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Urban Meyer defends Nick Saban’s handling of Tua Tagovailoa

Nick Saban

Alabama coach Nick Saban has come under significant criticism for his handling of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Saturday’s game, but another high-profile name in the sport has his back.

Tagovailoa was still in the game with three minutes left in the first half despite the fact that he was still recovering from an ankle injury and had the team ahead 35-7. That was the point that Tagovailoa hurt his hip, an injury that is set to end his season. Many argued that Saban was reckless with his quarterback and that Tagovailoa should have been resting by that point. Saban later said in an interview that that was going to be Tagovailoa’s last possession of the game.

Urban Meyer, now doing analysis for FOX Sports, said he understood where Saban was coming from in his decision to leave Tagovailoa in.

“I was staring at Coach Saban’s face right there. He’s hurting,” Meyer said. “He’s gonna get his players ready to play the games coming up down the road. … It’s the obligation of the coach to get the team ready. And he sees Auburn coming down the road, a potential SEC Championship, and he made the comment about a two-minute drill. I certainly understand that. Is it the right thing or the wrong thing? That’s his decision to make with the player involved.”

Meyer also relayed a story from when he was coaching Florida about an injury suffered by Tim Tebow. Meyer had decided Tebow would not play in a massive game against LSU, but he was cleared by doctors. Meyer initially didn’t change his stance until a “heated” discussion with Tebow and his father, and the coach ultimately relented. That story was meant to illustrate that players want to play, and that Tagovailoa probably didn’t want to be sitting, either.

Saban said as much after the game.

Tagovailoa’s injury sounds very severe, and the second-guessing of Saban will continue. That second-guessing does not sound likely to come from Meyer.

Urban Meyer keeps trolling Michigan on FOX pregame show

Urban Meyer

Michigan fans probably don’t like it, but Urban Meyer trolling their school is becoming a somewhat regular occasion as part of FOX’s pregame coverage.

It happened again Saturday, as Meyer was part of the team previewing Michigan’s rivalry game against Michigan State. Meyer has gotten in a few jabs at the Wolverines over the course of the season, and he didn’t miss the opportunity here, either.

In case you weren’t aware, 7-0 would be Meyer’s record against Michigan with Ohio State. Just, you know, as a gentle reminder.

This is nothing new for Meyer on the pregame show. He’s an Ohio State guy. This is going to keep up as long as he’s an analyst, so maybe Wolverines fans should be rooting for Meyer to land one of those jobs he’s interested in.

Report: USC president not budging from her anti-Urban Meyer stance

Urban Meyer

USC fans may be dreaming of Urban Meyer swooping in next season and returning their football program to national championship contention, but it is possible Meyer won’t get the Trojans head coaching job even if he wants it.

There has been talk for weeks now that USC president Carol Folt is against hiring Meyer because of all the controversy that has surrounded him over the years. According to a new report from Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, Folt has not changed her stance and does not intend to let the school’s new athletic director pursue Meyer.

Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn is said to have a deal in place to take the same position at USC, but an official announcement has not been made. A separate report from Wolf claimed Bohn is having second thoughts about taking the job because of Folt’s anti-Meyer stance, though ultimately USC’s administration still believes the deal will get done.

Meyer has won three national championships, and there is no question he could rescue the Trojans with his recruiting prowess alone. However, USC has had a number of problems to deal with recently, as the admissions scandal that rocked the school is still playing out. The Trojans were also one of the teams involved in the FBI’s investigation into corruption within college basketball. Folt likely played a role in former athletic director Lynn Swann recently stepping down, as Swann was heavily criticized for the way he handled a lot of the issues at USC during his three-plus years there.

USC’s football program is at a level of mediocrity unaccepted by their fans, and boosters likely see Meyer as a potential savior. We have heard of at least one other top coach they could pursue, but most Trojan fans would be disappointed with anyone other than Meyer. If Meyer wants the job and Folt won’t let him have it, they will be downright outraged.

Report: Potential new USC AD told he cannot pursue Urban Meyer, could back out

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USC supposedly has a deal in place with Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn to make him their next AD, but many expected an official announcement on Monday. While the Trojans could make the move official at some point this week, speculation is increasing that Bohn may be having second thoughts.

According to a report from Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, Bohn is considering backing out of his agreement with USC after university president Carol Folt informed him that he will not be able to hire Urban Meyer as the school’s next football coach. Several other athletic director candidates are said to have turned down the USC job because they were told Meyer was not an option, but Wolf reports that Bohn was not informed of this until after he agreed to take the position.

Meyer has been repeatedly linked to USC, but a recent report claimed Folt, who became USC’s president earlier this year, does not want to hire Meyer because of all the controversy that surrounds him. USC has enough problems to deal with, as the admissions scandal that rocked the school is still playing out. The Trojans were also one of the teams involved in the FBI’s investigation into corruption within college basketball. Folt likely played a role in former athletic director Lynn Swann recently stepping down, as Swann was heavily criticized for the way he handled a lot of the issues at USC during his three-plus years there.

