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Why Urban Meyer would be perfect fit for Nebraska job

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are in need of a new head coach after firing Scott Frost on Sunday. They will be searching hard to find the right person for the job, someone who can help them get back to their glory days — or at least close to it.

There is one person who makes the most sense for the job if he wants it: Urban Meyer.

During his time at Ohio State, Meyer cemented his legacy as one of the best college football coaches ever. But his brief tenure as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars was so bad, it tarnished Meyer’s reputation.

If Meyer wants to address his reputation and not let his Jags disaster be the last taste fans ever get of him as a coach, Nebraska would be a perfect spot for him to go.

The Huskers were one of the best programs in college football during a 40-year span from the 1960s to the early 2000s, first under Bob Devaney, and then under the legendary Tom Osborne. They have three things most schools don’t have and can only dream of — things that can’t be bought or quickly earned: history, legacy and tradition. They also have great fans who love the program to death.

Nebraska wants to win badly. Their fans deserve a winner. If anyone can get them back to that level, the same guy who won big at Florida and Ohio State (and even Utah and Bowling Green) is probably their best bet.

What Meyer needs is an environment where he wouldn’t get a fraction of the media scrutiny he received in the NFL, where the national media was hounding him and pushing hard to get him fired. Not only would the Nebraska media be fairly friendly, but Meyer just wouldn’t have to deal with the relentless national media he saw in the pros. He’d be starting in a place where the program has been so beaten down, that they would appreciate any level of winning. Meaning, Meyer would have somewhat low expectations immediately, and time to turn things around. He’d be coaching in the Big Ten West, which is the much weaker division in an increasingly tougher conference.

There are challenges at Nebraska though. People believe it’s tough to recruit to Lincoln (Osborne was drawing in recruits nationally, including from Southern California, so I disagree). The program has a lot of work to be done to catch up to say, Ohio State. And the eventual expectations will be very high; this is a place that fired Bo Pelini for going 9-4 and 10-4 every season.

Meyer needs a place where he can be god. Where he will be unchallenged. Where he can be the boss, do things his way, and get away with what he needs to. And where he can still make the College Football Playoff. There aren’t many places like that left, but Nebraska qualifies.

If Meyer wants to get back into coaching and erase the stench of the Jags stint, this is the place to do it. He is 58 years old and this would probably be his last job, if he wants to continue coaching. The key is he has to want to do it. If he doesn’t, and his heart isn’t into it anymore, then they should find someone else. But if Meyer is motivated to achieve greatness again, this is the only gig for him that makes sense.

It’s also possible though that the Jags stint went so badly, that he’s beaten down to the point that he’s done entirely. We may soon find out.

Urban Meyer lands familiar new role

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Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is returning to broadcasting at a familiar network.

FOX on Friday announced its broadcasting lineup for the fall. Their announcement listed Meyer as one of the analysts for the upcoming college football season.

Meyer will once again join FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” pregame show, which he was a part of in 2019 and 2020 prior to leaving for Jacksonville. Along with Meyer, the show will include a familiar cast of Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. Bob Stoops took over for Meyer in 2021, but has since left to coach in the XFL.

A return to broadcasting for Meyer was not a huge surprise. In May, a report revealed that Meyer was in negotiations to return to FOX for their college football coverage.

While Meyer was widely praised for his job as an analyst on the network, it may be difficult for some to welcome him back given his rocky tenure with the Jaguars. There were plenty of unflattering reports and situations involving Meyer during his stint in Jacksonville, which lasted less than one season.

Whether it was a viral video with a young woman at a bar, or that he reportedly had no clue who Aaron Donald and other well-known NFL stars were, Meyer may find it tough to regain the credibility he had during his first go-round at FOX.

Jaguars LB offers telling quote about Urban Meyer

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A Jacksonville Jaguars player offered a telling quote Tuesday about Urban Meyer.

When Meyer left the world of college football to take an NFL head coach job, many wondered how he would handle the transition to coaching professional players. They also wondered how he would handle a league where losing was much more commonplace.

We quickly learned that Meyer did not handle either part very well. Comments from Jags linebacker Josh Allen help cement that point.

Allen spoke from Jags training camp on Tuesday morning and was asked for the difference between Meyer and new Jags head coach Doug Pederson. Allen’s answer was quite telling.

“It’s a professional locker room. It’s a professional setting. He’s talking to us like grown men,” Allen said of Pederson.

Well, that helps answer things.

Meyer was used to coaching college kids his entire life. Apparently he didn’t adjust the way he handles players when dealing with pros, and the difference showed.

