COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Urban Meyer on next season at Ohio State: ‘I plan to coach’

Asked twice about his future as Ohio State’s football coach, Urban Meyer preferred to talk about something else Monday as his team begins preparations for the Big Ten championship game. 

“I plan to coach, and their kickoff team is very good, too,” Meyer said to laughter in the room. “They really understand contain and (inaudible).” 

“Have a great day,” he added before leaving the podium. 

Earlier in the press conference he repeatedly answered, “I’m good,” when asked about health and related issues. 

Meyer told a group of reporters in late October he has had a recurrence of headaches from an arachnoid cyst near his brain but concluded, “I’m just managing my way through it and we’re working hard.”

He also said then, “This is something I’m dealing with, and that’s why I’m talking about it. It’s unrelated to anything else. I am fully committed to Ohio State and the football program for as long as I can, as long as my health allows.”

In the weeks since, rumors have persisted that he could be near the end of his seven-year tenure in Columbus, but nothing concrete has been reported. 

Meyer’s Buckeyes are set to take on Northwestern on Saturday night in Indianapolis. 

LISTEN: Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald preview the game

A win will send them to the Rose Bowl — unless they can get into the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. 

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