The Urban Meyer-to-USC rumors aren’t going away anytime soon, though one college football analyst doesn’t see it happening.
Sporting News’ Bill Bender has released his predictions for the upcoming college football season. The list of predictions includes one about Meyer.
Meyer will not be coming out of retirement to coach at USC, predicts Bender.
Bender actually sees another Big Ten head coach as more of a fit.
USC must be able to offer something other than money to pull Meyer out of retirement. The Trojans have burned through Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and perhaps Helton since Pete Carroll left. The administration is anything but steady right now. Maybe Meyer cures all that, but it’s more likely he opts to stay out of a head-to-head battle with Chip Kelly in a conference that doesn’t have as much weight as it used to. USC and Ohio State are historical rivals, too, even if that’s a big outdated.
If you’re looking for a Big Ten coach that fits USC, then maybe take a look at Penn State’s James Franklin. He had to address those rumors last year. Maybe they swirl again in November if Helton is canned.
Meyer retired from coaching following the 2018 season, citing health issues.
The three-time national title-winning head coach is only 55, though, and many see him eventually returning to the sideline.
Bender, however, doesn’t believe it’ll be at USC. Not next year, anyway.