Chris O'Meara, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2011 file photo, Florida head coach Urban Meyer puts his arm around his wife Shelley after Florida defeated Penn State 37-24 in the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game, in Tampa, Fla. Former Florida coach Meyer continues to deny reports that he will be the next coach at Ohio State. Several websites, TV stations and The Columbus Dispatch have reported that Meyer, currently an ESPN college football analyst, has reached an agreement in principle with Ohio State and, barring any last-minute problems, will be introduced as the Buckeyes' new coach next week.

An ESPN spokesman says Urban Meyer will not be appear on the network this weekend after the former Florida coach requested he be taken off his assignment.

Several media outlets have reported that Meyer is set to become the new coach at Ohio State.

On Friday, ESPN spokesman Mike Humes posted on his Twitter account: "Urban Meyer won't be appearing on ESPN this weekend. He requested off his studio assignment and we obliged."

Meyer has been working as a game analyst this season for ESPN, and the rest of his usual broadcast team will be covering the Buckeyes' game against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, ESPN announced Meyer would work in the studio Saturday.