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Report: Urban Meyer's Contract Being Discussed with Jags After Viral Video at Bar

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVOctober 5, 2021

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Jacksonville Jaguars executives have reportedly held closed-door meetings over the past two days to discuss the future of head coach Urban Meyer. The discussions come after a viral video posted on social media over the weekend showed a young woman dancing on him at an Ohio bar.

Michael Lombardi of The Daily Coach reported Tuesday that "this might get ugly," and confirmed a prediction from Sportico's Michael McCann about the contract clauses being discussed:

Michael Lombardi @mlombardiNFL

That's exactly what is being discussed. <a href="https://t.co/DCO8anfRo7">https://t.co/DCO8anfRo7</a>

According to Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado, Jacksonville intends to keep Meyer "for now":

Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL

The Jags are going to keep Urban Meyer "for now," but conversations have been had about who to replace him with in-season (Sutton, Strong, Bevell), as well as if they part ways end of year.<br><br>FO wants to give him a chance to dig out of this.

That report comes after Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement saying Meyer must "regain our trust and respect" while also calling the coach's actions "inexcusable":

Jacksonville Jaguars @Jaguars

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Meyer, 57, discussed the video in his Monday press conference. The Jags' first-year coach, who is married with three children, explained he stayed behind in his native Ohio following Thursday night's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals to spend time with his grandchildren.

The family went out for dinner when another group recognized him. He said they asked for pictures and tried to convince him to join them on the dance floor. The former Ohio State coach, who wore a Buckeyes shirt for the outing, conceded he should have left instead of hanging around.

Dude In Texas @ChiefSVP

Is this why Urban Meyer is trending? 😳 <a href="https://t.co/nFg8kUFVli">pic.twitter.com/nFg8kUFVli</a>

Meyer said he apologized to his family, the players, the coaching staff and Khan, who he described as "supportive" during their conversation after the video went public:

Ari Meirov @MySportsUpdate

Here's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jaguars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jaguars</a> HC Urban Meyer apologizing for what happened over the weekend. Meyer didn't travel back with the team after the game and stayed in Ohio. Full explanation:<a href="https://t.co/X8plCNWbiQ">pic.twitter.com/X8plCNWbiQ</a>

The situation arose as Jacksonville continues to search for its first win of the season following four straight losses to open the Meyer era.

Meyer won three national championships at the college level—two at Florida and one at Ohio State—but he noted after a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos the level of competition never drops in the NFL.

"Lot of good players in this league, man," Meyer told Broncos coach Vic Fangio. "It's Alabama every week."

Contract terms weren't released when Meyer was hired by the Jaguars in January, though Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the coach was seeking $12 million annually.

Lombardi didn't expand on whether Jacksonville is discussing whether to terminate Meyer's contract immediately or trying to void any future guarantees following the video's release.

The Jaguars are scheduled to host the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday before heading to London for a matchup with the Miami Dolphins in Week 6.

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