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"No chance" - Jaguars coach Urban Meyer rules out return to college football with USC

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer immediately scratched himself off the list of candidates when asked about a possible return to college football with USC.

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"No chance" - Jaguars coach Urban Meyer rules out return to collefe football with USC
Carmen Mandato AFP

Over recent decades, Urban Meyer earned the reputation of being one of the best coaches in college football, winning championships in 2006, 2008 and 2014 before taking up his first-ever role in the NFL as head coach of the Jackson Jaguars this year.

Unfortunately, his NFL regular-season debut did not go as he would have liked, with the Jaguars losing 37-21 at the Houston Texans in Week 1 of NFL 2021 last weekend. It was also the NFL debut -- and the first-ever loss of his career -- for rookie star QB and no.1 2021 draft pack Trevor Lawrence, who came to the Jaguars with a 68-0 record through high-school and college.

Meyer dismisses USC talk

While his NFL career is still in its infancy, Meyer has been linked with the vacant job at the University of Southern California. However, the Jaguars coach immediately scratched himself off the list of candidates when asked about a possible return to college football with USC.

“No chance,” said Meyer, whose college coaching career began in 1988 with Illinois State.

"I'm here and committed to try to build an organization," he added.

During his time as head coach in college football, Meyar chalked up a 187-32 record during stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He led the Gators to two titles in 2006 and 2008, where he left with a 65-15 in 2010 after six seasons. He also led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title, boasting a 83-9 record after seven seasons in Ohio.

Meyer committed to Jaguars

Following criticism of his body language after the Jaguar’s defeat at Houston, Meyer stood by his players and expressed his commitment to building a winning team, but he refused to talk of a long-term plan at Jacksonville and insisted he will take things game by game.

"I don't want to ever fall into that trap of saying this is a four-year plan, three-year plan. That's not fair to players. This is a one-game plan and then we'll worry about the next game,” Meyer said.

“There's some guys that played a lot of football in that locker room and they deserve our very best, and that's what it is. Other than a bruised soul that we all have right now, we're still swinging away, and like I said, you'd probably see a little different look on my face if I had bad guys. That's not the case at all."