Herbstreit: ‘talked to Urban Meyer about coaching’

Friday I broke the news that Urban Meyer has agreed in principle to become the next head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Urban Meyer not calling the Ohio State Michigan football game with normal TV crew

(Ohio State: Meyer not calling OSU-Michigan game with normal TV crew)

With that agreement - which I reported Friday did not include a signed contract - I also reported that Meyer “aimed to addKirk Herbstreit to his coaching staff.


Monday Herbstreit confirmed to Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio that he had spoken to Meyer about coaching.

Excerpt from Herbstreit comments:

“I’ve talked to Urban Meyer just like I’ve talked to a lot of other coaches in the past about getting into coaching. It’s in my blood, I’d love to coach. But at this point, do you think I’m crazy? I’ve got the best job, for me, in television.”

After the Sports by Brooks report on Friday, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com were first to report an on the record confirmation from Ohio State that the school had been in contact with Meyer about the job.

Meyer will also not be calling the Ohio State-Michigan football game on television despite his play-by-play and color analysts partners, Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman, being assigned to the game.

UPDATE: Onlygators.com reports that Meyer is not working the Ohio State-Michigan game with his normal crew in order to appear on ESPN’s College GameDay - with Kirk Herbstreit - from the Alabama-Auburn game.

UPDATE: Pat Dooley of the GAINESVILLE SUN reports, “Urban Meyer isn’t sure where he will be Saturday for ESPN but it won’t be Alabama-Auburn, he said.

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Meyer Agrees To Coach Buckeyes, Building Staff

Multiple sources close to the Ohio State football program have confirmed that Urban Meyer is assembling a coaching staff after agreeing to become the next head football coach at Ohio State.

Urban Meyer and Gene Smith on Sept. 3, 2011 at Ohio State before OSU game against Akron

(9/3/2011: Meyer & Ohio St. Athletic Director Gene Smith at Ohio Stadium)

The deal between Meyer and Ohio State was consumated in principle earlier this week in Columbus but not signed. It includes a multi-year contract that will make Meyer once again one of college football’s highest paid coaches.

In additon to Meyer’s generous compensation package, sources said a major factor in the coach’s decision to agree to take the position was the school promising him the budget to assemble what is expected to become the highest-paid assistant coaching staff in college football history.

Of that staff, sources indicate Meyer’s intial plan is to retain current Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell and current Buckeye wide receivers coach Stan Drayton.

Meyer also aims to add Chris Spielman, Kirk Herbstreit, current North Carolina State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta and current LSU offensive line coach Greg Studwara to his Ohio State staff.

Studwara was offensive line coach for Bowling Green when Meyer was the head coach of the Falcons in 2001 and 2002. One source indicated Studwara is being considered by Meyer as possible offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes.

Meyer was one of two candidates Ohio State contacted during its hiring process. Jon Gruden was also approached by the school, but declined interest.

Photo credit: The-Ozone.net.

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Messiah Died For High School Line Judge’s Sins?

Monday Cleveland-Glenville High School defeated Dwyer (FL) High School in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Ted Ginn, Sr., talks to his team after beating Dwyer video

The game was marred by a controversial conclusion that saw what appeared to be a last-second, game-winning Dwyer touchdown go for naught. Instead, Glenville claimed a 26-22 victory in front of a national television audience.

Dwyer Glenville Goal Line Replay Stills

In the aftermath of the game, Dwyer receiving star Nick O’Leary, the grandson of Jack Nicklaus, made an obscene gesture from the Dwyer bench that was aired on the telecast and ultimately led to his suspension by the Florida High School Athletic Association.

Dwyer Glenville Goal Line Replay Stills

The FHSAA ruling, which prevents O’Leary from suiting up for the Panthers next two games, is currently under appeal.

Today I was sent some locker room video of Glenville Coach Ted Ginn, Sr., talking to his players after their dramatic yet perplexing triumph. Video and transcript of his comments are below.
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Source: Herbstreit Lobbies FHSAA For O’Leary

Matt Porter of the PALM BEACH POST reports Dwyer (Palm Beach, FL) high school tight end and grandson of Jack Nicklaus, Nick O’Leary, has been suspended for two games by the Florida High School Athletic Association for an obscene gesture during a game last Monday.

Kirk Herbstreit and Nick O'Leary

O’Leary, who is of the country’s top high school football prospects, made an obscene gesture in the direction of the field during Dwyer’s nationally-televised, controversial 26-22 loss to Cleveland-Glenville in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The FHSAA rulebook states:

7.2.1.1 Penalty for Students. Students who are found to have committed unsportsmanlike conduct will be ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletic competition for a penalty period up to one calendar year.

In a letter to Dwyer Athletic Director Tom Pagley announcing the suspension, Dr. Peggy Jones of the FSHAA also wrote, “I am sure he regrets his action and this is unfortunate for Dwyer High School as this was on national TV, but there needs to be a consequence for his action.

Dwyer is appealing the decision, with Pagley confirming that the school is attempting to get the suspension reduced to one game. Earlier, Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels had threatened to forfeit the Panthers’ next two games, but Pagley has since ruled out that possibility.

Meanwhile, a source close to Herbstreit told me today that the ABC/ESPN college football analyst called the FHSAA this morning to lobby on O’Leary’s behalf and that he felt “awful” about the suspension.

Before the suspension was announced, Herbstreit defended O’Leary’s emotional sideline reaction on Miami radio station WQAM-AM: Read more…

ESPN Dumps Draft Devotees For Blonde Mistress

Last night I spent the start of the NFL Draft flipping back and forth between ESPN and the NFL Network before finally settling in to NFLN coverage for most of the night.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Debate Jimmy Clausen

(Dude on the left? A-hole, which is why I like him)

Why? Because ESPN left its big NFL Draft guns Mel Kiper and Todd McShay on the bench in favor of offhand analysis by Jon Gruden. Inexplicable when considering that ESPN singlehandedly built the NFL Draft into the popular, pop culture event that it is today by the non-stop propping up of prognostication by Kiper and now McShay.

Once I realized that Kiper and McShay were being shoved aside by ESPN to placate Gruden’s ego, I turned to NFL Network, which spent most of the night giving viewers what they wanted, astute analysis from draft expert Mike Mayock.

So why did ESPN flip the script? The network is doing all it can to keep Gruden from returning to the NFL, so it showcased the coach on what has become perhaps ESPN’s signature NFL property. But in the process of doing so, Bristol betrayed what it has built into an astonishingly popular property.

I’m flummoxed by ESPN’s naivete about Gruden. Bristol execs somehow think that he wouldn’t break his current contract with the network if the right coaching deal came along. A deal that would probably include an NFL team buying out a portion of Gruden’s remaining ESPN contract.


So on what should be a triumphant night for a property ESPN basically invented, the network sent NFL Draftniks scurrying to the NFL Network as Kiper and McShay were mostly idle throughout the night.

While I know there are probably plenty of you who despise Kiper and McShay, ESPN has turned them into undeniable celebrities. So ESPN spends all this time building up the pair’s predictions, then shoves them aside during the actual NFL Draft coverage just to make Gruden happy? Though the coach could leave the network at any moment and is somewhat reticent about giving strong opinions for fear of alienating a future employer?

I’m not defending Kiper and McShay, more making a comment about ESPN’s inability to see how its being played by Gruden.

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Tweep Cover: Top 10 Twitter No-Shows In Sports

As it’s such a valuable resource, I’m spending more and more time on Twitter. Tweeting has been a revelation for many athletes and media members in connecting with fans and sharing information in real time. A much more immediate vehicle that Facebook.

Todd McShay, Brian Kenny, Doug Gottlieb

While there’s a lot of new and old media members who have enthusiastically bought into the medium, there are many who curiously have not. Here’s a list of people who I would like to see Tweeting regularly. For all I know, many of those listed have Twitter accounts that aren’t public or have accounts that are essentially idle. Or perhaps I’m actually missing someone. If I am, leave in the comments.

