Urban Meyer has spent the 2019 season in television after stepping away from Ohio State. Many expect the 55-year-old back on the sideline sooner rather than later, though.
Assuming the Dallas Cowboys job opens up after the season as expected, it might be Meyer’s to lose. Sources told The Spun on Tuesday that if Jerry Jones offered the head coaching position to Meyer, the three-time national champion would accept.
The sources we spoke to are the same ones that hinted several months before the 2018 season began that Meyer was planning on stepping down at OSU. He wound up doing so and was replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.
Earlier this week, NFL Network Cowboys’ insider Jane Slater reported that America’s Team has “real interest” in Meyer. Slater also stated that Cowboys’ Executive Vice President Stephen Jones spoke with Meyer recently.
Dallas is expected to move on from Jason Garrett after the season, barring a miraculous playoff run.
Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett will remain the coach but I can confirm a very real interest in Urban Meyer. In fact, I'm told Stephen Jones spoke with him recently. Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate & file this name as a possibility Clemson OC Tony Elliott per sources.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 6, 2019
The Cowboys are 6-7 on the season and tied for first place in the NFC East. However, the team has underachieved mightily and struggled to beat quality opponents, which has made Garrett’s seat blazing hot heading into the season’s final weeks.
During his season away from the gridiron, Meyer’s name was linked to the USC job. However, the Trojans ultimately wound up retaining Clay Helton, much to the chagrin of a large portion of the fan base.
Now, the latest Meyer rumors are coming from the NFL level. He’s never coached at the professional level in any capacity, but has attracted interest from NFL teams in the past.
It looks like all Jerry Jones has to do is say the word and Urban will be headed to Dallas.