There was some belief that Bohn’s impending hire at USC meant the Trojans were not going to pursue Meyer, as Meyer has a history of forging deep ties with athletic directors and does not have that type of relationship with Bohn. However, the two do have some ties — Meyer is a University of Cincinnati alumni who played football at the school. He and Bohn worked together at Colorado State in the ’90s, and Meyer’s son plays baseball at Cincinnati. Bohn was also complimentary of Meyer a few years back.

USC’s football program is at a level of mediocrity unaccepted by their fans, and no one really knows what their plan is with Meyer. We have heard of at least one other top coach they could pursue, but Trojan fans are probably going to be disappointed with anyone other than Meyer. If they lose Bohn because of an unwillingness to pursue Meyer, things could get even uglier.

Urban Meyer calls for uniform scheduling to fix ‘failed’ College Football Playoff

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Is the College Football Playoff working in its current incarnation? Urban Meyer doesn’t think so, and he has a reason why.

The former Ohio State coach called the playoff a “failed system” and blamed a lack of uniform scheduling for the format’s difficulties.

“It’s failed system right now,” Meyer said, via Garrett Stepien of 247 Sports. “It’s good and I think it’s done a good job. However, the No. 1 issue is uniform scheduling. Some team’s conferences (such as the Big Ten) are playing nine games, some eight. Some teams never go on the road, some teams play weak schedules. And then you hear things about subjectivity, like the look test. And my head wants to pop off my shoulder when I hear that — like, who is equipped to make that decision? What are you looking at? Do you understand, when you play a great team on the road — LSU goes to Texas to play (Sept. 7 and the Tigers win 45-38 at the Longhorns’ homefield in Week 2) — that’s much more difficult than playing at home when you’re picked to win by 55 points.”

Meyer urged teams to schedule home-and-home games which are better for everyone involved as opposed to guarantee games against FCS opponents.

“I’ve been on the other side,” Meyer said. “That’s not safe for the players, playing that game. What are you doing? Don’t do that. And I’m not saying don’t ever schedule and FCS, but don’t get rewarded for it. If you get rewarded for a look test, it’s not because you put up 350 yards against a team that’s not very good. Uniform scheduling, play a Power Five home-and-home, and whether you go four-team or eight-team, I think the subjectivity is going to be minimized because of you’re playing a similar schedule.”

Many argue that the playoff needs to be expanded, and there are rumblings it’s at least possible. Meyer’s point is that won’t matter while some teams are playing much easier schedules than others. He’s likely correct.

Report: USC will do ‘whatever it takes’ to hire Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has been repeatedly linked to the USC head coaching job since he decided to step down at Ohio State last season, but there have questions about whether the school is actually interested and if Meyer would consider taking the job. According to one report, USC plans to pursue the three-time national champion as aggressively as possible.

The Trojans are willing to do “whatever it takes” to land Meyer as their next head coach, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reports. One USC source told McMurphy that the school has full confidence in Meyer’s ability to turn things around for the program, but they are unsure if he is interested in the position.

USC’s new president would supposedly be hesitant to hire Meyer because of all the controversy that surrounds him, but it would be hard to envision a scenario where Meyer wants to coach the Trojans and they turn him down.

If Meyer expresses an interest in coaching again next season, USC is not going to be the only school that tries to hire him. We have already heard of another top program potentially having interest, but USC seems to be the most popular choice because of the current state of the program and the high-profile nature of the job. Meyer will probably be able to name his price if he decides to return, and USC sounds willing to meet it.

Report: Florida State considering firing Willie Taggart, pursuing Urban Meyer

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The Florida State Seminoles expect to be among college football’s elite, and the fact that they’re not may cost Willie Taggart his job.

According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Florida State has begun discussing Taggart’s future with donors. Taggart went 5-7 last season, which was his first on the job and FSU’s worst finish since 1975. They’re currently 3-4 this year. If the Seminoles limp to the finish line, it is believed that the school could move on from Taggart despite the fact that he has a $17 million buyout.

If Florida State were to part ways with Taggart, they would reportedly make Urban Meyer their top target. Meyer coached Florida and had great success there, so he has ties to the area. There is no guarantee that it’s a job Meyer would want, however. The Seminoles will be an extensive rebuilding effort, and it’s not clear whether Meyer would be on board with taking on that responsibility at this stage of his career — especially when he could have his pick of jobs elsewhere.

If Meyer is unwilling to take the job, Florida State would have to determine if there are any other options the school likes enough to part ways with Taggart in order to hire.

It seems like Meyer would coach again. However, the job he openly spoke about is a lot more established and wouldn’t involve recruiting. All the same, it’s a sign of how desperate times are in Tallahassee that the option is even being discussed.