Urban Meyer: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach says there is 'no chance' of him taking open USC job
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer was linked to the open vacancy at USC after the Trojans fired Clay Helton after just two games on Monday.
Last Updated: 16/09/21 5:25pm
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer says there is "no chance" of him filling the open job at Southern Carolina.
"I'm here and committed to try to build an organisation," Meyer said.
Meyer's name was immediately linked to USC after the Trojans fired Clay Helton on Monday. He has found success at every college stop in his career, building winners at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, notably winning two national championships with the Gators (2006, 2008) and another with the Buckeyes (2014).
He stepped down after the 2018 season and spent two years working as a college football analyst at Fox Sports.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan convinced him to return to the sidelines in an effort to deliver a consistent contender in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars (0-1) lost their season opener 37-21 at Houston, a debacle of a debut that included 10 penalties, six dropped passes and three turnovers.
Meyer expects a better performance Sunday against Denver (1-0).
"I was warned many, many, many, many times it's a journey; it's not a sprint," he said. "We're healthy, attitudes are good, we have good players and we're building something."
Meyer said earlier this month he did not miss recruiting and has said repeatedly how different college football is now compared to when he stepped down for health reasons, pointing to the ever-changing landscape and the addition of rules allowing players to earn money from their name, image and likeness.
He took over a 1-15 team in Jacksonville and chose Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No 1 overall pick. Meyer insisted the Jaguars have talent and needed better coaching, but across a franchise-record losing streak that has now stretched to 16 games, it appears they are lacking at several key playmaking positions.
"I don't want to ever fall into that trap of saying, 'This is a four-year plan, a three-year plan'," Meyer said. "That's not fair to players. This is a one-game plan and then we'll worry about the next game.
"There's some guys that have played a lot of football in that locker room and they deserve our very best. That's what it is. Other than a bruised soul that's we all have right now, were still swinging away. Like I said, you'd probably see a little different look on my face if I had bad guys. That's not the case at all."