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If Urban Meyer can’t stand the heat in the NFL, he should quit the Jaguars and find a new college coaching job – The Denver Post

I’m so old that I can remember when it was possible to believe that Urban Meyer wouldn’t duck and run at the first sign of trouble.

On a beautiful afternoon of football in the 1990s, Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick insisted at the end of training that I meet a brilliant young assistant on his team. This top trainer was 30 years old at the time. In our first conversation, he looked fit enough to play the Rams’ defensive back, but seemed charismatic and smart enough to lead his own team.

This guy is destined to be a big star in the coaching profession, Lubick told me, out of earshot of Meyer.

Well, Lubick got it right with that prediction.

Meyer won 187 games and three national championships as a college football coach before moving to the NFL, signing earlier in the year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite all his success, Meyer has forged a reputation for a tormented soul whose obsession with winning has serious consequences for his health.

Although he made Florida a powerhouse in the incredibly competitive Southeastern Conference, more than 30 players were arrested during his six-year tenure with the Gators, and his departure from Gainesville left me with me. ask if Meyer was more concerned with his physical well-being or a tarnished reputation.

Meyer enjoys earning more than his health. Shortly after leaving the Gators, he was roaming the sideline for Ohio State.

In early 2019, Meyer retired from the stress of training after leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl in a season in which he was suspended three games for mishandling allegations of domestic violence. by one of his assistant coaches.

“I don’t think I will be a coach anymore,” said Meyer as he decided to leave Columbus.

But money speaks louder than words. Meyer cannot quit football.

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