Despite saying two years ago that "I do not believe I will coach again," Urban Meyer is at the center of multiple reports saying he is interested in an NFL gig.
The three-time National Championship winner has explored the idea of the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job, according to the Toledo Blade.
ESPN has reported that "at least two NFL teams" have contacted Meyer to gauge his interest in coaching at the next level and that "he intends to decide in the next week, before the NFL regular season is over."
Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer coaches on the sidelines against the Northwestern Wildcats during the fourth quarter in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)
Meyer's coaching resume features a 187-32 career record over 17 seasons, with stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, where he won three Big Ten titles.
Meyer, 56, stepped down from Florida in 2009 after five seasons due to stress-related health concerns that surfaced when he suffered chest pain following the SEC championship game. He returned for another season and then stepped down again in December 2010, saying he wanted more time to spend with his family. Health concerns including headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain played a role in his decision to leave Ohio State in December 2018 after the Rose Bowl.
Meyer's name came up last year in connection with the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job, but it never went anywhere.
Since Meyer's departure from coaching two years ago, he works as an assistant athletic director at Ohio State and an analyst for Fox Sports college football broadcasts.
Jaguars current head coach Doug Marrone — who has a 12-34 record since the start of 2018 — still has one year remaining on his contract after this season. With a 1-13 record identical to the New York Jets, Jacksonville and interim GM, Trent Baalke hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
The presumptive No. 1 pick is Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, who coincidentally will lead the Tigers against Ohio State on Friday in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.
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