USC let go of head coach Clay Helton on Monday afternoon just two games into the 2021 college football season. At the time, the school said it was looking for a “change of leadership” to occupy one of the most sought after jobs in college football.
However, Urban Meyer will not be in the running for this position. The Jaguars first-year coach has confirmed he has no interest in leaving Jacksonville to return to the college game.
“No chance,” Meyer told reporters to join USC. “I’m committed here and building an organization. “
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Things got off to a rough start during Meyer’s Jaguars tenure. A report from Jason La Canfora before Week 1 indicated that Meyer’s “unbalanced” style was negatively impacting his relationship with his players.
“He’s already got everyone looking over their shoulders,” a source told CBS. “He gets off balance too easily and he doesn’t know how to deal with defeat, even in the preseason. He loses it and wants to get back to the drills himself. It’s not good.”
Admittedly, Week 1 was not good for the Jaguars. They were overthrown by the Texans, 37-21. Houston is widely regarded as one of the worst teams in the NFL, so losing that way was humiliating for Meyer and Co.
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Meyer won the national championships in Ohio State and Florida, and had an undefeated season in Utah. He is third all-time among Division 1 coaches in winning percentage with a minimum of 100 games, against Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy of Notre-Dame. This is why there has been growing speculation that he could be one of the candidates for the post of USC. It doesn’t seem likely after Meyer’s comments on Wednesday, but you can never rule anything out.
After all, Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino left the Dolphins and Falcons, respectively, to take SEC positions in Alabama and Arkansas. Neither coach has indicated that they are considering leaving their posts before they move.
Of course, Meyer has been with the Jaguars for less than a year, so he might want to see this thing. When he joined Jacksonville, he admitted he was excited about the future of the team.
“I am excited about the future of this organization and our prospects for long-term success,” Meyer wrote in A declaration.
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So it looks like he’s sticking around for the time being. Nevertheless, it will be a situation to watch for the future. Because if Meyer continues to have trouble adjusting to the NFL, it could lead him to consider giving up the ship.