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Mike Stoops: 'I can confirm that I have visited with coach Meyer'

Mike Stoops has met with new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer but said Thursday afternoon he will not comment whether he has been offered a job on the Buckeyes' staff.
Mike Baldwin mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: December 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm •  Published: December 1, 2011

Mike Stoops has met with new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer but said Thursday afternoon he will not comment whether he has been offered a job on the Buckeyes' staff.

"I don't comment on that stuff," Stoops said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman. "But I can confirm that I have visited with coach Meyer."

Stoops, brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, was fired at Arizona in mid-season after posting a 41-49 record in eight seasons with the Wildcats, highlighted by a 1-2 record in bowl games.

Meyer already has retained 2010 interim head coach Luke Fickell to be his defensive coordinator. If Stoops were to join the staff it most likely would be as a defensive assistant.

"I've just been relaxing, taking it easy, trying to figure out what's going to be the best situation moving forward," Stoops said. "The most important thing to me is getting in a stable place where you have an opportunity to win."

Stoops said he is weighing all options but has always been attracted to the defensive side of coaching. Assistant coaches and coordinators work more closely with specific units and players compared to being a head coach.

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