JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has said “there is no way” he will take the vacant position in Southern California.
“I am here and determined to try to build an organization,” Meyer added.
Meyer’s name was immediately linked to USC after Trojans sacked Clay Helton on Monday. Meyer has been successful at every college stage, building winners in Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and the state of Ohio. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006, 2008) and another with the Buckeyes (2014).
He resigned after the 2018 season and spent two years working as a college football analyst at Fox Sports. Jaguars owner Shad Khan convinced him to step back on the sidelines in an effort to deliver a consistent contender to Jacksonville.
The Jaguars (0-1) lost their first game of the season 37-21 in Houston, an early debacle that included 10 penalties, six dropped assists and three turnovers. Jacksonville essentially didn’t look ready to play from the first snap.
Meyer expects a better performance Sunday against Denver (1-0).
“I’ve been warned many times, many, many times, this is a journey; it’s not a sprint, ”he said. “We are healthy, the attitudes are good, we have good players and we are building something.”
Meyer said earlier this month that he hasn’t failed to recruit and has repeatedly said how different college football is now from when he stepped down for health reasons, highlighting the landscape in constantly evolving and adding rules allowing players to earn money through their name, image and likeness.