Mark May: Urban Meyer clearly angling for USC job
Most people would agree that Urban Meyer has not coached his last college football game, and USC is the one spot that has continuously been mentioned with any talk of the three-time national champion making a return. College football Hall of Famer and former ESPN analyst Mark May is basically willing to guarantee Meyer ends up with the Trojans.
In an appearance on “The DA Show” on CBS Sports Radio this week, May joked that Meyer’s wife has “been measuring for drapes” in USC coach Clay Helton’s office for when Helton is inevitably pushed out in favor of Meyer. May says the fact that Meyer left ESPN for FOX Sports, which is based in Los Angeles, is hardly a coincidence.
“Once he took that job (at Fox Sports), that was the first thing that I had in my mind,” May said. “Why are you taking that job? Because you know the situation that Clay Helton is under. You know that USC is a great place to coach. You know that they’ve got a great heritage and a great history there, and you know that you can draw players there. They’ve got like four quarterbacks that can play major college football apparently.”
May pointed to the fact that Meyer used to coach at Utah and knows he can recruit on the West Coast, and the FOX studio where he currently works is around 40 minutes from USC’s campus. He also said he knows for a fact there are USC alumni who want Meyer.
“I live in the Southwest in Arizona, where a lot of USC alumni are at,” May said. “That’s all they’re clamoring about right now is getting Urban Meyer as their head coach.”
Meyer was at the LA Memorial Coliseum last week for USC’s big win over Utah, and he showed Helton some love after the game. Helton even pointed Meyer out, which seems bizarre considering everyone is talking about Meyer taking his job.
We know there is one potentially significant obstacle that could stand in the way of Meyer landing at USC, but the job makes plenty of sense for him. He has essentially admitted that he can’t stay away from coaching, and bringing the Trojans back to national prominence would be right up his alley.