Urban Meyer is done at Ohio State, and has said he “believes” he is done coaching forever. Many are skeptical, considering Meyer already backed out of retirement once before and returned to the sideline.
While some feel Notre Dame might be the one program able to lure Meyer back to coaching, others think he will be intrigued by an opening at USC. One could be coming as soon as next year.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach believes in the Meyer-to-USC scenario. In a column released this morning, Schlabach made 10 bold predictions for college football in 2019.
One of them is that Meyer will take over for Clay Helton after next season.
Perhaps no FBS coach is going to face more pressure this coming season than USC’s Clay Helton, who went 5-7 in 2018 after winning 21 games the previous two seasons combined. Trojans athletic director Lynn Swann has shown patience, but it will run out after a mediocre season in 2019.
Meyer, who said he believes he’ll never coach again, will be the top candidate to replace Helton. Meyer, 54, won more than 90 percent of his games at Ohio State, never lost to rival Michigan and won three Big Ten titles and the 2014 national championship.
Meyer isn’t going to sit around and do nothing, and it’s not like he hasn’t changed his mind about retirement before.
If he does go to USC, Meyer will not only be opening himself up to the pressures of coaching at a major program once again, he’ll put himself in line for some serious backlash for his inability to stay retired when he says he is.
However, if the opportunity is too good to pass up, Meyer can probably deal with the media scrutiny at this point.