Urban Meyer Says He Has 'No Desire' to Return to Coaching After 2021 Jaguars FiringJanuary 31, 2023
Urban Meyer apparently isn't looking to get back into coaching after the Jacksonville Jaguars fired him during the 2021 season.
In an interview on the All Things Covered podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, Meyer said he had "no desire" to return to the sidelines (19-minute mark). He also said he would "of course … do some things differently" if given a second chance at his Jaguars tenure.
While the Jaguars were taking a chance with Meyer, who had never coached at the NFL level, he was established as one of the best coaches in college football history.
He went 187-32 in 17 years with Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, including a 12-3 record in bowl games and three national championships.
Yet Meyer's brief time in the NFL went nothing like his successful time in college.
Jacksonville fired him after going 2-11 through 13 games in his first season, which was defined by much more than the losses on the field.
He made headlines after a Week 4 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when he elected to remain in Ohio instead of flying back to Jacksonville with the team. That decision became even more notable when videos became public that showed a woman dancing on him at a restaurant.
As well, former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo also told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that Meyer kicked him during warm-ups:
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A few days before Jacksonville fired him, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reported, "Months of tension surrounding Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has boiled over with multiple run-ins with players and other coaches."
It was a tumultuous tenure for Meyer, who returned to Fox as a college football analyst on the network's Saturday morning show.
He will seemingly stay there if he is not interested in returning to coaching.