Urban Meyer has appendix removed

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was hospitalized Wednesday to have his appendix removed. His wife, Shelley, confirmed the procedure to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Meyer had to cancel an event at the University of Findlay because of the unplanned surgery and may have to be hospitalized overnight, but the procedure is seen as routine.

The fourth-year Buckeyes coach has had health issues in the past, including chest pains that sent him to the hospital after the 2009 SEC championship game and that eventually caused him to step down at Florida. But Meyer has repeatedly said he is taking better care of himself at Ohio State.

Meyer is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Friday's Orioles-Yankees game.