Skip to main content

Dan Patrick Has Inside Information On Possibility Of USC Hiring Urban Meyer

A closeup of Urban Meyer following Ohio State's Rose Bowl win.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer to USC has been a major rumor in college football circles for well over a year. Clay Helton hasn't done much to lock down his job so far during the 2019 season, and with an opening at athletic director, it seems pretty certain that whomever lands that prestigious job will want to make his or her mark quickly by filling the biggest job in the athletic department.

Meyer makes sense on a number of football levels. Assuming he's open to coaching again, he's pretty clearly the best coach available.

Of course, there is a (likely) reason why he is not still head coach at Ohio State. The Zach Smith saga has harmed his reputation with a number of people.

DP shares some inside info on a road block that could prevent USC from hiring Urban Meyer as their next coach + a name to keep an eye on for the new AD of the Trojans

— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) September 19, 2019

">Dan Patrick discussed the potential that USC could make a big coup, hiring Gene Smith away from Ohio State to be athletic director, and bring Meyer with him. He then heard from a faculty member at the school who believes new president Carol Holt, a native of Ohio. Patrick also thinks he may have a front runner for the Trojans' AD job.

From the clip:

"It would be tough for the female USC president to hire Urban Meyer at this point, with his past. Looked passed spousal abuse and then lied about it. If you're looking for an athletic director for USC, it won't be Gene Smith at Ohio State.

"I was saying, you got a new president from Ohio. You could bring in the athletic director from Ohio State, and then you can bring in Urban Meyer.

"I was told Mark Jackson, who is the athletic director at Villanova, used to be at USC, Pete Carroll guy, he would be the guy that they would probably bring in, and then he would bring in his own coach."

It wouldn't surprise anyone to see Meyer back coaching at a major program next year, and it could be USC, but whichever program it is will have to overcome questions about the Smith scandal, and Meyer's knowledge ahead of it breaking last off-season.