Jags' Meyer shuts down rumours of an NCAA return to USC
Urban Meyer has coached just one regular season game in the NFL, but USC's head coaching vacancy caused speculation about the Jaguar coaches future
NFL rookie coach Urban Meyer was quick to shut down any rumors connecting him to a possible return to the college ranks to coach at the University of Southern California.
Meyer: "There is no chance" of a college return
When asked by reporters in a press conference on Wednesday, the former University of Florida responded, “There’s no chance. I’m here and committed to try to build an organization.”
Meyer coached just one regular season game before questions about a potential return to the NCAA started posing up. Meyer won three National Championships as a college coach, and is widely revered as one of the top coaches at the level.
Lawrence and Meyer hope to bring change in Jacksonville
Meyer took the Jaguars job in January of this year, knowing that Jacksonville is in the midst of a rebuilding process that may take years. They did have the top pick in the draft, and took former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall hoping he will be the foundation to build a competitive team for the years to come.
Week 1 may have been a daunting premonition for Lawrence and Meyer in their debut season in the NFL. The Jags lost 37-21 to the Houston Texans on Sunday, and while threw for over 300 yard and three touchdowns Jacksonville look outclassed by one of the weaker teams in the AFC.
Meyer’s team came out flat on defense, and made too many unforced errors committing 10 penalties in the opening weekend of the NFL regular season.
This is the first, but most certainly not the last time Meyer’s name will pop up when a high profile head coaching job opens up in the NCAA.
University of Southern California athletics director Mike Bohn gave former coach Clay Helton his marching orders on Monday after a 42-28 loss to Stanford in the second game of the season.