Urban Meyer’s name surfaced in media circles following the departure of Scott Frost as head coach in Nebraska. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote that the Huskers had contacted Meyer. On the contrary, ESPN writer Pete Thamel said Sunday that Meyer and Nebraska “had no contact” in their search for Huskers coaches and that the FOX Sports analyst should remain on the network and not pursue coaching opportunities.
Ahead of Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Oklahoma in Lincoln, Nebraska, Huskers fans chanted “We want Urban” as FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff pre-game show kicked off. While Meyer praised Nebraska’s longstanding culture, the reality of him training next season seems unlikely at this point.
On Late Kick with Josh Pate, the analyst made his opinion clear on the matter.
“O Urban Meyer rumors around Nebraska were silly to me,” said Pate. “I don’t and never thought there’s a chance he’s head coach in Nebraska. For two reasons: I don’t think he wants to, and I don’t think Nebraska does. So usually this is a formula for a guy not to be your head coach… but in general I think he will train again. This goes against what people close to him told me, goes against what Pete Thamel reported today. I’m telling you that I disagree with them and I haven’t spoken to Urban Meyer once about it. I’m just putting two and two together, I don’t think he’s finished training.
“I think he will train again… I think he has one more chance. But I don’t think he’s in a place like Nebraska.”
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“But I don’t think he’s training next year. I don’t think he needs to train next year. I don’t think he wants to train next year. I think some things are true. to train.’ I think he fully believes that. I also think I’m right, as his attitude will change one day – because he’s 58, mostly. And he ended very, very badly in Jacksonville, I don’t think we need to recap I think he has another chance, but I don’t think it’s in a place like Nebraska…
A legendary coach in college football history and a three-time national champion, Meyer has enjoyed enormous success with stops in Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He came out of retirement to take charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars and coach Clemson’s former star quarterback. Trevor Lawrence. He signed a five-year deal with the Jaguars franchise last year, but it didn’t last through his tumultuous first season in the NFL in 2021.
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After being fired as Jacksonville’s head coach, he ended his tenure with the franchise with a 2-11 record and did not spend even a full season with them. He has also been caught up in controversies off the field, with coaches and players appearing to lose faith in his character and ability to coach.
Riley Gates contributed to this report.