The Sports RappUp, which is owned and operated by veteran Buckeye beat writer Jeff Rapp, published a long story on Meyer Friday. Most of the piece is devoted to the possibility of Meyer becoming the next coach at OSU.
But in the story, Rapp cites an unnamed source who told SRU that (Penn State) officials contacted Meyer Sept. 25 and expressed major interest in pursuing him as head coach should Paterno, in fact, decide to retire after the 2011 season.
The source, who is said to be a close friend of Meyer's, was quoted as saying the following:
Urban would love to have that job. Keep in mind, though, that he doesn't want to be known as the guy who forced out Joe Paterno. It would have to be done the right way. I think they could appeal to JoePa's best interests and allow him to be the king-maker.
It should be noted that the 84-year-old Paterno has given no indication that he intends to retire at the end of the season. In fact, at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July, he said that he would like to coach at least four more years, provided his health holds up.
But that was before Paterno was bowled over by a receiver in preseason practice, sustaining shoulder and leg injuries from which he is just now fully recovering. Paterno spent all of Penn State's first three games in the press box. For the past two games, he has been on the field for the first half and the press box for the season.
In an interesting twist to this story, Meyer is part of the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew that will be calling the 4-1 Nittany Lions' home game with 3-1 Iowa Saturday.