We’ve learned a little bit more about the role of former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s role with ESPN… before he’s named Ohio State head coach in early 2012 that is.  Interestingly, Urban Meyer will work the noon slate of games on ESPN, which traditionally feature Big Ten teams, and his debut game will involve none else than Ohio State when they host Akron on September 3.  Here’s more from USA Today

Meyer, working with play-by-play announcer Dave Pash (sic) and analyst Chris Spielman, will call noon ET ESPN games that are largely expected to involve Big Ten teams. And, from game sites, he’ll also appear live on College GameDay as well as do taped features for that show. Says ESPN senior coordinating producer Ed Placey: “He wanted to do everything.”

Coincidentally, Chris Spielman finished first in the Pammy standings last year, but I’ve always liked his combo with Pasch (and I’m a little biased towards Spiels from living in Columbus where he hosted a radio show up until earlier this year).  I actually think this trio should be really good, and it will help ease the transition for Urban that he won’t be thrown straight into the ABC primetime game right away and be placed in a three man booth.  Urban will also get plenty of airtime on College Gameday and the other college football platforms of the leader.  If he turns out to be a fit in the booth then I could see him being placed alongside Tostitos Musberger and Herbie at the end of the year with his name recognition.  Oh, and get excited because the Pammy Countdown Clock is down to 67 days till the college football season gets underway!!  

Urban Meyer’s ESPN debut likely will be at Ohio State – USA Today

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