Urban Meyer is leaving Ohio State, but there might be some intriguing things in store for the future.
Urban Meyer might have a fascinating reunion in sight after his ugly Jaguars departure. The Ohio State coach is expected to be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who fired Chuck Pagano earlier this week.
Highlights of the article:
- According to a recent story, Fox Sports is interested in hiring Meyer, Urban.
- Meyer was sacked by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month after working at Fox from 2019 to 2020.
- In the sports section, Fox has a history of recruiting dubious and controversial figures.
We’re nearly ready to put the Urban Meyer era behind us because we respect every Jacksonville Jaguars fan still alive. After 13 games and multiple off-field problems, Jaguars owner Shad Khan sacked the first-year head coach.
That’s all there is to say about his ill-fated stay in Jacksonville. Meyer, who is 57 years old, is now a free agent with new baggage and a desire to keep voicing his thoughts. Despite the fact that his tenure at Florida ended in disaster, the experienced head coach may not have to wait long for another high-profile football position.
Could Urban Meyer return to Fox Sports after being sacked by the Jaguars?
Urban Meyer, the former head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, might return to Fox Sports | Getty Images/Harry How
As of publishing, Meyer has not been connected to any college football vacancies. Unless something unforeseen happens in the future years, we’re not going to see him get another position in the NFL – and he doesn’t seem to be looking for one.
So, what is Meyer’s next move? The New York Post reported on Dec. 15, just hours before the Jaguars sacked Meyer, that Fox was interested in rehiring him as an analyst. From 2019 to 2020, the three-time national champion worked on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff pregame program.
In 2019, Fox introduced its pregame program, and the former Ohio State head coach quickly became a fixture on the show. He’d previously worked in television, spending the 2011 college football season at ESPN, and he looked bright in his comeback.
Meyer and Fox have not commented to the story as of Monday, Dec. 20. The experienced head coach’s salary during his first term at Fox is unknown; his Jaguars contract would have paid him $10-12 million a year, however the team’s decision to remove him for cause may prevent him from keeping the money he would have received after his firing.
Meyer was replaced in the “former coach position” earlier this year by longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. If Fox gets Meyer back, it’s unclear if the 61-year-old will return to Big Noon Kickoff in 2022.
Meyer isn’t the only contentious figure Fox Sports has lately signed.
If you’re astonished that Fox would recruit Meyer despite his dismal spell in Jacksonville, you haven’t been paying attention to the network’s sports coverage or studio programs in recent years.
In 2015, Fox signed former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pete Rose as a baseball commentator. After confessing to betting on games while managing the Reds in the 1980s, the hitmaker is still banned from baseball. Rose, on the other hand, was sacked by the network in 2017 after claims of sexual misconduct with a youngster during his playing days.
Later that year, Fox signed Alex Rodriguez, the former New York Yankees designated hitter who was suspended for 162 games in 2014 for his participation in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. Rodriguez was appointed as a full-time analyst by the network in 2017.
In 2017, Fox hired Michael Vick, a veteran NFL quarterback who served 19 months in federal jail for his role in a dogfighting operation. He presently works as an analyst on Fox NFL Kickoff and contributes to studio programs.
During his playing career, NFL color commentator Aqib Talib had multiple run-ins with the police. After reportedly striking a taxi driver in the neck and ear, Florida police arrested the then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback in 2009. After joining a diversion program, he made a legal settlement with the driver and completed anger management lessons. Despite the fact that Texas cops issued a felony warrant for Talib in March 2011 for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, prosecutors dropped the case due to a lack of evidence.
Fortunately for Fox, the latter three have risen to prominence in the television industry. Rodriguez’s collaboration with former Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz has gotten excellent reviews from critics, while Talib’s unusual broadcas style has gotten him fantastic ratings on social media.
Meyer is unlikely to return to the bench anytime soon.
Urban Meyer laments the changing nature of society and how it affects coaching. However, the reigning CFB and NFL champions are both more than a decade his senior, and both have a history of adapting their coaching techniques. pic.twitter.com/6DJMKo09bp
December 18, 2021 — Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini)
Meyer will be 58 in July 2022 and should be able to find job someplace if he ever gets the itch to coach again. At least one college football institution, whether Power 5 or Division II, will undoubtedly be ready to test the tires and at least consider hiring the three-time national winner.
With that in mind, don’t get your hopes up that he’ll be out in 2022. Meyer and his crew need to clean up their act, for want of a better phrase, before they can reasonably persuade a school to give him a chance.
In a recent interview with NFL Media, Meyer, on the other hand, did not assist his cause. When explaining his teaching method, he said how “everything is so delicate” when discussing his dismissal and how things went wrong.
“When I first started teaching, coaches didn’t make nearly as much money as they do now, and they didn’t have agents.” Where it used to be team, team, team, everything is now so delicate. I recall discussing it in a staff meeting [before to his dismissal]. I went into this field because I had the best high school coach, and everything revolved around [the] team. The huddle is everything.”
If Meyer wants to whine about how much better things were when he was younger, broadcasting is the appropriate profession for him.
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