Urban Meyer: ‘No chance’ he’ll leave Jacksonville Jaguars for USC Trojans
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Immediately after USC fired Clay Helton as its head football coach on Monday, rumors surrounding Urban Meyer began to swirl. Meyer was previously tied to rumors for the job even when Helton was the coach, so once Helton was fired, the rumors fired back up. © Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Urban Meyer is coming off a rough season-opening loss with the Jaguars.
Meyer is in his first NFL season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But his team’s bad Week 1 loss already has people talking.
Would Meyer find a way back to college? Would he ditch the Jaguars during his first season to go to So Cal?
A tweet like this one certainly kicked rumors further into gear.
NFL Insider Questions Urban Meyer’s Decisions So Far This Offseason
Nobody’s predicting Urban Meyer to go 20-0 and win the Super Bowl in his first year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But one NFL insider is feeling baffled by some of the moves Meyer is making as he tries to get his tenure started on the right foot. On Friday, CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora […] The post NFL Insider Questions Urban Meyer’s Decisions So Far This Offseason appeared first on The Spun.
Meyer deciding that his heart wasn’t into it with the NFL didn’t sound too far-fetched, which led the tweet to go viral. Of course, the account that tweeted it was just messing around. They later confirmed that for the uninformed by sharing a photo of the tweet with a “trolling” and “misleading” warning placed on the message.
So, no, Meyer hasn’t become disenchanted with the NFL after just one game. He may have some adjustments to make and some negative press to fight, but it doesn’t seem like Meyer is going anywhere anytime soon.
Broncos' Dre'Mont Jones not surprised Urban Meyer may upset some Jaguars players
Jones played under Meyer at Ohio State.A report surfaced last weekend that Meyer was already "rubbing the Jacksonville Jaguars staff and players the wrong way" due to his alleged temper and hatred for losing even in the preseason, and the Jaguars then fell to the Houston Texans 37-21 in their regular-season opener.
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College football coaches on the hot seat heading into the season
What a difference a year makes. One year ago, college coaches weren't sure if there was going to even be a season, let alone able to properly prepare for one. Several conferences ... most notably the Big Ten and Pac-12 ... announced they weren't going to play football in the fall before mounting pressure forced them to change their mind. Most schools played a conference-heavy schedule with no spring game and limited preparation -- and with everything from who you were playing to what players were available to you up in the air.Despite that, coaches were fired after the most difficult season in memory so there is no cooling down the hot seat no matter what kind of obstacles are thrown in the way.There is no shortage of coaches who need to show their athletic directors ... and fans ... that they are steering their programs down the right path. There are some big-time programs with big-time questions heading into the 2021 season that need to be answered. With a "normal" season of an offseason and a locked-in schedule, here are some coaches who will need to get it done in 2021 or they may be looking for a new job.
Tom Arth, Akron
Okay, building up Akron was going to be difficult for anyone, but Arth's predecessor ... Terry Bowden ... was able to do so. Arth replaced Bowden and the ship has sunk. After an 0-12 mark in 2019, the Zips sloshed to a 1-5 record in a weird MAC season. The Akron athletics program is in some financial straits, cutting programs and flailing under a new AD. Arth got his name as a successful DIII coach at John Carroll before moving on to a mediocre stint at Chattanooga. For most programs, the financial implications of firing Arth wouldn't be an issue but would Akron be able to swing it while trying to pay a new coach to figure it out? Arth needs to show something to help end that discussion.
Dino Babers, Syracuse
Nearly any coach coming off a 1-10 season would be sitting on the hot seat, and Babers is no different. Just three years ago, Syracuse had a 10-win season one year after knocking off Clemson and Babers was a buzz-worthy coach. He's won just 6 of 23 games since, with last year's blowout loss to Liberty stinging quite a bit. If the Orange can't trend back towards being somewhat competitive in the ACC, look for a change to be made.
Walt Bell, UMass
In two seasons at UMass, Bell's Minutemen have gone 1-15, with the lone win against winless Akron in 2019. Last year's 0-4 season saw the Minutemen outscored 161-12 ... though every game was on the road. In 2019, UMass allowed an FBS-record 52.7 points and 561 yards allowed per game. Bell jumped off the Florida State ship as it was sinking under Willie Taggart but now helms over his own disaster. This UMass job is a tough one -- an independent tucked away in the northeast -- that having a dreadful record isn't shocking, but how bad they have been losing is.
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech
The 11-year Paul Johnson era with the Yellow Jackets brought a level of success -- nine bowls, seven winning seasons, three ACC title game appearances, and the 2009 ACC championship. Of course, converting Johnson's triple-option attack into Collins' spread offense was going to take some time and roster overhaul, and that has been the case with two three-win seasons. The defense cannot get much worse than what they've been and the offense looks promising with the young, athletic Jeff Sims at quarterback. Success is relative, so if the Jackets hover around the .500 mark, shore up the defense and the offense looks like it's starting to develop into its new identity then Collins should be alright. But if Tech has another 3 or 4 win season and there could be some tough decisions to make.
David Cutcliffe, Duke
Cutcliffe has been fantastic for Duke. He turned around a laughingstock program into one that has enjoyed five winning seasons under his watch, including playing in the 2013 ACC championship game. But the Blue Devils have finished 6th in the Coastal Division three out of four seasons before finishing 14th in the 15-team ACC standings last year. Now with longtime athletic director Kevin White retiring from Duke (and the subsequent upcoming retirement of basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski), changes are coming to Durham. Cutcliffe, 66, could be another looming change if the losing continues.
