COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Urban Meyer says if not for the coaching position at Ohio State, he would not have coached this year.
Meyer, who won two national championships while at Florida, was introduced late Monday afternoon as the new coach of the Buckeyes.
He takes over a program that has a glittering past but has also suffered through a difficult year of NCAA violations.
Meyer resigned as Gators coach after last season, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. He said at his introductory news conference that he's feeling great.
Meyer will become one of the highest paid coaches in college football, along with Alabama's Nick Saban and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, and Texas' Mack Brown. The school says he'll receive a six-year contract that pays $4 million annually, plus another $2.4 million total in "retention payments."
The Buckeyes program is coming off several suspensions and the forced resignation of coach Jim Tressel (TREHS'-uhl). The Buckeyes completed a 6-6 season under interim Luke Fickell (FIH'-kuhl) with a 40-34 loss to rival Michigan on Saturday.
Fickell will coach Ohio State in its bowl game and will be retained by Meyer as an assistant.