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Between his retirement from Ohio State and his brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Urban Meyer served as a college football analyst for Fox Sports, appearing on the network’s Big Noon Kickoff pregame show. With Meyer no longer a head coach after he was fired by the Jaguars last season, Fox is bringing him back.

On Friday afternoon, Fox announced that Meyer will once again be part of the Big Noon Kickoff cast, joining Rob Stone, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, and former USC Heisman Trophy-winning teammates Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart.

Fox’s decision to bring Meyer back was certainly controversial after the way the former coach’s previous stints ended. Meyer retired from Ohio State in 2018 season after he was suspended for four games to start the season for his handling of domestic violence accusations against one of his former assistant coaches.

Following his time at Ohio State, Meyer spent two seasons with Fox before becoming the head coach of Jacksonville Jaguars, but he did not make it even a full season before he was fired.

Under Meyer’s leadership, Jacksonville had just a 2-11 record in his 13 games as a head coach. But off-field issues plagued Meyer as well, including but certainly not limited to a viral video of Meyer dancing inappropriately with a woman at his restaurant and allegations that he kicked former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo.

As a result, the college football world was not exactly thrilled with Fox’s decision to bring Meyer back.


Meyer and the rest of the Big Noon Kickoff crew will debut on Aug. 20, during Fox’s Baseball Night in America.