Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer reacts in the huddle with his players against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Almost immediately when news broke that Brian Kelly was leaving Notre Dame to be the next head coach of the LSU Tigers, there was one name that football fans immediately thought of.

Urban Meyer.

It makes a lot of sense on paper, considering how things have not gone smoothly for Urban in his year with the Jacksonville Jaguars following a viral video scandal and a miserable season full of losses. Why not return to the comfortable confines of college football where he found so much success at Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, winning three national championships in the process?

However, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported Tuesday morning that someone close to Meyer said he had no interest in pursuing the Notre Dame gig. A lot of people assumed this “source” was Meyer himself. Urban made sure there was no doubt later on when, during a press conference, he said publicly that he was not a candidate for the Irish job or any college football job.

“I’m not a candidate,” Meyer said. “Obviously I spent six years of my life there, so great respect for Notre Dame, and as I do USC, UCLA, like we talked about. But I’m committed to the Jaguars and doing the best we can to turn this thing around.”

Naturally, it’s very hard to take Meyer at his word. He’s “retired” from coaching twice only to reemerge for a great situation. Plus, football coaches have developed a very strong reputation for saying one thing and then doing the opposite. We’ve seen that play out this week already.

On social media, a lot of people in the football world were skeptical of Meyer’s comments and aren’t convinced he’s in this for the long haul in Jacksonville.

Also, some people noted that Meyer mentioned UCLA, even though he hasn’t been rumored for that job. Yet.

Given everything that Meyer has done to sully his reputation off the field, coupled with how bad the Jaguars have been, it does seem unlikely anyone will want to hire him away right now. But in the world of college football, never say never isn’t just a phrase, it’s a way of life.

[Greg Beacham]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to