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Report: Meyer accepts Ohio State job

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Report: Meyer accepts Ohio State job

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)Urban Meyer is coming back to coaching and joining beleaguered Ohio State, ESPN reported Monday.

The sports network did not cite a source for its report, but Meyer worked for ESPN the past year.

Meyer won two national championships in six years as the coach at Florida. He left the Gators a year ago, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. Now, the 47-year-old Ohioan will be returning to his roots by becoming coach of a Buckeyes team facing NCAA problems.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment. No announcement has been set by Ohio State, although there were reports that a team meeting set for Sunday night has been moved to Monday afternoon.

Meyer takes over a program that has been hit by several suspensions and the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes completed a 6-6 season under interim Luke Fickell with a 40-34 loss to rival Michigan on Saturday.

In 10 seasons as a head coachtwo at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida - Meyer had a 104-23 record and won three national coach of the year awards. His teams are 7-1 in bowl games, including the Gators 41-14 victory over unbeaten and top-ranked Ohio State in the 2007 Bowl Championship Series title game.

Meyer had consistently and persistently denied all the talk surrounding him and Ohio State. Soon after Tressel was pressured to resign, Meyer said he wasnt interested in leaving ESPN, where he was a college football analyst.

I am committed to ESPN and will not pursue any coaching opportunities this fall, he said in a statement released the day after Tressel lost his job. Just last week he said no job had been offered to him nor was he pursuing one.

But that flew in the face of weeks of speculation that he was Ohio States first choice to take over a program that has a glittering past but has faltered over a troublesome last 12 months.

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson isn't buying John Lackey's explanation of innocence.

The Cubs right-hander plunked four White Sox batters in Tuesday's Crosstown throwdown at Wrigley Field, earning the on-air ire of the White Sox longtime broadcaster. Lackey said after the game that he did it on accident but understood the White Sox later retaliation.

Wednesday, a day after all those HBPs, Harrelson stuck to his guns, not believing the veteran pitcher for a second.

"He's full of shit, and you can print that," Harrerlson told the Tribune's Colleen Kane. "He's full of it. He always has been."

OK then.

"I was hoping that they would drill his ass big time because he's an idiot," Harrelson told Kane. "At that point, the game was not the issue. It was Lackey. He's in the pennant race. This is a big-boy game. There's no bullshit here. He's putting (Kris) Bryant and (Anthony) Rizzo in jeopardy."

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Harrelson, of course, is known for getting heated in the booth and historically has had little issue with expressing his anger on air. You'll remember past rants directed at umpires Mark Wegner and Joe West.

Lackey stirred up plenty of controversy with his four hit batsmen in Tuesday's White Sox loss, plunking Jose Abreu twice as well as Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. Harrelson made his displeasure known during the broadcast and implied there would be retaliation. Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch after Lackey pegged three White Sox in the fifth inning.

Lackey's an old-school type himself, much like Harrelson, so it makes sense the two would be right in the middle of such a situation involving baseball's unwritten rules.

In midst of breakout season, Avisail Garcia sent to DL with right thumb strain

In midst of breakout season, Avisail Garcia sent to DL with right thumb strain

Avisail Garcia may need a guard to protect two fingers on his right hand, but he won’t need anything besides rest to heal them.

An MRI taken Wednesday revealed that the White Sox outfielder has a ligament strain. Garcia, who three hits in his previous 22 plate appearances, is headed for the 10-day disabled list. Though frustrated, the All-Star knows rest is important given how much the injury affected the way he has handled the bat.

“I’ve just got to give it some time, let it heal and let’s see how I feel in the next couple days,” Garcia said. “No surgery. It’s not too serious. I’ve just got inflammation. It’s bad because I grab my bat like this and the inflammation is right here (Garcia pointed to the inside of his thumb). So that’s why it hurts. It’s nothing serious. I thank God for that.”

Garcia had been in the original White Sox lineup for Wednesday but was scratched after visiting a team doctor, general manager Rick Hahn said. Prior to the All-Star break, Garcia dealt with inflammation on his right middle finger. That finger still hasn’t recovered the outfielder said. Both cases are the result of getting jammed by pitches, Garcia said. Garcia also strained his knee last month and was sidelined for several days.

Garcia said he had felt some tenderness prior to Tuesday’s loss, but didn’t think too much about it. But Hahn said Garcia’s injury worsened Tuesday when he went 0-for-5, which prompted Wednesday’s visit.

“I feel a big difference,” Garcia said. “That’s why I decided to go to the doctor today because I couldn’t swing the same way that I have to swing. You could see yesterday, 0-for-5. I’ve been swinging too much with my shoulders. Trying to force it. I don’t have to force it. If something’s wrong I have to stop because I want to help my team. I don’t want this to happen. But it happened. That’s baseball. Anything can happen so I’ve just got to take care of this and be back and ready.”

The White Sox weren’t ready to announced Garcia’s replacement, though one is expected to arrive for Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs.

The White Sox also announced that utility man Leury Garcia is ready to start his rehab assignment in Arizona. Hahn also said outfielder Ryan Cordell, acquired for Anthony Swarzak on Tuesday, would visit team doctors in Chicago. Cordell is on the DL with a back strain and Hahn suggested it could take several more weeks.

“There’s a chance that we don’t see him in action till closer to instructional league,” Hahn said. “But in terms of long-term prognosis, this injury should be a non-factor in his development, and we look forward to having him in action.”