Yesterday, NFL insider Michael Lombardi reported that a source within the league told him that Meyer was interested in the job and is very likely returning to the college game.
That being said, Meyer was very quick to refute these rumors. When asked about the possibility of heading to Southern California to coach the Trojans, the first-year NFL coach shot it down immediately.
“There’s no chance,” he said, per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. “I’m here and committed to trying to build this organization.”
Asked about the USC HC opening today, Jaguars’ HC Urban Meyer said: “There’s no chance. I’m here and committed to trying to build this organization.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2021
The football world isn’t too convinced Meyer is telling the truth.
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) September 15, 2021
— Mike Baldenko (@Mike_Baldenko) September 15, 2021
Several fans and analysts pointed out that Alabama head coach Nick Saban shared the same message before leaving the Miami Dolphins to join the Crimson Tide back in 2007.
— adama traore’s arm day (@SadSportsFan98) September 15, 2021
Not saying Urban Meyer to USC is going to happen, but let's remember Nick Saban once said, "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."
Two weeks later he left the Dolphins for Alabama. https://t.co/NjXWWR3VO2
— Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015) September 15, 2021
If Urban is annoyed that people don't believe him, blame Nick Saban. https://t.co/FVi14yLssH
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrant_CJ) September 15, 2021
Others referenced several other occasions in which Meyer said one thing and did the other.
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) September 15, 2021
— Matt Babich↗️ (@babich_matt10) September 15, 2021
Meyer, a former college coaching legend with Ohio State and Florida, has reportedly struggled with his transition to the NFL game. Those struggles were made apparent in Week 1’s 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans.
The Jags will take on the Denver Broncos in a Week 2 matchup on Sunday afternoon.