Dana Dimel, UTEP
We are entering Year Four of the Dimel era in El Paso and things better turn around quickly. Last year was a more respectable showing -- going 3-5, after a pair of 1-11 seasons. Still, those three wins were over Stephen A. Austin, Abilene Christian, and Louisiana-Monroe, they failed to win a conference game for the second straight year (and are 1-19 in Conference USA play under Dimel) and they were throttled by Texas, 59-3. UTEP wasn't going to be an easy fix -- the Miners have had just one winning season in the last 15 years -- but going 5-27 in three years is unacceptable. Substantial progress must be made.
Randy Edsall, UConn
The success that UConn enjoyed during Randy Edsall's first stint is Storrs just hasn't happened. The Huskies are 6-30 during this current four-year run that saw them cancel the entire 2020 season before it started. In 2018, UConn had one of the worst defenses in college football history and the program has been a wreck since Edsall's return. However, he received a contract extension that ties him to the school through 2023 and is filled with some odd incentives. The AD noted that he knew that Edsall was beginning a long rebuilding process, but this program now has no conference affiliation and could struggle financially in the next few years. How long can you wait on this rebuild?
Scott Frost, Nebraska
This should be the year that Frost has Nebraska showing promise -- and equating that with wins. The honeymoon is over for the former Huskers quarterback and the guy who put UCF on the national stage. He is 12-20 in three seasons and now has his recruits in place to start to turn this thing around. Nebraska has been spinning in place since joining the Big Ten and they don't want to have to replace another coach. Frost already has more losses in fewer games than Mike Riley, the man he replaced, which means that he doesn't have much more time to stall.
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
You would think that by now, Harbaugh's seat would be scalding hot. Michigan can't beat Ohio State (they didn't even play them in 2020) and can't get into a Big Ten championship game, let alone win one. He is just 1-4 in bowl games. Yet he signed a contract extension and got a vote of confidence from the athletic director so it seems that, in the short term, his job is relatively safe. Still, if the Wolverines have a devastating start to the season -- one that everyone expects to be just mediocre, to begin with -- he could find himself out.
Clay Helton, USC
There is a sizable swath of the fanbase that doesn't like Helton. Despite going 5-0 in the regular season, the Trojans were spanked by Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game and then decided against playing in a bowl. This was an improvement over the 5-7 and 8-5 seasons in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and if USC can continue that rise then Helton may get to stick around. Recruiting has been good but the program still isn't back to the heights it was over a decade ago.
Dana Holgorsen, Houston
Remember, Holgorsen was the West Virginia head coach who left a Power 5 job to come to Houston to take over the Cougars. Now he's entering his third year in Houston and this might be a make-or-break season. After going 4-8 in 2019, his Cougars cobbled together a 3-5 record despite getting hit hard by COVID cancellations (their first five games of the season were axed). The defense has been lacking and a program that was getting a lot of buzz a few years ago has lost its mojo. This is a manageable schedule, with no Cincinnati or UCF on the slate. There are expectations that, if not met, could force a change.
Chip Kelly, UCLA
Clay Helton isn't the only college coach in Los Angeles who is on the hot seat. In 2017, the UCLA Bruins went all-in on Chip Kelly and it hasn't paid off yet. Kelly is 10-21 in Westwood and those high-octane offenses he's known for haven't exactly happened. The 2020 season was better, as their 3-4 record featured really close losses to Colorado, Oregon, USC, and Stanford, so things are trending up. Still, the Bruins look nothing like Kelly's Oregon teams that dominated the Pac-12 a decade ago and the cross-town Trojans seemingly are ahead of the curve at this moment.
Mike Leach, Mississippi State
The good news? Leach's first game at Mississippi State was a 10-point win at defending champion LSU. The bad news? The Bulldogs lost the next four games by a total score of 114-30. Mississippi State got to a bowl game, but that was despite a 3-7 record and an awkward bowl season where some really bad teams qualified for bowls. It was already going to be interesting to see if Leach's style was going to work in the SEC and it was a mixed bag in 2020. With a more normal offseason to implement his offense, maybe the SEC defenses will have a tougher time slowing the Bulldogs down. But with Lane Kiffin getting off to a better start at Ole Miss, Leach may not survive another ugly season.
Mike Norvell, Florida State
Maybe saying Norvell is on the hot seat is a bit premature. He just entering his second season at Florida State with his first coming during the pandemic. The Seminoles went 3-7 last year with a win over North Carolina to their credit (along with Duke and Jacksonville State). This is Florida State, though, who reached elite status under both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher and were quick to dump Willie Taggart after two lackluster seasons. Norvell has overhauled the roster, ridding himself of the players that didn't like playing for him (most originally signed to play for Fisher or Taggart) and brought in UCF transfer McKenzie Milton. While being a contender in the Atlantic Division would be great, just looking like a team on the rise should be enough to keep Norvell around. Another sunken season could force FSU to look for yet another coach.
Matt Wells, Texas Tech
Texas Tech has been kind of a mess since Mike Leach left in 2009. The Red Raiders haven't had a winning Big 12 record since and have only reached a bowl game in five of 11 seasons. The problem is that things have gotten worse under Wells, who followed up a 4-8 season in 2019 with a 4-6 mark last year (and losing 13 of 18 league games). What may save Wells is money: his contract (which ends in 2024) is favorable for him if he gets fired, and would come off the heels of buying out Kliff Kingsberry in 2018 and buying out Wells' contract at Utah State. The Big 12 is more competitive, top to bottom, and Tech has been falling by the wayside.
Jaguars Have Embarrassing Start To The Urban Meyer Era .
The Urban Meyer era is underway in Jacksonville and things are off to an embarrassing start. The Jaguars are taking on the Houston Texans to open the 2021 season. Both the Jags and the Texans are expected to be among the worst teams in the league this fall. Meyer’s offense had a pretty brutal start […] The post Jaguars Have Embarrassing Start To The Urban Meyer Era appeared first on The Spun.