Maybe the curiousity of trying out the NFL got the best of Meyer. Maybe it was all the money he was offered that captivated him. But going to the NFL turned out to be a pretty bad move for his career.

Urb needs to head back to college to leave a better impression. If Scott Frost continues to falter, Nebraska would be a great program for him to revive.

H/T Barstool Sports

Doug Pederson has telling comment about succeeding Urban Meyer

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Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson can tell he has a lot of work to do with his new team. That is true not just in terms of building a winning team, but fixing the culture.

Pederson on Friday alluded to former coach Urban Meyer when he said there had to be “healing” with the players due to what he cited as a “lack of trust.”

“I do believe there has to be some kind of healing with the situation and everything that transpired last year because it’s just there’s a lack of trust that was broken, I think,” Pederson said, via Bobby Kownack of “For me, it’s about gaining the trust back and they have to see it through me. They have to see the transparency, the honesty. I’ve always said I’m going to be open with them and I want them to be open with me.”

Pederson has been around for a while, so one would figure he knows a dysfunctional locker room when he sees it. The fact that Pederson is willing to say this publicly suggests things really were as toxic as they sounded under Meyer in 2021. In fact, it’s a mess the organization as a whole is still trying to put behind it.

While there were a lot of stories about Meyer, comments made by those in the building best outline what went wrong while he was there. Pederson is probably being smart by not beating around the bush and simply calling it like it is.

Josh Lambo suing Jaguars over Urban Meyer’s treatment of him

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Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars place kicker Josh Lambo (4) enters the field during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Lambo has filed a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Jaguars over the way he was treated by Urban Meyer and the organization.

Lambo’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Duval County on Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The former kicker is seeking $3.5 million in lost wages due to him being cut by the Jags, plus damages for emotional distress.

Lambo signed a 4-year contract with the Jags in 2019. However, he was cut by the Jags in September after going 0-for-3 on field goals to begin the season and 5-for-7 on extra point attempts.

In December, Lambo went pubic with an allegation about Meyer’s mistreatment of him. Lambo claimed that the former Jaguars head coach kicked him before a preseason game and told him to making his “f—ing kicks.” Lambo says he told Meyer not to f—ing kick him again. The incident came after Lambo missed field goals in the team’s first two preseason games.

The lawsuit claims that Meyer created a hostile workplace and violated the law by striking him. Lambo also claims that the Jags violated a whistleblower law by cutting him after the kicker approached the team’s legal counsel about what happened.

The team insists they gave Lambo the opportunity to speak with them, but he says he has no recollection of such an offer.

Meyer has also disputed the way Lambo described the incident between them.

In addition to seeking his pay for 2021, Lambo wants “compensation for any special damages sustained as emotional stress and reputational harm and litigation fees,” according to the Times. The lawsuit also seeks any documentation related to the workplace environment under Meyer.

Lambo, 31, kicked in four games in 2020 and three games in 2021. The Steelers picked up Lambo in November before releasing him a week later. Lambo led the league in field goal percentage (97.1 percent) in 2019. Meyer was fired by the Jags after just 13 games last season, which was his first ever in the NFL.

Report: Urban Meyer, Jaguars still have major issue to resolve

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The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Urban Meyer with four games remaining in the 2021 season, but they still have business to tend to with their former head coach.

Meyer had somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million remaining on his contract at the time he was dismissed by the Jaguars. Team owner Shad Khan has made it clear that Meyer was fired with cause in Khan’s eyes, but Meyer’s legal team disagrees. Several months later, the contract dispute has yet to be resolved.

A source told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell on Tuesday that Meyer and the Jaguars still have not reached a settlement. Khan made his stance clear with his latest comments reflecting on the failed Meyer experiment.

“I think when you know someone is not truthful, how can you be around someone, OK? We had Doug Marrone here four years. We had Gus Bradley here four years. I have nothing but the utmost respect and friendship with them,” Khan told USA Today. “That’s why they got the time, because it wasn’t a matter about respect or truth. It was a matter of wins and losses over four years. This is much bigger than that.”

There were reports that Meyer had conflicts with players and assistant coaches. There was then the incident where he allegedly kicked a former player during warmups of a preseason game, though Meyer has vehemently denied that. Meyer was also seen getting cozy with a young women in a viral video that surfaced after he chose not to travel back to Jacksonville with the team after a loss.

The dispute could take some time to resolve. Meyer obviously is not going to leave millions of dollars on the table without a fight. Khan is not going to pay the money unless he is forced to. If there is no settlement, a third party will have to make a ruling at some point.

