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Is Urban Meyer already gone?
A report on an unofficial Web site dedicated to University of Florida sports said Tuesday that he is. It says the Utah football coach has agreed in principle to a deal to replace fired coach Ron Zook and take over the Gators after the season - sparking debate among fans and the news media about whether it's true.
"Of course not," Meyer said. "No. I'm not even going to comment on that. That's absurd."
Published on www.GatorCountry.com, the report comes a day after Meyer told reporters at his weekly news conference that "I plan on coaching here a long time." The unbeaten and No. 5 Utes play Brigham Young at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, trying to finish a perfect regular season and earn a berth into the Bowl Championship Series.
Quoting unnamed sources that the Web site called "extremely credible and accurate," the report said an announcement on Meyer's hiring is not expected until about Dec. 13. It claimed sources "insist that there is an agreement," although "it is not clear any contract details [sic] or if an official contract has been put together."
The article was written by Bob Redman, a former video coordinator on the Florida coaching staff. Still, it was met with uncertainty, considering its publication outside the realm of traditional news media.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley released a statement reiterating his earlier promise that "we will not talk to current college coaches until their respective regular seasons are over. Any reports that indicate we have talked to or reached agreements with any current collegiate coaches are false."
Meyer supported that position, saying there has been "no contact .. none" between him and the Gators.