Jaguars' Urban Meyer: 'I'm not a candidate' for Notre Dame coaching vacancy


City Meyer has known as being the pinnacle coach of Notre Dame his “dream job” at a number of factors throughout his profession. He publicly talked about it as lately as 2008 when he was nonetheless teaching at Florida. He was additionally a candidate for the teaching emptiness in 2005 — earlier than he landed the pinnacle teaching gig with the Gators.

Now, the Notre Dame job is open for the primary time since 2009, as Brian Kelly has left the college to educate LSU. Would Meyer think about returning to the school ranks to take that emptiness if it was supplied to him?

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The Jaguars’ coach shut down any hypothesis of that chance throughout a convention name on Tuesday.

“I’m not a candidate,” Meyer advised reporters. “Clearly, I spent six years of my life there, so nice respect for Notre Dame, and as I do USC, UCLA, like we talked about. However I’m dedicated to the Jaguars and doing the most effective we are able to to show this factor round.”

So, that solutions that query. Meyer would not appear prone to go away the Jaguars, although it is value noting that he did not deny curiosity within the Notre Dame job. He simply stated he wasn’t a candidate. After his off-field controversies at Florida, Ohio State and the Jaguars, Notre Dame would probably be hesistant to method Meyer as properly.

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Meyer spent the 1996 by 2000 seasons as Notre Dame’s extensive receivers coach. He parlayed that into his first head teaching gig at Bowling Inexperienced and coached at Utah, Florida and Ohio State earlier than making the leap to the professionals.

The veteran coach’s first season in Jacksonville has been something however clean. The Jaguars have stumbled to a 2-9 document and there have been loads of reviews of rigidity out of the Jaguars’ locker room. No. 1 general decide Trevor Lawrence has had a bumpy rookie season, and Meyer’s workers has finished little to make life simpler for him.

Meyer’s efficiency on the sphere has left rather a lot to be desired, however his conduct off the sphere has fallen underneath scrutiny as properly. Most notably, a raunchy video of Meyer dancing with a youthful lady at an Ohio bar surfaced following the Jaguars’ “Thursday Evening Soccer” loss to the Bengals. Meyer, who has been married since 1986, apologized to the group and proprietor Shad Khan stated in a press release that Meyer “should regain our belief and respect.”

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Nonetheless, even regardless of these points, Meyer needs to see issues out in Jacksonville. That message has been constant all year long.

In any case, this is not the primary time Meyer has needed to deny hypothesis that he might return to varsity soccer to take a significant opening. After USC fired Clay Helton in September, Meyer’s title popped up as a possible alternative for the Trojans, however he denied that chance emphatically.

“No likelihood,” Meyer advised reporters of becoming a member of USC. “I’m dedicated to right here and constructing a company.”

So, it would not look like Meyer is able to pull a Bobby Petrino — barring a drastic change in his philosophy.



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