Urban Meyer nearing deal to become Jacksonville Jaguars next head coach, reports say

Urban Meyer is nearing a deal to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to several media reports.

Meyer is expected to leave the broadcast booth and return to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed a health scare, the AP reported.

He won three national championships and compiled a 187-32 college coaching record during stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, ESPN reported. He won two of those titles (2006, 2008) with the Gators, whom he led to a 65-15 record in six seasons.

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Meyer would replace Doug Marrone, who was fired after losing the final 15 games in 2020.

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a 1-15 record. The team has 11 picks in the 2021 draft, including five in the top 65, the AP reported.

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a lock to land in Jacksonville with the top pick and will be the centerpiece of the team’s latest rebuild.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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