Urban Meyer Says "No Chance" He'll Consider USC Head Coaching Job

By Griffin Strom on September 15, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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Football fans have learned to never say never when it comes to Urban Meyer, but the Jacksonville Jaguars coach is saying "no chance" to the opening at USC.

The USC program fired Clay Helton Monday, following a 14-point home loss to unranked Stanford in the second game of the season, capping a 46-24 run as head coach of the Trojans in parts of eight seasons dating back to 2013.

USC has since promoted assistant coach Donte Williams to interim head coach, but Meyer, who won national championships at the helm at Florida and Ohio State, is one of several high-profile names that the Trojan program reportedly has interest in for taking over the position permanently.

"No chance," Meyer told members of the media at a Jaguars press conference Wednesday. "I'm here, committed to trying to build an organization."

Meyer lost his first game as an NFL head coach this past Sunday, dropping 37-21 to the Houston Texans.

Aside from Meyer, the USC program also reportedly has interest in Penn State head coach James Franklin, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, among others.

When asked about the USC job at a press conference Tuesday, Fickell said "I wouldn't ever talk about it, nor would I have even answered a phone call or anything like that."

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