Urban Meyer.

The only thing that could be an issue for him would be getting a defensive coordinator. It would be hard to picture Fickell going back to defensive coordinator after being the head coach for nearly a year.

Should he leave for another position, Meyer would have to find a new man for the job, and he would certainly draw some big names out of the woodwork, though the exact person right now is anyone’s guess.

Accomplish all of those things, and he will have an easy transition back into coaching at Ohio State.

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