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Following contract extension, Urban Meyer not leaving Buckeyes any time soon

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

When Urban Meyer was hired to be Ohio State’s head coach in November 2011, some wondered how long he would remain at the helm of the Buckeyes.

In fact, it was the second question of his introductory press conference.

“[Your] contract is for six years,” noted the reporter of Meyer’s deal, which then ran through January of 2018. “Are you hoping to fulfill the entire six years?”

Six years later, and the question is being asked again, mostly by opposing coaches on the recruiting trail. How long will the 53-year-old coach lead the Scarlet and Gray?

Meyer is actually younger than Alabama’s Nick Saban, Miami’s Mark Richt, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, and slightly younger than Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. However, Meyer’s health scare when he coached at Florida, admittedly exasperated by stress, has made him the subject of speculation since.

In an effort to address that, Ohio State just announced that they are extending Meyer’s contract another two years, which means he will be signed through 2022.

Meyer himself also spoke on the subject in an interview with WCMH-TV in Columbus.

“I’m going strong,” he said. “I don’t think I have a bad guy on my team. When I say ‘bad guy,’ there’s not a guy I don’t really deeply care about and don’t want to be around. As long as that keeps going, I’m going to keep going.”

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