Report: Urban Meyer in talks for return to broadcasting

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Urban Meyer appears to be on his way back to broadcasting after his disastrous tenure as Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

Meyer is in negotiations to return to FOX as part of their college football coverage, according to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. While no deal has been finalized, there appears to be an expectation that it will get done.

FOX has not been put off by Meyer’s Jacksonville tenure, and they do not view it as an issue in bringing back the former Ohio State coach. According to Deitsch, the network is aware of the social media criticism that will come their way for the hire, but is not concerned about it.

This does not come as a huge surprise. Meyer had even hinted about this in a recent interview. His previous work on FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” show was widely praised, and a return makes total sense with the show having a vacant seat following Bob Stoops’ return to coaching in the XFL. Some will not be able to get over his Jaguars tenure, but that is a risk FOX is clearly willing to take.

Urban Meyer says 1 rumor about him was ‘so silly’

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There were a lot of unflattering reports about Urban Meyer during his brief tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former coach has denied most of them, and he says he found one in particular to be quite laughable.

A piece that was published in The Athletic last month claimed Meyer was so unprepared with the Jaguars that he had never heard of certain star players, including three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Meyer mocked the report during an appearance on “The Tim May Podcast” this week.

“Someone told me that,” Meyer said, via Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports. “I’ve heard silly things in my life. You shouldn’t even address things like that, it’s so silly.”

Meyer supposedly indicated to his staff that he was unfamiliar with Donald when he asked them, “Who’s this 99 guy on the Rams?” The quote sounded like it would have been sarcasm. It is impossible to believe that anyone who knows anything about the NFL — let alone an NFL coach — would have no idea who Donald is.

Meyer was run out of Jacksonville in a hurry. He said he believes the team’s losing record was the main reason for that, though he did generate plenty of negative headlines.

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Urban Meyer gives big hint about next career move

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Urban Meyer dropped a fairly significant hint about his career plans following his unsuccessful tenure as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In a recent appearance on “The Tim May Podcast,” Meyer said he hopes to return to college football coverage in the fall, and hinted at returning to previous work with FOX Sports.

“I love FOX. I love their team,” Meyer said (around 32:10 in the video). “There’s nothing been finalized yet, but I plan on going back and doing it. I really enjoyed that. I enjoyed celebrating those who play it, celebrating those who coach it, not kind of ripping people to shreds, but just celebrating this incredible game and most importantly the players that do this game. I plan on being back in the fall doing something like that.”

Meyer spent two years at FOX as part of its “Big Noon Kickoff” show in 2019 and 2020. He was widely praised for his work on television, and many would be happy to see him return. Others have suggested that this scenario is a strong possibility, too.

FOX brought in Bob Stoops to replace Meyer for 2021, but he was hired as one of the XFL’s new group of coaches on Wednesday. That would theoretically leave a seat open for Meyer if FOX wants him back.

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Could Urban Meyer return to FOX as college football analyst?

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Urban Meyer flamed out rather spectacularly as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. But he was actually very good as a TV analyst for FOX before heading to the NFL.

Could Meyer make a return to FOX’s airwaves? One reporter thinks so.

Austin Ward covers Ohio State for Lettermen Row and was talking about the Buckeyes on their “Ohio State Football Podcast” show. In Monday’s episode, Ward volunteered that he thinks Meyer will be back at FOX.

“I do think Urban will be back in college football as an analyst sometime soon. I think he’ll be returning to FOX,” Ward said. “I can’t say that it’s done, I just think it’s gonna happen again.”

Ward added that he felt there was a dropoff from Meyer to Bob Stoops, who replaced the former Ohio State coach on the FOX college football show.

We concur.

Meyer was great on air. He speaks with authority and had the credibility and aura of one of the greatest college football coaches.

Some are probably wondering whether Meyer’s credibility has been undermined by a poor tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars that included multiple controversies. Whether it was the allegations from Josh Lambo or videos with a blonde at a bar, Meyer’s image took a big hit.

While all of those factors probably hurt Meyer’s credibility, he still has a major name and legacy in college football. The more time he spends out of the spotlight — and another four months of the offseason should help — the more the public will forget about some of the nonsense that encompassed him in Jacksonville.

If Meyer doesn’t return to FOX until just before the season, that will probably be enough time for the negative cloud surrounding him to have dissipated. Plus, FOX’s biggest audience are Big Ten fans — and Ohio State ones — and many of them probably are willing to overlook the Jags issues.

H/T Awful Announcing
Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports