Could Urban Meyer eventually take over for Jim Tressel at Ohio State?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) talks with head coach Jim Tressel during the second quarter of their NCAA football game against Purdue in Columbus, Ohio, October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

While drawing a connection to Bruce Pearl’s firing at Tennessee, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel predicts that Jim Tressel will eventually resign as head coach at Ohio State and none other than Urban Meyer will replace him.

Let’s face it, Tressel has lost all credibility and could face massive sanctions once the NCAA is done investigating his role in covering up violations by his players. If the NCAA hammer falls and the Buckeyes struggle this year (and you know they will with quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Tressel suspended for the first five games), the pressure will mount and Tressel will ultimately resign.

That’s when a refreshed Meyer will be ready to return to coaching and take over a program he rooted for as a kid. It’s common knowledge Meyer idolized Woody Hayes and grew up a huge Ohio State fan in Ashtabula, Ohio. His intense, conservative, no-nonsense approach to the game is a perfect fit for the Big Ten powerhouse Hayes built.

The idea certainly isn’t far-fetched. Despite his wise move to take a five-game suspension over the original two-game ban that he received from OSU, the situation with Tressel is far from over. And this isn’t the first time Meyer has been linked to Columbus.

That said, unless there’s more to “Tattoogate” on Tressel’s end, I doubt he would resign. I could see him doing so if more embarrassing facts come to the surface, but at this point I think he’s ready to take his medicine after admitting to making a very poor decision.

But what do you think? Do you agree with Bianchi’s prediction or do you think hell would have to freeze over for that scenario to take place?

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