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Urban Meyer to the rescue

Former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer attends a news conference naming him the new head coach at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

All the rumors turned out to be true.

We’ll have much more to say about this, but Urban Meyer hit it out of the park in the news conference where he was introduced as the new head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Fans are excited, as we should be.

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Browns win a squeaker over Jacksonville

It was shaping up to be another heartbreaking loss for the Browns, but the defense held on in the red zone in the final minutes to preserve a 14-10 victory over the Jaguars.

Phil Dawson tried a field goal with around three minutes left, and it looked like it was good as he sailed it over the upright. But it was ruled no good, and the Browns would have lost had Jacksonville gotten into the end zone.

The Jaguars aren’t very good, but their defense isn’t bad, and the Browns offense definitely looks like it’s improving, so that’s a good sign. Colt McCoy threw a brutal interception, but he was fairly accurate for most of the day as the Browns moved the ball consistently.

Now let’s see how they do as the schedule gets tougher.

Urban Meyer close to a deal with Ohio State

University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during the second quarter of their Southeastern Conference NCAA football game against the University of Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Daron Dean (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)

Everyone is reporting it now. SPORTSbyBROOKS.com got things going with a detailed report on discussions between Meyer and Ohio State. There was nothing new about the rumors of course, but Brooks had details on the status of the discussions. SI linked to it, and then ESPN felt compelled to ask Meyer during the Michigan game yesterday about the rumor. Meyer issue a non-denial “denial” that only fueled the story even more. ESPN then issued their own report on the discussions between Meyer and Ohio State, but unlike SI they wouldn’t credit Brooks.

Bottom line – this looks like it’s going to happen. Luke Fickell isn’t going to be the head coach next year, and the Buckeyes have clearly targeted Meyer, and he seems to want the job.

Another tough game for the Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy shows his frustration after being sacked against the Houston Texans in the first half at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on November 6, 2011. The Texans defeated the Browns 30-12. UPI/Aaron M. Sprecher

Colt McCoy and the Browns were dominated again this week, as things seem to be getting worse. I guess we can expect another week of emotional primal screams from the fan base and the so-called experts on talk radio.

I’m not going to panic. This is a young team that’s also battling through a rash of injuries. How can we expect to win with two running backs who were not on a roster a month ago? I hear some people blaming Mike Holmgren, but going into the season they had Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty and a newly signed Brandon Jackson ready to go. Then Jackson got hurt, Hillis turned into a flake and Hardesty got hurt as well.

I’m not trying to find excuses. I’m just being realistic. If you’re one of those fans already calling for the coach’s head, then emotions have gotten the better of you.

Browns release Brian Robiske

The Cleveland Browns released Brian Robiskie yesterday when they needed a roster spot for another running back after injuries to Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.

Many of us were rooting for Robiskie since the Browns drafted him out of Ohio State. That said, Eric Mangini and George Kokinis were crazy to draft him at the top of the second round in their disastrous 2009 draft.

Fortunately for Robiskie, the Jaguars just claimed him off waivers so at least he’s getting another shot.

I think he can be a good possession receiver, but he just couldn’t get separation from most corners.

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