After six-plus years as the man in charge at USC, Clay Helton has been fired as the Trojans’ head football coach. His firing has turned many people’s eyes to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer sat out the last two college football seasons after leaving Ohio State following the 2018 campaign. But he’s long been a target for USC, who want one of the top coaches in the game to restore their program’s glory.
This year marks Meyer’s first foray into the NFL at any level. But he’s doing so with a team that went 1-15 last year, and just lost by double digits to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
As a result, just about every USC fan on Twitter is pounding the table for Meyer to jump the Jaguars ship and go to Southern California. Take a look:
Urban Meyer abruptly leaving Jags HQ after hearing USC has a job opening pic.twitter.com/jcpSs0DpZg
— Trevor Woods (@WoodsFootball) September 13, 2021
Urban Meyer making his way to Cali after hearing Clay Helton is out at USC…. pic.twitter.com/RjftF8psT1
— EGCollins (@EGCollins) September 13, 2021
USC now is your chance to make a big splash and hire Urban Meyer assuming his Jaguars gig continues to fail.
— Ian O'Brien (@iobrien27) September 13, 2021
Urban Meyer seeing Clay Helton get fired at USC…. pic.twitter.com/NqJrerPJ22
— lil kennedy (@t0mm3333) September 13, 2021
It’s not just Trojan fans mentioning Meyer for the job. Plenty of media members are joking about the possibility as well.
So does Urban Meyer leave Jacksonville tonight for USC or tomorrow?
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 13, 2021
USC has fired their Head Coach
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 13, 2021
Urban Meyer seeing that USC now has a job opening. pic.twitter.com/1VFxrfsX4c
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) September 13, 2021
I can’t wait for USC to now announce Urban Meyer as their new head coach next https://t.co/c2Ek4Tdilr
— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) September 13, 2021
I’ll have a full piece on #USC candidates later tonight, but James Franklin and Luke Fickell (who AD Mike Bohn hired at Cincinnati) have to be high up. Would USC make a run at Mario Cristobal? PJ Fleck could be in the mix. And obviously Urban 😂
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 13, 2021
It’s been a long time since an NFL head coach jumped ship midseason to go to the college ranks. Bobby Petrino did exactly that with the Atlanta Falcons, resigning and going to Arkansas in the middle of his first year with the team.
But we could see Meyer leave after this season. That’s something that Nick Saban famously did after the 2006 season with the Miami Dolphins.
Meyer is trying to cement his legacy as one of the great all-time coaches in football history though. And if he gives up on the Jaguars, it will hurt more than possibly anything he might accomplish at USC.
Should Urban Meyer dump the Jaguars and go to USC?