1a) Todd McShay: I’ve got ESPN muted most days, but the sound goes on when McShay appears. He’s one of the few media personalities who consistently tells you something you don’t already know. Mad homework and we’re the beneficiaries. From the way he funs people on-air, he’d light it up on Twitter.

1b) Doug Gottlieb*: Another homework guy who always has college hoops nuggets you get nowhere else. Since I rarely watch college hoops, great catch-up guy to watch. General sports talk host on ESPN Radio and consistently says stuff I can’t believe corporate lets him get away with. Probably the loosest cannon in Bristol. Anyone who drops a “game blouses” while doing a game is automatically on the list.

1c) Brian Kenny: Solid when anchoring but radio show allows him to bring the knowledge you can’t get from the prompter. Best interviewer currently on radio. Asks a pointed question and gets out of the way. (Doesn’t answer question he’s asking!) Voice of reason in the insanity of the boxing world. If I’m driving back from Vegas, he’s the podcast.

4) Matt Vasgersian: I know him well from my baseball broadcasting days. Killer natural sense of humor that gets dumbed-down by MLB Network. He could let that out on Twitter. He’s much more than just a sports guy, but the only place most people know him is when he’s hemmed in by a sports broadcast. He needs to eventually do something professionally that isn’t sports. Funny dude.

5) Jared Allen: Only athlete on the list. Best video pieces from an athlete I’ve ever seen. Has both over-the-top and subtle sense of humor. Doesn’t have a big ego or have every move that he makes mapped by a marketer. (Ochocinco, LeBron, etc.)

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Lee Corso Always Keeps Things Light And Lively

From today’s show in Provo:

Lee Corso on GameDay They Shot Their Wad

(Surest sign Lee Corso has made a full recovery)

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Herbstreit’s View Inside College GameDay Truck

For those of you who wonder how the ESPN College Gameday crew tracks all those games on the road, here’s a shot inside the ESPN College GameDay truck today.

View Inside ESPN College Gameday Truck

(After the jump, pic of Trojans walk-thru at South Bend hotel this morning)

Gameday observations today: Corso looks good, hanging in there. He’s doing a lot better than I think people give him credit for. Not quite as razor sharp, but I don’t think there’s much of a dropoff. I wonder though if ESPN will ease him out after this season. Read more…

Brooks Inside Derek Jeter’s Suite At Yankee Game

Last time I was in New York, I scored seats to the last All-Star game played at the old Yankee Stadium. Can’t really top that, can ya?

Brooks W/Bill O'Reilly, Minka Kelly, Kirk Herbstreit, Roger Goodell In Derek Jeter's Yankee Stadium Stuite

(Lineup last night in Derek Jeter’s suite at Yankee Stadium)

Actually, I think I did on Thursday, watching the Yankees-Red Sox game in the new Yankee Stadium from Derek Jeter’s personal suite. (Yes, the one he dropped $850,000 on for a single season.)

Derek Jeter's Yankee Stadium Suite

(I want to thank the Good Lord for no hot-air hand dryer)

Early this week a friend invited me to the game, which gave a good excuse to get out of L.A. for a long weekend. That weekend has barely started, but I’ve already got the only thing I’ll remember from the trip.

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Kirk Herbstreit, Burning Houses, The IRS And You

So here’s something I didn’t know: You buy a lot with a house on it, and you want to completely rebuild. But instead of paying to have the house razed, you can donate it to your local fire department, who will then burn it down for practice. And you get a nifty tax deduction for your efforts. At least that was the plan when ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit tried to do that in 2004.

Nope, said the IRS — not only will we deny your claim for a $195,394 tax deduction on the house, but we’re charging you an additional $134,606 in back taxes and interest. So the ex-Ohio State quarterback and his wife, Allison, are suing our government and its army of bespectacled number crunchers for that combined amount. Read more…